Friday, August 14, 2015

My Classroom

Hey friends!!

I am SO SO SO sorry I haven't updated in so long. No matter how hard I try, my blog always gets pushed down on my to-do list. I'm hoping to do better this school year. Believe it or not, I just finished my third week of school! We are a year-round school so we start in July. Even though we have a shorter summer I love it because we get a long Fall Break and a longer Spring Break. Two thumbs up from me!!

As I said in my last post (which was FOREVER ago....) I am no longer a K/1 teacher. I am actually not even a classroom teacher anymore. My new position is a 2/3 Academic Interventionist. I work with students in small groups supporting them in Reading and Math. I also work with students who have Dyslexia and support their reading growth. I absolutely LOVE IT! It is hard work, but it is work I love. I am very fortunate.

Since everyone is heading back to school (or already there) I thought I would share with you what my classroom looks like. I moved from my old classroom into a small office since I only see small groups. It was hard downsizing but it was also a blessing. It helped me go through stuff and really get organized. I worked all summer organizing and I am really pleased with how it turned out. Here is my classroom/office:

This is where my small groups meet:

I made a place to hang anchor charts next to my small group area. I use this to display the skill of the week we are working on in Math. 

Here's my huge filing cabinet (which is project is to organize that! haha) with all my classroom pictures on display: 

This is my desk area where I do lesson planning and record progress monitoring data for my small groups. I also reorganized my classroom library books and teacher books:

Finally have two bookshelves where I store all my resources and games:

My old classroom had a pirate/ocean theme so I incorporated it into my office. Hope you enjoyed the pics! Stay tuned for more updates and new products!!

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Where Have I Been??

OK, OK. I know I have been gone WAY too long. I promise I have a good reason.

I am no longer a Kindergarten teacher.

Shocking, I know. ;-) But don't worry. I'm still a teacher. Just made a position change at my school in January. I am now the 2nd/3rd Grade Academic Interventionist and Dyslexia teacher. I officially started in January so I've been trying to figure out what I'm doing so I didn't have much energy to devote to my blog and TpT store. It was a huge change and I'm still getting a hang of things, but I am loving it! The spot opened up in my school in November and I couldn't pass up the chance.

However, I do miss my Kinder babies. It was a tough decision, but I feel like it was a time for a change. And now I get to get my feet wet in teaching 2nd and 3rd grade! And that means....


My plan this summer is to create reading and math products for 2nd and 3rd grade. Stay tuned for more info! And all my K/1 teacher friends, don't you worry! I will be updating and adding new K/1 products as well. My heart will always be with the little ones so I won't forget you.

Sunday, November 30, 2014

HUGE TpT Sale!

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Sunday, November 16, 2014

Apples and Pumpkins and Fall, Oh My!

Hey guys! Once's been awhile since I posted! So sorry! Kindergarten is crazy! I feel like time is going by super fast and very slow all at the same time. Does that make sense? It's just making me so tired. I've been going to bed at like 9 most nights so blogging hasn't been a priority. In an effort to get caught up, I'm going to post about both apples and pumpkins!

I love this time of year and there are always lots of fun things to teach about during the fall. The kids love learning about apples and pumpkins and it's a perfect time to learn all about the parts of a plant and its life cycle.

First we started with apples. In reading we did several review games that were apple related including a beginning sound sort and a letters/words sort:


In math we did a matching sets games where the kids had to match a number with the tree with that number of apples on it: 


Every day my kids do a math problem in their journals and this week we had apple related probems each day: 


At the end of the week we did a super fun apple tasting activity where the kids voted on their favorite apple. After they tasted all four apples and voted, the kids filled out a graph:

We also learned about Johnny Appleseed and read a book about him. The kids then completed a web with things they learned about him: 

 Our craft for the week was painting apples with watercolors. They turned out beautiful:

 The next week (or the week of Halloween) we moved on to pumpkins.  We read two books over the week to learn more about the life cycle of a pumpkin:

During Science the kids filled out a web on what the learned and drew the life cycle:

In the middle of the week we took a field trip to a farm where the kids learned more about pumpkins and how they grow. Before we left the kids predicted what they would see and when we returned they filled out a checklist: 

In Math we did lots of fun pumpkin-related activities including pumpkin patterns, pumpkin seed book and halloween counting book: 

Just like during apple week, the kids did pumpkin-related word problems in their journals during pumpkin week:


 During the week we watched one of my favorite Halloween movies, Spookley the Square Pumpkin. The kids then made a Spookley craft where the chose an adjective to describe him:


We ended the week by carving two pumpkins. I had the kids help me get the seeds out and then they voted on what kind of face I should carve:

I then had the kids draw how-to carve a pumpkin: 

If you liked these activities, please check out the pictures below! The first four people to comment can get either my apple or pumpkin unit for free! Leave your email and your choice in the comments below!