Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Math and Literacy Stations

This year I plan on implementing Debbie Diller's Math Workstations.  It's a great resource and I'm excited to try it out this year! 

To get ready for my stations, I made a few labels for my new 3-drawer plastic bins.  I used to use baskets, but I am hoping that this will be a better way to organize my stations!

Students can choose from 8 math stations weekly and 10 literacy stations. I updated my station choice cards to include math this year.  Students check off each station (2 a day) with a dry erase marker as they make their choice.  We erase the laminated cards every Monday.   This worked really well last year! 

Check out the labels and choice cards here:

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Printing and Cutting and Laminating, OH MY!

Wow....I worked on so many projects today!  I love when I get a chance to get new things ready for my classroom!  I finally printed out some of my TPT products to hang in my classroom. 

I printed so much that I ran out of new ink, took a trip to Office Max, and continued working when I got back.  After using over 100 sheets of laminating, I decided that I needed a break! 

Here's what I accomplished today:

In an effort to make reading more exciting, I started a collection of Book Buddies!

Sub Tub - I don't have anything ready for inside yet.  For now, it's housing my new fabric to recover my pillows for my reading corner!

I finally made Whisper Phones!  I've been wanting to do this for a while now and I'm so excited to have them completed!  (Thanks to my great boyfriend for cutting all of the PVC pipe!)

New labels for baskets of supplies


  Chevron Mini Poster Sets

 Chevron Clip It! Behavior Chart - I still need to put it together.  My book rings are in my classroom..

Labels for my picture book bins and supplies

I stopped at Target and found these awesome nerd glasses!  These are going to be great for getting my kiddos excited about reading and finding new words!  I picked these up at Target in the Dollar Spot!

 I've been up after 2:00 am two nights in a row but I am finally getting some projects done!  

Stay tuned for A LOT more...!

Monday, July 29, 2013

Classroom Jobs Set

I just got back from a fantastic trip to Chicago!  I had a great time but I got right back to work this morning!  I have about 3 weeks left until school starts and I have a ton to do!!

I just added a new colorful chevron classroom job set up at my TPT shop!  I'm so excited to get this printed out and laminated for my classroom this year!  Check it out below!

3 sizes included, plus blank pages of each size:

Sunday, July 21, 2013

Crazy Week and New Product

It's been a crazy week!  I started this blog and was so excited to get more up here and I ran out of time!  I have been having fun but I have been busy, busy, busy!  

I made a trip to IKEA on Friday!  I can't get enough of that place!  I bought a few items to put in my classroom that I am super excited about!  I always run out of storage and shelves in my classroom, so I picked up 2 of these shelves to lay on the side and put under my dry erase board in the front of my room.  I'm hoping that it will add a lot of storage without taking up much room!

I also picked up this it!  I've been thinking about it since the last time I went to IKEA!  I have no idea how I am going to use it but it's so super cute!

I added a new product to my TPT shop!  Check it out below.

This can be printed and copied for individual handwriting practice.  It can also be printed in color, placed in a binder with page protectors and added to a station to practice with dry erase markers.  Click on the image to check it out at my TPT shop!

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Sight Word Practice

It always amazes me to see how much growth kindergarten students have from August to June!  One thing my kiddos seem to pick up on so quickly is learning sight words.  We practice them in tons of different fun ways, and they get really excited every time I introduce a new word! 

I just finished up a few practice packets for the sight words that we use for kindergarten in my district.  I also made a word wall pack including 220 Dolch words from pre-primer through second grade.  The words for each item are listed on TPT.  Click the links below to preview the items!


Monday, July 15, 2013

Teachers Pay Teachers

I love reading other teachers' blogs!  There are so many amazing, experienced teachers out there and I get so many great ideas for my classroom and lesson planning.  I get a lot of my ideas from another kindergarten teacher, Deedee Wills.  Check out her blog at

 Thanks to some great teachers and the help of Teachers Pay Teachers, I feel that I am a better teacher.  I just recently decided to try some of this out myself.  I have been busy over the past few weeks coming up with some items of my own to post on TPT. Check out a few below!

(Click on the pictures to view the products!)

Can you tell that I am obsessed with chevron?! 

This one is a FREEBIE!

Friday, July 12, 2013

My Classroom 2012-2013

One of my favorite thing to do over the summer is to begin to plan out my classroom set up for the next year!  After moving schools four years in a row, I finally had the opportunity to stay in the same school and classroom!  This will be my third year back in the same room and I am still finding things that work and things that don't.  I go back next month and look forward to trying some new things, but here's a look at my classroom from last year.  

Classroom Tour 2012-2013