organize and manage my RTI data in a much more organized fashion. For letter i.d. and sight word (Dolch Word) assessments, I have used A Differentiated Kindergarten's Top Banana/Ball Word program. This itself is a VERY motivating program for students to advance in their learning, BUT my tracking system was less than desirable. I am so relaxed realizing that I am ready for the year with my new system that will make this whole process easier, more organized, AND save time. Please click here to read more about it (and the Top Banana/Ball Word Program from Differentiated Kindergarten!) in another blog post. It really is going to make my recording and managing of R.T.I. kids and just assessments overall SO much easier. Below, you will see these banana candies I found at the dollar store....as soon as students know all of their letters and sounds, I will give them their certificate from the Top Banana kit as well as a small plastic baggy with these cute bananas, letting them know they are a Top Banana (stay tuned for the label I may or may not get to making for it!).
Marsha's Ball Word kits all come with editable, printable certificates as well...but I found these rubber balls at Party City that I will keep in this plastic container as an incentive to keep on going! I am going to let them choose a ball every time they achieve (can read) 3 of the 11 Dolch lists. I just love bouncy balls (probably as much as the kiddos do!) and know (well, hope!) that the variety will keep them reading and learning all yearlong!
My FAVORITE new addition to my classroom is my new job chart that I got from Mel D at Seusstastic! I love all of her ideas and products! I shrunk her job cards to 2 pages per sheet (always saving ink and space ya know?). I chose the jobs that suit my classroom (EVERY child will have a job EVERY day!) and will laminate this bad boy and use clothespin clips with student pics to switch around (which will even be a job for someone!). It is a lot to introduce all of the jobs, but, in the end, it is SO worth it because it helps your classroom run so smooth BY THE CHILDREN. Talk about building community!
One of the last things I need to do is prepare my MONKEY Books! I started doing these organizational notebooks years ago and will NEVER go back to any other home communication system. The only thing I DO change is what they look like (of course!). Hmmmm......