Wednesday, August 28, 2013

I'm so HOT...and it's circle time!

Dang I am HOT! 

No for real, I'm hot... like hot temperature hot! Why you ask?? Because I've been without air conditioning in my classroom since school has started--which has been 12 days now!

I don't know how anyone willingly teaches in schools with no AC---I think I would melt to death!!

I'm not one to usually complain but dang...I'm hot and sweaty and just plain out cranky!! My kids all feel the same way too.  By the end of the day, we are all so tired and all of the kids are on each others nerves--- because as we know, heat doesn't make ANY situation any easier! 

And bless the heart of any air conditioning man that enters our building! If I see an AC man in the hallway, I flag him down asking if any progress has been made. And heaven help any AC man that walks into my room to mess with my wall unit--- I nag him to death asking for the latest update and what I can do to help the situation--- which is always a big fat "nothing ma'am"! Well, it's worth a try right??? 

Anyhow, I tell you that whole story to now show you this picture! (Please don't laugh to hard!)
That's right---that me and my whole class laying on the floor of our lunchroom! The entire school has air conditioning except for our we decided to follow the cold air!  I decided on the lunchroom since it has really cold air and I knew the linoleum would feel good on our skin!

After we relished in the air and even colder floor, we got busy on our math lesson for the day!
In math we've started learning about shapes! Our first shape is the circle and I made these worksheets to help my kiddos! 

Here are a few pictures of my kids working on these sheets today!

And just incase you were wondering, look how well my kids worked the whole time we were in the lunchroom!  These pictures were not staged...I think the cold air calmed them down--and I loved it! :)  
They were all such good little worker-bees! 

I'll leave you with this funny cartoon as it pertains to my classroom!

Sunday, August 25, 2013

Classroom Tour 2013! I Am o-FISH-ally ready!!

Oh my gracious! What a week it is been. 
It was our first full week of kindergarten and this teacher is beyond exhausted. 

I'm sitting here now in the comfort of my home and I can only think about is how tired I am, how bad my feet hurt, and how many things I still have on my to do list!!  But for now but to do list will wait. I have got to relax and recoup before I begin another week with my new kindergartners.  

It just dawned on me this morning that I have not posted pictures of my room yet.  So, what better time than the present to take you on a classroom tour! 

Welcome to my classroom! 
This is the view once you've stepped into my classroom an look to your sides. The nine square organizational unit is where I keep all of my kids extra school supplies. 
On your immediate left, this is the front of my classroom. This is the wall that houses my number line, whiteboard, SmartBoard, and calendar.  Since we use the SmartBoard so much my classroom, this wall is really the focal wall for my room. (It is still a work in progress since I don't have all of my posters up yet!)
This is a close-up of my number line that runs on top of my SmartBoard. It can be found here.
This is the view you see as soon as you step into my classroom looking straight ahead. 
The two bulletin boards straight ahead are my word wall board and my color board. 
This is a close-up view of my word wallboard. I tried to new look with layering two boarders and I love it!! 

And these are my word wall letters that can be found in that same set as above.  
Here are my plastic times that got a face lift. Click here to check out my post on how I did it. 
Here is part of my classroom library. 
And here is the other part.
 The first level is stuffed animals that go along with books I have in the library. The second level is where I store my Leap pad reading consoles. In the last two levels I have six white tubs filled with the rest of my books. 

My desk area.
My small group meeting table. Note the desk and small white board. The desk houses materials needed for my small group and the whiteboard is perfect for when I need to explain something. 
This is a huge three-part self that contains all of my math and literacy games for work stations. The 12 clear scrapbooking boxes on top is where my math stations are located! 
This is the book bag and coat hook area! 
Another view looking into my classroom. 
I just love how are Kindergarten board turned out in the hallway. Since our school-wide theme is ocean this year, we thought it was only appropriate to tell everyone that our kiddos are o-FISH-ally Kindergarteners. Each fish contains the name of one kindergartner. (Yes, we have 87 Kinders this year!!)
I hope you enjoyed seeing my classroom. 
It really is my second home and I love it!!  

Sunday, August 18, 2013

Did someone say BACK TO SCHOOL SALE???

It's that time of the year.... it's time to stock up and save on the annual back to school sale at TpT!

I'm ashamed proud to say my wish list is packed with over 180 items---I know I have a problem!!  But let's be honest, those are great products made by great teachers who really know what kids need.   It's so awesome to know that my money is going to other hardworking teachers!

I want to highlight a few of my latest products with you.  
All of these units will be on sale for the next few days!!

This is my newest unit hot off the presses last night!  It includes 5 different activities to help students learn their ABC's! 

I love this one!  I called it 'Welcome to Kindergarten' and it's a pack filled with different activities for all of the basics that kids need to know in kindergarten---colors, shapes, counting, rhyming, ten frames and letters!  I love the teacher on the front too---she has red hair just like me! 

You guessed it...this unit is all about shapes!!  I just printed and laminated it the other day and I just love the little shapes with the cute faces.  They make me smile! 

My apple unit! It's jam packed with fun activities all involving apples in some way!

I unit all about identifying colors and learning how to spell the color names! I love this one and my kiddos will start using this unit next week!

I hope you add a few of these units to your cart this weekend! 
I'm off to do my first round of shopping at TpT!  I hope to see you there!!

Monday, August 12, 2013

Teacher Week- A Little About Me!!

School starts tomorrow and I'm tired exhausted! 
I mean really exhausted- like when you sit down and everything aches kinda exhausted!!
And all I keep thinking is "school hasn't even started yet"! 

My room is almost finished and really all of the little ones.
I'll be showing you the final reveal soon--stay tuned!!

And now I want to join Blog Hoppin' for their day one of 'Teacher Week'.
Today, you get to learn a little about me!  Here are 10 things you may not know about me!

1.  I'm married to the most amazing man, Keith! He's seriously the most caring, patient and hard working man I know and he is definitely the ying to my yang!  We have 2 sweet kiddos- Madison, 6 and Kayden, 2.  The greatest part of our family?? We ALL have red hair!  I love that our family is unique in this way and yes, we get comments all the time in public!

2. My 6 year old daughter has her first day of 1st grade tomorrow!!!  Boy, where did the time go?!?!  Am I old enough to really have a 1st grader? Geezzz..... I'm not sure I'm ready for this! :(

3. We are a military family!!  My husband is from Florida, I'm from Georgia and both of our kids were born in Kansas! My husband deployed in January and got home in May.  He was able to surprise my daughter at school when he returned.  It was such a special day and it was so memorable!!

4. It took me 8 years to complete college!  Before you start laughing, let me explain!  I went to a college and hour away from home when I graduated.  I was the typical teenager with my first taste of freedom...are you seeing where this is going? Well you guessed it, I goofed around and I'm not proud to admit, I messed up a class or two--lesson learned the hard way!  A year and a half into college, I was diagnosed with a heart condition for which I had heart surgery!  This was a very terrifying time in my life and I decided to go back home and go to the local community college to be closer to family!  Fast forward a few years later to when I got married and we soon got military orders to Kansas. When I got here, they would not accept 8 credit hours and I had to redo those classes.  When all was said and done it was 8 years after my high school graduation.  While I'm not proud of my long road to the end, I feel like I can speak with firsthand experience as to why education is important and you should NEVER give up!!

5. I love the CBS reality show Big Brother!  No, I don't just love it, I think you could say I'm pretty obsessed with it!!  I always tell my husband how much I would love to be on there.  I've watched it for many years now and really wish they would air it twice a year--but no such luck so far.

6. I've been to the I Teach K conference for 2 years now and love it!  I've met so many wonderful people and some extraordinary fellow bloggers!  I plan on going again next year as well!

7. I'm a born and raised southerner!  I say y'all all of the time, I have an accent (that I often hide) but no, I don't drink sweet tea! I'm from Georgia and will always be a sweet GA peach!!

8. If I wasn't a teacher I'd probably be a magazine editor.  I was the yearbook editor in high school and loved it.  I loved the formatting and designing of the book itself--I'm pretty sure this is where my TpT passion comes from too!

9. I'm a proud chiver!  Just remember to KCCO!

10. I'm a self proclaimed hoarder---but what teacher isn't right???  Tell me I'm not alone....please!  I will save and store just about anything in hopes of being able to use it later.  I've been known to save toliet paper rolls for more than 4 years- true story!

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Making Magnets!!

The time is here!
Tomorrow is the day the teachers in my district report back to school!

While I'm not ready for the hours and hours of Professional Development meetings, I am ready to greet all of the new kiddos! 

I've been working like a busy-working bee in my room!! 
I'm so excited with how it's all turning out! 
I was skeptical with all of the ocean decor (ocean is our school wide theme) but I think it's all starting to come together! Yay!!

A little project that I did today was unexpected but it turned out so cute!  I couldn't be happier with it!

Here's the back story: My son has been running a fever, we ran out of medicine so I decided to run by Walgreens before I went to work.  While at Walgreens, I *HAD* to walk through the school supply know that no teacher can deny a simple walk through an isle of brightly colored, nicely organized shelves of new school supplies!!!  While I was briskly walking though, I spotted the cutest pillows ever--look!!
I told you they were cute!!

After I stuffed those two pillows into my basket, I spotted my next my next great find--these adorable pins!
At first I thought they were magnets, which I was so excited about!  I always need cute magnet.  Imagine my surprise when I discovered that they were pins- whomp whomp whomp!!! (Insert sad face!)
Then it dawned on me, why don't I just MAKE them into magnets-duh!!!
So that's just what I did!

So first I turned them over and evaluated what I would need. 
I found a heavy duty metal cutter and got to work removing all of the fasteners! 
This is what they all looked like with the backing a removed. 
All the trash! 
I then got out the heavy duty magnets and the hot glue gun. 
I glued the two parts together! 
And here is the final product! 
VoilĂ !! 
They also go perfect with my new magnetic storage bags too!! Yay! 

So just remember, if you find some cute pins, it super easy to turn them into beautiful magnets!! All you need is 10 minutes, some metal cutters, magnets and some hot glue!