Saturday, April 21, 2018

ABC Countdown

We officially have less than 26 days left in school. On Wednesday we started the ABC countdown to the end of the school year. Each day we are doing something associated with each letter of the alphabet. Here is the board that welcomes you into the kindergarten building.

This is a great visual for the kids, along with myself to help remind me what we need to complete each day. So far we have completed A-Art activity as a class, B-Bubbley about Learning, and C-Cook your way to success. You can the fruits of our labor below:

Aa- Art Project

Bb- Bubbley about Learning

Cc- Cook your way to Success

So far these activities have been a great success in the classroom. My students have really enjoyed doing these activities. They do not realize how much these activities are helping with their behavior. I work in a Title 1 school that is also a PBIS school. I am always reminding through out the day what amazing activity we are going to be completing. This helps my students get over the end of the year 'school is almost out I can do what I want' attitude. So far so good! Looking forward to my next 22.5 days left of school, but who is really counting.

Thursday, March 29, 2018

Glue Sponges

I have been reading and hearing about the amazing glue sponge from everyone. I finally decided to take the plunge and see what it is all about. Well I can say that I am very happy I did. These sponges are so easy for students to use no matter what the project is.

I will say that I have specials in my classroom once a week and my art teacher that comes in the classroom is still very unsure about it. He likes my kids to use glue sticks instead.  On the other hand my students travel to art another day in the week and she is actually going to be making a set for her classroom after seeing how easy it is for my students.

Here are some brief instructions of how to make them for yourself. I used lots of ideas to make the set that I have.

First, get your supplies. I was a typical teacher and went to Target. This place is heaven!! Here are the supplies that you will need:

  • Sandwich Plastic Container- I used the ziploc brand small square with the press to seal. These came in a pack of 4 for 2.79. 
  • Elmer's Glue- This did not cost me anything. I literally have about a 10 gallon container that is filled with Elmer's glue. (I was not a huge fan of liquid glue so I stocked it for my art teacher and always forgot to give it to her). You need about 1 for each container.
  • Sponges- I used the Target Up and Up brand that is just like the ocelo. They came 4 to a pack and are moistened. They were 4 for 1.69. You need 1.5 sponges for each of the containers.
  • Spray Container- This is just used for up keep of your glue sponges to ensure that they stay moist.
  • Mouth Wash- A small travel size container, cost me a whole dollar.
Once you have gotten all of your supplies together then comes the fun part. I choose to do this part after my kids left for the day because they are huge about helping and I may be a little but OCD. So below is a step by step with pictures.

First you are going to get one container and two sponges. One sponge is going to go directly into the bottom of the container and the other you will cut in half and place one piece next to the sponge.

It will look like this when you are completed.

You will then pour about a whole bottle of glue in the bottom of the container. This will be the base of your glue supply.

Move it around so that the whole bottom of your container is covered with glue and put your sponges back inside of the container.

Next pour almost the remaining amount of glue on top of the sponges. 

Move around the container again so that almost all of the sponges are covered with glue.

Now place the tops back on top and sit and wait. I gave my sponges a full day to sit and rest. I did notice that they were almost all the way ready by the time I left for the day. About 3 hours later.

Once a week you want to spray each of the containers to ensure that they stay moist. I also learned from someone else to put some mouth wash in your spray bottle to help with the bacteria. This will take away any smell that may develop and keep it sanitary. 

Ideally I would say to spray every Friday. Realistically I spray them when I remember.

Saturday, June 17, 2017

Happy Planner

For the last few weeks I have been seeing tons of posts about the Happy Planner teacher edition. I was not sure how well it would work for my OCD teacher needs but I tried it out and her is my honest review so far... I love it!!!

This is the exact kit that I got. I purchased this from Micheal's for 40 percent off and also was able to use my teacher discount. I was able to get this for around 21.00 dollars. The kit comes with the spiral calendar, four pages of stickers to use in the calendar, a highlighter, and sticky notes. I also had an additional coupon for 50 percent off one regular item and used it to get the whole puncher for the planner. This allows me to add any pages that I want to the planner. So here is a walk through of what the inside of the planner looks like!!

 At the beginning of each month you have the month over view that allows you to list: top tasks, goals, focus, student birthdays, events, and holidays. It also has a very cute quote at the beginning of each month.

You also will have a month at a glance page. As you can see I have already started to fill mine in. I unfortunately go back August 2nd. After the month at a glance you will have the weekly glance.

This is the one part that I most excited about because look at all of that space!!! It is separated into 7 time spots for each day. I know I do not have have 7 subjects but I am looking forward to having room to list out small group and whole group activities and having it all in one place. The calendar also has other interesting pages, folders, and helpful pages.

The only thing that I had an issue with is that it started in August and I wanted to start using it now, so I made some pages for June and July.  Here is the link to my June and July pages at my teachers pay teachers, BONUS is that it is free!!

Hopefully you enjoyed my review of my Happy Planner Teacher Edition! Plan on fellow teacher :)

Monday, June 12, 2017

Back on Track

These last two years have been a good kind of crazy. I had so many ideas where I wanted this blog to go and plans on how to get it there. Since last posting, I have had two major events happen. First I had my first little man. He has been a complete joy to my husband and I. He is a very spunky, hard headed, energetic, strong willed, and daring one year old. Here is some cuteness over load to share with you.

After having my son (the last week of school) I had also decided to change schools.  I loved my previous school but I had to choose what was best for my family. I love teaching in a Title 1 school and have really enjoyed the change. After starting off with a new crew and being able to breathe again (after becoming a Mom) I can not wait to get this blog where I know it can be. 

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

End of Summer Organizing Frenzy

It is a couple of days before I am allowed to go back in my class and I am going crazy! What am I doing to make my first week productive? Planning!! I am thinking about what I can do now to make my life in just a couple of weeks organized, and easier! So here are just a couple of things that I have started to work on now.

Okay so confession, this is not my desk. This is actually a picture from when I went with my husband on his business trip. It is cleaner than my current situation, which is on the table in the living room. I wanted to show this one because it shows my planning calendar. Yes, this is just my calendar, not my weekly lesson plans. So I will explain it a little bit. The binder includes my calendar and pacing guides for all my content areas. On my computer (the bottom right is just a picture of what my calendar looks like) is my calendar. I am planned already til the end of October. Every subject is planned out and color coded (yes I really am OCD), and then the blue line is just notes or things to remember (like end of the nine weeks, assessments that need to completed, etc).

This is my trusty planner. This was a must have after a conference I was at last week. I was finding out about all kind of things that I was scheduled to attend and things that I need to do. When I went to put it into my calendar I realized that July was the last month in the planner... so I stopped at Target and found one that I like. I love it!!

The last thing that I am working on to help me be organized for next week is my trusty to do list. I have one for things I can do at home and one for things I can do when I get in my classroom. These are running documents, so when I am thinking about something that I need to do I go find my notebook and add to it. It is something that I am going to continue to try and work on through the school year.

I am so excited to have this school year get started. I hoped you enjoyed reading this and you were able to get ideas of what you can do before school starts back. Happy Teaching!!!

Saturday, January 31, 2015

One Hundred Days Done

First, I am so excited that it is the weekend. Every year I always forget how exhausting the 100th day of school is, and it was in the middle of the week, which did not help. My students had an awesome day filled with lots of memories and a BIG lightbulb moment! Part of my morning routine is calendar time and morning meeting. This is what it looks like:
As you can see I am not in the picture, my students lead the first part of the meeting. My teacher assistant goes over classroom rules, days of the week, calendar and days in school. (Yes my student is standing on the counter, my kids are always on the counter or tables). During this time I usually do attendance and lunch count. After doing everything  I come back on the hundredth day to my students discussing days in school. For them it seemed like no big deal, they were talking about how the teacher assistant needed to add a hundred stick and take away all of the ten sticks and one sticks (we have never gone over hundreds when discussing place value, we have never really gone over place value). Sometimes I forgot how much they have grown during this school year they were so excited that they figured it out so easily and so was I.

The rest of the day went by so fast, which means I had a total of three pictures from the whole day. Two of which were taken by someone else. Our day was filled with tons of fun activities, I had more activities planned but we ran out of time. Here are the activities that we were able to accomplish:
  1. Hundred day of school hat: Each hat had ten pieces of construction paper, each piece of decorated with things the students accomplished so far (ten of their favorite sight words, students name, letters, numbers, pattern, etc). 
  2. Hundred day snack: Students made a snack with ten different things. Students were able to have ten of each thing. There snack had a total of a hundred things. I used pretzels, mini chocolate chips, M&M's, mini marshmellows, marshmellow ice cream, chex mix, gummi bears, vanilla chocolate chips, fruit loops, and cheerios. Obviously you can choose other things for students to add.
  3. Hundred day necklace: Students counted out a hundred fruit loops and were able to make them into a necklace. My students were really sneaky because I forgot to take away their bowls when they were done counting, so they added more to finish out the necklace (which gave them a lot more than a hundred). 
  4. 100 cup stem activity: Students were able to build with a hundred cups. We read a quick book about building and then I gave each group a hundred cups and they saw who could build the highest structure out of the cups. My kids are super innovative.
  5. Make a hundred with students: As a grade level we got together and had students make a number 100. This was the perfect picture for our yearbook. I am so glad we came up with the idea.
The day went by so fast but we had a great day. My Kindergarten Krew and I got together and made shirts for the day. My students called it my special shirt, and keep asking where they could get one at. Each shirt had a hundred things on it. I had a great hundred day of school. It was long but definitely enjoyable. Here is my awesome Kindergarten Krew!

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Elf on the Shelf- Behavior Tool

In my class I use Elf on the Shelf as a behavior tool with my students during the month of December. We talk a lot about the Elf and why the elf came to my classroom. Then I introduce the Elf in training. The Elf in training is from the Dollar Tree!! Here is our two classroom Elf's. The Elf is called Liam and my class named the Elf in training Rockstar!!
We talk about the differences between the two Elfs. I then told them the secret about the Elf in training. He is in our classroom to earn his red suit that looks like Liam's. Each day the two of them watch the classroom and see who is doing the best. Then they choose two people to be Elfs in training for the day. These students then become the teacher helpers. They become the teacher helpers for the day. The students have loved the Elfs!!
The hats I also got from the Dollar Tree! They wear the hats all day.