GRINCH Day FREEBIE

Grinch Day is taking place in my Kindergarten class tomorrow. We have some exciting activities planned! If you are looking for "GRINCHY" activities to do with your class, check out this Grinch FREEBIE! ~Happy Holidays~

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Needs and Wants Christmas Holiday Freebie

My Kindergarteners are obsessed with sorting. I created this fun Needs & Wants Holiday sorting freebie. I will be using these activities this upcoming week. I included a set of needs and wants sorting cards that can be used in whole group teaching or used for center activities. I also included two independent student activities. Download it here.


 
 
 

Classroom Library Organization: Classroom LIbrary Labels & Pete the Cat!

Hello everyone! I am super excited to share my library organization with all of you.
This will be my eighth year teaching, all of which have been in K. I feel very lucky to be able to teach at the same school as my mom. She teachers second grade. Although I barely get to see her at school (we teach in a very large and still growing elementary school in northern Florida) I am still excited to be able to share our teaching experiences together.
I absolutely love teaching Kindergarten and could not see myself teaching any other grade-level. My heart definitely belongs to K! I love watching my students grow as readers &  writers.

Since I  have a passion for instilling a love of reading in my students, I thought I would share some tips/ideas with all of you on how to organize your classroom library. Having a well-organized library that is not only easily accessible but also kid friendly is essential for young Kinders just learning to read. An organized and inviting classroom library leads to a love of reading books!

I spend quite a bit of time at the beginning of the school year going over the rules for our classroom library; how to pick "just right" books, proper book care, returning books to their correct basket, etc. It is very important to have a system put in place that will ensure the classroom library stays organized. Here are some excellent books for teaching book care.
A SNAPSHOT OF MY CLASSROOM LIBRARY:
A NEW CARPET- PETE THE CAT!



SORTING BOOKS:
I believe it is a personal preference on sorting books. I will share with you how I sort mine. I have leveled baskets A-K all in one section of my library. I also have various baskets throughout that are sorted by either author or theme. Within each author or themed basket, I try to have the reading level listed on each book.

I have chosen to NOT separate my books by fiction & non-fiction. Since I do have a large library this would be somewhat difficult for me. I also like for my students to know that texts on the same topic, such as Fire Safety can be fiction as well as informational. I do however, label all of my non-fiction texts with a label that my students can easily see when choosing books. You can snag these non-fiction sticker labels
here!




I do not contain books to just the classroom library. I have various sections around the classroom where books are readily available to students. I place Kindergarten readers (levels A-E) in baskets above their individual book boxes, books at their table seats and books in an additional reading space located in the middle of our classroom. I also store monthly themed books and books on CD in storage bins.








GETTING ORGANIZED:
I am fortunate to have a large built-in bookcase in my classroom. I also purchased stand-alone bookcases to house additional books. These bookcases were purchased from Staples- There is usually a half off sale on bookcases during the summer. Many of my co-workers have similar bookcases that were purchased inexpensively at Target.








But..who says you need a built in bookcase and a large classroom to have an amazing organized library? Here are some pictures of my mom's 2nd grade library. Her classroom is in a portable (which she loves) and she has a pretty snazzy library for such a small space. She purchased her bookcases inexpensively from a church.



BOOK BASKETS:
Ahhhhhh....So many choices. I often get asked the question "Where did you get your book baskets from"? I actually purchased them from the Dollar Tree six years ago when I first started teaching. Every now and again I will see them pop back up in the store. These bins have lasted me for years and are the perfect size for all of my books. I did purchase my students individual book boxes from Really Good Stuff. All of my mom's book bins were purchased from Target in their dollar deal section during the summer months.


BOOK LABELING:
Every book basket with the exception of the table seat baskets contain a colorful kid-friendly label on it. These book basket labels help make book shopping faster and easier! Each individual book contains a smaller label that matches its basket label (printed on small mailing labels). I believe that this is a key component to any organized classroom library. This is essential, especially in Kindergarten. These small sticker labels have been a time saver for sure! My students know just the right basket to return their books to. If you are interested in learning more about these classroom library basket labels and stickers a link will be provided at the end of this post.



ATTACHING LABELS:
To stay organized, it is important to have labels that will stick! I often get the question "How do you attach your labels"? I simply use the tape that can be purchased at the teacher store. I have had these library labels on for the past few years and they are still "sticking" strong! Other ideas to attach labels are using double sided tape, using hot glue, metal rings, and Velcro.


TOOLS FOR ORGANIZATION:

GETTING STARTED:
Ready to start organizing your library? I made a variety of labels in different colors and themes that can help you do just that! I have included 220 labels. These labels are a great way to spice up your classroom library. It is also a great way to keep your library neat and organized. Matching Book bin stickers are also available. There are many other options available on my TPT store. Click here to see all available options for Set 1. Click here to see all available options for Set 2.  Check out Set One and Set Two below:

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Change of Clothing Parent Letter {FREEBIE}

I am halfway through my summer vacation. It's that time again to start preparing for back to school. My living room is officially packed with books, paper, binders, bins and tons of other back to school things.

The first week of school I send home this change of clothing letter attached with a zipper bag. I purchase the zipper bags for $1 at the Dollar Tree. Also included are mini sheets to send home with a student when an accident occurs. I print these on bright colored paper and check off the items the student needs to bring back to school the following day.

Feel free to download this back to school FREEBIE here.

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Thanksgiving headband FREEBIE!

If your kids love headbands as much as mine they will enjoy these headband freebies. There are four Thanksgiving headbands to choose from. Enjoy and Happy Thanksgiving!  Click HERE

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Math Journal Prompts - Makeover Madness: Week 1

I am excited to have joined the #TPTsellerchallenge! The challenge for week 1 is to revamp a product from your TPT store. I have chosen to revamp the cover of one of my best selling products- 180 Math Journal Prompts for Kindergarten. I also updated the cover for 180 Math Journal Prompts for First Grade. Check out the makeover below!



I started selling on TPT about three years ago and this was one of my first products. These two products are great for K-1 students. They are aligned to the Common Core Standards and the prompts included cover each of the CC math standards. Math journals are a great way for students to record their math work and thinking. I am pleased with my math journal cover makeover! Interested in either of these products..check them out here:
 Kindergarten Math Prompts    First Grade Math Prompts

A special thank you to these bloggers for putting together this challenge! Stay tuned for Week 2: Dare to Dream....



Classroom Library Labels Giveaway- DON'T MISS OUT!!!

Be sure to head on over to the  iTeach Kinder blog to enter to win your choice of library labels, matching book stickers AND your choice of any non-bundled item from my TPT store!!! You won't want to miss out. The giveaway ends on Friday, 6/19 at midnight.

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Teacher Appreciation Sale- Don't Miss Out!

It's not to late- Stock up on last minute deals with TPT's Teacher Appreciation Sale through today!

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