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July 5, 2016

Summertime Teacher Happiness

Christmas in July
It is summertime and this sister is LOVE-ING the pool ! The lazy days of summer of have arrived in my home and it is good!

Speaking of good I have a few sweet summer treats for you! A freebie, some summer love and a SALE!
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Look at how darling this is !!!!!  Grab it {here} from Frosted Events. I love this blog and her printables!!!! I am printing mine today and framing it. It will be a reminder to slow down, savor, love on my boys and make drinks with small umbrellas!!!
OK my third surprise is that my store is on sale! Yes it is, so get in there and have fun, fill up your cart, and check out with HUGE savings!

Now, another surprise ... TpT gift cards and freebies from all my friends below!!!! So awesome!
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May 14, 2016

Stepping up classroom literacy with close reading and personal response using the book A Color of His Own


I am delighted to announce another close reading freebie! This goes with the book A Color of His Own by Leo Lionni.  I am obsessed with Close Reading and the real results it’s bringing to my student’s literacy. Since delving into close reading I have made these few changes that have yielded HUGE results.
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  1. When I choose a book I try to think of a right there question/ statement that can be answered/proved by the text or pictures. I write this question on a 3x5 card and tape it inside the book for future use.  If you remember my post on The Very Hungry Caterpillar, then you remember my question was, “How do we know the caterpillar is very hungry?”
  2. Mark student evidence or thinking with a Post-It note.
  3. Remind kids that when they mark a picture for the evidence that they are making an inference and good readers read the pictures and make inferences. 
  4. Point out and ask kids questions about awesome text features such as the author’s use of bold words, capitalized words, repeated phrases, and ellipses (…). I have begun making a BIG deal out of text features and how authors are so talented. You know what started to happen? The students began using these text features in their own writing! When a child can internalize a piece of literature and the take on an author’s spirit of story telling, that is literacy at its finest! 
  5. Try to help the kids connect to the story in a real way. Ask connecting questions like, “If you wanted to find a friend, like our chameleon found his friend, where could you look on our playground?
Passages
  1. Kids love to interact, so let them interact with a paper passage by using highlighters or crayons.
  2. Underline key points, main idea, or evidence
  3. Circle words that are unknown and allow time for tables to work together to fill each others comprehension gaps
  4. Let them write ideas in the margins
  5. Always always always allow them and ask them to connect. They can do this by finding similarities and differences or answering an “If it was you____” kind of question. For example,  “If you were the very hungry caterpillar, what would you want to eat?” Or “If you were the chameleon, what color would you want to be? Why? What could you stand on it you wanted to be that color?”
Blog post all about classroom literacy, close reading, and writing- using the book A Color of His Own and tons of freebies
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If you would like to find the paints I used, just head to Walmart. They are by Sargent and are only carried in store. Its is $2.97 for the set of 6.  When the containers are empty just refill. The containers alone are worth the money to me! They are bound together, and I actually like them better when they are half full because the q-tips can stand up inside without getting too much paint on them.
Close reading is a real joy! This one in particular is fabulous because I have also included writing and art. I chose to print the chameleon on Astrobrights Lemon Yellow paper because I wanted the paper to pop on my walls. I want to line the hallway with these so the kids can read them.  I NEEDED colored paper to pop off beige walls and draw them in.  Don’t you think the kids will become better friends when they read all about what other kids want and expect from them?  I think so too. 
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You can also hop through the posts below to find other great ideas for other Books that Teachers Love! Plus you can win your choice of 4 books from the graphic below!

April 14, 2016

The Very Hungry Caterpillar Listen and Respond- Close Reading


Hello friends! I love the book The Very Hungry Caterpillar ! Don’t you? I mean how many copies do you have? I THINK I have 3 copies and the plush reading buddies to match. I wanted to offer you a fun little activity to do with this book.   I have included the video link too because my students love to watch the magic of You Tube!

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Click the picture above to be linked to YouTube or click {here}.
I am loving that the Common Core focuses on close reading! But Close Reading can be confusing for many teachers and kids! Just remember the kids annotate by circling confusing words and underlining main ideas or important plot parts(literature). Have kids work with their table group to help each other on the confusing words. As a first grade teacher I remind them to connect to the text and ask questions.  I also ask text dependent questions that require evidence.  Now close reading can be far more complicated and in depth for older grades, but we teach littles. So let’s not be so complicated that we end up skipping the whole thing due to PTSD.

When you are close reading a book that you are reading out loud  it can be  little tougher, since the kids can’t all come up and write on your book. I suggest using post it notes so that you can mark their thinking. Plus, I created a“Very Hungry Close Read” so that my students could practice underlining the main idea/ important plot points since they cannot underline on the book.  I hope that this little page benefits your kiddos, and that they can find some added depth in this classic story! Here is how I do it.

Free close reading tips and book companion for The Very Hungry Caterpillar

Enjoy my dear ones!

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April 13, 2016

#happyclassrooms recap




I wanted to make today about you.  A key part of having a #happyclassroom is having a healthy teacher. That's your body, mind, and soul.  I want to encourage you to take care of your sweet self. I want you to plan something this week that is just for you. I want you to play. I want you to give yourself permission to laugh, smile, cry, and let go.  I want you to be wild and free and gentle with yourself!  Remember you can cannot fill others with an empty cup.

These next few pictures are for you!

credit: Your Beautiful Life

Credit: Buddah Heart

I want to say 3 words to you from the bottom of my heart!



You are enough.
You are valuable.
You are loved, cared for, seen, and precious.
You are reason enough to run into a burning building.
Just ask a fireman.
You are enough.
Hug yourself and kiss your beautiful brain. 
Get a good night's sleep and let's go create some #happyclassrooms this week. 

In case you have missed any part of this #happyclassrooms mini-series, here are links below. Just click any picture. Until we meet again, happy teaching!






XOXO,
Katie


April 12, 2016

#happyclassrooms {Part 3- Getting students to complete their work without nagging them}

Help your students to finish their work

Work completion is no small task. In kinder and first grade kids constantly ask do I have to ____________? Yes, little one you do, and you need to finish quickly so that the class can move on to our next BIG awesome learning.

I wrote a HUGE post about helping kids to finish {here}.

A few of my loves have a hard time getting done in a timely manner and I have found that this little paper really helps.  Not all of my students use these at this point in the year, but the few who still do really enjoy getting a heart or stamp over each kid. Then, once the paper is full I shout them out at the end of the school day. They often get a skittle too as a reminder that life offers sweet rewards to those who work hard and complete tasks. Grab this freebie by clicking the picture below.

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Sweet teachers, please remember you are the thermostat to happiness in your classroom.  We all want #happyclassrooms.  You can do this. Get those kids to scamper toward what you want by shouting out the greatness you see in them and others! Have a fabulous day and enjoy the freebies!

April 11, 2016

#happyclassrooms {Part 2 Helping your students get done with their sight words}

This is part 2 of my little mini series on the #happyclassroom movement. We are tackling the issues that pop up and might make us feel stressed out and consequently might make us grouchy.  A grouchy teacher does not equal a #happyclassroom.  Yesterday we tackled really messy printing. Today we are going to get the kids hungry to get those sight words done.  Nothing is more heartbreaking, annoying, or frustrating than kids and families picking daisies on their way to the finish line. We are going to get them running to the finish line with a smile on their faces!!!

Get those sight word lists done



 Today’s shout out encourages those kids who are making baby steps and those who are finishing their grade level words.  Sight words are a major focus in grades K-2 and with good reason!

“Knowing a few words in a new book provides confidence for an early reader. If a child sees a few words in a new book that he/she is certain of, the task of reading seems easier. When an emergent reader is reading a new book and pointing to each word, sight words that he knows provide a base for making sense of the text”

We knew this already, but sometimes the parents are unclear what all the fuss is about. so Here is a little parent note for you you to send home too.

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Grab your freebie by clicking the picture below.

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Just Tuning In? These are the days in the series. Click older or newer posts to see these topics below
Part 1- Poor printing and lack of desire to print so others can read it.
Part 2 - Slow to finish sight words lists
Part 3 - Not completing work nor caring about completing work

April 10, 2016

#happyclassrooms {Part 1- Get neat printing from your students without nagging}

I want to talk about the #happyclassroom movement today. As the teacher, you are the thermostat of happiness in the room. The number 1 way to have a #happyclassroom is to have a positive teacher.   I didn’t say “happy” teacher because “happy” is a fleeting feeling, and let me tell you lots of REAL non-sense can squash teacher happiness. So we have got to CHOOSE to take a positive path when dealing with some of kid stuff that pops up and causes negativity in our rooms.  In this little 3 part mini-series we are going to tackle these awesome topics over the next 3 days!

Part 1- Poor printing and lack of desire to print so others can read it.
Part 2 - Slow to finish sight words lists
Part 3 - Not completing work nor caring about completing work

Today we are talking about not so fabulous printing.  Everything about a kindergartener is developing at light speed. They grow like weeds and their brains are like sponges. But sometimes that fine motor is slow to develop. Even slower is the DESIRE to print neatly! We are going to cultivate a desire to print neatly with a cute little shout out
Get your kiddos to print like princes and princesses

Here is how I use the shout outs in my classroom.


This short little shout out at the end of my day is how I get big, positive results in my classroom!
Big hugs and kisses to you all. Keep up the great work and keep that classroom happy by choosing to be positive even in face of negative behaviors.
Grab your shout out by clicking the image below.

March 15, 2016

Helping slow workers finish their classwork

In the school environment “fast finishers” can be tough to handle because they often cause explosive talking. But another equally challenging hurtle are those who don’t ever seem to finish their work.

Outstanding blog post to help those slower workers get classwork done. Free reources, anchor charts & student reward coupons  help kids and teachers get it done

The reasons behind not finishing are many : some kids are still weak in the skills that they need in order to finish, some kids don’t care about finishing, some kids don’t want to do the next task so the dawdle , some enjoy the constant pushing and encouragement to finish.

#1 Let’s start with those who lack in skills needed. 

  1. Offer to help on 1 problem and let them know that you want to hear them think through the next problem. (This gives some accountability for them to listen to you while you are helping.)
  2. When it is their turn to do a problem out loud ( the think through it)  don’t jump in and offer assistance too fast.
  3. Praise their thinking and willingness to work hard.
  4. Fill in gaps in the understanding

This is great modeling for the potential peer tutors who are seated near you and are probably listening in. These steps show the other children at the table how to help this struggler should the struggle continue. 

#2 Buddy Helpers and the GREEN Pen of Greatness

Give those fast finishers something meaningful to do. Allow them to assist a friend using the 4 steps above and this poster below.

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If you give your peer tutors a green pen you can watch this “helping bug” spread like the flu… just kidding spread like wildfire.  Maybe your slower finishers just need to motivation to get done so they can get their hands on a green pen!

Green Pen

The idea for the green pen comes from Amy Green. Brilliant idea!

  1. Teacher roams around with some green pens. 
  2. Completed work gets a green star. In my class we do hearts.
  3. Author of completed and accurate work can go on to other things of interest or take another green pen and go help/ look over the work of other friends in class!!!

(((purchase a box of green pens from Office Max {here}))))

#3 Helping Reluctant Finishers Get it Done: Using Motivational 1/4 sheet and Visual Timers

Now what do you do with a child that just does not want to finish? They have the skills, but finishing is not something that they care about. Or they don’t want to do the next assignment, so they are making a “meal” of this one!

  1. If this is habitual, call home.  It can be a quick call just letting mom, dad, auntie, or other family member know that it’s becoming a habit for the child to not finish even though s/he has the skills to do so.
  2. Offer the child a little help. Mention that you have noticed they are not getting their work done. This just isn’t how we do things. Remind them they can ALWAYS ask for help, but you have noticed they KNOW how, but just are moving slower than they should. Give them a 1/4 sheet of paper to help them keep track of finishing on time. Most kids love having the teacher “notice” this change of effort. You can place a sticker over each child. Kids love the dot marker. For some reason that perfectly shaped blob makes everyone happy. Or just make it simple and put a heart over every finished assignment. Motivate slower workers to get classwork done!!! Tons of freebies on this post from Teacher to the Core
  3. Utilize a visual timer so they can tell if they are running out of time. I love the classroom timers site!!!  Your students will be able to pace themselves better as they watch the fuse burn. The fireworks show is awesome at the end. Some kids need a visual aid to help them understand that they are running out of time. These free timers totally help
  4. Have something they miss out on if not done.  I will say I have kept a child in for 5 minutes of recess occasionally. Don’t throw things at me.  Listen, I think the “don’t take their recess away” movement is right! Seriously don’t throw things at me. But missing 5 minutes of recess really sends a message too. Staying in for 5 minutes in the course of an entire school year can yield a harder worker!

#4 Decide if not finishing is OK: Modified Work

Some of the kiddos in my room are struggling on every little thing all the time. This is because their age is not matching their academic age.  For example, I have a 1st grade 6 year old who is precious, but is at a mid kinder level. Isn’t it OK for him to finish half of the work and tap out? This is modifying. Seriously, if he can do 4 problems (even with help) wouldn’t that indicate that he could eventually finish them all? But the eventual part is the struggle. We don’t have “eventually” in the school day. A phone call home or parent meeting should happen first before work modification begins.  All parties need to agree on this. Once you all agree, have the child complete a given amount and then store the unfinished work.

Freebie parent note for unfinished work!!! Tons of freebies on this post from Teacher to the Core.JPG

#5 Have a Spot to Store Unfinished work:

I store mine in this Pacon paper sorter! In December I went back to work after the break and brought in the Pacon Paper sorter. I called it the work in progress condo. I can keep projects we are in the middle of in there and my students can keep their own work in progress there too! I adore Pacon as a company and this paper sorter is the best. Let me tell you why.

  1. It was inexpensive.
  2. It was so easy to put together, and I am ALL thumbs.
  3. It can be painted or covered in contact paper to customize.
  4. It easily stores the unfinished work of my slower finishers and the “in progress” work from my week-long intervention groups!!!
  5. This product is sturdy and isn’t too big! It fits perfectly under an easel or stands up tall along a bookshelf. It also sits beautifully on a counter top. You can also set it on it’s back to be accessed from the top. LOVE THIS PRODUCT. You must order one NOW

Pacon creates the best products for teachers. I used their paper sorter to keep and organize unfinished work, intervention work, and even guided reading materials

OK but get this… my class is a little “willful” this year. Out of 30 kids I have 14 only children and 1st born kids who “just” got their 1st sibling.  This year has been a struggle to keep them engaged in work vs. pretending school is one big playdate.  So, look at the brilliant idea I came up with to keep the talking down a bit!!!

I used the Pacon paper sorter to keep and organize unfinished work, but when I stuck it in between 2 table groups you won't believe what happened! Lord have mercy, just that little bit of space between desk groups has really cut down on the talking and has improved work completion too!!! Can I get an Amen? I am giving myself a high five right now!!!!  You can also stand the sorter up on it’s end.  I am going to buy another one and put it in my guided reading area to hold the awesome materials I keep on hand there.

Pacon  products are the best for teachers. I used their paper sorter to keep and organize unfinished work, intervention work, and even guided reading materialsWhat do I do with this unfinished work? I send it home on Friday.  I attach a note that says something like this: “This is work that your child was not able to finish in class. We discussed work modification, but I wanted you to have this at home in case you can have an older brother or sister or tutor help your child continue to practice the skills we are doing in class.”

Freebie parent note for unfinished work!!! Tons of freebies on this post from Teacher to the Core.JPG

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Remember that high expectations, meaningful relationships, and a stimulating school day are little things that go a long way.  Kelley Dolling of the Teacher Idea Factory says you have to “sell the sizzle” in order to get things done.  I hope the sizzle of the green pen and the posters and freebies motivate your little stars to rock this out. 

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Make a teacher friend’s day- share this post and pass on great info and freebies! XOXO, Katie

March 11, 2016

Sensory Issues in the classroom and how to help manage and care for your students

I stumbled upon the blog linked below through Pinterest. After being on the site I knew I had to write just a quick note here! You must go pin this, read this, and refer to Dayna’s blog post often.  Be warned you could be lost on this blog for hours as you solve the world’s problems, solve family problems, and solve student problems in your classroom.  This sounds good to me.  I’ll see you over there! Click the picture below and thank you Dayna!Decoding Everyday Kid Behaviors

February 27, 2016

Profession Development for First Grade

Hello and welcome to my blog. We are all about engagement, literacy, growing our brains, and teaching kids to really understand numbers and problem solving here on this web site. If Pinterest or Facebook brought you here, I hope you are able to hunker down, relax, and have fun being inspired!

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I am going to be sharing some of my best ideas this Friday and Saturday at the Southern California TK-1 Conference (SCKC)!  Kelley Dolling and I are the first grade Key Note speakers for Friday, and we have some exciting news to share. We want YOU to join us. That’s right. You can sign up or you can win 1 of 5 seats for the weekend!!!!!

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The session above is replacing B05 Frazzle Free Classroom and Behavior Management. 

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Come eat dinner and chat with your favorite bloggers. We go from table to table chit-chatting, taking pictures, and answering all your questions!

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Each year the bash participants (That means you if you come.) get a disk of 30 full-sized products. Here is my product for this year!

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F03 2:45-4:00pm

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