Sunday, August 28, 2011

The Wheels on the Bus Go...

What a cute bulletin board idea for the beginning of the year.  This picture is from Peace, Love, and Kindergarten.  This blog got the idea from Deanna Jump.  Not sure where Deanna got the idea from! HE HE HE 

Here is another cute idea (from me!)....

Paint a posicle stick black and use a white out pen to make lines in the road.  I also add the bus number or letter to the middle of the bus.  Near the classroom door, hang up all the buses with the student's name clipped on for a quick view of where the students go each night.  The past couple of years have been a little "tricky" with more mom and dad homes.  This works nice because I can just change the clothes pin in the morning when I check where the student is going for the night.   

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Pete The Cat Search

On the first day of school, I am going to read (sing) the book Pete the Cat to the students.  I just can't wait any longer to share this book with my kiddos!  After the story...we are going to go on a getting-to-know-the-school walk looking for different colored shoes with "CLUES" on them.   Wish me luck...I am going to try to Google Docs the master for you! 


Pete the Cat's Shoes Download

Friday, August 5, 2011

Can You Hear Me Know?

Noise in the classroom is a good thing as long as the students are learning!  Students are teaching eachother in the classroom and you can usually tell when the noise is just noise or when the noise is learning.  If it does get too loud, there are a lot of ways to keep the class quiet.  You could do something like turn the lights off and on, ring a bell, or clap your hands.  I was listening to a country song on the radio and had an inspiration for an idea.  What do you think of this? 

Teachers says...Turn up the quiet!
Students say...Turn down the noise! 

Hopefully...this will bring them back down to the level of talking that is learning and not just noise!

What do you do in your classroom? Please share! 

Monday, August 1, 2011

Happy Birthday Book

You say it's your birthday... we'll it's my birthday, too!  YEAH!  WOW!  I cannot wait until 200 hundred followers.  We are so close that I am going to post my special birthday book today to celebrate.  

On the day that we celebrate a student's birthday, we make a special birthday book for the student to take home.  While the students work on drawing/coloring the birthday page, the bithday student will color the cover of his/her birthday book.  I have to give a shout out to my FaBuLouS cooperating teacher, Mrs. Taylor @ Elk Mound Elementary, for giving me this great idea!  

My little monster is turning 3 in September!  I say "little monster" because that is going to be his birthday theme this year.  Isn't he just the cutest thing you ever seen!?!
 Before we start the book, I tell the students to think about if they were in Target and could pick any toy off the shelf for the birhtday student, what would it be?  Reminding them that they are NOT REALLY going to buy the gift, just any gift they would like to put in the birthday student's book that he/she would really like. 

I make sure to tell the students to try to keep it a secret from the birthday student what they are drawing for him/her  Also...try to think of something unique and different from the other students.  I am pretty sure that Kelsea does not want 20 lipsticks for her birthday.

For the cover that the birthday student is color I copy it on 11*17 sheet of paper.  When everyone is finished with the birthday page I put them all into the birthday student's cover and staple it together like a book. 

Most of the mom's say this is a keeper!  I remind the students to do their best work and make it colorful!

You would think after having my blog for a year and almost 200 followers, I would know how to post printables on my blog.  SORRY!  You will have to go to my teacher website and find the printables.  I will post them on the first page to make it easy!  

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