Sunday, July 26, 2015

Beat The Blues!

Hey Kinder Friends,
I am sure excited that my favorite bloggers have gotten together and have had a little fun last week and now to top it off a Back to School Sale. It is a great time to sit back and add some of those needed resources to your online shopping cart and cross something off of your list. And better yet there still is plenty of time to plan, organize your files and get things ready for the beginning of a new year.
This time of year I am always on the hunt for those "staple" items that I know I always need and can use for morning work, independent work or send home. Additionally I am always on the hunt for hands-on stuff in the beginning of the year and playdough is such a hit.
And you know I am over the moon about Science so I always think about that! You know it always starts with safety and senses. What kid doesn't like Science?
One of my favorite things to do while setting up my classroom is digging through my back to school box of books. It's hard not to get a little sentimental when putting those books out for another year. And in that box is always one of my all time favorite books...Ten Black Dots!
Since I can't get into my classroom for another couple of weeks all I can do is plan, prep and get my shopping done so you know I will be out there clearing out my wish lists and adding to my files! Have fun shopping!

Saturday, July 25, 2015

Time Is Running Out!

Hey Kinder friends,

Oh my, my friends and I are having a Back to School giveaway and you have to act fast! Hop on over to Freebielcious for your chance to win TeacherspayTeachers giftcards! You don't want to miss the chance to get what you need for school this year!
Best of luck!

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Must Have Monday!

Hey Kinder friends,
You know I am going to say it...better late than never. So here I go linking up with my friends at Freebielicious for Must Have Monday...on Tuesday. The truth is that I am obsessed with changing a lot in my classroom this year. Every once in a while you have to shake things up and do things a little different. Once I finally made the decision to make the change I have found myself obsessed with every little detail. Must Have Monday has given me a little late night minute to think of the supplies I need to add to my ever growing shopping and to do list.

On the tip top of my "must have" list are two things. First, I want every single color of these Sharpie Flip Chart markers. I need them and I want them and I want them bad. It does not matter how or why they do not bleed through the chart paper, it's just enough to know they don't that makes me want them even more. And go ahead and add to the list a case of black, fresh, fantastic old school Sharpies.
Second on my list but quite honestly should be first...Sit Spots! Oh my, I love these things. I will never teach again without them. For 14 years I taught Kindergarten and never used a rug, carpet squares, tape or anything for the kids to have a "spot" on the floor. Honestly I never once needed anything until...last year. One friend changed all of that for me. In 14 years I have never talked about "a spot" more than I did until last year. I met my match! I had no choice but to find something to change this situation and quick. I spent a lot of time looking at all of my options to create a "spot" without making it seem like punishment. I finally decided on trying Sit Spots after talking to a teacher friend of mine. She swore by them. I ordered a class set of red, yellow, blue and green to match our table colors. The spots on the carpet were mixed up and no names were written on them. The system was pretty simple. If you sit at the red table you find a red and so on. In just one use my problem was solved because we all had a "spot" that was clearly defined. I loved using them without names on them because although they had to sit on a particular color they could chose which spot to sit on and it could be slightly different each day as long as it was their table color. I was worried that these would come off the floor or wouldn't stay put but mine were perfectly fine all year. It didn't take me long to make my second order.
I am trying to figure out which ones I am ordering for the coming year. I love the shapes. Heck, I love them all. Before I order my new set I am trying to figure out what other problems can be solved by using Sit Spots! What are your "must haves" for the year? Hop on over and link up with me at Freebielicious!



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