Tweet Chat Tuesday

Don’t forget to join us this Tuesday for Tweet Chat!  Early Bird Chat starts at 8:30–the chat is much slower then and you can practice answering some fun “getting to know you” type questions!  The “official” chat starts at 9:00 (EST) and lasts until 10:00.

I am the “EduCelebrity” this week and I’ll be chatting with you about everything I know about Science, how to make it simple in your classroom!

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Getting Organized!

I love every new year how I think that THIS is going to be the year where I get organized.  This year is no different…well, I guess it kind of is because I’ve actually started organizing things.  But only because of the snow.  We’ve had 3 snow days now and one 2 hour delay so far.  I love 2 hour delays because I can get a few things done in those two hours before the kiddos come to school.  During our delay last week, I decided to get going on Tammy’s #TeachersGetOrganized2015 challenge.

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I’m about 1/2 way done organizing, but I started with my desk (I still need to work on my binders).

Here is the before of my desk:

Going from a messy desk to an organized one!

The Before!

This is by no means the worst that its been, I had cleaned it off just before break, so I didn’t have as many papers and extras to put away, but I did need to get some other things put away.

My binders, new pencil/file holder, and my new post-it note organizer!

I got my binders all cleaned off so that when I grab them, nothing falls off! I also got this great pencil/folder organizer at Target (my fav!!).  I stuck some dry erase labels I got on clearance at Office Depot this summer so I could label what goes in each section.  I also got this great cereal bowl from Target (in the plastic dishes area).  I figured it would hold small-ish things.  When I realized just how many post-it notes I had, I decided to dedicate this little container to them. :)

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 (Top Left) I got a black wicker basket and it now holds my stickers, a few yoga DVD’s, a timer, and my “for school” apple slicer.  (Top Right) I found these great letters at Michael’s.  The “K” is for my first name -or- Kindergarten! It is powered by two AAA batteries and it lights up…so cute!  I think it was $12.99 and it can be decorated behind the light bulbs (one day when I get a chance!).  The “P” was from the $1 spot at Michael’s too.  I thought I needed to represent my last name. :)

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This is the after picture. I still need to work on the drawers and organizing the binders on top of my desk, but this is a start.  I’m going to try really hard to keep it this way too. The other thing I did for myself to help keep things clean was to sign up for Planbookedu.com  I was able to get rid of my lesson plan book {even though I REALLY want one from Erin Condren} off my desk which freed up TONS of space.  I can do all my plans online now and even upload files there!  I can see it at home and school and don’t have to lug anything around.  SO happy that I am using it. :)

I’ll be posting more pictures soon once I get some things organized!

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Who’s Who and Who’s New

I am excited to be a new author on the Who’s Who and Who’s New blog! My first post is being shared today, so head on over and check it out! :)  I’m sharing an easy way to keep yourself organized! :)

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New Math Work Stations

I was able to take some pictures of the new Math Work Stations that I introduced today.  Normally, I introduce them one at a time over several weeks, but we needed to start with a clean slate today and the kiddos were ready to listen, so I went for it and they did GREAT! Here is a look at our newest work stations:

IMG_0181 This is one of A Differentiated Kindergarten’s Spinner Math Fun Galore pack. The kiddos spin the spinner and write the number and corresponding number word.

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This is also a free game Marsha has in her Tpt store. We needed to practice addition and subtraction and have some fun at the same time! :)

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We are studying community helpers so I brought out my community helper greater than, less than, equal to clip cards.  The kiddos look at the cards and decide if the picture on the left is greater/less/equal to the one on the right and place the clip on the appropriate symbol below.

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This is a little activity I made this past weekend.  The children find a baker and read his ten frame.  They then find the corresponding number and number word cupcake and base ten block cookie and match them in a group.

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We are also reviewing our measurement work and to tie in with our community helper theme, the kiddos are measuring different tools a construction worker might use.  They measure the length or height in cubes and bears and then record how many.

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We are also reviewing 3D shapes, so this quick game is called 3D Grab a Shape.  They grab a 3D shape card and record it on their recording sheet.  (This isn’t the actual recording sheet, I just had these left over from the last game {3D Spin a Shape-its also included in this pack} and wanted to use them up).

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This game is also from Marsha’s Spinner Math Fun Galore pack.  This game is called Spin and Win and these kiddos are working on recognizing numbers in the teens.

The kids did so great with these today!  I’ll snap some pictures of the other stations that were not open today and our new Literacy Work Stations. :)

P.S. Don’t forget Tweet Chat is tomorrow night with Vanessa Levin from @PreKPages as our guest!

Tuesday Twitter Chat Practice

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Winter Break

How many of you go back to school tomorrow? I’ll be with you, but I wanted to share some pictures of some work I did last Friday at school to get ready for my K’s to come back to school. 

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We are going to be learning about Community Helpers the next 6 weeks, so I switched out my Science/Sensory area to a Community Helper sensory bin.  I used some well washed rocks from the playground, and got a pack of 5 CAT construction vehicles from Target {My favorite place on earth–other than IKEA!}.  I also added some Matchbox construction vehicles and some IKEA community helper people and cars.

I also switched out my sensory bin {using A Differentiated Kindergarten’s January Sensory Tub pack}.  There are letters hidden in the bottom and the children will make their sight words as they find the letters.

I also got a new shelf from IKEA.  You might remember that last summer I invested in a “rainbow cart” when they went on sale at Michaels.  I still really like it, but two things made it not work out so well for us.  1) We couldn’t put our pocket dice in them and they kept getting separated from our Math Work Station, so we couldn’t do our work! 2) The tubs that came with it were difficult for my K’s to put back in.  We already have one of these shelves from IKEA for our Literacy Work Stations, so we already know they can hold more and are easy to put away.  I think this new system will work so much better for us!

I’ve re-purposed the “rainbow cart” to an area behind my desk.  I will use it to stash upcoming Math and Literacy Work Stations so that I can stay on top of switching them out.  I think it will help me and the K’s!

Stay tuned for some more new organization! I’m participating in a blog link-up with my friend Tammy at Live, Love, Laugh Kindergarten.  She’s created a monthly link up to help get different areas of your classroom organized.  First up is the teacher desk area/binders.  I bought some cute things at Target over the weekend to help get things in order on my messy desk, so I’ll be sharing those soon.  You can participate even if you don’t have a blog! Just post the pictures to Twitter or Instagram using the #TeachersGetOrganized2015 and be sure to tag Tammy!

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Also coming up on Tuesday we have our weekly Tweet Chat with guest host Vanessa Levin from @PreKPages.  She’s hugely talented and shares amazing things on her Facebook page and blog.

Don’t feel intimidated! Tweeting is really easy…even if you just lurk in the background, I promise you will get some great ideas! You will need a Twitter account {its free to sign up} to join us, but after that, you can use my tutorials to help you:

Tweet Chat 101

Tweet Deck 101

Tweet Deck is another platform to use when tweeting. I find it easier to use than Twitter because I can narrow my screen easily down to the one conversation.  On Twitter, all your conversations appear at once, making it harder to follow along. :)  Give it a try and watch for me giving out prizes!! My twitter name is @fuzzlady77, so be sure to tweet me if you have any questions!

Tuesday Twitter Chat Practice

Have a GREAT first day back!!

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Teachers Pay Teachers Cyber Monday and Tuesday sale!!

Teachers Pay Teachers is having a BIG Cyber Monday sale!!

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I’ve put my whole store on sale for 20% off and if you use the code TPTCYBER when you check out, you’ll be able to save 28%!

Here are some of my favorite December products that are on sale!

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And don’t forget to join us Tuesday night for Tweet Chat Practice! The fun starts at 8:30 for Early Birds and the faster chatting starts at 9 pm EDT.

Tuesday Twitter Chat Practice

Jessica Meacham is our guest on Tuesday this week! I’ve been following her blog for YEARS so we are sure to learn lots of new information from her! :)  Just make sure you use our hashtag (#teacherfriends) when you are on Twitter (I prefer TweetDeck though) so that you can see the whole conversation.

New to Twitter? Click here!

New to Tweet Deck? Click here!

Can’t make it on Tuesday? Here is a line up of our future guests!

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Stop, Swap & Roll Product Swap!

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Hi Friends!  I’m participating in the Stop, Swap, & Roll product swap hosted by Jungle Learners.  I swapped products with Stephany from Primary Possibilities.

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She shared her PSF {Phoneme Segmentation Fluency Activities} pack with me and my kiddos LOVED it!  Here are some pictures from us using them:

photo 1-1 This game is called Say Those Sounds!  The children roll the die, pick a picture (included) and say the sounds in the words.  If they are correct, they move the number of spaces they rolled on the die on the included game board.  My kiddos loved the pictures and this became a game they were quickly able to play in partners.

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This game is called “Count it”.  The children say each picture and then place it on the correct number mat.

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Slide It was the other game my students loved! As they put together these fun puzzles, they say the sounds in the words.

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photo 4-1  photo 5-1 Stephany has 5 fun activities included in this pack.  We used three of them right away and my Kinders will all be able to use the other two activities in the next few months.

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Stephany has her product on sale, so be sure to click on the picture above to get a copy for yourself!

Now, how would you like the chance to win a copy of Stephany’s PSF pack?  Enter the giveaway here for your chance to win!!

Want to see some more products that we swapped? Click on the link below to find the complete list of swappers and find lots of the products on sale!  Click here to see the product I sent Stephany in action! :)

My entire store is on sale to celebrate from November 9th – 11th, so be sure to stock up on products! :)

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Fun Fall Freebie!

I’ve been so busy lately, but I found some table scatter recently in the Target Dollar Spot and created some pattern cards to go along with them.  In Indiana, as part of our new Indiana College and Career Readiness Standards, patterns were reintroduced into the Kindergarten math curriculum!  So, we are gearing up to work on patterns for the next couple of weeks and these will go right into one of my Math Work Stations.  You can grab a set here or by clicking on the picture below.  Please don’t forget to leave feedback (or let me know if there are other patterns you would like to see included).

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Tweet Chat

Join us on Tuesday for Tweet Chat Practice!  The fun starts at 9pm and if you’ve not ever tweeted with us before, I would encourage you to show up around 8:30 for our Early Bird practice.  Even if you just tweet once to say hello and then lurk in the back ground the rest of the chat, I PROMISE you will have some of the best PD you’ve had in a long time!  The ideas that get shared during the chat are incredible…and if you can’t keep up with the chat, the entire chat is archived, so you can go back and read it at a slower pace!
We also give out prizes!  Watch for tweets during the chat so that you can put your name on the prize form…its just a simple form you fill out once and then you can be randomly chosen to win one of the evening’s prizes.  We usually give away between 2-8 prizes per chat, so there’s a great chance you will win something! :)

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Let me know if you have any questions! :)

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Literacy Work Stations

My colleague who teaches next door to me and I had a brainstorming session this summer about our Literacy Work Stations.  Last year, we had to wait so long to get our work stations up and going that it nearly killed us! :)  This year, we were determined to get them going as early as possible.  We wanted our routines going smoothly so we could start introducing our more “normal” daily schedule.

We decided that if we were going to introduce them earlier, we would focus more on the idea that the children would learn how to get the materials out, use them for a specified amount of time, and learn how to put them back.  We decided to dig through our cabinets and find materials that the children could use independently, with little to no direction from us.  Here’s what we came up with:

Kristen's Kindergarten Literacy Work Stations

Kristen's Kindergarten Literacy Work Stations

Kristen's Kindergarten Literacy Work Stations

Kristen's Kindergarten Literacy Work Stations

Kristen's Kindergarten Literacy Work Stations

Kristen's Kindergarten Literacy Work Stations

Kristen's Kindergarten Literacy Work Stations

Kristen's Kindergarten Literacy Work Stations

Kristen's Kindergarten Literacy Work Stations

Kristen's Kindergarten Literacy Work Stations

Kristen's Kindergarten Literacy Work Stations

We realize this idea is not rocket science, but because we had a little more freedom this year to decide when we were going to start our “normal” routines, we decided to jump in with both feet and introduce these on the 6th day of school.  We let the children use these materials for 5 days (they rotate through 2 tubs each day) and then the following Monday, we started introducing more specific targeted materials.

Screen Shot 2014-07-05 at 12.26.56 PMI’ve prepared all 10 Work Stations from my BTS Literacy Work Stations pack and have been introducing them one day at a time.  These activities are simple activities that require very few materials and can be used over and over (if laminated) by many students.

As I get them all introduced, I’ll take some pictures and share them. :)

Our hunch paid off…15 days into school and our kids are ROCKING their Literacy Work Stations.  They already know how to read the chart independently to find out their station for the day and they know where their stations are located.  We can also clean up fairly quickly and get the tubs put back in number order. :)

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I’ll share my Math Work Stations next week. :)  We waited a week to introduce those so we wouldn’t confuse our new kiddos. :)

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