I love this linky party and, really, I should partake (more than just reading!) every week because I always have a bunch of random things by the end of the week that wouldn't equal a great blog post alone, but, put together, they would be at least OKAY. So, here is my first Five for Friday entry! I hope you will let me know if you enjoy it and then maybe I'll participate on a more regular basis!
Okay, so I've been out of school for a little over a week and I have already begun my planning, orchestration and preparation for next year. This is nothing new for me, I constantly have my job and creating on the brain because I LOVE it and it completely and totally fulfills a piece of me that can always use filling up!
First of all, I am sooooo excited that my 2 little boys will be attending my school for the first time next year. Interestingly enough, my little one is going to be in first grade (like me!) and he is going to be right next door! Although we couldn't have gone wrong with any of the 1st grade choices for teachers, I feel pretty lucky with where he landed. She sent this project home for him to complete to decorate their jungle themed classroom at the beginning of the year:
She did this project last year and it hung on her welcome window all year...it was sooooo adorable. I can't wait to see my son hanging there this year. Click on the picture to find the clipart if you are interested in this project as well! Also, stay tuned to see her ideas and classroom fun on the screen, as her blog is being developed as we speak!
I have been wanting to share with all of you a lifelong dream that came true for me over April vacation. Only true MMMB followers will get why this was such a huge deal to me, but it is something I will never forget. My only regret is that my time with this little guy was a little bit longer. I made it into a year end gift for my kiddos by writing on the picture and sending them to online photo one hour developers. I put them in a 4 by 6 magnetic acrylic frame so they can always remember their kindergarten teacher and her love for monkeys! (P.S. If any of my parents from this year are reading this and your child did not bring one home, one got left behind and I'm holding onto it for next year! he he!)
Pin it so you'll remember to do this special end of year gift for your kiddos next year..VERY inexpensive and much loved by all of them.
What eles have I been busy with (besides playing, riding bikes, swimming lessons, golf lessons and whatever else 2 little boys need to be doing on the first days off of summer)?
Since I am moving to 1st grade, there are LOTS of curriculum changes which means product changes, too. So, I've been creating, updating and rethinking some things I already do in my classroom:
My classroom is going to be all greens and blues (cool, calming colors, of course), so that meant painting, painting and, well, more painting (and more pics to come of finished projects)...it is AMAZING what a can of spray paint can do for a blah shelf! Wait until you see the finished products!
I am sure you've heard, but, just in case you haven't, the Freebielicious girls are doing a book study with anyone and everyone who wants to participate. Click on the picture for my first chapter post and a link to a pretty cool (well, if I do say so myself) freebie to start your reader's notebooks off right in kindergarten or 1st grade!
I have also revamped an old product that I will be using aGAIN next year in first grade. It is a journal that tracks the students' progress of drawing, coloring and writing on a monthly basis. My students always look forward to completing this journal (all put together and ready to go at the beginning of the year) at the beginning of every month! I will be writing a post sometime this weekend to explain it more and to give you a freebie that goes along with it. But, for now, you can read more about it by clicking on the picture!
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