Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Out with the Old & In with the New- Bulletin Board Style!

Happy Wednesday!  So happy the week is going by fast!  So close to Spring break I can almost smell it!!

  Spring is finally here and it's almost end of the year.  But instead of trying to clean up a bit and put stuff away, here I am creating a new bulletin board for my class!

This is what my bulletin looks like now…

I got these last year from Clutter Free Classroom and mixed it up with Rockin Teacher Materials.  It was an awesome set with tons of different choices for the board.  If you want to read a bit more about how I set it up and planned to use it, click here to take you to that post. 

It's not that I don't love this board, I just think for my class this year, it just isn't for them.  I will definitely try this again next year and see how it works with my new babies.

Okay after thinking..not hard of course…I came up with a sweet idea!  I have been seeing this kind of idea lately on pinterest and thought it would be perfect!

Okay so picture this...

I don't have kids of my own but I can kind of figure out that this is how the conversation goes when my kids gets picked up from school. 

Mom:  Hey honey, what did you learn in school today?
Child:  Nothing

LOL  I figured, this bulletin can help kids remember what they learned that particular day. We can discuss in class all the new topics we covered and the things we reviewed.  That way when they walk out, they have been refreshed with what they learn?  Are ya with me?  Okiee..

This is what I was inspired by on pinterest.  This was created by Teach from the Heart

Cute right???

Well I started to make it mw own.

This is mid progress…

I use the letters from the previous bulletin to help me set up this one.  I whipped this up so quick.  

Final product…

Side view…

If you squint your eyes, you could see what I wrote! LOL

Here is a before and after shot.  I just realized I have been doing those a lot lately!

My plan for this is,  at the end of the day, I will ask my little ones "What Stuck Today".  The point is for them to backtrack and think about all the things we reviewed and went over.  Everything they come up with, I will put on a post it and slab on the "What Stuck" wall.  I think it will be a fun way to get my little one's minds going, even if it is the end of the day.  This way when their parents ask them what they learned, they can remember this!

It's worth a try and I am excited to get started!!

Have you guys tried this?  How has it worked for you ?

I'd love to hear your thoughts!

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Sassy Sight WordsPart 1!

Happy Sunday!  I originally had another post planned for today thinking my latest product wouldn't be done in time, but it is!  I am excited to share with you all.. my one of many packs to come!  

This pack is a small unit of other packs to come.  
In this bundle you will see all the pre-primer sight words from the dolch sigh words list.

This is a great way to practice these words and get your little ones to know how to sound them out and write them.  

Let me explain some of the printables….

The format is the same for all the words.  The rules are as follows…
1. Color the bubble words up top
2. Write the sight words as many times (in your neatest handwriting of course) 
3. Rainbow write the words.  Use different colors or just one.  It's their choice!
4.  Find how many syllables the word has by clapping or whatever strategy the students use to help them.
5.  Find the sight words as many times as you can in the word search.  the words can be found going across, down, diagonals, or even backwards!  
6.  Write the sight word on the line to complete the sentence and draw a picture to describe your sentence.

I started using these with my kids last week.  They absolutely love it!  I slipped it into their "Word Work" bin and didn't explain the directions, in hopes it was easy enough for them to catch on.  I was right!  It was easy enough for my little ones to figure out exactly what needed to be done. PHEW!!

There are colors also in the list.  So it's fun for the kiddos to work on their color as well.   Their favorite by far though is the word search.  They love to see how many words they can find.  It's so cute to watch them itching to find the words so quickly!

Just by the time they were done with the worksheet, it was time to clean up!  If I did have the students who finish early, I had them simply write a sentence in the back using the sight word.

There are so many different uses for this pack.  I have used them so far during centers, for buddy work and even homework.  It's not even considered their typical homework for them because it's so much fun to complete.  They really enjoy it.

It's so important for my class to be able to know all these words and have them down packed before they move on to second grade.  I think with this pack, it will be such a great way to help make that happen.

In this bundle, you will find

*directions for how to use these effectively
*40 sight words printables to help promote sight words recognition 

What do you think of this?  I'd love to hear your thoughts!!

Check out more by clicking here or check out my TpT Shop to see my other goodies I have.

Leave a comment letting me know you follow my pinterest and I will be giving 2 of these copies out to you.  

Congrats to #9 and #10!  I just e-mailed you. =) 

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Organize that Classroom!

So I am always trying to find different ways to organize the class.  I feel like I fix one side of the class then the other side falls apart!  Can I just have a robot that fixes everything? LOL

While waiting for that robot, let me show you what I have been up to in my class!

Now, I personally don't think it's that bad.  I just think it's messy and could be a little more tidy and put together.  So I did a little research and found such a cute book bin from Scholastic.

I loved it and ordered it right away.  I had one of the custodians put it together when he got a chance and organized it.


Doesn't it look much more organized and put together than before?  Take a look up close…

I feel so much better now just looking at that corner.  If your wondering what all those books are …well the red spines books are from our reading series. Treasures.  They range from everything from transparencies to home instruction workbooks.  I try to incorporate them as much as I can so I need them to be nice and neat if I need to grab it.    The blue are folders filled with student data and test scores.  And the workbooks in the middle.. well….

my monthly idea books!  Yes I have all of them and yes I use them ALLLL the time.  They have such useful resources for the little ones to complete during centers, homework or buddy work.  It's definitely something I am happy I purchased.  

To see more on these books, click here to take you to the September month.  These books are from the Teacher Store over at Scholastics.  They are $17.99 but so worth it.  It's 144 pages full of just awesome printables and resources to use for years to come.


So look what we were surprised with yesterday!  

Yes…cute little caterpillars!  They are busy as can be trying to slowly transform.

It actually came unexpected so I quickly had to pull out my Bopping for Butterflies Unit and start copying….

I  know my babes will just love it!!  

OMG!!  Have you check out Farley's Currently today?  Guess who the sponsor is?!?!!?  

It's ME!!  I am the sponsor.  I can't believe it!  I am so excited to even be mentioned or considered to be a sponsor!!   

So here is my currently!

Stay tuned for a pretty sweet Space Unit coming soon!

Off to watch my Yankees home opener!!  Ahh Love them. =) 

Sunday, March 23, 2014

FarFaria (Reading) Subscription Giveaway!

Hey friends!  happy Sunday.  So happy to be blogging today and letting you know about something sweet I just became apart of!

 I am joining forces with an awesome new app, FarFaria, that I have had the honor to see and check out what it's about!  

It's a sweet app ranging from ages 2-9 that introduce children to the idea of reading and allow them to have a love for reading.

It has a variety of stories that is sure to please your sweet ones.

With over 600 stories, your babies will have a blast reading up on their favorite books!  These stories are unlimited!  So when you are done with one, go ahead and read another.  Why not make it a family night and read stories together?  

Or if you are a teacher like me, download it on your I-Pad and let it be a reading/listening center.    Such a great way to let your kiddies know that reading shouldn't have to be a chore and can be fun instead!

Here are some snippets of what exactly it looks like and what's inside.  It is full of beautiful pictures and great story lines, sure to please your kids.

Like I said before, FarFaria ranges from ages 2-9.  So you can find the appropriate level books for your child located at the bottom right hand corner.  The leveled books allow you to grab what you believe your little ones is capable of reading on their own.  Or go ahead and choose a book they love and go ahead and read it to them before going to bed.

You have seriously so many different genres of stories, it's hard to pick just one.  FarFaria even has a "Read to Me" option that allows your little one to listen to the story instead of reading it.  How smart is that??!?

It's so easy to read.  When your done with the page you just swipe with your fingers to continue and keep reading.

I keep thinking of all the different ways I can use this in the classroom.
I think it will be perfect for using the I-Pads in the classroom.  Students would have a blast reading stories with a buddy.  Give them a list of questions to answer after the story is done to work on comprehension and VOILA!

Don't you love this app?  I know I do.  So happy I was introduced to this so I can now incorporate it into my daily routine with my little ones.  

Now YOU can too.

 FarFaria's monthly full access subscriptions are just $3.99.  How crazy inexpensive right?

Well FarFaria is giving away 3 month memberships to FarFaria to 2 lovely lucky winners!  

Follow Rafflecopter below and enter as you wish. 

Good Luck!  

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Thursday, March 13, 2014

Organize that Word Wall!

Hey friends!  Happy Thursday.  

I'm here with some tips on how to organize your classroom and most importantly your word walls!

This year we were told we needed to have word walls.  Thankfully,  I was already a step ahead as I have had a word wall since I started teaching.  This is my word wall in the beginning of the year.

Of course this is how it looked like in the beginning.  I slowly started putting up words that I know my little ones would need assistance with.

Last week, I bought these cute little things at the $1 spot at Target.  Seriously, $1?  I couldn't pass it up!!

Aren't these little accordions so cute?  I am obsessed with chevron right now so thought this would go perfect with my theme in the classroom.

So I was thinking of how to incorporate this into the classroom and ding ding ding!  Lightbulb!

I searched at the bottom of my drawer for those cute little word wall cards and came up with a "duh" kind of idea.
 I could organize my word wall cards to make my life a bit easier!

This is what the little accordions look like.

So I put them together neatly.  This is the final outcome.

This is the other set.

All together, I used 2 of the accordions and labeled each pocket with 2 letters.  The last letters, I combined together and labeled those letters W-Z.  

I think they came out perfect!  This should definitely make my life a bit more organized. 

I put the pockets in a cute bin and put it right next to the word wall to make it easier to take down old words and put up new ones.

Here it is!!  Fits perfectly with the other bins.

I have 3 left over accordions to play around with.  Any ideas on what to do with them?  Love to hear what you think. =)  

Oh yes!!  If you love the word walls I use for the board, you can check them out by clicking here.  It's from a lovely bloggy gal who has awesome products!  You can also check out her blog My Silly Firsties.  She has lots of ideas that you can use in the class right away!

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

St. Patty's Day Green!

Hey sweet friends!  I have been missing my routine of blogging but will get back into it after the wedding I'm sure.  

My little ones and I have been doing a lot of writing this year due to the writing changes and the work we need to be doing by the end of the year.  So I got my little ones excited about writing for the best holiday ever.. St. Patty's Day!!    

They loved making this with the craft because we got to create some ideas together.

This is what it looked like on my desk  for a few days before I actually hung it up.  Talk about being a mess. LOL

My little ones loved the streamer.  They were fun to play with too.  They made their own color patterns. Not sure how my sweet student got a green streamer. hehe

Don't you love the glitter clothespins that hold up the hats?  I made those!!  Yes little old not creative meeee!!  If you want a quick tutorial on how to make these easy peaty clothespins, click here to take you to that post

In case you were wondering what they wrote about…. here it is.  This precious girl is smart and would keep her gold safe.  I wonder if she would share with me? LOL  Gosh I hope so. 

Here it is on the bulletin board.  I love the way it came out.  

My kids are all green'd out right about now.  What's next?  OH YES… I hope Spring is right around the corner!!

What are you doing this St. Patty's Day?

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Super Sale!

Hey sweet friends!  I am doing a quick stop because this wedding is taking over my life!!  

Tomorrow and the rest of the weekend I will be throwing a super sale!!! AHHH.  This is in honor of TpT reaching 3 million teacher followers.  What a crazy number right?  Who would have thought that it could be as big as it has become.  I know I am so fortunate and happy to have met some sweet bloggers and be able to share our things with one another.  

Thanks to JDs Rockin Readers for such a sweet button!

In case you are curious on what to stock up on.  Check out my ….

My students are also loving my Write This & Draw That for their writing centers.

I need to stock up on my own things on my wish list!!  

Be sure when you check out to plug in promo code: TpT3 to get a complete 28% off your entire purchase!! 

Happy Shopping.