Wednesday, August 22, 2012

What Do Stations Look Like in my Room Right Now?

I have never started stations {centers} this early before.  It's only the 2nd week of school.  However, I felt the need to introduce stations early so I could get them used to it and so I could start beginning of the year assessments.  I also really felt that my students could possibly be capable of handling it.
Here is what stations look like in my room so far this year.
This is my station board.  Nothing real fancy, but it gets the job done.  I have 21 students and 7 stations right now. 
I keep my stations in these tubs.
Each group of 3 students takes their tub to a designated spot in the room.  Everything they need for the station is in the tub. 
 
 I do not make myself a station rotation.  This allows me to call over individuals or small groups.  It also allows my grouping to be very flexible.
Right now my students are doing these stations.

 
I wanted to create some simple stations that I felt my 1st graders could do at the beginning of the year.  So far, they are doing great!






  I have been pulling students over to my reading table to get an idea of their basic reading skills.  We have been doing this really fun activity from Lakeshore.  It's their phonemic awareness Plinko game.  Yes, think The Price is Right.  When Lakeshore contacted me about some of their products, I was so excited.  I love Lakeshore and this game is wonderful.  It will go into the station rotation next time since the students know how to play it now.  The students LOVE it!!  Lakeshore is actually having a sale right now that you have to check out.  {Free shipping when you spend $79 or more & 20% off hundreds of Lakeshore favorites -- Offer valid through 9/4/12 on www.lakeshorelearning.com }

You can check out my School is Cool Math and Literacy Stations by clicking below.

 
 
 
 


Monday, August 20, 2012

Teacher Must Haves

I am linking up with Blog Hopper for Teacher Week.

Here are my teacher must-haves.
1. Coffee - It is a really good thing that I don't pass a Starbucks on the way to school.  Instead, I save a ton of money with my Keurig. 
 2.  My Cameo - I haven't had this very long, but I am in love with it!!
3. Scotch Laminator at home - I actually just got this.  I always thought they were expensive, but was pleasantly surprised when a friend told me you could get them for about $30.  Totally worth the money.  (Especially since we are out of laminating film at school.)
 4.  My Elmo projector.  How I wish (really, really, really wish) that this was a SmartBoard, but since I don't have one, I use my Elmo all the time!
5. Crossfit - This is my therapy and stress relief for after school!

Head on over to Blog Hopper to link up :)







Saturday, August 18, 2012

Our First Week Back

We headed back to school this week.  Needless to say, I was exhausted every single night, but overall, it was a good week.
My oldest also started Kindergarten :(  I'm not sure when she became old enough for school, but it happened when I blinked.
I went ahead and cut out the letters for Kindergarten when I made this 1st grade frame for my class.  I knew I wanted to have it ready for her first day :)
It is a whole new world having your child with you after school.  So far, she's been able to keep herself entertained (thank you PBS and construction paper), but I'm not sure it will last for another 176 days.
Anyways, speaking of the frames above, I took a picture of each of my students on the first day of school.  Then I came home and printed these pages on my color printer for each child.
They completed their page the next day.  They turned out really cute.  Of course, I forgot to take a picture of my bulletin board.  My favorite was "When I grow up, I want to be an ice cream maker."  Now, that's my kind of kid :)  You can click on the picture below to download a copy for yourself.  I have included a Kindergarten, 1st grade, and 2nd grade version.

The first week is all about procedures, procedures, procedures.  We practice everything many times.  Throughout the first couple of days, I take pictures of the students doing these things correctly.  This gives them a visual to follow throughout the year.
Here are examples of my pictures. (Obviously, the ones in my room do not have the smiley faces covering my student's faces.)









You can click HERE to download a blank copy of the pages above, then you can insert your own classroom pictures.
Here are a couple other free downloads for you. 
I send this home during the first week of school so I can learn more about the students in my class.  Just click on the picture to download.  I have included a Kindergarten, 1st grade, and 2nd grade version.
I printed off this "To Do" list and laminated it.  I just keep it on my desk with a dry erase marker.  I don't know how many post-it notes and random scraps of paper I went through last year writing to-do lists.  Click on the picture to download.


I hope you enjoy your weekend.  I know I have a full weekend of relaxing planned.

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Sneek-a-Peek Linky Party

The big Back to School Teacher's Pay Teachers Sale just ended and I found some great things. 
I'm linking up with Blog Hopper to share some of the great things I purchased during the sale.

First off, I absolutely LOVE these Mini Materials Posters from Ashley Hughes.
I printed them off, laminated them right away and used them for the first time today!  Genius!!  It gives the students a visual of exactly what they need and I tell them that if it's not on the board, it should not be on your desk.

I also purchased Cara's Mystery Messages.
So much fun for the beginning of the year!

I also made two great purchases from Rachelle.


I am so excited about both of these products!!!

Another purchase that I know will be very useful this year is Deanna's Common Core Standards Posters for 1st grade.


Another purchase I made was this Pen Pal Unit since I signed up to be a part of Kelley's pen pal exchange.

I also purchased Sunny Day's Weekly Math Magic Sets. 
I thought these would be great for Math Interventions or homework.

I am so happy with my TpT purchases and I can't wait to find other great things to purchase and use in my classsroom. 

My store will continue to be 20% off until Friday at midnight.





Friday, August 10, 2012

Back to School Sale

It's that time again...back to school!  Part of me is ready, part is not.  It's just getting back into the school routine.  I really enjoyed sleeping in a little bit, drinking my coffee and getting on the computer before my kids woke up and taking my time to get going.  Now it's back to getting up early, getting ready (and not staying in my pj's for a couple hours), waking my kids up and rushing out of the house.  Plus, my oldest is starting Kindergarten.  Yikes!!  I swear she was just born.  I'm not real sure how she is 5 already.
Anyways, to make the transition back to school a little bit easier, it's time for the annual Teachers Pay Teachers Back to School Sale.
 I will be placing everything in my Teachers Pay Teachers and Teachers Notebook stores on sale at 20% off starting tomorrow (Saturday.)  You can save an additional 10% on August 12th and 13th at TpT by using the code BTS12 at checkout.  I have been filling my cart all week with goodies in anticipation. 
Here are some of my items from my store that you might find useful.
All of my fluency packets will be on sale.  This is a great time to get them ready for the school year.  You can purchase them by the week, by the month, or in 3 month packets (shown below.)

You can also check out these Common Core Assessment Packets.  They have been on the top sellers list since I posted them.
Here are some of the things I will be using as I start back to school.
First Day of School Book

Change-a-Word Circles

Language Arts Games for the Beginning of the Year



These are my two best sellers!

You can find MANY more items in my store.  Click on the buttons below to check it out. 


I would love for you to keep my "Have a Heart" packet in mind as well.  100% of the proceeds go to help my brother-in-law and his family.  He had a heart transplant in January and as you can imagine, their medical bills are ridiculous.  You can read more about this unit by clicking HERE.

You can link up your sale by clicking below.  Just link directly to your store url.  Happy Shopping!






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