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Saturday, September 28, 2013

Center Planning, October Morning Bright and 3 Truths, 1 Lie Giveaway

Hiya there peeps

Shuna here

I must warn you this post is all over the place!

Proceed with extreme caution

Today I wanted to share a bit about how I plan and organize centers.

I am no expert but this is what works for me

The first thing that I do when planning for my stations is to write down all my ideas and thoughts so that I have something to refer to. I have journals that I use when I plan for my stations. I go through a ton of journals but I have to write it down so I can think it through.
The yellow folder is for math centers and the green one is for reading centers. I like being able to take the journals wherever I go and I can quickly jot down ideas as the come. The black and white journal is the one that I leave at home and the colored ones stay at school.

You can see that I organize my book by each week. Under each week I have the centers that I will be using. I write a quick description of the activity that I want to have in station that week and even draw a pic so that my brain will remember exactly what I was thinking about

My brain is funny like that 

It never remembers what I tell it!

 My reading center idea book
I use sticky notes to group my students and go back and fill in the gaps

This is how I store my centers

This picture is from Growing Kinders because I am a slacker and didn't take a pic of mine, but I use a similar system. The storage buckets are for me to use and not the students. This is how I organize all my centers that we are not using. 

When I need a center I can just go and pull it from the bucket 

 Another way that I store centers is in  file folder boxes. Inside these boxes are all my file folder games, paper centers, and envelope centers. I store the centers in a ziploc bag. The boxes have larger folders in them that I use to sort by themes. Inside each larger folder are smaller folders that contain games related to a theme.  

I have FINALLY finished and posted my morning work packs for October

Since y’all are so awesome I am going to give one Literacy pack away to the first person who guesses the correct answer.
Below are 4 facts about me
3 are truths and 1 is a lie
Your job is to figure out which one is a lie
Leave a comment with your answer and I will check them later
**** Please only comment ONCE! You can’t see the comments but I can****
Are you ready? Here we go

This giveaway is separate from the math one below. To win this giveaway you need to leave a blog comment.

So which is it?

Comment below with your answer

and since I am in such a breezy mood

I am going to give the Math pack away too

* The math MW will be posted by Sunday evening so you can win it before it is posted! *

*To enter this giveaway enter the rafflecopter below*

All you have to do is follow my pinterest boards!

Simple isn't it

a Rafflecopter giveaway

2 Giveaways

2 chances to win!

Good Luck

Peace Out Peeps

Thursday, September 26, 2013

{Insert Smart, Witty Title Here!}

Hiya there Peeps

Shuna here

Welcome to the nameless post

I am too tired and doped up on medicine to think of a cute title

This post is going to be all sorts of random

Be warned

If you have been following my blog for any length of time 

You know I have a love for all things centers

that and a love of shoes


I love planning  and making centers and I spend an insane amount of time researching to find awesome center ideas. 

I have created two pin boards that focus on making cheap and easy centers 

You should check them out

There are some awesome ideas there

I am sure you don't want to miss any
Click HERE to follow this board

Click HERE to follow this board 

While "researching" I came across this awesome pin from The Happy Teacher

This falls into the duh category 
My kiddos so need extra practice with counting and this idea is super easy to set up! I will be placed this in my counting center but later on I will be using it for addition and subtraction.

Hop over to her blog to pick up this awesome FREEBIE

My sister made this comprehension board and she really did a good job with it! 

We have been working on our I Wonder statements 

We use I wonder statements to give students a chance to respond to a reading. 

This is part of our Go Chart for reading 

You can check this POST our for more info on how I get the students responding to text

We have been learning all about numbers 

Here are a couple of activities and centers we did this week

For this station the students counted and clipped the correct answer. After they counted they used beans to make the same amount that was shown on their cards. I have had these cards for so long that I don't remember where I got them from BUT you can use THESE or THESE

*Updated to add* 
I found the original cards that are in the picture. 
It is amazing what you find when you actually go back and look at the stuff you pin

You can find them HERE

The students rolled a die, counted the amount and made it in their ice tray. After the little finished they practiced writing their numbers. 

*Updated to add*
I found the Roll and Cover freebie HERE
The number tracing mats can be found HERE

Practicing spelling number words

You can get these HERE along with some other great printables for math centers

Count and clip

Same excuse

Don't shoot me

Have no idea where I got these

I know 

I am such a bad blogger


The littles worked on building numbers using pattern blocks

You can get these HERE

Domino Parking Lot

These are always a favorite with my littles

Find these HERE

Continuing with our number study

I whipped up this quickie activity

We have a math minute everyday where we practice essential math skills before we go off to lunch

This week we are working on number words 

The kiddos get a Number Spy sheet and bingo dot markers to practice 

These have been a major hit and keeps them busy while we are getting our hands washed and using the restroom before lunch

These are a FB fan freebie and you can get them HERE 
Make sure to click on the FAN ONLY tab

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Sunday, September 22, 2013

New Pack and Journaling in K {Freebie}

Hiya there peeps
Shuna here
I think that I am finally settling in to the new school year.
I think....
Umm maybe I will have it figured out by the end of the year
Don't you just love this time of year?!
I can finally walk outside without melting
so that is a plus
I walked into Dollar Store and found these cuties
I love fall colors!
I cleaned out the shelf
Just because
Not like I need another 20 bins
but I am sure that I will find some use for them.
Moving on
I finally finished something BEFORE I actually need it!
We start our community helpers units in a few weeks.
Here is a quick peek at the new unit

I am so excited for my students to use next week
If you would like to check it it you can see it HERE
Moving on
One of the things that I really don't care for teaching is writing.
This was also my least favorite subject in school.
This year I plan to make writing fun for my littles and fun for me
One of the ways that I plan to do this is to spice up my journal center.
Before my journal station was always an after thought and many times the last center I planned for.
I am going to try to make my journal station much more fun and interactive this year.

So here is my thought process

I have tried this in my classroom over the last 3 weeks and it seems to be working so far

So to begin each of my students have a journal

They go to the journaling station once a week. My plan this year is to have their writing move focused and systematic. The first couple of weeks the students worked on growing their writing skills.
Each student received a picture and a sentence to go along with their picture. The students colored the picture and pasted the sentence in their journal. Right now my students are working on simple sentences.

After the students pasted the sentence they then built the sentence. This is a great way to get the little ones to see that a sentence is made up on individual words that come together to make a complete thought.

After they built the sentence they then copied it on their own.

The kiddos are so far loving it! They just grab their tray and take it to the journal station. Even my little ones who are not quite ready to write and doing a great job with it. 

You can find the other journaling prompts HERE

Next week we are going to start working on stem sentences. I am excited to see how well the littles will do writing on their own
Click the pic to pick up Week 3

Happy Teaching

Peace Out Peeps

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