Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Free Morning Work Packets: Limited Availability

I just love that every class I have every year is so different from all the other classes I have ever had. I am really amazed by how the group dynamics change from year to year. Because each class is so different from all the others, I find that at this time of the year, I end up creating something special just for my new class. Below are some of the new products I created recently for my new class. They are for sale in my TpT store. If you are interested in them, just click on the picture to see what each packet has to offer. The morning work packets are sold separately AND as a combo for a slightly lower combined price.

HOWEVER, I am offering all of them for FREE to the first 10 people who comment to tell me about one thing that you like to do for morning work in your classroom. 

I am always looking for new ideas. I would love it if you wanted to follow my blog, but that is not a requirement. The first 10 people will receive my Community Workers packet, and both Fine-Motor Skills and Initial Sounds Morning Work packets. You MUST leave an email address that I can send these files to. They are zipped files and will need to be unzipped because of the number of pages in each packet.

Here's hoping you are off to a great new school year with your new class!!!


Monday, August 26, 2013

A Stock your Classroom Huge GIVEAWAY!!

Can you believe September is around the corner?! I 
know some of you have been in full swing for a while 
and some are just gearing up to meet your new little 
sweeties…. Which to me sounds like the perfect time to 
Stock Your Classroom!

I am teaming up with 8 of my blogging friends to offer 
an amazing giveaway package to help stock your 
classroom for the coming year.
Check out what is up for grabs!


Gain entries by following us on TpT, our blogs, and/or 
Good luck! The winner will be announced THIS Thursday!

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Friday, August 23, 2013

Phonics Show and Tell: Great Connection idea!

We finished our first week today! In my kindergarten class, we use Saxon Phonics. The first letter that is introduced is "L". It is followed in the second week by the letter "O" and the third week brings us the letter "G". The beauty of this introduction is that by the third week, students are feeling successful because they recognize they can "read" something: the word "log". The letters "H", "P", and "T" follow shortly, so you can see they have a number of words that can be put together for reading soon after school starts.

For years, I have tried to think of a way that makes sense for five year olds to connect immediately with the sounds that we are working with. I finally came up with something that both the students and I love!

It is called the "Show and Tell Your Letter" board. I laminated a posterboard and hung it on the wall. I then put border around it to make it a mini bulletin board. I laminated it so that I could write on it with a whiteboard marker. 

As each letter is introduced for the week, I put a little blurb in my newsletter about what letter we will be studying the following week. I ask parents to have their children bring in something that STARTS with the letter of the week. I tell them they can bring it in any day of the week. As we start our phonics lesson, I let students "Show and Tell" about the item they brought. They put it on our letter shelf and I add the word to the weekly word wall.

I am so excited by the events that this has already caused in only the first week. For one thing, students did WAY better with initial sound concepts with the letter than in any other year. On another note, students even began to use the words from the word wall in their own writing without my having even suggesting it. I LOVE that they are making real connections with the phonics concepts because of this. 

The other benefit to this activity is that it allows students to bring in toys that they are otherwise "banned" from unless it is their "Bear of the Week" time in which they are allowed to bring in items from home to share.

As we complete other weeks, I can come back to add pictures from items students bring in.

If you have any other suggestions for my board, please feel free to leave me a comment:)

Here are a few additions from the weeks after this was written:

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Friday, August 16, 2013

Excellent Back to School Resources

It is that time of the year again!! Many of you have already begun to welcome your new crop of students for the year. I had the pleasure of meeting most of my new students at our "Back-to-School" Night this past week. I really enjoy that time, as it gives me a few moments with parents to tell me about their children. I also get an initial impression on each child so that I can begin to plan for some of their needs as well as their interests!

In getting ready for the upcoming year, I have a number of "tried and true" supplements that I like to make sure to use each year. However, I ALWAYS love to shop at TpT's Back-to-School SALE to add something new to the new class. It is especially cute when my older students stop into the room and look around. They love to see replicas of a project they did the previous year. Then you see them look with awe at a new project and say, "Hey, we didn't get to do that!!!" They sure are observant!

Teachers Pay Teachers is hosting a HUGE Back-to-School two day sale on August 18th and 19th. If you click on the box above, you can be taken to the TpT Back to School SALE through my store. You can also go to their home page from my store to shop from the stores of other teachers. 

Be sure to add in the promo code: BTS13 to get up to 28% off of EVERYTHING in my store!

Here is my newest creation:

If you would like to check out some other really wonderful Back-to-School items, look at what these amazing teachers have to offer by clicking on each of their buttons! Be sure to check each of their stores. You will find many things that will provide your students with fun, interactive, and purposeful learning!

May you enjoy a truly wonderful new year with your new class!!


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