Saturday, August 20, 2016

Ready for School Year 2016-2017

Another school year has begun and I have spent nearly a week getting my room ready.  Cleaning (75+ Clorox wipes and 5 Swiffer dusters later), unpacking, and covering bulletin boards.  Printing, laminating, and taping. Leveling, stapling, and organizing.  All to create a welcome and inviting room for my little Kindergarteners!

Here is the result.

Area just above my desk.  I posted the pics of POTUS and VPOTUS near the flag.

Writing area.  Each table has a box with writing folders and pens for writer's workshop.  I created the drawing years ago when teaching a unit on Imagination in 2nd grade.

This fun READ display hangs above my library.  I painted cardboard letters from Joann's and cut and stapled Dr. Seuss bags from Target Dollar Spot on top of canvases.

Here is the library area.  Stuffed animals (reading buddies) are in the large bin.  I purchased some scoop rockers and made the sit-upon cushions. Looking to add a small rug to this area.

Calendar area includes school day count ten frames, months of the year, and calendar.  On the wall below are student buckets for bucket filling.  I will be taking a picture of each student and taping them on the front of the buckets.

Small group table with crate seats and fancy magnetic white boards.



Here's to a FANTASTIC year!

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Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Classic Picture Books for Kindergarten

Classic picture books are the ones we never seem to get tired of, even if we read them everyday!  They are timeless favorites.  They are delightful and comforting.  They feed our imaginations.  They are powerful and memorable.

And so for the final week of the Summer Stash blog hop, we are bringing you our favorite classic books!

And be sure to keep reading for our GIVEAWAY!



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Stone Soup by Marcia Brown


This is one of my top stories, because I have fond memories of making stone soup when I was in elementary school!
This book tells the French tale of soldiers who cleverly trick some peasants into making a delicious soup made of stones!

Caps for Sale by Esphyr Slobodkina


This is a favorite in my class!  Of course I am super animated when I read this story, and the kids can't get enough.  We love acting out the story, shaking our fists and stomping our feet at the monkeys!
Day in and day out the peddler walks the streets selling his caps, which he keeps on top of his head.  One day he sits under a tree to rest, and when he wakes up, he sees that monkeys have taken each one of his hats up in the tree.  He eventually gets the caps back after tricking the monkeys.

It Looked Like Spilt Milk by Charles G. Shaw


You students will enjoy identifying the shapes in this book as you read.
The repetitive text follows a simple pattern and kids love retelling this story.

Where The Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak


While Max is in a time-out in his room, he imagines a land where wild things live.  He becomes the king, but soon realizes he wants to be back home.

The Kissing Hand by Audrey Penn


A great book for the first day of school!
Chester Raccoon doesn't want to go to school. His mother shares a special secret with him, the Kissing Hand.  It comforts him while he is at school, away from his mom.

Here is a fun project I have my students complete on the first day of school.


You can pick up my FREEBIE {HERE}.

Now head over to Minute Mommy to see her classic book choices.


And don't forget to enter our giveaway.  You could win a $25 TpT gift card.  Be sure to enter before midnight EST on Friday.  We will be announcing the winner on Sunday!

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Monday, August 1, 2016

Best Year Ever Sale!

The Teachers Pay Teachers sitewide sale is HERE!  I have filled up my cart, checked out, and repeated!


I wanted to share with you some of the products that I have recently added to my store.

If you are in need of a product for behavior management, then Pizza Pan Praise is for you!  I currently have 15 different themes.  You can find ALL of them {HERE}.



I will be implementing instruction in Growth Mindset this year and I recently created some lightbox slides and posters.  These products are the same, but in different formats.



I also have lightbox slides and posters for Bucket Filling.



Head over to my store now!  The sale ends Tuesday night!
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