Sunday, July 29, 2012

Inspired by Pinterest & FREE Welcome Bunting

As usual, I have been inspired by things on Pinterest.
Here are a few things I've been working on this summer:

I decided it was time to prettify my binders. Here's my first one:

I saw this 3-Star Colouring Rubric on Pinterest:

What a great visual for those who need reminders :)
Here's my version:

Lots of bloggers are getting organized with fantastic lesson overviews, so I had to get on that bandwagon too:

Have you noticed all of the Welcome Bunting too? I just had to make my own:

I used turquoise, pink, and brown pennant pieces, mounted on black, and tied it together with white ribbon.

I have put my Welcome Bunting in my Teachers Pay Teachers shop...for FREE.

Sunday, July 22, 2012

First Day Of School Impressions--FREEBIE FUN!

I've created a  First Day of School Impressions form, as a means to communicate to parents as to how their child's first day of school went.

The form allows students to share highlights about their first day of school.
It can then be sent home, so parents can enjoy learning about their child's day: how their child felt, who they played with, what they liked about school, etc.

A definite keepsake!

I have included a page for
-Junior Kindergarten
-Grade One
-First Grade
{I know that the names of the grades vary,
depending on where you teach!}

I've made this freebie my very first item in my Teachers Pay Teachers store!

You can download it here for free:

{be sure to add my store to your favourites}


Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Summertime Fun: Pinterest-Style

...and that means more time to surf Pinterest for great teaching ideas!

I will be posting some of my great finds shortly.

Meanwhile, I'll leave you with these 'great finds'!

so finds have certainly been amazing additions to my classroom and teaching

If you'd like to see what I've been pinning, check it out here:

Hope you're enjoying your summer!

Sunday, July 08, 2012

Tricks of the Trade: The Wonders of Velcro

One of the most helpful discoveries I've had during my teaching career has been the many uses of Velcro dots for classroom organization.

You may have seen my High-Five chart in this earlier post or floating around Pinterest.
Each week I stick the words to practise on the chart so that students can high-five them as they read them on their way out the door.

The chart has Velcro dots attached to it, so changing the words each week is simple!
The backs of the high-five words have the other half of the Velcro dot.


I used to use pins to change out the student jobs, and this made tons of little holes in my bulletin board.

I purchased Velcro dots, and stuck one half onto the actual bulletin board:

The other half of the dot is stuck to the back of the student bird name card.
Now I can switch the jobs every day without ruining the bulletin board or the bird name cards.

The front and back of the bird name cards:

To be even more resourceful, I affixed the names onto the fronts of the birds using Velcro too!

front view of job name card

back view of job name card

This allows me to use the birds year after year without having to buy a new set every time.


I used to use sticky-tac to attach the calendar numbers onto my class calendar.
It never stuck very well...and often left a gooey residue on the calendar and number cards.

I now use Velcro dots.
Each square on my calendar has a Velcro dot on it.

The backs of the calendar numbers do too. They are so easy to attach and remove!

My weather chart gives options for pictures as well as words to complete the sentence "Today's weather is..."

I've put a Velcro dot onto the space to be filled in the sentence, as well as on the backs of the weather words:

I've done the same with the corresponding weather pictures:

Velcro dots make things so easy to switch, without ruining your bulletin boards.
They allow you to reuse things time and again.
And best of all, strips of Velcro dots can be purchased at the Dollar Store!

Tuesday, July 03, 2012

'Reading' the Room

This summer I have a list of ideas I'd like to incorporate more into my teaching next year. One of them is 'Reading' the Room.

I have had students do this activity in the past, and they loved it. How fun to wander around the classroom, discovering letters and words and even punctuation that they recognize. And, to make it extra special, they get to use pointers...different ones every month.


sparkly magic wands~ perfect for learning Nursery Rhymes
{like Twinkle Twinkle Little Star}


scarecrows ~ Awesome Autumn theme


hands ~ My 5 Senses theme...perfect to "touch" the words


Christmas-y pens & pencils ~ students can use them as pointers as they Read the Room AND can use them to Write the Room too


snowmen ~ Wonderful Winter theme


heart pointers & sunglasses ~ Valentine's Day themed


Easter/Spring chicks


Spring flowers


bugs ~ for June's theme of Bugs, Insects, & Creepy Crawlies

My quest for the perfect holder:

I looked everywhere and have tried several different containers to hold my Read the Room pointers.
This one from the Dollar Store is just perfect!

All of my pointers can be found at the Dollar Store or
craft-type stores.

You could also make your own!

One that I made in the past was very simple~ I used a dowel and added feathers to the end of it 
for students to "tickle" the words.
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