Monday, August 18, 2014

Monday Made It-Job Chart

It has been too long since my last post! I unpacked the boxes in my classroom, then headed to Montana with the hubby for a wedding! It was beautiful out there!

Before I left I made the CUTEST job chart!  I used some neon paper, ribbon, and clothespins!
                      
I used an Ikea coaster as my tracer...:-)
                      
I used the letter stickers I got from the dollar section at Target.  Then I laminated them to make them stronger!
                      
I laid the circles on the ribbon and then hot glued it to the ribbon.  I got the ribbon from Target (duh)!

                      
I will put names or numbers on the clothespins and clip them to their job for the week. I don't have enough jobs for each kiddo each week so we rotate every week!





Monday, August 4, 2014

Rhyme to Read App Giveaway

I reviewed this app back in May with the intention of having a giveaway when we were all getting ready for back to school!  I can't believe it is that time already!  Check out my review from May and enter to win this app ($9.99 value) below!

I got the opportunity to review an AMAZING app!  It is called Rhyme to Read and was created by teachers!  You know it is good if teachers created it!

Fellow teachers know our immediate needs and reading is such a high priority in any grade especially in the beginning when those little ones are first learning how to decode.
In this app there are 20 books that students can click on from the home screen.  They are numbered and color coded by vowels!  Perfect if you are focusing on a certain vowel or word family for a given week!
In the book, the left side has a few words that will  be sounded out for you when you tap it and the right side has the story that can be read to you if you tap on the words.  Each word family ending is color coded based on the vowel book color.  GENIUS! 
On the top of the pages are sight words that you will find in the story on that specific page.  
So think about it-each word family word can be found in the various books PLUS the sight words are posted on each page if they are found in the passage on that page.  That means all those little kiddos have an amazing tool to teach them how to READ in a FUN way!  
I LOVE that the story #1 has a few words on each page and by book #20 you have a more complex story that includes more of the word family endings.
This app is $9.99 and worth every penny!  You are getting 20 books!  The school year is fast approaching or is already here and would be a great app to use during Daily 5 or during guided reading groups!
Enter for a chance to win this app!

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Saturday, August 2, 2014

Back to School Blog Hop and Giveaway

I am teaming up with some great bloggers for a Back to School Blog Hop!  Each day a new blogger will be posting Back to School tips, Freebie, OR both!

If you missed Sarah's post, check it out here!  Don't forget to enter for a chance to win some Back to School products!

The Fabulous First Grade
I wanted to fill this post with perfect Back to School freebies!
The first one will be perfect for a quick assessment or review!  Get your copy here!

This freebie is skip counting!  It can be used in the beginning of the year or whenever you get to skip counting.  Get it here!
If you are looking for some color signs (chalkboard theme) to hang up in your room, click here!
I am obessed with the chalkboard stuff!  Go to my Facebook page and click on "Fan Freebies" to get yourself a chalkboard word wall!  

Tomorrow you will want to check out Katie's blog for more Back to School goodies!

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Friday, August 1, 2014

Currently August

Listening- I'm in WI, so I can actually WATCH the Brewer game!
Loving- AUGUST!  The hubby and I will be celebrating our 2 year wedding anniversary on Monday!!  AND the Back to School TpT Sale is Monday and Tuesday!  Yay!  Check out my Facebook page to win a $10 gift certificate! 
Thinking/Wanting-I don't even want to know what it looks like!  I am downsizing BIG time and I have SO much stuff.  I labeled all my boxes to be moved to my new room and there were A LOT!
Needing-Nothing!  I'm content :)
1st Day- We start Friday, August 15th!  However, my hubby is in a wedding in Montana, so I have to take a personal day!  UGH!  I want to take a personal day when I actually have kids, not in the summer!  So bummed!  Grades 1-8 start on the 25th and my kinders come the 27th! :)

Your turn to link up!  What are you CURRENTLY up to!?

Monday, July 28, 2014

Monday Made It

I'm linking up with Tara for her Monday Made It linky!


I bought these glass rocks and letter stickers from Dollar General!  I haven't ever been to that store before, but they have a lot of great things there!
I took the stickers and put them on the top of each rock.  You can also put them on the bottom!

I bought some Mod Podge to put over the top of the stickers to help them stick better!



When you first put the Mod Podge on it will have a white tint to it, but when it dries it is clear!
You can put magnets on the back or keep them the way they are.  I plan on using them in my Word Work center and have my kiddos use them to build their words.  I went on a letter buying spree, so I have another pack of stickers that I plan on using to make an uppercase and lowercase match game.  I will put the uppercase sticker on one rock and the lowercase on the other.




I FINALLY finished my Kindergarten at Last pack!  I had been working on it for awhile!  It is packed with beginning of the year printables!

I also have "Made It" to 1,000 followers on TpT! :)


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Friday, July 25, 2014

Five for Friday

It has been awhile since I have linked up, but I actually took some pics this week!
Check out my week!
I am teaching summer school and during the morning the kiddos get a free time to play games!  Two little ones took a few decks of cards and created this!  This has been a popular activity, but this is the only card house that got this big!
I blogged about this on Wednesday!  I am trying to get a head start on my anchor charts, so it is one less thing I need to worry about during the beginning of the school year!
I don't know about your, but I have been on a back to school shopping spree!  I was at Target this week (like 4 times) and found these scented hand sanitzers on sale for 34 cents!  I thought the colors were cute and the scents were great!
I hit 1000 followers on TpT and I am having a giveaway!
 And yes my favorite store is part of the giveaway!
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I am visiting my sister in WI and she is a rockstar on the sewing machine!  
She made me a cute curtain to use on my shelves in my classroom!  I blogged about this yesterday, but wanted to show you all again! :)


What were you up to this week!?


Thursday, July 24, 2014

Shelf Curtains

The hubby is traveling for work, so I went to visit my sister in WI.  Lucky for me, she sews!  I have said before that my room is TINY or tiny, so I need to use each space wisely!
I know there are lots of shelves in the classroom, and a few cabinets.  Basically, a lot of my stuff will be out in the open and could look super cluttered.  Not cute!
I wanted to make some curtains for my shelves to cover up the clutter.  I bought some adorable fabric at Wal-Mart, but wanted to add a cute boarder to the top to make it look a little nicer.
The fabric I bought has multi-colored polka dots on it, so the border was a solid color to match the dots.
I cut two strips of red from a bigger piece of fabric.  I folded it and ironed it.
My sister folded it and sewed it to make it looked ruffled!
Then, she took the polka dot fabric and sewed the ruffled strip to the top!

Seriously, how lucky am I!?  It turned out perfect!  
Here is an example of what I will use it for!  I plan on using some velcro to attach it to the shelf.  Since the pattern has so many colors, we might go back and make a few solid color ones too!  
What a lifesaver!  I was about to pull out the hot glue gun to make this!  I think it could still work, right!?

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