Monday, August 27, 2012

The Writing Zone (and a little sneak peek!)

Wow! I am exhausted. Today was my first day of school. My students are PRECIOUS! I love each and every one of them. They all seem SO little!

I wanted to quickly share how set up my Writer’s Workshop in my classroom. This past summer I put together a massive Writer’s Workshop packet. I cannot wait to kick it into gear this school year! The Writer’s Workshop centers around two friendly writing helpers, Mr. and Mrs. Fix-It!

Here’s how I set up my Writer’s Workshop display in my classroom:






In previous years, we have not spent *that* much time on polishing our writing skills. I am really looking forward to using these “tools” to help make our writing the best it can be!

You can find all of the goodies you see above, plus LOTS more in my Writer’s Workshop Mega Pack.


Click on the buttons below to go directly to the Writer’s Workshop pack at my shops.

Also, my sweet friend, Hadar (aka Miss Kindergarten), posted these adorable Self Check Bookmarks awhile ago at her shop. These will be PERFECT for my students to have handy when they are writing. LOVE! I’m so happy I grabbed these little gems. Thanks, Hadar!


(click on the image above to take you to her shop!)

Before I go, here’s a little sneak peek at my space-themed classroom! I can’t wait to share a full class tour with you all. Be on the lookout!



Sunday, August 26, 2012

Don’t Be a Bucket Dipper!


Tomorrow is the first day of school! I am SO excited to *officially* meet my little first grade friends. Some of them came in on Friday for our school’s “Sneak a Peek.” Wow, they are DARLING! One sweet little girl told me, “When I saw I had you as my teacher, I kept saying ‘My wish came true, my wish came true.’” MELTS.MY.HEART!

This year, we are doing a school-wide character education program based around this sweet book:

It’s a wonderful book that encourages children to be positive, kind, and loving to themselves and others. It is a GREAT book for any age group!

You can read the book online here:

I’ve seen many different ways people incorporate this book into their classrooms. There are some seriously adorable ideas on Pinterest.


Here’s how my first grade team and I plan on using this book in our classrooms:

Each class has a bucket. Every time a student does something kind for someone else, we will add a pom pom to the bucket. When our class bucket is full, we will have a class celebration (board games, dance party, etc.). I know my kids will eat this right up!

I’ve created a few bucket filling activities to complete after reading the book. You can grab them below for free!



Also, here’s a fun song that helps reinforce the message from the book. Enjoy!


Thanks for always filling my bucket, Sweet Friends!

Have you filled someone’s bucket today?

Sunday, August 5, 2012

All Aboard “The Friendship” Pack


Hi Sweet Friends!

I am SUPER excited to share my friendship packet with you all.

Such a huge component of school is building friendships, and learning how to face and solve problems the RIGHT way. This packet is filled with many different friendship building activities that are perfect to do at the beginning of the year, or to do alongside your Social Studies or Health curriculum.

The friends on “The Friendship” explain the importance of being a good friend in this engaging story, “All Aboard ‘The Friendship.” Your students will LOVE boarding “The Friendship” for a fun and memorable adventure!


After reading the story, your students can complete many activities that correlate with the story I wrote, and with other friendship stories. You and your students will LOVE them all! 


You’ll find lots of great visuals and a problem-solving book in this packet, as well. I plan on displaying these in an area that my students can access easily. Then, if two students encounter a problem, they can be sent to this designated area to work it out.



You’ll also find an engaging game called, “Treasure Your Friendships,” which requires students to read and answer questions from a  “What Would You Do?” real-life situation card. I provided instructions on how to play this game as a whole group, in case your students aren’t reading quite yet (like my firsties!), or in small groups.



You can find all of the activities you see above (and MORE!) in this 56 page packet at my TPT shop!


The first two people who can tell me all about a friend near and dear to you will get this entire packet for free. Yipee! Don’t forget to leave your e-mail address.

Thursday, August 2, 2012

Monogram and Chevron = Teacher Heaven

Note: A lot of you are having issues downloading the free PowerPoint. I apologize! I added the covers to my TPT shop. Please try downloading them there. I’ve added many editable PowerPoint documents before, but never through Google Docs. Try at my TPT shop, and let me know if it works. I don’t have any other solutions. Sorry!

Okay, I don’t know if you all saw the calendar today, but I certainly did. August 1st. It’s like my body knew that yesterday was summer vacation and today was…NOT! I woke up feeling anxious, realizing I have a bazillion things to do before the beginning of the school year. I know you all are right there with me.

So, what does an anxious teacher/procrastinator/monogram/chevron lover do in times like these? Make more binder covers, of course. Why? Oh, you know, because a pretty binder will solve all the world’s problems this upcoming school year. Ha. I wish.

But, they are so pretty. I have no idea what I’m going to do with these. Seriously, who needs 7 different shades of monogrammed binder covers? Anyone? Maybe I just like seeing my initials in fancy letters.

Well, if you are a procrastinator like me, or if you want/need these, please feel free to grab them below. All you’ll need to do is download the font below, open the PowerPoint, and get busy!



Here is a quick step-by-step tutorial:

- Download Monogram KK font (free for personal use)

-Open up my editable PowerPoint file

-Create a text box over top of the circle, and write the first and middle initial of your name using the Monogram KK font. Leave a space in between the two letters. You will want these two letters to be the font size 115. (See below)


-Create another text box over top of the the two letters above. Center the text box, and then write your last initial. You want this font size to be larger (I recommend 239 font size).

Now it will look like this…your new look is complete!





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