Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Twitter Door

Oh the things we will tweet!
Twitter Door: a fun way for students to do shared writing!
This is my classroom door. 
Twitter Door: a fun way for students to do shared writing!
I put some 'iPhones' on it, one for each student. 
They can be found {here}, and are just like the ones I use as a literacy center for students to practice 'texting' their sight words on {see that activity here}.
Twitter Door: a fun way for students to do shared writing!

Twitter Door: a fun way for students to do shared writing!

Twitter Door: a fun way for students to do shared writing! 
The labelled "twitter birds" point to each students' iPhone.
Twitter Door: a fun way for students to do shared writing! 
They are laminated, so that I can post their messages using a wipe-off eraser.
Twitter Door: a fun way for students to do shared writing!
Once a week this will be a fun & different way to do shared writing!
Twitter Door: a fun way for students to do shared writing!
The people who walk down the hall can
Follow Us on Twitter :)

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Calling All List Lovers {freebies}

I am enjoying the last couple of weeks of summer vacation...

...but it is hard not to start planning and organizing for this new school year.

If you're like me, and you love to organize, plan, and make lists, I have something to share with you!
Click {here} for these free downloads. 

Now I'm off to continue my relaxing summer vacation {pinning all things teachery, trolling the back to school aisles, and stalking the great teacher blogs I follow}. LOL

Thursday, August 16, 2012

1 Year Blogiversary: Reflections

I cannot believe it was one year ago that I began blogging about what I do in my Kindergarten class!
I had been reading some amazing teaching blogs, which inspired me to try it out...and I am so glad that I did!

A SPECIAL THANK YOU TO:
Ms. Preppy, for being my very first follower! {I was so excited!!!}
And to these bloggers who I began stalking following over a year ago, and have been such an inspiration to me:

 Reagan Tunstall for sharing your amazingly creative, fun ideas!

  Jessica Williamson for your inspiring anchor charts and class activities! I wish I was half as creative as you are!
AND PTL FOR PINTEREST!
...where I have been introduced to so many blogs, teaching ideas, and classroom design ideas.
It is also the means that people have been led to my blog! 

I have learned a lot over this past year, and have grown as a teacher.
My program has been enriched too.

Over this past year I have...
1. ...started to look forward to the Target dollar spot I've been reading about...Target is coming to Canada next spring and I am SOOO excited! 

2. ...become a HUGE font snob :) I have hundreds on my laptop, and I keep finding more!

3. ...found that I am very particular when it comes to graphics I use {and purchase} I'm heading away from the cutesy things & am heading towards a more clean & simple look.
There are only a few graphic designers that I purchase from...}

4. ...have begun to redesign my entire classroom & binders because of #3. {It is a work in progress, and unfortunately I share my classroom, so that makes it even more difficult...}

5. ...have made my activities more fun and engaging because of inspiration & those who share generously on their blogs!

6. I LOVE the blogging community! The sharing, the positive feedback, the comments, the awards, the freebies, the giveaways...it is so rewarding!

Thank you so much for following my blog, from 127 countries and counting!
 I appreciate every one of you!

Thank you to those who have been purchasing from my TPT store! I hope that what I've been creating is useful to you.
{Stay tuned for some Brown Bear activities, a Blast Off! sight word pack, and a Pumpkin Patch Parable pack}

Leaving you with some blog-related LOLs found on Pinterest:

Wednesday, August 08, 2012

Superhero Themed Freebie for Back to School

In my last post, I shared my NEW Superhero themed back to school pack, that focuses on building classroom community and helping students get to know each other.
Superhero themed back to school activities to promote class community!

Superhero themed classroom decor and back to school activities and a superhero freebie!
Find it {here}

Check out these 'SUPER' things available for your classroom:
Super Hero Activities, assessments, and classroom decor!
Superhero themed classroom decor and back to school activities and a superhero freebie!
table signs, center/centre signs, alphabet flashcards
Superhero themed classroom decor and back to school activities and a superhero freebie!
cubby labels, nameplates, assessment forms, student awards
Superhero themed classroom decor and back to school activities and a superhero freebie!
& getting to know you activities galore

You can find them all {here}.


FREEBIE
I've made a Getting To Know You form just for you :)

It goes with this FANTASTIC back-to-school activity {see it in action here}.
Superhero themed classroom decor and back to school activities and a superhero freebie!
Snag your copy here {FREEBIE}
Superhero themed classroom decor and back to school activities and a superhero freebie!
Superhero themed classroom decor and back to school activities and a superhero freebie!

Saturday, August 04, 2012

A SUPER{HERO} Way To Head Back To School!

I have been v-e-r-y busy working on a back to school pack that your students will love!
Our Class of Super Friends: a back to school pack that builds classroom community and helps students get to know each other.
The high-interest theme alone will excite your little learners as they head back to school.
{There are an equal amount of boy and girl Superheroes, in case you're wondering!}

'Our Class of Super-Friends'
Our Class of Super Friends: a back to school pack that builds classroom community and helps students get to know each other.
This 'super' pack is filled with activities that will allow your students to quickly learn the names of their classmates.

Other activities focus on what it means to be a good friend, and how to get along with other classmates.

Here are a few activities included in this pack:
Our Class of Super Friends: a back to school pack that builds classroom community and helps students get to know each other.
Our Class of Super Friends: a back to school pack that builds classroom community and helps students get to know each other.
syllable sorting based on classmates' names
Our Class of Super Friends: a back to school pack that builds classroom community and helps students get to know each other.

Our Class of Super Friends: a back to school pack that builds classroom community and helps students get to know each other.
Our Class of Super Friends: a back to school pack that builds classroom community and helps students get to know each other.
'In My Name/Not In My Name' sorting
Our Class of Super Friends: a back to school pack that builds classroom community and helps students get to know each other.
greater than/less than/equal to letters in our names
Our Class of Super Friends: a back to school pack that builds classroom community and helps students get to know each other.
portrait of a classroom Hero
Our Class of Super Friends: a back to school pack that builds classroom community and helps students get to know each other.
class names write-the-room {have them wear Superhero capes to make it even more fun!} 

Find the pack {here}

Wednesday, August 01, 2012

Inspired by Pinterest Part 2 and 'Read' Sign FREEBIE

I hope you all are enjoying your summer!

I have been using this time to catch up on the blogs I follow, discover new blogs to follow, and find great ideas on Pinterest!

Here are a couple of things that missed my last Inspired by Pinterest post  
{because I could not get the dang pictures to turn properly...grr}

NUMBER ANCHOR CHART
I found this great idea on Pinterest {source}
This chart will be used when the focus is on teaching specific numbers.
I love how lots of different skills are being touched on!

STORY RETELLING ANCHOR CHART
This anchor chart will be used during subsequent readings of our book study books.
I'll point to a picture, and students will retell that part of the story.
This retelling chart is a spinoff of the fantastic retelling rope I found {here}:


R-E-A-D CLASSROOM SIGN
I've seen various versions of the 'READ' sign, and came up this to match my classroom. It can be hung horizontally or vertically for a bunting or banner effect.
The dotted backgrounds are turquoise, orange, brown, and pink.
The finished product measures 8" high x 32" wide.

It coordinates with the dotted turquoise, brown, and pink Welcome Bunting from my previous post:


You can download the READ sign{here}.

You can download the Welcome Bunting {here}.

Find more home and school Pinterest inspiration
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