Sunday, 30 September 2012

Beginning Middle End organizer and file

I have tripled my TPT sales this quarter....and that is pretty exciting!! I have recently posted my 5 day file for teaching beginning, middle, and end. The file has a poem that I wrote about the B-M-E concept that you can use as a shared reading to introduce the ideas. The file also includes a video and 5 days worth of lessons and templates to dig in to the concept.

Monday, 24 September 2012

Kindergarten wall tree

I am so lucky to have a truly fabulous partner in my classroom. She is so creative! She designed and put up this amazing tree using brown paper napkins and a mixture of watery glue. I added the birds and the birdhouse :) We are planning to change the tree throughout the year to incorporate student crafts and seasonal items. I will post more pics as we take them!

Wednesday, 19 September 2012

Kindergarten Water Table Makeover

In my classroom there is a giant built-in water table. I'm fairly certain that the designer of this table was never a teacher. It's huge! It takes up too much precious floor space, and it's too deep! The little ones can't even reach into the middle of the table, so they are constantly soaked. I decided I needed the table to function as another center instead of just wasting space when water is "closed". I came up with a board that my hubby cut to size for me. I painted it green and covered it with plastic to create a dry-erase center. The plastic is vinyl table-cloth covering that I found at a housewares store. It's been a couple of weeks now and the kids and I are loving it. We use it everyday! Aside from writing and drawing, they often create roads and tracks for cars, but it has also been used for creating a zoo layout for our plastic animal collection! So many ideas...so little time!!