Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Reading Small Groups Tyner

I love doing Tyner in my small groups everyday. I have made a binder for each level of Tyner. The binder that I am most proud of is my 26 Lessons/Emergent. I have combined the two levels because they are so close together and I love the picture cards that are incorporated into the 26 lessons. I will show you how I organize this level. My first thing I do was separate the weeks. Each week focuses on a different set of letters. This way I can easily locate what I am working on. I have these separated by dividers.
The next thing that I put is a pencil holder. Inside I have my letter and picture strips. I have made letter strips for both uppercase and lowercase because I think my students will benefit from them. Next I made my own picture strips. My pictures were getting old and my students were having issues identifying what each thing was. I have not tried them out with my students because it is summer, but I think that would love it just as much as I do.
After that I have letter cards. The larger one is my teacher cards, and the smaller one are my student cards. I made six of everything for my students. Behind everything is my lessons for my week. Each lesson is in its own plastic holder. I have put the picture cards that go with each lesson. If you have not used Tyner I would definitely look into it. It is the easiest way to differentiate instruction with students. At first you have a  few assessments but after students are leveled it gets really easy from there.

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

I LOVE to laminate!

The one thing that I always do with things that I use everyday or are posted in my class, is laminate. For papers or worksheets that my students use all the time, or write on, I love to use the scotch laminator.

This laminator is great. It is thicker than your regular school laminator and you can laminate cardstock easily. 

For example, the numbers on my table are cute owl numbers that I printed off and then laminated. They lasted all year long. You can also see my birthday board in the background. Almost anything I use on boards all year long I laminate, I can then use them the next year.

Sunday, June 8, 2014

The Organized Teacher Calendar

It is that time of year that I go ahead and find my calendar for next year. Unfortunately, there was not a huge selection but I found something that I can use for next year and to start getting organized.
I am a huge fan of color. If I am going to look at something for a long period of time, I want it to look good. I am huge on using a binder clip for my agenda. This ensures that I can quickly turn to the page that I need. The things that I look for when choosing my calendar for the year, is a quick monthly view and then a more detailed week view. Here is what mine looks like:

I really like how organized I can be with my calendar. It does bother me a little bit that I had to scribble some things out, come on I am OCD and I am going to have to look at it each time I turn to this page. At least I can binder clip it when August is over.

If you are looking to find something similar I found mine at walmart. You can find ones like this at any office store also.

Thursday, June 5, 2014

This site is awesome. I love how easy it is to set up. It reminds me a lot of blogger. I recently set up one. The most important thing in a Kindergarten classroom I believe is the carpet. At my school they were nice enough to purchase a carpet for us. The bad part, the carpet is round and it is huge. It has no clear area where to sit at. So this is when I set up a go fund me. I found on some awesome carpet tiles that come in practically any color you would want. So I selected 5 different colors and 5 of each color. I love that I can just pull them up and I can create any shape that I want to. I am so looking forward to having this carpet next year. If you would like to donate, check out this link:

I want to make a big shout out to my mom and my grandma who have already made contributions to my carpet.

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

The End of the School Year :(

It is so sad to think that this school year is over. I have finished the packing and storing of all my things for next year. I am so excited to see what new little Kinders I will have. I am going to miss all of my little ones from this year.
It only took me a day and a half but my classroom looks nothing like it did.