Sunday, February 11, 2018

Oh Snap! Reading Is Fun!

This is my door decoration for the winter months.  I have such a short time with my little kiddos and we spend our time reading and playing academic games that there is no time to do student art work.

So I had to be a bit creative with my door decoration.  My kids love taking their pictures so it was fun.  I just enlarged some clipart from Graphics from the Pond and added their sweet pictures.  

This is a easy idea but I cannot tell you how much joy the kiddos have finding their picture each time they come down to my room.  They enjoy showing their friends where they are and talking about the different book characters the children are holding.  

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Wall Outside My Reading Room



Here is the wall outside my reading room.  I wanted to do something that would encourage the children to read and incorporate winter and Valentine's Day.  This is an idea similar to what I found on Pinterest.  It was very simple to make.  

Olaf was made by Grace, a former kindergarten/first grade student of mine who is now in fifth grade.  I had some book jackets that fit perfect for this purpose.  Then I cut out some simple hearts and the librarian at my school cut out some snowflakes.  I wrote out the words "I love warm hugs and books." in fancy letters.  

That's it!!  The kiddos just love it.  I love that it is bright and cheerful and it reflects my love for reading. 

I haven't shared much this school year because I have been logging in a lot of books in the reading resource room.  I have NO prep time so the little bit of free time I do have I am logging and shelving books.  I really didn't think it would take me this long to log in books.   


Thursday, December 21, 2017

A Little Decorating for the Holiday Season

I was a bit inspired by Instagram with the Christmas book decorating.  I only have a short amount of time with my reading groups so I didn't have time for my students to create something.  Therefore, I put together something quick and simple for my reading classroom door.  As you can tell from my lack of blogging my time and focus right now is divided between family and school.  So this door had to be simple.  I cut out stars with the paper cutter at school and used some old dust jackets from some books.  I added some ribbon and there you go, so simple Christmas door.  
I did take some "me time" to do a project I wanted to do for some time.  I had this idea in my head and it took me a while to pull it together.  However once the pieces fell in place it came together so easily.  I traced book characters on Shrink-E-Dink material using Sharpies.  Before I put the characters in the oven I punched a hole on the top so I could place a ribbon through each one.  
Now these adorable characters are hanging up in my reading classroom.  I enjoy watching the children come into the room each morning to look at the characters on the tree.  The younger students seem to be surprised each time as if new characters are added.  
  


  

Saturday, December 2, 2017

Skip Bo Cards

What!!! I can't believe my last post was October!!! Time is going to fast right now.  Life is going to fast right now!    I have a couple things I want to share with you in December that have been working well for me these past couple months.  

I am using Skip Bo cards to teach number awareness to the little four year olds.  They think they are playing cards with me and that's even better.  But these little guys need to learn to recognize their numbers to 10 by Christmas.  

On this day we are working on our number awareness to 8.  As we draw a card we put the cards in number order.  Then each time a student pulls a multiple number they just lay it on top.  If they can not recognize the number, they just count down the row of cards until they can match the cards.  

The game is simple however, it is great practice and review.  They kids love the game and I have noticed improvement each week in their number awareness.    

Monday, October 9, 2017

Sight Word Organization

I found this cute container at Michael's and I purchased it without a plan.  It took me some time to come up with an idea however I did finally decide to organize my sight words by levels.  I created flashcards and a stick bang game for each level.  
I coordinated each box with matching fruit graphics.  For example, the red container has an apple, all the level one words have apples on them as well.  This makes it easy for clean up when the levels get mixed together.  
 On the stick bang game, I put color coordinated washi tape on each stick to keep the sticks organized as well.  

So far the response from my students has been positive.  I work with many children at lots of different levels and they love the cute graphics and the fun colors.  Several of the students who have moved levels are very excited to go to the new colors.  
The best part of the box is that it fits perfectly between my teaching binders and the shelf above.   

If you would like the covers and flashcards I made you can pick them up at my TPT store.  
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