Friday, March 29, 2013

Easter Activities

I am sitting here enjoying my 2nd day of Spring Break.  We only get Thursday, Friday, Monday off in my district which kinda stinks!  I am greatful for those days but it's hard to force yourself to relax and unwind.  It does kind of defeat the purpose!

Anywho, I wanted to post some pics of a few of our Easter activities.  I had ZERO time to prep for Easter activities.  On Monday, I did a really cute story/activity with the kids but forgot to take pictures before I sent them home.  I found a new book new book this year called "The Best Easter Eggs Ever" by Jerry Smath.
Best Easter Eggs Ever!

It was a cute story about young rabbits designing a new Easter Egg for the Easter Bunny.  I read this then followed it up with a cute, simple painting activity. I gave all of the students a blank template of an egg (I had one but you could easily draw your own.)  They all designed their own Easter Egg.  I couldn't believe how great they turned out.  Even those lil guys who still scribble and could care less about staying in the lines really put a lot of effort into it!

On Tuesday, we had no time for our theme activity but I managed to squeeze in another new book I got from Scholastic called "The Legend of Jellybean and the Unbreakable Egg" by Joe Troianta.  It's adorable!!!  By far one of my new favorites, and the kids loved it!  Next year, when I have more time, I will probably do a cute color-mixing activity with this book.

 Then on Wednesday, we did our Jellybean Egg-stravaganza!  Wednesday was all about Jellybeans!  It's a good thing I don't like Jellybeans or I would have been 10lbs heavier by the end of the day!

I got these cute activities from Simply Kinder.  I thought I had the greatest tip EVER to give to my loyal followers but I'm sure it's not original.  It's still a HUGE time saver though so I'll post it.

Before hand, I poured a bunch of bags of Jellybeans into a bowl and scooped them into plastic eggs.  All of the Jellybean activities we were going to complete were prepped just by doing this!  Well, actually my daughter did this for me but you get the point.  Super simple and the kids loved it!  It was so much easier then pouring a gazillion jellybeans into little cups for them.

I transported them to school in a cute little basket from Walmart ($.97)

First, they emptied their eggs and sorted by color.

Then they made Tally marks for each color (Sorry, can't get the pics to rotate....UGH!)
Then we graphed each color.
I know this activity is in no way original but it is always a HUGE favorite for my kiddies. They get to eat the Jellybeans when they are done.  I also let them keep the eggs.  One of my kiddies replied, "we get to keep it FOREVER!"  Gotta love them!
I am currently working on a cute Farm Unit since our field trip to the farm is next Friday.  Can you tell trying to keep my head above water I'm a little behind right now!  Stay tuned for that...should be posted by the end of the weekend.
I'd love to hear about any fun activities you did with your kiddies.  Post your comments below.  Have a great weekend!

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Tuesday Tips- Guest Post from Buzz Into Kinder

Hi everyone! I am so excited to be guest blogging today at the Kindergarten Pod! I am Carrie from Buzz Into Kinder and I thought I would share some of my guided reading tips today!

I hope you find something new to take and use in your classroom!

1. Monster Fingers or some sort of tracking device.
I will shamefully admit that I thought I could live without these and I did live with out these for almost three years of teaching. Then in casual conversation one day someone told me they were doing an oriental trading order. I asked if I could throw something in and split the shipping. So I grabbed these suckers. Now I don’t know how I lived without them. I had a kid ask me last week if I could put some of these in the treasure box! I think yes- if you want to point to words at home- let’s do it! Plus for when I can get  72 of something for $7.00 I am all about it.

2. Find noise makers you like and stick with them.
When I am in guided reading I don't plan for transition time. When I say rotate I mean walk quickly to your next center we don't have time for discussion. This is because I want to ensure that I squeeze every second out of the day and especially when it revolves around individualize instruction. This year I have two distinct noise makers one that means rotate and one that means we are getting too loud. I use a classic bell to switch and the the most wonderful sounding star wand to signal that we need to lower voices. The best part about the star wand is that it starts off at a high pitch and slowly fades out. FYI I am not musically inclined it could start off low but either way it starts loud and fades. Best part is- this star wand is 5.95! One of my teammates bought one and then we all had to have it!
You could also make a fun rainstick out of a paper towel roll and some cool duct tape!

3. Elkonin Boxes and Making Words Cards
This activity is definitely a favorite in my classroom. My kids love making words and I love it because it really tells me who can segment sounds, who knows letter recognition, and who truly knows and can apply their letter sound knowledge. I have this handy little tool kit from Home Depot to store my letters and I printed the vowels on yellow paper. 
I also use elkonin boxes when we use these cards. I think it helps the students to visualize how many sounds they are listening for and allows them to have a place for their letters or possibly I am slightly OCD.
If you need some new Elkonin Boxes download them for free at the end of this post!

4. Have a "Turn It In" Bucket
If you are going to have students completing work at other centers that you want to look at have them turn it into a bucket or have them keep it at their seats. As you can see my bucket is nothing fancy. Just a place located next to my reading table so when a student comes to the table to turn it in you can point quickly and quietly to the bucket.

5. Showcase
Showcase and reward the students who put in tons of extra effort at their centers. Not only do I want the students at my reading group working to their fullest potential I want ALL my students working. Students know at the end centers I will go through my bucket. Students who do an excellent job on their work can put it up on the "Super Center Work" board. Students who need a little bit of extra help on their center will complete it as morning work or during our intensive instruction time at the end of the day.

6. Have Buckets for Each Group
These little buckets were the best thing I have ever made. They are labeled for each of my groups and have the books I will be working during the week. These buckets make it so I have everything I may need at my finger tips!

 Thanks so much for letting me guest post today!

Thursday, March 21, 2013

"Some Bunny" Linky Party!

I have a confession to make.  I'm not proud of it but it is part of who I am today.   I used to view blogging as another "chore."  GASP you say!  I know, I know, it's a disgrace.  But my dear friends, I dare not hang my hang in shame any longer.   I have grown to LOVE this lil ole blog of mine.  I love that I have new followers.  I love checking out other people's blogs.  I love the ability to share thoughts, ideas and products that I have found useful or inspiring!

So, to celebrate some of this love, I decided to join in on a cute linky party going on called, "Some BUNNY loves your blog!" 

When I decided I wanted to start featuring guest bloggers, I knew instantly who I wanted to be my FIRST blogger.  I love, love, love the useful tips and ideas this blogger shares.  I first "cyber-met" Miss Martin from Miss Martin's Classroom on the TpT Forums.  We always seemed to be answering the same posts with the same answers.  I knew I wanted her to guest blog (and Deanna was busy that Tuesday......just kiddin!  I crack myself up!) 

If you follow my blog, then I would definitely recommend following her blog as well.  She has some really great ideas and products to share.  Go head on over and give Miss Martin a little Bunny-love!

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Couldn't Help Myself!

Happy Wednesday everyone!  Can't chat long tonight......can barely keep my eyes open!  I made a cute Easter-themed Skip Counting activity to put in my Math Center.  It is pictured below.  Click the picture to download your FREE copy. 

Just print, cut, and laminate.  I plan  to hole-punch each side so the kids can use linking chains to put them in the correct order (fine motor practice :))  Enjoy!

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Tuesday Tips

Hope your week is going great!  I can only post a short blog tonight because I am currently DROWNING in paperwork!  It seems our district woke up and realized we better get rolling if we want to retain any little ones so the teachers are scrambling to get their ducks in a row and provide the necessary documentation.  Oh, and did I mention report cards are coming up again.  UGH!

The first tip is something I have used all year and I love, Love, LOVE it!  I used to use rolls and rolls of tape to hang masterpieces in the hallways at school.  It would take FOR-E-VER to hang everything.  So this year, since I was going with a purple and blue color scheme, I laminated purple and blue paper, hung it on the wall (well actually I rubber cemented it :)) and attached clothespins.  And voila, when you need to change out the work you simply unclip the work and attach the new work.  This has been a HUGE timesaver.  No more hours and endless pieces of tape.  Here is a pic from Mrs. Terhune's First Grade that shows how she did it with a different color scheme but you get the idea.

I've been looking to find a solution I'm having in my classroom right now.  I can't figure out how on earth my kids go through crayons so fast.  I'm starting to think they are eating, seriously!  We use table bins in Kindergarten so everyone at the table uses the same crayons.  I emptied 2 packs of 24 crayons in each bin at the beginning of the year.  Since then I've put an additional 2 packs of 24 in each bin.  In case you're counting, that's 96 crayons time 6 tables!!!  I have never had a class eat so many go through crayons like this.  Even with alllllll those crayons, my kiddies never seem to have the colors they need.  "Ms. Hill, we don't have red!"  "Ms. Hill, Table 4 has two yellows!"  I've started to dred coloring activities!  Well no more!  I found another cool idea on Mrs. Terhune's First Grade that might help!
Can anyone guess what I'm making this weekend?!?!?!
This last tip comes with a link and a warning.  You will simply melt when you see all the cute ideas on this site. One of my summer projects is to make chair covers for the back of each seat.  Well with 25 kiddies each year, I'm going to need a LOT of fabric!  This is a picture of the seat covers I found but I have to say they are wayyyy to busy for my OCD eyes!  I will be making mine in purple and blue (are there any other colors?!?!)

This blog post is definitely worth checking out but don't say I didn't warn ya! 
I hope you found something cute that you'll be able to use in your classroom.  If you have some cute ideas, PLEASE contact me so I can feature you on an edition of Tuesday Tips.
Let me just tell you, I have something SUPER special lined up for next Tuesday.  You won't want to miss it!
Do you have any ideas similar to the ones I posted?  Please share with me what you do to stay sane in the classroom.

Saturday, March 16, 2013


Wow, is it me or is March just FLYING by!  The last two months have been one holiday / celebration after the next.  Since my mish-mosh St. Patrick's Day Freebie was wildly popular, I decided to make up an Easter Freebie.

This product comes with an April Calendar, Easter-themed Word Wall cards, "Find the Jellybeans" game and a word-building game.  Just click on the picture to get your FREE download.  Enjoy!

Friday, March 15, 2013

Friday Fun and a FREEBIE!

I have to say that coming off of last week I wasn't sure how this week would go.  We had to change our schedule with our fifth grade because they were taking state testing.  As you can imagine, Kindergartener's do NOT adapt quickly to change in routine!   Well to my surprise, it turned out to be a fairly decent week.  Today was by far the best.  We celebrated our first Friday Fun-Day!  Read all about it here.

Anywho, I've been feeling bad about not posting a freebie lately.  And let's be honest.....can any blog post that begins with a freebie actually be a bad post?  I think not!  So here it's nothing fancy but a cute activity for your Math Center.

Provide students with one or two dice and a marker/counter (jellybeans would be cute.)  Students roll the die/dice and hop that many spaces.  Just click on the picture to download your freebie!

I've been busy prepping my center activities for next week and wanted to share some of them with you.

In my Math Center I have the following activities for next week:

My students have just started working on Base Ten blocks.  We are working mainly on the teen numbers but some of my smarties need a bigger challenge.  Students have to match the base ten blocks to the corresponding number. 

This one is my favorites!  These cards are for addition practice and they are tiered for differentiating.  I have students on all three levels right now so I really like that everyone will feel a sense of accomplishment.  I put these cards in the center with expo markers, magic erasers (for cleaning) and various counters including an abacus.  The kids love these activities!
These two activities are in my Spring Math Activities product which you can access by clicking HERE.

In my ABC Center, I am finally leaping into the new millenium (13 years later!) I made a game I like to refer to as a common game I can't say because of copyright violations / Word Board for the kids.

I love and hate this product!  I love it because I personally am a wordie!  I love word games, building words, putting words together, scrambling words....well, you get the point.  I unintentionally very purposefully intrigued my students by putting the board out this week.  We aren't going to start using it until Monday but they are dying to know what it's for.   The hate part comes in because I hate the way I placed the letters on top.  I really should have placed the letters closer together instead of trying to be fancy!  Oh well, live and learn.  I have all the letters printed, laminated and ready to go!  And yep, you guessed it......I'm giving it to you!  Click here to download the PDF.  Hope you enjoy!

This next activity is one of my personal favorites as well. My kiddies this year REALLY struggle with vowel sounds.  I just finished up our DIBELS testing and thought they would do really well since we've practiced soooooo much...../u/, /u/, up!  Well they didn't.  I don't think they even remembered any of it.  I was frustrated.  I needed something to help them practice.  I created this self-checking vowel set and I absolutely LOVE it.  My kiddies are finally picking up on that important medial vowel sound.  Can I get an Alleluia!

This is everything you will need for this center.  I have EXPO markers in the center with Magic Erasers from the Dollar Store.  They really are magic when erasing marker from lamination!

I made them self-checking by writing the word on the back of the card.
This is my Vowel Practice Cards set.  There are 30 cards in this set (color and black and white.)  To download this product click here or click the pictures.  
 Well thanks for hanging out for this looooooong post.  I've been trying to photograph as much as possible in my classroom so I can share it with you!

What are some things you have in your centers this week?

Thursday, March 14, 2013

Classroom Management GEM!

Well I had this whole big post about the lack of communication present in Education today, not to mention the amount of B.S.  We're talking 3 paragrahs of seething anger!  Fortunately (for you) my aunt called and I vented to her.  She probably thinks I'm ready to have a complete breakdown, haha!

So her misfortune for calling at the wrong time is to your benefit :)  Okay, now on to the good stuff!

I wanted to post a new behavior management system I started in my classroom after reading a FABULOUS blog post from The Teeny Tiny Teacher.  You can read the post here.  Well I only read the post a week ago but I fell completely in love with and had to make it right away!   The general idea of this management technique is simple.....positively reinforce the students when they are doing something good.  You do this in the form of "Gold Tickets" which are really pieces of yellow construction paper.  I still find it funny that kids buy into this stuff!  Anyway, you reinforce them constantly (I have over 200 gold tickets!) 
   "Oh Jennifer, I love how you are sitting."  BAM, gold ticket.        
   "Michael, you are working so nicely."  BAM, gold ticket.  
 The first hour of the day when I implemented this I had kids getting gold tickets probably every other minute.  If they smiled or told me I was the BEST teacher, they got a gold ticket.  Not really but you get the idea!

I jazzed mine up a little from the Teeny Tiny Teacher's but I'm just a little
OCD that way :)  Sorry, I can't get the pic to rotate!

I made up a location to house the little nuggets of pure teacher bliss (aka: gold tickets.) This probably  took the most time up front and even that didn't take too long.  Here is the pic of that:

In the picture they look like McDonald's french fries but I promise you they don't in person! 

Now you may be wonder why the kids are magically morphing into angelic little children.  Is it simply for a yellow piece of paper you ask?  Why of course not!  This, my friends, is why these little gold gems are working wonders in my classroom:

TA-DA!  Yep, Friday Fun-day Activities is what has transformed my group of gabbers!   No, it is not made of pure gold.  No it is not worth millions of dollars.  In fact, it was made from Dollar Store posterboard!  That's right my friends, everything you see here to implement this system in your own classroom cost less than $3.00.  The Friday Fun-day activity board works like this:  On Friday, you count up the gold tickets for each student from the whole week and write it down.  The student with the most gold tickets gets to pick their activity first.  Obviously, this is a coveted position to be in.  The student with the next highest amount gets to pick 2nd and so on and so on.  The activities include Free Choice, Computer time, Painting, Play-Doh, iPads and many more AMAZING activities to choose from.  But the catch is that only "X" number of students are allowed at each activity so you want to be as high up that totem pole as possible come Friday afternoon!

That's it.  That's the miracle!  Let me tell you, I started this on Monday and I no longer have the class of chatty-Cathy's I had since September.  My students are no longer tattling.  They aren't fighting over the table eraser (but I had it first!)  Those children have been magically replaced by children seated nicely in their seats with hand's folded, smiling at me, secretly saying, "Oh puleeezzzeee, give me a gold ticket!"

I decided to run with this the first week without introducing any guidelines.  I wanted them to taste the victory before setting up any real structure.  So today, we decided what behaviors will get you a gold ticket.  Believe it or not, the kids made up harder rules than I was planning to suggest.  They are brutal little things!  The list for losing tickets was so much longer than the list for getting tickets!  Gotta luv'em!

So there you have it.  Thank you to the Teeny Tiny Teacher for the wonderful mid-year inspiration!  Now I want to hear from you.  Do you want to / plan to implement this in your classroom?  Do you think this will work for your little kiddies?  Do you have a better system that works wonders?  Tell me about it!

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Tuesday Tips!

Howdy All!  I have to say I am feeling MUCH better than I was at the end of last week.  I took a much needed personal day today to get my life in order.  My to-do list was never ending.  Although I didn't get through everything, I feel like I got a lot done.  The telethon was yesterday.    The preliminary numbers are that we raised over $4,000 which will go directly to the teachers in our district!  I am really glad it turned out so well but I am SO glad that it's over!

I'm super excited to share this week's tips with you.  I've been doing a lot of blog hopping in my "free-time" (I crack myself up!)  Let me tell you there are some incredibly talented people out there.  I found a few that really inspired me for the week ahead.  I hope you enjoy!

Rainbow Template:
I always allow my kids to paint a rainbow during this week.  We talk a lot about the colors of the rainbow (Roy G. Biv) and read a few non-fiction books on the topic.  It's always a HUGE hassel to draw out 25 rainbows for my little ones to paint.  Well thanks to Maria over at Kinder-Craze my time will be better spent!

To create the rainbow template you need an old folder and scissors.  With the folder folded, I drew the arches starting from the lower left-hand corner.  I tried using a compass but mine is pretty cheapy so it didn't work well.  Then I found a protractor which worked well, except I couldn't go all the way to the bottom....I had to free-hand that part.  After the arches are drawn, cut the folder following the arches you traced.  I went an extra step and made the cut a little wider so it was easier to fit my pencil in between to trace it.

Definitely check out her blog (Kinder-Craze.)  She has some fabulous ideas and she is celebrating her one-year blogiversary!  Give her some bloggy love and follow her!

Font Addiction!
Seriously, how can you be a blogger and a TpT Seller and NOT be addicted to fonts?  If you figure it out let me know!  Fonts make me happy.  Cute fonts make me even happier!  Here's the problem (I know, how can there possibly be a problem?)  I have SOOOO many fonts that it can take for-e-ver to find just the right one.  Highlight, select, repeat, highlight, select, repeat.  Well Jennifer over at First Grade Blue Skies came up with the perfect solution.  She created small cards with each font listed so she could easily grab the cards and figure out what she needs. The funny thing is that I already had a Word document with each font name written in the font itself.  DUH, it never occurred to me to print them out on easy to access cards.  Here is a pic of the cards I made after reading her blog.

Whisper Phones
These have been on my to-do list allllll year!  I have several Tubaloo's in my classroom and the kids just go crazy to use them!  Well Miss Martin (one of my favorite bloggers) motivated me to make them....well, soon.  It's still on my to-do list but hey, at least I'm motivated now.  C'mon look at how stinkin cute they turned out.  I can't wait to make mine!  Can anyone say PURPLE?!?!?

Check out Miss Martin's Classroom blog!  She provides an entire tutorial for making these cuties. It is sooooo worth the visit, trust me!

Well I hope you've gotten inspired by one of these great ideas as well!  Do you have any AWESOME ideas you'd like featured on Tuesday Tips?  If so, please let me know by leaving a comment or e-mailing me at  Feel free to post any time-saving tips, classroom management tricks or any great ideas below as well.  Thanks for stopping by :)

Saturday, March 9, 2013

Saturday Frustration!

Hi All,

Please forgive this post in advance.  It's not uplifting. It's not inspiring.  It's real!

I wanted forced myself tried  to create an uplifting, useful post for today.  I wanted to write about all the great things that happened last week but the more I tried the worse the post sounded.  Truth is, I had a horrible week!  I couldn't wait for it to be over.  Each day this week seemed to get worse than the day before.  This was definitely one of those weeks that I question why on earth I choose to do this!

There wasn't one catastrophe that led to my horrible week.  Instead, it was a multitude of minor things.  At many points, I was waiting for Ashton Kusher to jump out to tell me I was being Punked! I had my fair share of pukers this week (we still haven't found my trash can.)  I dealt with changing plans on the fly because lots of kiddies were out sick.  One of my darlings peed on my carpet.  I have a little one who apparently enjoys fingerpainting in the bathroom (use your imagination.)  I mean seriously, who enjoys doing that?  I'm sure my attitude this week was not helping any either.  I am completely exhausted! 

I somehow  managed (still not sure how) to get myself elected to run this big telethon for my school.  Each school in the district participates and apparently my, "let me know if I can help" comment translated to "I would LOVE to run it for our school!"  This has been more than daunting!  In fact, my principal even told me this alone is a full-time job.  It has involved coordinating with many grade levels, teachers, film crews, writing scripts, yadda, yadda, yadda.  Well the telethon is tomorrow and I CANNOT wait until it is over!

I am currently enrolled in my Master's program so I have assignments for class to deal with.  Seriously, do they think one more 10 page paper is going to make me a better educator?  I  am also coming home at night to work on all the things I didn't finish at school, plus work on products for my TpT Store.  My oldest child is graduating H.S. in June.  That alone is exhausting!  Prom gowns, limos, Senior Week rentals, graduation parties, placement tests, senior portraits.......UGH!  Most nights are spent on the computer until 11 - 12 o'clock, watching my fiance in the other room wishing I had some time for him too :(   And on top of all that, my future sister-in-law talked me into taking a Pilates class.  So I have to do all of the above without the ability to take a deep breath because my ribs hurt so bad.  Squatting down, bending, yawning, sneezing, coughing and general movement is out of the picture too!

Oh, and how could I forget.  This is actually the BEST part.  My co-workers hold a competetition at this time of year called, "The Biggest Loser."  Well I got suckered, guilted encouraged to join under the guise "it will be FUN!"  They compete against each other to lose the most weight.  Well, I can tell you with 100% certainty, my body found this extremely funny!  In fact, I've never lost a FULL pound at one time.  My body apparently has a sense of humor and likes to take weight off one-tenth at a time!  When my body was feeling particularly funny on a "weigh-in" morning, I weighed in and gained one-tenth.  I realized I hadn't peed released my coffee from the morning so I decided to run to the bathroom and weigh-in again.  YEP, you guessed it......I actually GAINED another tenth!  How is that humanly possible?!?!?  I have since decided I am going to donate my body to science.  They could learn a lot from me!

And finally, the most devestating blow.  I found out that the "great medical news" I talked about in an earlier post was actually wrong.  Since I previously had clean check-ups for a full year my doc told me we could now go every 6 months for check-ups.  I was excited and relieved that all has gone well.  Then the test results came back.  It's back.  I am seriously MAD!  I feel like I have to start all over again.  I have to make arrangements for all kinds of tests again and I really don't have any more time to squeeze out of my day.  I'm frustrated and angry!  I was ready to move on with my life, get married and live happily ever after.  Again, my body said, NOT!

I know all of this stress has affected me in the classroom.  I'm writing about this because I think it is important to "admit" that teachers DO have rough times.  It's almost unspoken in teacher circles because no one wants to appear like "the bad teacher."  Well I'm throwing it out there......I was a BAD teacher this week.  I wasn't mean to anyone.  I didn't yell at my kiddies.  But I wasn't ME.  I wasn't full of energy.  I wasn't singing with my usual tone.  I wasn't bouncing around and laughing with my kiddies.  I was a deflating balloon.  I was going through the motions.  I was surviving the week.

PLEASE tell me you've gone through this!  Tell me I'm not "losing it."  Tell me you've hit those moments.  Tell me!

EDITED:  Since I posted such a downer-post I've been feeling guilty.  That translates into a little FREEBIE for you!  It's exclusive to my followers and I am not advertising it anywhere else :)  Thank you!!!!!

It's a little add-on to any Money Unit you may have.  I hope you can use it!  Just click on the picture for a FREE download.

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Tuesday Tips!

Hi all!  Sorry I didn't post last week.  I've been just frantically trying to keep my head above water lately.  I really hate this time of year as a teacher!  I spend my time endlessly assessing, implementing interventions and getting all of my ducks in a row for possible retentions.  The paperwork is never-ending.  On top of that I think I am keeping every local doctor in business because I just keep running from one to another.  Most nights I don't get home until after 7 then I spend the rest of the night working in my office.....ugh!  Okay, rant is over. You will now return to your normally scheduled program!

Tuesday Tips:

I came across a really cool website this past week.  It is a collaboration of people posting their organizational ideas.  The site is called Classroom Collective (link below.) I plan on implementing many of these ideas!!!  Hope you like them too!


Lesson in a Bag:
                           Binder organization filled with homemade Duct Tape and Ziploc cases. You can store them in a single binder until you are ready to distribute materials for a day/week/unit, or you can have students insert the bags into their own binders. Thanks to Instructables and Classroom DIY for the idea!

The idea behind this picture is to organize all the materials you need for a lesson into a ziploc bag.  Cover one of the long sides of the bag with duct tape so you can hole-punch it.  Once you do, put it in a binder and are all ready to go.  Now, I can't see doing this for lessons I use throughout the year but I could totally see doing this on a weekly basis.  I plan on getting a 3" Binder and having tabs for Monday through Friday.  That is much more manageable for me but what a great idea!

Absent Work:



Absent Bin…an easy way to make students responsible for getting make-up work (I already do this!!!)

I make my students come to me and ask for their assignments.  I have a folder at my desk where everything goes.  Any extra copies go to the “extra copies” bin by the door.  This might make for a more independent classroom though!

Great idea about how to deal with absent students.

Now, I don't think this would work for me at the Kindergarten level but I could definitely see this working for 2nd through 6th and up.  What a great way to keep students up to date!  And once the month is up just file everything away and you're done! 

Storage and More!

Two filing cabinets back to back with fabric to cover. Magnet board!!!
        Calendar Math...

I don't know about you but this picture just makes me happy!  I wish I HAD two filing cabinets (or one for that matter) to put together but how stinkin cute is this?  I would definitely put my number pocket chart on these!  I'm totally jealous!

Decorative Letter Organization:

CD binder to hold die-cut letters.

I love to use the cut-out letters but haven't found a good way to organize them.  I can NEVER find one of the letters I need - don't cha just hate that!  This way, you could organize them alphabetically or even if you use them for the same thing each year, keep them stored that way :)  I soooo want to meet this person!

Class Lists:

class list in a picture frame easy to mark and erase

No more recording sheets!!!!  I love tihs one so much I think I am going to make it tonight!  How simple!  Just print out your class list and put it in a frame or a clear sheet protector.  When items come in just cross off their name.  This is definitely one of those "DUH, why didn't I think of that?" moments! 

Cool Idea:

While this is a SUPER cool idea, I don't think I'll ever be this organized.  Not even when I grow up!
I posted it for those of you who are :)  Hopefully no more kids get left in the bathroom!

Teacher's Toolbox:

 While this is not a new idea, it's certainly a fun one.  It's on my Summer to-do list which grows by the minute!

Well trust me, I could post all night.  This website is a MUST check out!  What is your favorite organizer / classroom management trick?  Spill the beans below :)

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