Wednesday, July 31, 2013

What I'm Lovin' Wednesday {Back to School Shopping Finds}

Even though I don't head back to class for over a month, I have been shopping around to collect things for my classroom. Here are some of my favourites for What I'm Lovin' Wednesday!
 
Pink Tape Dispenser
Target
 
Sticky Notes
Target
 
Glass Magnets
Target
 
Owl Pencil Holder
Michaels
 
Colourful Mini Storage Tins
Target
 
Broad Sharpies
{I am SO excited about this find...HUGE THICK Sharpies! In awesome colours!}
Staples
 
Owl Bookends
gift from my sister!
 
Mini Globe
{all plastic, perfect for primary students}
Dollarama
 
Cork Boards
{hard to see with the packaging still on, but I LOVE the shape of these...I got 2}
Kohl's
 
Accordian File Storage
{perfect for index cards and items that are easy to lose}
Walmart
 
Turquoise Storage Crates
Target
 
Agenda/Calendar
Target
 
Sharpie Highlighters
Walmart
 
Paper Lanterns
{small & large of each in a pack}
Target
 
Document Holders
{I added the label- I keep documents I need to photocopy in here}
Walmart
 
Notepads
Dollarama
 
Magazine Files
Target
 
Pink Polka-Dot Tape
Target
 
Turquoise Cart
{Love that it can be wheeled around the room! Perfect for papers/supplies/etc.}
Ikea
 
Teacher Binder
Target
 
I created a set of teacher binder inserts, after rediscovering how ugly my own binder was. I made them with turquoise, chocolate brown, and pink chevron. Much better!
 
The Teacher Binder Inserts can be found {here}


Monday, July 29, 2013

Year-Long Learning Centers for Kindergarten

I have been looking over my math and literacy activities and realize I work way too hard! After reading some very wise words from Michelle at Inspired by Kindergarten, I started to rethink how I do my activities.

I have been introducing NEW activities all the time. I love how Michelle changes out her centers but the concept of each one is the same. Which means less time for instruction and more time for active learning! [See her first post {here}, then keep reading for more!]
Spiraled, hands-on literacy centers for Kindergarten for the whole year!
 I will still switch out new centers for some of them, but I've decided that some will also be constants throughout the year. They will be switched as far as theme/season/holiday, but not by concept.
Spiraled, hands-on literacy centers for Kindergarten for the whole year!
I have created year long literacy centers for Kindergarten. The activities spiral, meaning that they build on one another. This saves explaining new concepts with every center change!
The activities include
-writing centers
-listening centers
-reading centers
-alphabet & phonics centers
-phonemic awareness centers
-names centers
-word work centers
Find the monthly & year long packs {here}

One activity included in the packs is WRITE THE ROOM.
Write the room activities for all year long! Includes 13 sets- active learning is fun!
click {here} to see this bundled pack
In this pack there are 13 sets to take us through the year! Students will have fun expanding their vocabulary, practicing their handwriting skills, and matching numbers. Each student will use a Write the Room page, clipboard, and pencil to search around the room for picture cards, then print the words onto their papers beside each corresponding number. 
Active learning is AWESOME!
Write the room activities for all year long! Includes 13 sets- active learning is fun!
Hooray for the time-saving simplicity of year long centers :)

Friday, July 26, 2013

Favourite Pins Friday! {Back to School Bulletin Boards}

This Friday I am sharing my favourite five back to school bulletin board pins.
 
click the pics to find their sources
 
RESISTANCE IS FUTILE
OK, maybe not a bulletin board idea I can use, but you know it will be in the thought bubble above my head LOL.
 
 
FALL APPLE BULLETIN BOARD
Love the tissue paper leaves!
 
 
COLLABORATIVE CLASS PROJECT
What a great project for the first week of school!
The quote reads "With heart and helping hands, a child can accomplish anything."
 
 
BACK 2 SCHOOL...READY 2 GROW
I love how the students' pictures are incorporated into this one.
 
 
INSTAGRAM DOOR
Last year I did a Twitter Door {here}...this year I'm going INSTAGRAM! What a fun way to chronicle the years' events as they happen!
 
You can find more of my school finds on Pinterest by clicking the link below



Wednesday, July 24, 2013

What I'm Lovin' Wednesday!

This week I am sharing some Pins that I L-O-V-E that are DIY ideas I'd like to try for the home...someday :)
 
{OR if any of you would like to make them for me, I will be glad to send you my mailing address LOL}
 
click the pictures to see where I found them
 
RECLAIMED WOOD FRAMES
Reclaimed wood attached together and add a photo.
 
CANVAS WALL HANGING
Paint canvas boards, then affix a stencil & paint. Pretty!
 
PAINTED WINDOW FRAME/PICTURE FRAME
An old window frame with a picture added to the back.
 
SCRABBLE WALL TILES
Squares of wood stenciled with letters and numbers to make words and/or names of family members.
 
STENCILED PILLOWS
Personalize your pillows!
 
GROWTH CHART RULER
Stain & add measurements. Chart your family's growth over the years. Take it with you when you move!
 
See more of my DIY pins by clicking the link below


Friday, July 19, 2013

Favourite Pins Friday {Displaying Student Work}

This week's Favourite Pins Friday shows my favourite pins that give creative ways to display student work!
 
Click the pictures to see where they're from.
 
Hot glue jumbo clothespins to a large ruler. So cute!
 
Put student work in clear paper holders and snap together using binder rings. Slide it all over a paper towel holder for a fun way to display student work.
 
Hang curtain rods across your wall space. and add curtain rings with clips. Student work can be switched out easily.
 
String wire across your wall and add clips. Super easy to switch out student work!
 
Give each student their own clipboard mounted to your wall. Makes changing out the papers so easy!
 
Follow all of my pins by clicking the pic below!


Wednesday, July 17, 2013

What I'm Lovin' Wednesday!

This week my Lovin' It list includes some helpful classroom set-up tips:
BORDER/TRIMMER STORAGE
Store borders in icing containers.
Use icing containers to store bulletin board borders. They're clear, so you can see what's inside!
{here}


SENTENCE STRIP STORAGE
Use binder clips to clamp sentence strips together & hang.
Use binder clips to clamp the strips together & hang.
{here}
SMALL GAME STORAGE
Put small games in a clear pencil case pouch. More durable than Ziplocs.
Put small games/centres in a clear pencil case pouch & zip shut. You can see what's inside, and they're more durable than Ziploc bags.
{here}
FLASHCARD STORAGE
Card game & flashcard storage idea.
Keep card games & flashcards in travel soap containers. They're durable and inexpensive.
{here}
WORD WALL WORD STORAGE
Word Wall word storage
Word Wall words will be easy to find in a tabbed recipe card holder.
{here}
PLASTIC BAG STORAGE
plastic bag storage idea
Keep plastic bags in a Kleenex box.
{here}
BULLETIN BOARD LETTER STORAGE
Keep bulletin board letters organized in a photo album or CD storage binder.
Keep bulletin board letters organized in a photo album or CD storage binder.
{here}

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