Sunday, October 5, 2014

Easy fall bulletin board

Hey everyone! It is FALL, people! :)

 Now that the back to school rush and excitement are a thing of the past, we are all immersed in the trenches of curriculum. That leaves little time for the "extras" we all know and {cough} love. 
Things like...oh, hallway bulletin boards.  
Ain't nobody got time for those! 
I'm here with a quick and easy fall bulletin board idea that can be adjusted for just about any grade level. 
Did I mention how quick and easy it is?
And best thing of all... you can put it up in October and it will last thru Thanksgiving!

Fall book recommendations!

1. I had my kids pull an image from Amazon of their book recommendation and paste it in to Powerpoint. 
(Primary friends could give you the name of their book and you could have a parent or aide help with this.)

2. They made a text box with their name and fancied up the font. 

3. Print. 

4. Glue or staple to a piece of construction paper. 

5. Add some leaves or raffia.


Here is what mine looked like up close:

Easy, right? 
And... we have gotten a lot of "interaction" with it-- kids stop all day long to look and I even saw a few writing some titles down! *Score!*

Have a great Sunday!

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Closer Look Blog Hop!

Hi everyone! 

Remember our blog hop last month before the big BTS sale? 
The one where 10 of us gave a freebie sample of our best sellers?? 

Well, we are at it again! This time, we are offering up a freebie sample of our favorite Fall product! 

I wanted to give you a closer look at one of my favorite Fall products from my store....
Halloween Activities and Centers for 1st grade!

You will get...
Pumpkin Observations
Pumpkin Life Cycle Flip Book


Spooky Sentences
Halloween Vowel Short & Stretch
Spooky Syllable Sort
Bubble Map Madness
Halloween Tree Maps
Halloween Non-fiction Books

Halloween Mix-Up
Whooo Has More?
Candy Corn Addition
Bats in the Barn Sums of 10
Going Batty for 10s!
Virtual Pumpkin Carving

Here is a FREEBIE from that pack to share with you!
Click the picture below to download it.
And now, I'm sending you off to another amazing freebie! 
Hope on over to Kathy's blog!

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

This & That

Hey everyone! 
Good news... we are in the second week of 5th grade.... and... 

I AM ALIVE!!! (!)

Actually, alive & IN LOVE!
 No, really. L.O.V.E.!!!

I am seriously having a moment.

It may be the honeymoon stage, or whatever, but 5th grade is seriously so. much. fun! 
The kids are big, yes.

But I can actually have CONVERSATIONS with them.
Yes, all my kindergarten teacher friends. 
REAL conversations. With the kids. 




The can do things INDEPENDENTLY. 
Seriously, I forgot kids can do that the first 5 months of school.

(one more thing)

I don't feel like I got run over by a semi when I get home from work!
Seriously, good stuff here, people!!

Okay, since we are being honest here, I have to list the cons.

None of the kids have told me how much they love me,
and I have only gotten like 2 hugs since the first day of school.

the year is still young. :)

Anywhoo, I am sorry that I don't have lots of great pictures to share...
 BUT, I did manage to snap a few as I was walking out the other day.

Random, yes.

But fun nonetheless! :)

 My welcome back Instagram door!
The kids drew selfies the first day of school.

Close Reading Anchor Chart. We are learning about Human Rights and doing LOTS of close reading.

Random side note: See that pencil sharpener? It's a School Smart Electric Sharpener.
Going on 3 years and STILL GOING STRONG. It's from Amazon and you can get it here.
Worth every penny!  

Have a great week!

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Before + After Classroom Pics!

So we went back for meetings, meetings, meetings this week, but in between I put the finishing touches on my room and plans... and I am proud to say, I am READY! The kids come back on Tuesday!
 Just wanted to throw a few before and after pics up so you can see how it all came together. 

MY... it was HARD, people! I went from a HUGE Kindergarten room to a TINY big kid room!
I felt that I accomplished my goals of making my classroom into a bright, organized place where I could feel happy going for 9 hours, 5 days a week. ;)

The first picture shows as you walk in the door. I tried to keep everything they need in the morning in one spot with easy access. 

Here is the opposite side of the room-- teacher desk and a rocking chair hanging out.... which is now a small group table with a rug and easel. 

Here is another view of the same corner... now with a table in the middle and some organizational supplies on the front shelf. I wanted to paint that baby but never found the time. The Chalkboard Cursive letter cards I made to match everything. 
This is looking back at my desk area.

This bulletin board will be filled with anchor charts in the coming weeks. 
I tried to fit as much as I could into a tiny space-- our daily schedule, class jobs, lunch count, sign out, and morning routine reminders.  The heading poster I made, and a shot of the fantastic desk skirt my mom's friend Kathryn made for me. (She also did the curtains.)

The shelves were all sorts of ugly so I just covered the front part of each one with some neon washi tape. Much better!  The next picture shows their mailboxes and turn-in bins for each subject area.

And that's it! I hope you enjoyed these photos!

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

It's going to be a BRIGHT year!

August 19th. It's crunch time here on the East Coast.  T-minus 2 weeks until school starts!

Teachers are busy prepping their rooms and planning for the new year. 
Some are just refining and sprucing up their old rooms--which is always fun because you know what works and what you'd like to change a little. All those doing that, raise your hand!

 Some teachers are moving rooms, moving grade levels... starting from scratch with a blank canvas for an exciting new year. 
All those in that boat, raise your hand. 
*hand raised*

Yep... I am not teaching Kindergarten this year!  In fact, I am not even CLOSE to teaching primary this year.  I'll give you a hint...

YEP!  I am teaching 5th grade this year!
...And I am super excited with a teensey side of nervous! Not nervous about teaching "big" kids...because I did teach in intermediate for 8 years before moving to K. Nervous because the curriculum is SO different from Kindergarten! My type-A does not do well with the "unknown" so I have been spending lots of time on my year-long plans and mapping everything out to wrap my head around it all. 
It will be good. No, it will be better than good. :)

So, one more thing.
Maybe you noticed the fab new fancy blog design. Maybe you noticed my header at the top went from "Mrs. Jones's Kindergarten" to "Mrs. Jones's Class"...
Well, I want to tell you that I will CONTINUE to blog about primary ideas for teachers (because you guys are all my loyal readers and I do NOT want to upset you)...
I will be sprinkling in some posts that will touch on stuff for older kids too. Because, well... I AM excited about this and I want to share cool things from my 5th grade classroom too!

I hope you will stick with me!

As a celebration of my new adventure, I made some cute tags to stick on highlighters for my incoming big kids. My primary friends could use them with glowsticks, finger lights, or sunglasses!