Tuesday, July 22, 2014

The Love of Reading

I was in the midst of a completely different kind of blog post when I encountered something that prompted me to put THIS post together!  This post is not about my coolest new freebie or a hot new packet you must get your hands on.  This post is from my heart...or over-rated as it might be, this post is about something that is near and dear to me....reading!  

I find it perfect timing as we prepare for our the upcoming year...that we take a minute to understand what our job is as educations..and just as importantly take time to appreciate the difference we DO make!  First off...I want to talk about our job as educators.  No, am not going to talk about how you should run your classroom or how many minutes you should spend teaching math everyday.  Moreover, I want to talk about  our job to teach children the love of reading! 

It never fails that I hear my little Kindergarteners say, "But, Mrs. West I don't know how to read!"  Well, when I hear that the first thing I want to do is shed a little tear...but I quickly snap out of it and respond with a, "Of course you know how to read Johnny"...and I give them a quick example of they can read.  Johnny might not be reading on a first grade level or know all of the 40 sight words, but Johnny can none the less read!

So, one of my first jobs as an educator is to teach my young learners what it means to read!  After they realize that yes they CAN read they will be so inspired!  We will read repetitious poems and songs, meet at the carpet to read easy readers as a group, or meet back at the table work on our one to one tracking skills saying animal picture names.

When you look at the definition above of reading you will notice the usual...letters and words, but look "symbols" is listed and even more "etc."  Don't worry Johnny an "etc." can be pointing to the alphabet carpet and stating all of the animals.  You CAN read! So, I challenge you...right after you teach your new crew how to sit criss-cross-applesauce  and how to line up...teach them the love for reading!  Teach them YOUR love for reading along side teaching them that reading is more than reading a chapter book!

Next, I wanted to share my appreciation for what you do!  Together we are an army...we are protecting, caring for, teaching, and making a DIFFERENCE!  In the hustle and bustle of back to school season don't forget why you do this...your love for children and your desire to be a life changer...that's you- -changing the world one little kiddo at a time!

Tara West, Little Minds at Work

Monday, July 21, 2014

Learning about Shapes! {free shape poems}

Throughout the first week of school, our focus during math is introducing 2D shapes. I made some fun posters to help my students remember the names and properties of each shape {and they referred to them all year long!}
Shape Poems
  {clip art from Love Two Teach
borders from Teaching in a Small Town}
My class absolutely loved these! We learned each poem and talked about the characteristic of each shape. We even learned that Sandy Square has a booooyfriend ;)
Shape Poems
{Download the shape poems here and ignore the fact that I clearly need more ink ;) I copied 2 to a page so that they printed out smaller than a regular sheet of paper.} 
After we learned about each shape, I hung the posters up in our classroom for future reference.
We also played this super fun shape game!
After we met our new friends and talked all about the shapes, we sat in a big circle {applying what we learned about circles!}. Then I walked around with a bunch of shapes in a bag and had each student pull out one shape. They told their neighbor what shape they pulled out {to practice identifying and to help their neighbor if they weren't sure} and then we played the Shape Game!
Shape Game
After everyone had a chance to stand up, we switched our shapes and played again. It was a lot of fun :)
To see what else we did during the first week of school, visit my blog, Miss Kindergarten!

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Kindergarten Assessment Notebook

Hi freebie friends! I am getting my assessment notebook ready for the 2014 school year! I keep this notebook in my small group area. I love having all of my assessment sheets in one place!
I have included some literacy freebies today! 

Hop on over to my blog to grab your freebie!

Friday, July 18, 2014

Pacing Guide for Planning!

Are you planning yet?  Be sure to stop by Simply Kinder for this blank pacing guide to make it super easy!  I don't know what I would do without my big picture master plan!  (Be sure to download it to your computer and then make edits!)

For me this is a working document that I will print once a month or so.  I do this because things change and need to be altered as we all know!  I also make it real simply so I just have like a map to ensure I fit everything in! My regular lesson plans are of course more detailed!  Take a peek:

Hopefully you can use to help you stay organized!

The Teacher Cheat Sheet

Hello!  It's Reagan from Tunstall's Teaching Tidbits

Sometimes the simplest things end up being the most valuable in the classroom for me!  The teacher cheat sheet is possibly the center of all classroom happenings and it gets little to NO attention on the blog!  Time to fix that today!!

I am NOT a fan of constant documentation.  I mean we don't usually have the time to use the restroom let alone document everything happening daily, can I get an amen?

So here's a simple solution to the documentation issues we all face daily!

Each week on a cute clipboard of choice, you have a blank cheat sheet.  {pictured below on the left}

As 3,647 small things come up each day you jot down on your cheat sheet so you only have one consistent place to look for the entire week's happenings.  Keep it where you always have it handy.  Take it to recess, take it to lunch, have it when parents call asking when things happened.  It's a simple solution to the chaos!

The red marks on the right are examples of things I may write down in a given week. 

I keep it to ten rows because I never used all 24 kid's names in a week and the spaces get too small to really write what is happening if you put to many boxes on a sheet.  Ten seemed to be the perfect amount per week needed.

 I leave all of the sheets on the clipboard for the entire semester underneath so I can flip back when I get a phone call and have answers ready!  Once the pages on the bottom are really outdated,  I slide them out and place them in a file until the end of the school year.  {Just in case}
To get this cheat sheet I am going to have you head to my facebook page and use the freebie tab!  Hope it helps simplify your school year craziness!  :)


Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Custom Writing Folders & Writing Templates!

Hi there my Freebielicious friends!  Tara West from Little Minds at Work!  Today I shared an idea on how to make custom/adorable writing folders for your classroom!  While you are there you can also grab these freebie differentiated writing templates! Click the button below to read all about the folders and writing templates!

Monday, July 14, 2014

Back to School with Freebielicous

Freebielicous is dedicated to free resources but there is ever so often a time when we come together to offer you a deal so AMAZING that you won't want to miss!  

And so we have teamed up with Educents again (we did this last back to school as well) to get you an amazing savings of our top back to school items!

Twenty-three products, over 1200 pages of materials from some of your favorite Freebielicous  teacher authors.  73% off and for a very limited time!  We just had to share!   Click here to grab this deal!  

Enter to win $50 in Edubucks to help us celebrate!  Edubucks will be awarded after the deal closes so you can go back and get more stuff for your classroom!
  a Rafflecopter giveaway

Classroom decor, printables, centers, book units, readers theaters, craftivities, and so much more, it's a bundle you are sure to LOVE!  There is even a clipart set from Melonheadz you can use in your own resources!  Take a peek at the links below:

An InLinkz Link-up

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Back to School Word Work Freebie!

Hi everyone! Kristen here from A Day In First Grade. I hope that the summer is treating you well and that you are able to RELAX and enjoy some down time. However, if you are like me, my "teacher brain" never shuts off!

I have been thinking about the ways to kick off work on writing and word work in my classroom and made a few freebies that might help you!

First off, I have a whole PDF available that outlines my writing center available on my blog. In the PDF you will find posters, writing pages, and more! You can get it by clicking on the picture above!

I also made some word cards to help me kick off word work and write the room in my classroom. To get them, simply click on the pictures below.

Feel free to head over to my blog to read all about how I set up writing in my classroom and to grab your freebies!

I hope you enjoy them!
~ Kristen

Friday, July 11, 2014

Vegas giveaway

Vegas week is wrapping up and my giveaway ends soon.

Don't miss out.  Click on the picture below to head on over to my blog for this fabulous giveaway.

Thursday, July 10, 2014

A BUNDLE of a giveaway...VEGAS style!

Hi everyone!
Are you enjoying your summer so far?
I sure am!
I'm not in Vegas this year (boo!) but I am going to celebrate like I having a HUGE giveaway!
Stop by my blog for a chance to win TWO of my HUGE BUNDLES!
A value of over $100!
See ... you don't need to be in Vegas to have all of the fun!
(Click on my blog button above to take you there)
And if you are in Vegas, don't forget to stop by the Freebielicious booth and take your picture with the gals!