I am IN LOVE!


LOVE, LOVE!  I found Lovin Lit on TPT and I can't stop buying everything!  I love her!  I bought her Seller's Toolkit and I made an excellent resource for my classroom + put in in my TPT store!  Check it out.  If you have not been to her store... GO!
http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Store/Lovin-Lit

This is what I made today!





I love her!  

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First Day of School is Tomorrow!

Here we go!  School starts tomorrow.  I know that I won't be able to sleep tonight therefore, I thought a quick post would help ease my anxiety.  My room is done but did I take final pictures? No.  I had the best of intentions to do so but time just got away from me. I WAS SUCKED into the TPT sale!  Wasn't everyone?  I bought WAY too many items and I cannot wait to share all of my amazing finds!   If you bought something amazing PLEASE SHARE!!!!  Comment and let me know.  I will post my finds soon.  Until next time...

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Traits and Common Core anyone?

My trait board is definitely a work in progress.  So... for today this will be my finished intro board.  IDEAS include: When I begin Writer's Workshop I will have the students write the name of each trait on the whiteboards.  Then, I will add characteristics to each trait dependent upon the direction of the lesson.  I am "thinking" to add the characteristics in a word web form, branching out from the whiteboards.  Ideas anyone?


Common Core!  Well, I absolutely adore Deanna Jump, who doesn't!  I met her last year at the National Kindergarten Conference in Las Vegas last year and I was smitten. :)  Back on topic...  I purchased her common core posters last year and never really used them to my satisfaction.  This year I wanted to create an interactive display that will be appealing to parents, visitors, and the students.  I want ALL of my students to KNOW what we are working on throughout the week.  POOF!  This is it.   Check out Deanna Jump for the posters and ALL things amazing!




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Classroom Snapshots

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Making REAL progress!

Today I felt like I made real progress in my classroom!  YIPPEE! Although, it has has taken me a week to feel that my disaster is showing progress. Who knows, it may actually be a working kindergarten classroom when I am done!  The countdown begins... 16 days until I meet 26 new kindergarteners!  I am almost complete with my 6 + 1 Writing Trait bulletin board and my color station.  I will post pics when I have them complete.  I am adding final touches to my three take home bags that I sell in my store PLUS my classroom jobs bulletin board.  I cannot wait to show everyone all my hard work!

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Continued Madness

So yesterday was another long day.  I decided to make Disney quotes for my room.  I have been inspired by many other classrooms making signs and pennants this year.   Plus, I have these HUGE windows in my room that get absolutely no sunlight.  The only view my kids have is of the blacktop which is usually full of kids in gym class.  Therefore, something to obstruct the distractions would be a great idea.  Here are the pics of two of the quotes.  I will take pictures of the final products in my room when I am done.

I adore this one!

These are in my window.  I am going to hang it with ribbon and a secure hook today.


Another item on my never ending list of things to do is my 6 + 1 Writing Trait Board and my new color station.  The K-2 team at my school creates a beginning of the year theme in which we welcome the students and the upcoming year.  This year the theme is: school supplies~ Back to School.  So... with that in mind, I try to include the theme within certain areas of my room.   I created my 6 + 1 Writing Trait Board with the title : Colorful Traits of Writing.  I am thinking to add these awesome and colorful whiteboards that I currently found at Walmart in my board. ( You can see them on the table below the bulletin board.)  I will color coded them to represent each trait and then for the last trait~ presentation I am going to connect all of the boards to show the students that presentation is a part of all of the traits of writing.  Sounds good, right? My trait board is very simple at first. I model is religiously from Kristina Smekens Writing Workshop and Traits training. I love her! She is AWESOME!  I think I have been to just about every workshop she has ever had!  Check her store and her out online! I pretty much only add the title and then I build  the entire board through mini lessons throughout  the first 6 weeks of school with my kids.  Therefore, my board will look empty at the beginning of the year.  I am going to add the dry erase boards but that would be about it until school starts.  This isn't the best pic since I took it with my phone.  Plus, I don't know why the fadeless paper looks so lumpy but oh well.  I will fix it later.  Here is a pic of how I started.

Not too much yet.  I will take a complete pic when it is done.


This is one of the AWESOME Dry Erase boards that I will be adding to my board.  You can find them at Walmart.


~ Until Next Time...



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