This year I decided to decorate my classroom with the Boho Birds by Carson-Dellosa. I loved how there were alot of primary and bright colors that I thought would be great for my kindergarten classroom and I love how it has turned out so far! Here's a little peek inside my classroom.
I have 2 bulletin boards on either side of my big white board/promethean board at the front of my room. I decorated them both the same. One will serve as my calendar board and this one will most likely be used to display anchor charts.
I bought the Boho Birds Birthday Set and used it to decorate one of our bathroom doors. Thank goodness they fit perfectly.
Coming up with a behavior system to keep with the theme was more challenging. I ended up using pieces from the Boho Birds Bulletin Board Set, Boho Birds and Birdhouses Bulletin Board Set , and these bird cutouts. I attached each little birdie to velcro. I'll write everyone's name on a bird and each day they will start at the green birdhouse and move down to the next branch if needed. And YES there are 27 little birdies because that's how many little friends I'll have next year. That is if no more show up to register:)
Here's the outside of my classroom door that you see when you enter the room.
I reused my trees from last year and replaced the apples from last year with birds.
On my back wall I have my word wall. It's hard to see in this pic but each piece of colored paper has a letter above it.
I'll use these in my cubbies. I made the name plates and added the bird stickers to each one.
Here's a view above the board at the front of my room. A letter set, number line and classroom helper cards are displayed. Students' names will be added under the job cards using magnetic tape. It's an editable file so you can insert your students' names if you want to check it out here or by clicking the product pic below.
I'm linking up for the first time with Tara at 4th Grade Frolics for Monday Made It. Last summer this linky provided me with inspiration for making all sorts of things. Now .... a year later... I'm ready to join in the fun.
I have a "home made" it this time to start off. Today was my first day of summer break so I need a wee little time to get away from school thinking. I'm sure you saw the lovely kitchen at the beginning of the post. When we bought our house we decided it had good "bones" but needed some cosmetic TLC. That kitchen was too much for this gal to handle so we ripped off all of the rainbow fish tiles and pulled up the old countertops.
And.... here's an after picture. New tile, countertops and hardware for the cabinets completely transformed the kitchen. I did the backsplash all by myself and was sooooo proud.
And to keep with the theme of the house and to unify the kitchen and living space, I'massuming, the former owners tiled the fireplace in the lovely rainbow fish themed tile. No kidding... neighbors have told us that they had fish rugs in front of the fireplace. We took down all of the tile.....
and I tiled it up with a more neutral color. The tile was super cheap at Lowe's and I think it only cost around $200 to resurface the fireplace. Now we have a made over kitchen and fireplace.
Don't forget to go check out all the other Monday Made Its.
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One of the first books I ever "taught" a lesson with was Mrs. Wishy-Washy while doing a practicum in college. I loved the book and the students did too. Since then Mrs. Wishy-Washy has been dear to my heart and is always read each year with my kinder sweeties. When Hameray Publishing contacted me about doing a review of a Mrs. Wishy-Washy book, I jumped at the chance.
We began by reading Wishy-Washy Clothes. Then it was time for a little acting to help us retell the story. I made these little necklaces for the "actors" to wear to show their character from the story.
After everyone got into character, we did a quick reread of the story to remind them of their parts and we got to acting. They had a ball and it was amazing how quickly they were all able to retell the story after a couple of act it out sessions.
Wishy-Washy Clothes was also a great book for us to talk about onomatopoeia and practice it during the act it out sessions with "Moo!", "Oink!" and "Quack!". We were also able to locate a few past tense verbs that went along great with our grammar lesson we've been working on.
The other book we read was Mrs. Wishy-Washy and the Big Wash.
We used this book to practice our summarizing skills by telling who the story was about, what happened, when it happened and where the story took place. Here's our summarization chart for the book. **Excuse the error in Washy on the chart please and the blurriness of the photo. I didn't even notice that I had written Mrs. Wishy-Wishy instead of Wishy-Washy until I got home and uploaded the pic so I tried to "fix" it but it's not looking too great. Sorry about that!
Then we use the chart to write a one sentence summary. Our sentence was: Mrs. Wishy-Washy, the cow, the pig, and the duck left the farm and went to find water during the day at the bookstore, music store, bakery and car wash.
You can also win a Mrs. Wishy-Washy big book by following my blog and leaving a comment. Make sure you include your email address. I will use random.org to choose a winner tomorrow, April 23rd.
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Hey friends! I've not been around as much because I've been super BUSY and TIRED. BUSY and TIRED growing a sweet little baby (or Raspberry as we've started calling him/her). Considering our oldest will turn 13 this year and our youngest will turn 8, change is definitely coming to our house this November. We are starting over and boy am I feeling old this go around but we are so.so.so excited! We got to see our little Raspberry a couple of weeks ago at our first ultrasound and oh.my.goodness ya'll, you could see those little arms just a moving! Melted my heart!
Other change.... This is something that's been weighing on me for awhile now and I truly hope I don't step on any toes by saying what I'm about to say. Blogging and making items to sell on TPT has changed me so much for the better as a teacher. It has caused me to reflect and caused me to make changes with my own teaching practices so that I better meet the needs of all my little sweeties. Way back when... even in my college days, I "made" many of the things that I used for my lessons. This has continued throughout my years of teaching. Of course they weren't nearly as cute or packaged so nicely before TPT came into my life. When I first heard about TPT, I thought I already make so many things and enjoy making them that I could do that so I bought some much cuter clipart than my things had in them and got busy. TPT has been a huge blessing to me and my family. I didn't embark on TPT with the hopes of getting rich and never even dreamed that I would've made what I have made in the year that I've been doing it. I wanted to help other teachers. With that being said, I've struggled a bit with pricing on TPT. I felt like I needed to charge the "going" rate for things for them to be considered high quality so that's what I did and things sold and I was happy of course but I've had this little voice that keeps popping up when I'm printing, laminating, and cutting out things saying this is still alot of work after the item has been bought. I started thinking that by the time someone pays $5.00 for an item of mine, prints it in color and on cardstock, laminates and cuts it out that they've invested alot more than that $5.00. And I know many people don't mind doing so but since everything I make is something I would've made for my sweeties to use in my own classroom, I have decided to cut my prices. As long as I recoup the cost I pay for the clipart I'm fine and my hubby will let me feed my clipart compulsion :) so I've decided to price everything in my store $1.00. You can check out all my items here. Happy $1.00 shopping friends!
Or in math centers? Whatever it takes to motivate and inspire learning! Right? Our butterfly larva will be arriving this Monday and it never fails to excite my kinder sweeties so I always try to tie in some of our centers to the theme that we are studying. Here are our math centers for next week.
Counting Quantities on Double Ten Frame
Sums to 10
Measuring Items from The Very Hungry Caterpillar
Building Addition Fluency to 5
You can pick these activities up here or by clicking the pic below. Have a great weekend friends!