Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Teacher Organizer Binder!

I LOVE this binder so much!!! A Huge shout goes out to Mrs. Pollard at Tales of a Teacherista! She made this binder for herself.  {Check out her blog here} She was sweet enough to email me the documents to print out and also customized the cover and spine for me. AMAZING!! If you haven't looked at her stuff on her blog, then you should! Everything is high quality!

Here are some pictures of this binder made by Mrs. Pollard at Tales of a Teacherista!

Monday, August 15, 2011


Happy Monday,

Last year, I decided to try and get the phonic alphabet tubs funded for my classroom.  I worked all year emailing, facebook, etc to get this project funded on  Unfortunately, it expired before it was fully funded.  I am trying again to get this project funded.  There is only 162 dollars to go till it is funded.  I would greatly appreciate if you could help out!  Kindergartners need concrete experience with objects and manipulatives to explore letter sounds and make connections to the alphabet. Learning the alphabet and the letter sounds is critical because it is the first step in learning how to read! THANK YOU!!!! Click on the link below and it will take you to the giving page and give you more details!! 

Classroom Photo


Book Labels

I decided to create book labels for my reading center in zebra print since I was doing the jungle theme this year.  I also needed a new system in organization.  I have my reading center sorted by non-fiction and fiction.  The book labels has pictures to determine the category.  On the label is a dot with a number in it.  This indicated what books go in what basket.  On the back of all the books are a colored dot with a number.  The students can put books back easily by matching the label on the basket to the label on the back of the book.  Makes life much easier as a teacher because at the end of each day we don't have to sort through books and put them back into the proper places.

Book Labels

Classroom Labels

Here are some classroom labels that I use in my room to keep everything organized.  :) I got them from Kelly's Kindergarten. <-- click to check out all her freebies.

Classroom Labels

Look what I found! Absence note

As I was looking through different blogs the other day.  I found the CUTE absence notes from a creative classroom.  These forms will work great for my classroom.  You can send copies home with the parents the first week of school or even in the take home folders to fill out when their child was absent from school.  I think it is a great idea because it is so hard to get all the information that the office wants.  This way the parents will know exactly what they need to included the first time.

Absence Note

Caddy Organizer!

Last year, I was trying to find a way to organize crayons, pencils, glue, etc on the tables so the students could share.  Another teacher Susan and I decided on using toilet paper rolls and putting them inside the caddies to keep crayon colors organized.  They worked great until half way through the year they started to fall out.  This year Susan and I decided to go to Lowes and buy some piping and cut it to fit inside caddy. I believe this year the caddies are going to be more STURDY!! Here is a picture after finishing.  Will take a picture and upload it of the pencils, crayons, scissors, and glue inside later! :)

Friday, August 12, 2011

Jungle Theme Classroom

Happy Friday! Today I decided to start blogging and sharing ideas with all the lovely teachers out there.  I have been slaving in my classroom the past week and can I say "I am tired." This year I decided to go with the safari/jungle theme.  It has taken me all summer to put all those ideas into action.  I have uploaded a glimpse of what I have done so far.  I am still working on the finishing touches!

This is the Reading Center
As you walk into classroom, I have a display wall with bamboo & jungle leaf paper across the entire wall.
Home Center: Made a window to give it a home like feel
 Computer Center, group table, and part of the word wall
 Curtains were made to match theme and behavior chart on file cabinet was made to match.
 Writing Center: Bought animal print baskets to hold all the writing materials.
 Side view of the classroom
 Made chair covers in different animal prints and carpets to match
 Science Center with animal chairs
 Better View of some of the Word Wall
 Chair Covers and Reading baskets in animal print
 Group Time, Listening Center, and Blocks are in baskets on shelf. (ignore the board! Not finished because it will be taken down to install smartboard)

That is the start of my Safari/Jungle theme room.  I will post more pictures later when completely done.
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