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Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Back to School Basics: Giveaway and Freebies

I am running around like a busy bee getting things ready for the start of school! We start SO early!

Our friend, Cheryl, has put her time into an awesome giveaway, Back to School Basics. Each day she is featuring products on a specific topic and showing you some great freebies. Click below to head over to her blog to read ALL about it!

Thanks Cheryl for putting this together!
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Monday, July 30, 2012

Hip! Hip! Hooray! Getting Ready for the First Day!


So last week was a crazy week! I was in FOUR different schools.  I wanted to share all that I saw in each of the exciting classrooms! First I went to Megan’s room. Above is what it looked like when we walked in the door!Slide2

And here are some pictures of the things we did! I think we got a whole lot done. The way I set up a room is to push everything to one side and move things to the cleared place. I just love all the rugs and comfy places in Megan’s room. It is so inviting! A place where all kids want to hang out!Slide3

Megan puts fabric on the back of all her bookcases. She usually doesn’t take it off at the end of the year, but this year they had a lice outbreak and their principal made them remove and wash all fabric! What a job! The table picture is where I had the things piled that we still needed to decide on. The piles on the floor are the beginning of the sort!Slide4

We put fabric on all the bulletin boards! Below is Megan’s monkey shelf. I had a photo of it on my blog before, but it just makes me smile! Her dad made that for her before she was even born! Such sweet memories! The shoe bag is for the mail center! Organizer above holds paper, envelopes, etc.Slide5


I just love all the added touches. Animal buddies to read to, picture frames to hold family photos taken at open house, and sweet little containers to hold “stuff”!Slide7

This board is to hold the anchor charts for literacy and math. Each of the two sections on the left are 2 pieces of poster board wide. Megan is making headings to go above each section. I can’t remember what she is putting in the third section! I hate all those tv cords and wires. Any suggestions on how to hide them?Slide8

At the end of the day, this was the pile of trash! We left the rest for another day! Come back tomorrow to see another great room makeover!

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Friday, July 27, 2012

In Pictures and in Words-Chapter 10

Chapter 10:   Tone, In Pictures and in Words

Katie Wood Ray reminds us in this chapter that it is not always what you say, but it's how you say it.

Long Night Moon by Cythnia Rylant is a book about 12 different types of moons throughout the year.  Lovely!   Her beautiful prose matches the tone of the illustrations.   A wistful meandering.

Thank you Mrs. Jump for hosting this week's chapter!
Please stop by her blog to read more about Chapter 10!

Thanks DeeDee for helping me with this post--well really DOING this post for me! I have had a super busy week, in four different schools! I can't wait to blog all about it!

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Thursday, July 26, 2012

Mrs. Lee's Kindergarten 30th Birthday Give Away

Mrs. Lee's Kindergarten is hosting a 30th birthday give away! They are giving away 30 items to one lucky winner. Sounds like an excellent way to start off the new year...30 new items. Head on over to her blog, Mrs. Lee's Kindergarten to enter!
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Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Christmas in July Sale Extended

We have decided to make your Christmas in July more merry. The sale has been extended until Thursday at midnight due to TPT being down most of the day! Happy shopping.
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Postcard Exchange

We are so excited to be a part of Primary Graffiti's Annual Postcard Exchange this year! This is an excellent opportunity for both my students and me! Thanks Cheryl for coordinating this learning opportunity! It will be fun for my kiddos to see the world beyond our little town.

Our school system follows the Writer's Workshop model. This exchange is going to provide good discussion for letter writing and it purpose.

Click on over to Cheryl's blog and see if there is still a slot for your state! I would love for my kids to meet some of the excellent teachers in other states and their students!

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Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Christmas in July Sale

Join us and celebrate Christmas in July! On July 25th, join us and some blogging buddies for some jolly good deals on ALL of our seasonal and holiday items. The seasonal and holiday items in my TpT store and that of my blogging buddies will be discounted 20%! Join in the jolly by hopping over to Blog Hoppin' to shop and hop around.

Teachers Pay Teachers will be offline due to some updates from Midnight til 9AM on Wednesday.

If you would to participate in this sale you can head over to Blog Hoppin' and link up!

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Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Literacy Center Management


When I set up my centers, the first thing I did was to decide which centers were MAINLY teaching reading, writing and word work. Then I divided them into those three groups.


Then, I divided my room into 5 different areas. The top row on the grid below has areas that teach reading, the second row is writing, the third row word work (abc), the fourth row book centers, and the bottom row play centers. The children will visit one “area” each day being able to choose from the different activities in their area—one for reading, one for writing, one for word work, a book center, and a play center (only open in the afternoon during free choice time).


The pictures below show each of the 5 areas of the room. All the centers are in the same area so that children do not need to roam around the room. Their choices for the day are right there together!Slide5Slide6Slide7Slide8

Then I made a board to show the children what their choices were. The one on the left shows a board in the process.  Photos are only added when that center has been explained and practiced! The photo on the right shows the completed board. A few things, like the photo on the left, adding a symbol at the top of each row helps them know where to go. And, number the groups of kids. This way you know to start with Group 1 in the first row on Monday and then move them down one row each day. If you go to my website in the download section there is a classroom tour that has each center area labeled like the photo below.



In the photo above, you see how I made my “families”. These are groups of children—all levels, all personalities, all behaviors, etc. Kids that can work well together! Then, the kiddos visit the center areas with their families. These groups are “fixed” unless there is an issue. Once that part is working smoothly, I start to pull small groups of kiddos based on my formative assessments. These groups are very fluid. They may be with some children this week and with different children next week depending on the assessments. Hope this helps those that were in Vegas and those that weren’t! I am in AR tomorrow working with a group of teachers. Super excited---

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