Tuesday, July 31, 2012

A Lil' of This and A Lil' of That...

Well, I didn't mean to stay away so long.  I'm starting to feel the pressure of busy schedules and my summer is coming to an end! Boo!  I just came back from Capturing Kids Hearts conference in Saledo.  First, I have to say the place was beautiful!  Gorgeous! -The only thing that was missing was my family. :(                                
Me and Michelle

Yes, they even had animals out there.  They also had buffalo, an ostrich, and goats.  

It was truly an amazing conference and I am so thankful that I was picked to be apart of that experience.  The conference was very similar to the Love and Logic philosophy and empowering kids.  

"If you have a child's heart, you have his head." -Flip Flippen

I feel like, for the most part, I implement this philosophy in my classroom, but there are LOTS of things that can be changed and fixed. (always)  The presenter really made this philosophy relevant with our peers. WOW!! - That was a big eye opener!  Our presenter (who was AWESOME) said, "Giving affirmation is a leadership skill".  

"A leader is someone who sets aside a personal agenda and embraces a greater agenda of serving others." -Flip Flippen

I have LOTS and LOTS of goals and things I want to do within my classroom BUT I now have a goal to make my team a priority.  I want to make sure that we are lifting each other up and affirming each other because as you can get a little crazy hectic at school.  I want to decorate a cabinet in our workroom for each one of my team members and have a way to leave each other affirmation notes, ecards (love these things), or treats.  I have framed some quotes to place around the workroom.

Pics of workroom coming soon! (once I can get in the school ;)  I would love to hear what you do with your team members to help build a stronger team. 

Next, on my list of things that I want to share are my author's chairs.  Just some cheap Dollar General chairs and a little paint.  
Now, we have a special seat to share our writing!! 

And finally.......a little bit of school shopping.  No outfit is complete without the perfect bow.

No, seriously it's not a bird it's a bow.  haha (no, we didn't buy it-but we had a good laugh:)

Have a Terrific Tuesday, friends!!

Don't forget to leave me your thoughts and ideas of building up your teammates.  

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Sight Word Book Freebie

I love to use my word wall in the classroom for lots of activities but I REALLY, REALLY like it when the kids use it as a reference.  (kinda the point, huh) :) - Yea, I know.  This year I have put together a personal book for each kiddo that they will be able to reference and I can quickly use it to assess their sight word recognition.  

These sight words specifically follow the Texas Journeys Reading Basal for 2nd grade.  Anyone can use this but I've used the 300 sight words in the order of this series.  Each Friday I will listen to the students read the list of of words to me.  I plan to use a different highlighter for each week to mark a word that the student struggles with and we can spend more one on one time in small group for mastery.  

I'm going to place the booklets on rings like you see above and hang from hooks on the back of a cabinet.  

My goal this year is to FEEL like I'm on top of things...................rather than slowly drowning. :)  If this is something that you could use in your classroom I'd love for you to pick it up here.  I just ask that you leave me LOVE and follow me.  

Happy Tuesday ya'll!! 

Monday, July 16, 2012

Show and Tell Bags

I love hearing all about the kids and what they love.....and they LOVE to tell you about themselves.  I'm linking up with Tara for her Monday Made It, so I can share this little freebie with you. Thank you Tara for bringing all these wonderful ideas to one place.  
Inferencing can be tricky to teach but if we are talking and thinking about it with the things that are most important to the kids then maybe we can make it easier for them.  This activity is, Show and Tell, using clues to help the kids (and teachers) to get to know each other.  This activity also has friend cards that they can fill out and take home to share something they learned about each classmate. You can pick it up at my TPT store.

It's been a busy week but I've accomplished..........nothing crafty (boo!). I've tried to get back in my running routine and my little sass wanted to run with me. sweet, I'm thinking she's probably going to slow me down but that's okay because we are doing it together. :)  Boy, was I wrong........this was my view for the entire mile.
She's going to make me work!!  The rest of my week was spent watching my big sass (yea, he's sassy in a boy way;) play baseball.  I love to watch him pitch!!

Friends, we are running out of Mondays before school starts-I've gotta get busy!!
Have a fantastic night!!

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Keeping Track of A.R. points

I've created two different ways to display AR goals and points.  I haven't decided which one I'm going to use yet.  I would LOVE for you to pick them up at my TPT store (it's a freebie) if you are still looking for a way to display your AR points.  I think I'm going to use going to use the bees and flowers........
but I still have time to change my mind.........right?!  This is some of the new clip art I purchased from Nikki over at Melonheadz, she has the cutest stuff and each week she has freebies.  I LOVE freebies! :)  

Happy Tuesday, ya'll!!

Monday, July 9, 2012

Treats for My Sweets...

Well, it's another Monday and I'm linking up with Tara for her Monday Made It Linky. 

She always has so many fabulous teachers sharing fun ideas.  My first inspiration came from Run!Mrs. Nelson's Got the Camera.  She posted a list of rewards and incentives she uses in the classroom and I LOVED her idea for a treat tree.  I haven't decided yet if I would like to use it for 100's on spelling tests or meeting an AR goal.  I should probably work that out soon.
 "Sweet Treats for you and me..."
Earlier this week I linked up with Teaching in Room 6  to share my behavior chart.  I finally finished putting mine together and I found the cutest little clothespins.

You can get my Behavior that Makes Cents at my TPT store if you would like to use it.  I cannot even imagine charging for any of the things that I make right now.  I am truly a newb at this, so until I feel like I have something worth selling all my things are free. ;) 

Finally, my last little craft for the week.  I cannot remember where in the world I saw this idea but........I LOVED it and have been keeping detergent scoops ever since. 
We've saved milk tops and picked out some princess flowers to plant.  I thought these would be fun for the kids at school to make when we learn about plants.  Okay, first we hot glued (only a crafter's kid can get away with this) :/  the lids to each side of the scooper.
Then, we filled the scooper up with potting soil and planted our Cosmos.  Lil' Sass decided that we needed a sign so everyone would know what we are growing.  The finished product looks like a sweet little wheel barrow.  
Good night, bloggy friends!

Thursday, July 5, 2012

Behavior that Makes Cents!

I've decided for this next school year to implement $$ into my behavior clip chart.  Our school has certain colors and points that they want us to use and deduct from each child's conduct grade based on the child's color/conduct clip.  So each year I jazz up my color chart BUT this year I'm implementing Coins.......get it???!!!  Behavior that Makes Cents!!  Okay.......this is how it will work in my classroom.  Each day the students will stamp their behavior calendar with a coin stamp based on our color chart.  For example, black will be used for a quarter because black is considered exceptional behavior throughout the day.
They will use a green stamp for dimes, yellow stamp for nickels, and a red stamp for a penny.  Although, I rarely have color changes, I truly feel like this will motivate them to not only KNOW their coins but be able to add them up.  They will NEED to know how much they have in order to spend their money on Friday.  
Really, I keep it very simple. (mainly because I need simple) :)  Of course we spend the first week of school going over the rules and expectations.  I love to do this with the kids because they truly take ownership over their own rules.  We complete a class contract and all the kids sign their names.  This year I'm going to have them write on their medal (below) how they will make sure that they are always doing their best.  
I will hang these around our clip chart.  Please feel free to download a copy of my behavior chart to use.  I put several different options in this pack.  I'll share the one I'm using later with pics later.  If you download, I would LOVE to hear your thoughts about it.  Thanks bunches!!
OHHH!!  I forgot to mention...this might be a great time to intro homophones.  

I've linked up with Teaching in Room 6 to share behavior management ideas, stop by and join her linky party and read other teacher's fabulous ideas.

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Awards, Awards, and more Awards....

Well, I feel truly honored and a little shocked but I am ever so thankful.  My sweet and talented friend over at Smitten with First has given my lil' ole blog 2 awards.

Once you receive the Lovely Blog Award, you must follow 3 rules: 1. Follow the person that gave you the award. 2. Link back to the person that gave you the award. 3. Pass the award on to 15 bloggers.

The rules for this award are: 1. Thank the blogger who nominated you. 2. Include a link to their site. 3. Include the award image in your post. 4. Give 7 random facts about yourself. 5. Nominate 15 other bloggers for the award. 6. When nominating, include a link to their site. 7. Let other bloggers know they’ve been nominated.

Now that I've received these awards I need to share 7 random facts about myself. I go:

1. I play on a coed softball team with my husband. I am actually the other teams best player. :/

2.  I have a son that will be a SOPHOMORE this year. gasp!!-that doesn't even feel real to type......time flies. :( I have a daughter that will be a 3rd grader. 

3.  I LOVE to watch forensic files and murder mystery shows.

4.  My husband and I met at church and he is 4 years younger than me. :))

5.  One of my favorite movies is Shag.  (I love that movie!)

6.  I LOVE chocolate Dr. Peppers from Sonic. yuuummmm

7.  I love to play the music loud in the car and sing like a rockstar!!

Well, I now feel like you guys know me a little better!  Now it is my turn to nominate 15 blogs for these awards.

1. Learning in Wonderland  2. Teaching Star Students  3. Building a House of Love           4.  Simpson Superstars  5.  Teaching Chick  6.  Stellar Students  7.  Room 4 Imaginations  8. Ms. Draffkorn  9.  4 the love of teaching  10.  Learnings a Hoot 11.  Success in Second Grade  12.  2nd grade Rocks  13.  Second Helping for the Teacher
14.  Adventures in 2nd grade  15.  Ms Pretzel

While I was making my list of blogs that I wanted to give these awards to I received another award...........I KNOW.........that's crazy!!  This award highlights new bloggers and we all know I'm definitely a new blogger.  Thank you so much Anne @ Creative Happenings for thinking of me when handing out this award.

Here are the rules:
1. Copy and paste the award on your blog.  (check)
2. Thank the giver and link back to them.  (check)
3. Reveal your top 5 picks and let them know by leaving a comment on their blog. 

And top 5 picks are.......Drum roll, please...................
1.  Smitten with First  2.  Adventures in 2nd grade  3.  Ms. Pretzel  4. Learnings a Hoot  
5.  Room 4 Imagination

Thank you friends and happy blogging!!

Monday, July 2, 2012

Monday Made It #5

Oh sweet summertime...........where are you going???!!!  My list of things I want to make is getting loooonnnnggggeeerrr...  I truly look forward to Tara's Monday Made It Linky Party.  Now, the things I want to share this Monday may not be considered by some as "made it" BUT you should know that I stuck my own stickers on AND did all my own hot gluing. ;)

Okay, we have an amazing little boutique in town and my kids (parents) are always picking up little gifts for me. (so sweet) Well, this boutique has the cutest jewelry gift being a teacher, I can I use these in the classroom??  Let me show you!!
We all LOVE the desk fairy!!  This is the box she leaves on a desk with a soft peppermint inside.  (my kiddos LOVE those)  
It says: 

"Please eat this treat because you've been SWEET and kept your desk all nice and neat."

On the inside of the lid it says "Please return this box to your teacher. Love, The Classroom Fairy"

Not only does my Classroom Fairy look for neat desk BUT also neat handwriting.  .......And if she spots neat handwriting, then you could find this on your desk the next morning
a box always make a new pencil more special.  Right??!!
I try to pick a special new pencil based on that kid. (sports, glittery, mechanical......etc)
This box says "You've worked so hard at writing neat please enjoy this PENCIL treat." 

The last thing I want to share is my birthday box for next year.  Again, this box was a gift from a student, and I have finally decided what I'm going to do with it.   A Birthday Box!!  (Can you guess the color scheme in my classroom???) 
Does it count as "made it" if I just hot glued tulle on top???  Inside this box the birthday kiddo will find birthday stickers, pencil, birthday cupcake (prepackaged), and rockstar glasses.
 I use Miss Bainbridge's birthday book (just love her) and every student writes a birthday message to the birthday kid as their morning work.  It's adorable!!

Share with me how you celebrate birthdays in your classroom.......I'd LOVE to hear!!