It has really been waaayyy too long since my last post. I feel like I'm starting all over. My school year has been very busy and there's never enough time in the day!
My new goal is to post weekly and share all the wonderful things we have been doing this year. With implementing the new CCSS it feels like my first year of teaching all over again! Hopefully next year will be smoother...
The blogging community has made my teaching so much better than I even knew it could be and I hope that I will be able to help others in the same way. I just wanted to say "Thank You!" to my followers for sticking around and I will definitely work harder at keeping up on my posts. :)
Saturday, October 6, 2012
I think I should rename my blog "Krazy in Kindergarten" because that is what these first 5 weeks of school have felt like! We have a new math series, new online data system & report cards, full implementation of CCSS, and no more Young 5s program (which means an influx of 4 year old kindergarteners)! It has been cuh-raaaazy!!! I feel like it’s my first year of teaching and not my 17th!!!
I’ve had so many things on my blog to-do list and never enough time in the day to get to any of them. Soon I hope!
I did get to cross one big thing off my list, though. I finally finished some projects I’ve been working on and uploaded them to my very own TPT store! I’m so excited (and a little nervous, too!)
So far I have 3 products available:
Number of the Day Practice Pages
Number Posters for 0-10
In honor of my new store, I am offering 20% off my products from today through Monday, Oct. 8th! If you find something you like, please leave feedback and let me know what you think!
I’ll be back soon to share pics from my classroom and the “kraziness” in kindergarten!!Pin It
Saturday, September 15, 2012
Whew!!! I survived the first 2 weeks of the new school year! How do I always forget what kinderkids are like at the beginning of the year??
This year our district is fully implementing the Common Core State Standards and it sometimes feels a bit overwhelming! I just came across this book today and decided to check it out. I’m so glad I did!
It’s a huge resource (over 600 pages) full of great posters, activities, and/or centers for each of the kindergarten standards. They are colorful and engaging! I can’t wait to begin using them in my own classroom!
If you’re looking for a great all-in-one resource for teaching the English and Math Common Core, then you should definitely check out the Kindergarten Common Core Workbook! It’s priceless!Pin It
Tuesday, August 21, 2012
It’s Technology Tip Tuesday for Teacher Week at Blog Hoppin’!
If your school is anything like mine, budgets are tight and the costs of copies are at a premium. In order to save money (and paper), my colleagues and I often copy student work pages and center activities in half-size (2 to a page.)
I will show you how you can do this in Adobe (it also works in a similar way in Microsoft Word).
1. Open up the document you would like to print and click File, then Print (or just click the printer icon in the toolbar). This will open up the dialogue box shown in step 2.
2. Click the Properties button next to your printer name.
3. A new box will pop up and you will first click on the Layout tab. (Yours may look a bit different depending on the brand of printer you have, but it should still say “Layout”). Next, choose Multipage. Check to make sure that 2 is the number showing under Pages per sheet. Then click OK.
4. Finally, choose Pages and then type the page numbers (separated by a comma) that you want to appear half size. If you want 2 copies of the same page on one sheet, then just type the same page number twice separated by a comma (EXAMPLE: To print page 1 twice on the same paper, type 1, 1). Then press OK and it should begin printing. :)
Clear as mud, right?? I hope that wasn’t too confusing and that you find this tip as useful as I do. If you have any questions, email me and I will do my best to answer them!
Now, hop on over and share your own Tech Tip!!
Monday, August 20, 2012
It’s teacher week at Blog Hoppin’ and I’m linking up for Must-haves Monday.
Here are my “must-haves”:
1. COFFEE!! I have to have my morning coffee with my favorite creamer! I make my own every morning since I live only 30 seconds from my school and pass no coffee shops on the way!
2. My laptop computer – When I started teaching, we didn’t even have computers in our classrooms and maybe one or two school-wide! I’m so grateful for how much easier it is to prepare lessons using technology!
3. My Kindergarten "Peeps" who are also 2 of my best friends!! I couldn’t imagine having to teach without them on my team! (I don’t have a pic of all of us & I’m pretty sure they wouldn’t want me posting it anyway! )
4. Mechanical pencils – My favorite kind of pencils especially when I’m in a meeting or testing and can’t get up to sharpen dull/broken leads.
5. My Droid RAZR – I just got it in May and it’s my first smartphone. I LOVE it! It’s great having my Google calendar, email, and blogs all at my fingertips!!
What are your “Must-haves”? Link up at Blog Hoppin’ and share!
And now for the freebies!!
These are two forms that I give to the parents at Open House and ask them to return on the first day of school.
This is a student information sheet that I keep in a binder all year and refer to it often. I copy it on colored paper to help me keep track of it with all the beginning of year paper work being turned it at one time.
This one is a transportation form that the parents fill out to let me know how their child gets home daily. I keep this on file all year and the parents know that any changes to what is on this form need to be done in person or in writing. We only have 2 options for our students (pick-up & bus). If you would like another option added, email me & I would be happy to make changes for you!
I copy this onto yellow paper and there are 3 on a page to save copies!
I hope you find these useful!
Sunday, August 19, 2012
I’ve been putting the finishing touches on my monthly newsletter templates for what seems like forever! My motto this summer has been “Life is what happens when you’re busy making other plans!” because that is certainly what has been happening to me!
I’ve decided to offer my September template as a freebie for all my (patient) followers! It is a powerpoint file and is editable. Some of the headers I use are “Look What We’re Learning…”, “Mark Your Calendar”, “News & Notes”, “Birthdays”, “Help Wanted”, etc. (Tip: To save on colored printer ink, I usually just print mine in Grayscale and then copy it onto colored paper.)
Click on the picture to get a copy of your own. It will open in Google Docs and then you just need to go to File then Download to open it in Powerpoint.
I hope you find this newsletter useful! I hope to post the rest of the months soon!!!!
Saturday, August 18, 2012
I’m linking up over at Blog Hoppin’ to share my recent purchases from the Back to School Sale on TpT. There were so many things on my wishlist but I had to narrow it down to these fabulous items!
I love the activities that Kathleen at Growing Kinders creates and was so excited when she added a new back to school unit! I purchased these three units from her store!
I bought this great bundle to help my kiddos master their letters & Dolch word lists 1& 2 from Marsha at A Differentiated Kindergarten!
Deedee Wills has great products in her store, too, and I narrowed it down to these purchases:
I can’t wait to start Reader’s Workshop with this great unit from Kim Adsit’s store!
I rounded out my purchases with these 2 great units from Julie Lee!
I’m knee-deep in printing, laminating, and cutting right now, but I can't wait to use all my new purchases!!
Head on over to Blog Hoppin’ to share your newest purchases, too!