Sunday, September 3, 2017

Classroom Tools with Oriental Trading

Happy new school year friends! If you have already been back with your students I hope your year has gotten off to a wonderful start. If you have not started school just yet, I hope that your upcoming year is an amazing one!

I am here today to share with you some great new tools I will be using in my classroom this year. I teamed up with Oriental Trading to add some new ideas that I have been wanting to use for the past few months. If you click any of the images below you can get more information on them. 

                             

    I was really excited to get some new reading tools and storage containers for math manipulatives.                                        

I have been wanting to make my math manipulatives more accessible for my students. While I was in PD this past summer I kept hearing over and over how students should have easy access to items to help them explore and discover. So when I saw these containers I just KNEW this is what I would need!
                                         

I took 5 of the most basic manipulatives that my students use most often and used these amazing containers. I love that they are clear for my students to see what is inside. The other AH MA ZING factor is that they lock together!
                                          
They stack on top of each other and can be locked that way AND I can also lock the 4 sets together! So super smart and such a space saver!  

                                          



                                        
I will eventually make labels for the containers but, right now my students know exactly which ones to use so no labels are needed. These are also perfect for math stations right now as we learn our rules and expectations.


The next tool I am so excited to use with my students this year is reading phones!
                                      

These phones are wonderful for daily 5 and guided reading use. I talked with my students about how we use them and the voice level we need to have when reading with them. They were so excited about hearing themselves read. I know these are going to be wildly popular this year and students will be wanted to read to themselves all the time now. Win win for both teacher and student!


                                     


                                       
                               The students store them in their book boxes so they always have them.

                                        



                                       

The last tool I added to my room this year are these foam alphabet dice.

                                         
I have so many ideas of how we are going to use them. Here are a few that I came up with for beginning of the year assessments.
                                         

                   
                                        


                                         


Then I also came up with some CVC and CVCE word building activities for word work during our daily 5 stations.
                                   


                                   




                                   



I plan on making a few more activities to use with these dice and posting them in my TPT store. Until then if you would like a copy of the sheets you can click here to grab them.
                                                        Alphabet Dice Activities

Thanks for stopping by and reading about some new tools I will be using this year. You can click any of the pictures to learn more about the items. Feel free to pin this image to Pinterest to save the ideas too!

                                      


Disclaimer: Products from Oriental Trading were sent for a review. These opinions are ideas are of my own.





Friday, July 21, 2017

Spreading Happiness and Cheer in Your Classroom

Happiness and Cheer are wonderful tools that should be in each and every classroom. Students love when they are recognized for their efforts and celebrated. When students feel loved and appreciated it changes the whole atmosphere in the classroom. I have never seen that to be so true that this past school year.

Last year was my first year at a new school. It is a Title One school and I could tell from the start that these kids loved to talk, work hard and share in happiness! We did a lot of character development lessons last year and those morning meeting times when we chatted were just the best. I could tell how much they loved sharing what was going on in their lives, what they worked on at home and more.

So this year knowing what my students are going to be like I wanted to start off the year showing and telling my students how very special they are. 



This is how I came up with the idea of Student Happy Notes. While shopping at Target I have seen these adhesive pocket square in the Bullseye Playground area.
I was thinking about how I could use these with my students and notes popped into my head! I am going to place one square on each students desk, next to their name tags.

To start off when they come for Meet The Teacher I am going to welcome them with their first note. I made a few different versions for other grade levels too.


I like to give a variety of options to teachers if they were to purchase this so I made each type of note in color and black/white. The above picture shows how you can print the black and white notes on bright paper and it really pops!

If using color ink makes you happy I made the notes bright and colorful too! I created 27 different types of notes to pass out to the students. Everything from Happy Birthday to Spread Kindness Like Confetti.
Here is a peek into what a few of the notes look like. As the year goes on I plan on giving out new notes 1-2 times a week. Especially when I see my students working really hard OR if they just look like they need a little extra TLC that day. I am really excited to share these with my kids and to hear their reactions to the notes on their desks.


You can see all these Happy Notes in my store. If you don't have the target square no problem. You can still share them with your students the best way that works for you.


If you do have the adhesive square you may also want to check out the editable labels I made for the target squares too!

Hope that there is lots of happiness and cheer in your classroom this year too!



Saturday, July 1, 2017

Target Teacher Finds- Back to School 2017


Hey, Friends! I hope all of you are soaking up the sun and recharging. I saw a picture that says teachers are solar powered. They recharge in the summer. How true that picture was!!! As a teacher though do our brains ever really stop thinking about school? I know for me that I ADORE summertime but of course, I have been thinking about next year. If you follow me on Instagram( which I SURE hope you do!!!) you may have been that I have a LOVE of the Target dollar section. I think every teacher does!

            (I just love this shirt from The Wright Stuff. Click the pic to see the shirt in their shop.)

So a few weeks ago Ha from Happy Days in First Grade and I went to Target to have some fun! We checked out all the goodies that were out from the Dollar Spot and took tons of goofy pictures. You can check out her blog post to see what we found. I was excited to see somethings for BTS but it was not that amazing stuff I found last year.  Since I am no quitter (haha) and I knew this was about the time of the year that they stuff hits the shelves I was stalking patiently waiting for the shelves to be filled up with goodies.

THAT time has arrived and I can not WAIT to share with you all I have found!
                                             

To start off those bigger colored boxes are not from Target but, from Costco. I am going to use them to store my stations for each group during Guided Math and Daily 5 this year. This year Target changed the colors of the bins and I am in LOOOOOOVE!!! Instead of rainbow colors like last year, they came out with PINK and TEAL!!!! I am replacing all my red book bins with pink ( those who know me know that pink and purple are my colors!). So I may have had to run to 10 different Targets to get my pink bins but I FOUND THEM!!

Each Target I went to I found all different kind of goodies!
                                              

Here I found some dry erase sentence strips, pennant banners, rainbow dry erase labels and apple pencil toppers! I am going to use those erasers as math manipulatives. You can see how I use them
here (Mini Eraser Ideas).
                                                    
Here is a closer look at the sentence strips and the ONE (1!!) pocket chart I found. Oh so happy it was purple!
                                                 


They have these canvas bags this year for $3. This one was my FAV! I also saw a notebook paper one and one with a school bus. Super cute for extra tote bag at school.
                                         
                                               

Those BINS!!! I got a set of these square bins. One teacher can never have enough bins right? ;) Plus, how CUTE are those crayons and pencil? They are ceramic little decorations I will put under my window for a splash of color. There is also an apple too!

     
                                                                                                                                    


These letters are just so cute for any elementary classroom!! I can wait to get them up in my classroom. They also had these in cursive for older grades. Love the colors.
                                                   

I love to hang my students work outside our classroom and these wooden clips match all the other colors they have this year perfectly! Then did you see the pack on the bottom?!?! How perfect would those be for some number recognition activities!
                                                   
They also had letter ones too! These would be really cute to hang alphabet posters in your classroom. So many possibilities.
                                                 
Look at these banners! I found more ABC ones that would be perfect for the clips above. I also found these pencil and corkboard banners. I think I am going to use to some vinyl letters and make a welcome banner.

                                                     
                                                



These are clipboards are perfect for small notes to leave on your desk and the bigger one has a pad of paper for taking notes! Perfect for that beginning of the year PD.
                                                         

These pencils!! What a great way to others how your classroom runs! Then even had matching borders with the same messages. LOVE these to hand out at the beginning the of the year.
                                                          
Target really has set the bar high this year!
                                                        

I also got some brand new wipe and write sheet protectors with the new amazing colors. These are the best for my students to use during word work, math stations and sight word practice. All you need is a dry erase markers and you are good to go!
                                               
                                                     

This year I have decided that I am going to make a positive inspiration board right next to my desk. I have lots of these adorable wooden signs from years past and then today I found these 2 to add to my collection. I can not wait to hang them all up and show you how it turns out!


I had so much fun shopping and planning for next year. I would love to hear about things you may have found at your target dollar spot by commenting below. Feel free to pin this image so you can save the ideas I have shared here.

Happy July and enjoy Summer!
                                                  






Sunday, February 26, 2017

Sneaky Spinach

Hey, Friends! Today I am here to tell you about a cute new book I discovered this week!
                               


                                         

As a mom and teacher. we always want out kids eating healthy. Though, kids tend to make different choices! This cute book shows how kids CAN get vegetables in their food without them even knowing about it!

                                           

In this story Nick wants nothing to do with vegetables BUT, loves to have a smoothie each morning. Little does he know but those sneaky spinach leaves keep jumping into his smoothie mix!

                                               
                                               
              This book is a great way start to showing kids that eating healthy is easier than they think!

You can find this book on Amazon and the Nekter Juice Bar page. Check it out!

Thanks for stopping by!