Wednesday, September 4, 2013
Oh my word....hope you guys didn't think I left my bloggin' career behind, but there is a little something that's been keepin' me busy these days....yes! I have another job and it's teaching and YES, I am a cutesifying-your-classroom believer. Do I think it makes a better teacher? Nope, not at all, but I think creating a space that is inviting to your students, colleagues and visitors says a lot about who you are as a teacher and your dedication as an educator.
These are my focus walls that will eventually be filled with student samples, duties, information, etc...I like to add those things along with the students so they are more aware of their existence. I am excited to use Lesson Plan Diva's Math Action Cards this year, along with Differentiated Kindergarten's Ball Word Program and Fluency Cards.
I decorated a lot with Kindergarten Smile's Black and White Deco Pack! I love the simplicity of them and they just happened to match my black and white theme this year (with splashes of color, of course!).
We've been in school for two days and added all of our kindergarten popcorn words to the word wall already! We will be reading the room together EVERY day for a couple of weeks so that the students can get familiar with where to find the information they may need as the year goes on (shape words, color words, word wall words, etc...).
My new clip chart is also on foam board for portability and durability! I love the monkeys from Over the Moonbow!
Ahhhh....the CRAFT Binders (a.k.a. Reading Notebooks). Very excited about this aspect (thanks for the gorgeous deco Ladybug Teacher Files!) of my reading workshop and will hopefully be able to give you a better idea of how this will look as we dive into it in our first grade classroom, as time goes on. Feeling pretty good that we got through C is for Comprehension today and R for Responding to text is all ready to go tomorrow. I really want the kiddos to take ownership over this and get excited about this independent work they are capable of!
Also, click on the above picture for a great freebie that explains how my colleague (and son's teacher!) uses the CRAFT binders in her classroom. She is the one who is guiding me through this new-to-me process and I'd love to pay her back by having you visit and follow her blog. Miss Clarke of First Grade and Beyond has amazing ideas and lots to offer the blogging world!
I never had jobs in kindergarten, so this is totally new to me and, honestly, needs some configuring...I LOVE the idea of Table Captains (and so do my kids), but I can't figure out how to switch jobs and make sure everyone is getting a turn at everything??? Mostly because it has to be certain kids who are the table captains because they have to actually sit at the table they are a captain of??!! Ideas anyone? I know I will eventually figure it out, but I wish I could be tomorrow...
I have the kids line up outside the classroom with their MONKEY Books, I check them and then they put them in their cubby for the day. I've tried lots of systems with these, but this has worked out perfectly for us!
So excited about my small group meeting area and my guided reading group chart that allows for flexible and fluid grouping! Here's the simple printable I used to make it. I just copied it onto colored paper to make it more colorful!
Something I did haphazardly last year was to tape ABC charts on the student work boxes that are always on the tables. There is NEVER an excuse not to have that as a resource right at their fingertips. This year, Sounds Fun Phonics charts are going on there as well! You could also add number lines or anything other info you want your children to have immediate access to.
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