Sunday, September 22, 2019

Sunday 6 September 22

 Happy Sunday!  This weekend is flying by!  Here's a peek at my week!  Enjoy! 
Mr. Wheeler took a trip to Minnesota to see some of his clients and family members and brought back a slew of produce for us (his aunts and uncles all farm)!  The sweet corn was TO DIE FOR!  So yummy.

We had a date night last week and I got my absolute favorite fall beverage:  Pumpking...on draft!  I hate pumpkin flavored things but this beer is amazing.  Have you tried it?


I've been racking up the dollars with Ibotta.  If you aren't familiar, Ibotta is a free rebate app that consistently has many offers to help you save money on certain groceries, retail items, alcohol and many more items.  After you create an account and use your Ibotta sign-in, you can add offers to your account.  After shopping for the specified products in the offers that you've chosen, simply take a photo of your receipt in the app and Ibotta will give you cash back.  Once you’ve earned at least $20.00, you can cash out into your PayPal or Venmo account or redeem for gift cards to one of many stores like Sephora, Walmart, Amazon, and lots more!  To sign up and earn a free $10 once you've redeemed your first rebate, click HERE.  



I'm working on something new for you!  Cut, Glue, Write: Holidays and Seasons!!  I am super excited about this.  It should be uploaded in the next week or so.  These are such great practice for sentence writing and allow you to gauge all sorts of skills (letter formation, punctuation, spacing, capitalization, phonetic spelling, and sight words).  In the meantime, you can check out my Cut, Glue, Write Phonics Bundle.  Just click the cover page below.



 Mr. Wheeler and I took a 52 mile bike ride yesterday!!!!!!!!  It was awesome. 


I uploaded a new product yesterday, a rhyming match pack.  This is great for centers and super easy to prep.  Click the cover to check it out.  Tons of matching cards included.  Just choose the ones you want and print the provided recording sheet.  I used one set of cards for centers last week and will be using another set this week.



Tuesday, September 10, 2019

2019-2020 Classroom Reveal!

Hello, friends!  Today's post is my 2019-2020 classroom reveal!  I'll try to comment on each photo that I share and link any resources that are shown.  I didn't really change anything major in my room this year, but I always find some small things to switch up!  Enjoy!

This first photo is the board and bookshelf near my easel/rug area.  It's where 90% of my instruction takes place.  On my board I have some of our school-wide behavior reminders (we use PAX and PBIS).  I also have my hand signal cards (these aren't in my store, but if you want them, leave a comment on this post and I can see about adding them).  They are from Harry Wong's book, The First Days of School.  I was gifted that book by my district when I first started teaching 16 years ago.  Great read for any new teacher!  I also have some Morning Meeting reminder posters that I got from Teaching Differently on TpT.  This year I added The Great Whiteboard Marker Challenge.  I found it from Teaching in the Rain on TpT.  We do Fundations Phonics and the kids use a dry erase marker every day.  Last year it got out of control with kids losing their markers, so this year, I found a solution!  Whoever keeps their marker until the end of the quarter gets to eat lunch with me in the classroom! 


Here's a picture of my front board.  You see my "Helper of the Day" cards.  You also see my "Today We Have" board and my "Early Finisher Board."  I also have my "Voice Level Cards" with the touch lights next to them.  I use voice levels in my classroom all day long and it really helps kids understand appropriate voice levels for school.  In the magnetic basket below, I keep number grids.  The kids come and get them as needed.  In the other magnetic basket, I keep my "Visual Reminder Cards" that I got from Ashley Hughes on TpT years ago.  They still work amazingly!  My pencil system is very simple: Kids are allowed ONE pencil at their desk.  *They have a little pencil tray on top.  When it is dull, broken, or lost (and they have checked everywhere), they can do the pencil hand signal.  I ok it and they go trade it out for a sharp pencil.  At the end of the day I sharpen the "dull" pencils.  There are usually only a few in there each day.  I found the "sharp" and "dull" labels as a freebie on TpT. 


Here is my calendar.  I don't "do calendar;" I simply post it for kids to see.  I can't remember where the calendar is from.  The "Days of the Week" poster is from Creative Teaching Press.  I keep a visual menu under it that the special education department makes for us.  The border is also from CTP. 

Below the board is my "Listening Center."  Each week, one of my 5 centers is the listening center!  The kids love listening to books on cd/tape. 


This is the bookshelf that houses all of my books for small group time.  We use decodable readers called "Geodes."  The birthday board is above the bookshelf, but as you can see, the cards weren't up when I took this picture.  I purchased the cards from First Grade Blue Skies on TpT.  On the wall (the rainbow poster) is my "Editable Specials Schedule."  I never forget which specials I have with that little reminder by the door! 


Here is my "Centers" chart.  You can grab the cards HERE.  My kids visit one center per day.  It's so simple to manage!  I don't pull groups during this time; I float around and engage with the kids.  I also monitor behavior.  The centers that my kids do are amazing!  They are developmentally appropriate and help them practice the skills I've taught during our Fundations Phonics lessons.  Click HERE to see the centers I use! 


This is my cart that holds my easel supplies, games for our PBIS program, and my laminator.  I think I got the cart at Michael's a few years ago.  I got the labels from Rachel Lamb on TpT. 

This is my tall bookshelf.  It houses all of my personal read-aloud books.  I have them sorted by holiday and also subject.  To see some of my favorite books, you can check out my Amazon store HERE.  I don't have them all listed (obviously), but I have been trying to list them as the seasons roll around.



This is my front board.  The magnetic displays shelves are from Lakeshore Learning.  I just got them over the summer and I love them!  They are perfect for holding the books we are reading.


This is my counter top area.  I pull holiday books from my tall bookshelf and place them here until we've read them.  I place them back on the tall shelf once I've read them.  This helps me keep track of the ones we have read.


Here's a view of my classroom.  I tried to minimize the distractions this year.  However, my whole day is taught by way of box curriculum (sad face) (Fundations, Wit and Wisdom, PATHS, and GO Math), so I do need to have those visuals up for students.


Here is my back table area.  I will meet with small groups here starting in late October.  I also have my counter top area, where I keep all my teaching materials/copies/etc.  Yes, I have a sink.  It's glorious! 


Here is my trick word wall.  We use Fundations for Phonics.  I made my own word cards because I feel as though the kids should see all the words up, all year.  You can grab my first grade, trick word wall by clicking HERE.


These are the trays I keep on my counter top that house  all of my copies/teaching supplies for the week.  I sort them once I get my copies made.  I don't sort by day, because I like the flexibility of pulling various things as I see fit.  Instead, I sort by subject.


These are my monthly file boxes that house all of the fun, creative, seasonal things I USED TO HAVE TIME FOR (sad face).  I do use some of them, still, but not as much as I used to.  Remember all those box curriculum's I mentioned above?  The file boxes are from Office Depot.  The monthly signs are from TpT and I can't seem to find who I got them from.  I think they were free, though.


Here is the students/classroom library.  You can grab the labels HERE.  I sort by theme.  The bins are from Lakeshore Learning.  You can read about how I manage the library by clicking HERE to read a quick blog post about it.



Here is the student computer area...I don't use these much; sometimes for centers, but that is hard because I only have two.  I mostly use them for free time/inside recess.  I figure the kids get enough technology at home; they don't need to be on computers at school!


The #thisisus board is my favorite addition to the room this year!  I had that giant cork board from Costco that I bought a few years ago and I hadn't found a good use for it.  What I am doing this year, is printing pictures of the kids and filling the board with them.  Once the board is full, I'll take them down and put new ones up.  At the end of the year, I'll let the kids take the photos home!


These are the kids' holiday books that I only put out during that time of year.  I place them at the front of the room as an early finisher option.  I don't have them take up room in my classroom library.  No one is really interested in reading a Christmas book in August, right? 


This is my mailbox system that I got from Really Good Stuff.  I put binder clips on it with student numbers.  I only use student numbers for their mailboxes and their cubbies. 


Here is my desk.  On the front are buses for "The Homework Club."  You can read about that by clicking HERE to see an old blog post.


I made this little organizer for my desk with labels from The First Grade Parade on TpT.  I believe I got the box from Amazon.  I only needed to have a few drawers and I like the size of this.


Here is my wonderful mother, helping me set up my classroom in August.  In case you are new here, my mom and I have set up my room together every year, for all 16 years of my career!  She is a tremendous help and I love her so much!


I just give her a task and she gets it done in a snap!


I'm surprised we are still standing after setting up the room in a day this year!  Hahaha! 


Have a great year, friends!
xo
Megan 

Sunday, September 8, 2019

Sunday 6 September 8

 Hi, friends!  I'm back today for a Sunday 6!  This is a random compilation of six things from the past week.  I'm including things from the last two weeks, as my post for last Sunday didn't make it up!  #teachertired

I hope you all have a fantastic week!!
 Several years ago, I purchased this BAGGU bags from Amazon.  I have used them for my weekly grocery shopping ever since!  They are so roomy and such great quality.  I love taking them shopping with me!  The clerks always comment on how great they are, too!  Last week I went to Trader Joes and filled up a bag.  Look how much the bag held!  Click below to check out these bags for yourself.  They have TONS of patterns and colors!!!  Well worth the investment and they help the environment, too!  *Amazon Affiliate Link*





I sent home my first Scholastic book order last week.  I had several families order, which is so exciting!  In addition, I posted about my "Scholastic Donation" again this year on Facebook.  I had enough friends/family sponsor my class and every student will be getting one free, $1.00 book per month this year!  So, even if their families can't afford or choose not to order from the book order, the children will still get a new book each month!  You can read all about how I manage the sponsorship by clicking HERE and reading a blog post about it.  


Mr. Wheeler and I went shopping two weeks ago and I found this AMAZING alphabet canvas for my office!  I got it at a local boutique, but I found a similar one on Amazon that you can check out by clicking below.  It would be cute in a farmhouse classroom or child's room!  *Amazon Affiliate Link* 




We had buses come from our district to talk to the kids about bus safety.  We do this every year.  The kids go sit on their regular buses and go through drills, etc.  I like to tie it into learning in the classroom, so we assembled, colored, and read this mini book.  Click the cover below to snag it!  Great for back to school time.




Our Math program (Go Math) begins with addition within 10, so we have been playing some games and working on that skill.  This popcorn activity is from my "Beginning Addition Pack," which you can check out below.  It's a great little pack for the start of the year.  I used the worksheet below as a quiz.  



We also played "Race to Camp!"  This is an addition board game that focuses on addition within 10.  We have played it twice in the last two weeks and the kids really enjoy it.  Click the cover below to check it out.  



I started using voice levels in my classroom several years ago and it's been very effective.  I use them with touch lights and set the expectation for voice levels all day long, throughout all of our learning activities.  The voice level charts shown below are specific to our school's PBIS program, but due to interest, I created a set of voice levels for my TpT store.  They are editable so you can create ones specific for you as well.  The touch lights are linked below.  *Amazon Affiliate Link*  You can also check out the posters below.  You'll be amazed at how calm your room is when the kids know the voice expectations and have a visual to remind them!  




xo,
Megan