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Spring Math Journals for Kindergarten

Hey guys and dolls, how's it going?

I tell you what, it's been crazy over here!!

Having 2 snow weeks and 4 day weeks

 have put this teacher seriously behind!!

We've been working our tails off!!



Well, in all of that hustle and bustle, 

I realized that Spring is right around the corner!!

So, I got to work and ta-da!!


I finally completed Spring Math Journals for Kindergarten!!

Wa-hoo!!!!

Click on the picture for more info. 



On another note, can you believe that TPT has reached 3 million teachers?!?!?!?!

In celebration of that, they are throwing a sale and so am I!! 

I'm going to stock up my cart right now, and don't forget to use the code!!!


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Data Notebooks in Kindergarten

Hey guys and dolls, how's it going?

I have great news for you this morning!

Welcome to the Bright Ideas Blog Hop!



I'm so excited to be a part of this awesome blog hop,

which is all about bright ideas for the classroom!


Today, I want to talk to you about data notebooks.

What are data notebooks? I'm so glad that you asked!!

As teachers, we are accustomed to keeping up with,

and analyzing data for everything!!!


Data notebooks provides students with the opportunity to keep up with their

own data, and through this process they become responsible for

setting goals!! When they reach certain goals, they are able to check

them off, so to speak!!


We were snowed in this week, so I didn't get a chance to take pictures of their

actual notebooks, but I've re-created what's inside.


At my school, we have white binders that students keep their agendas in.

I also have a take-home folder for school-to-home correspondence.

We also have the sheets for maintaining data.

The first sheet is behavior data.

I do it by the month, but I've also done a bi-weekly format in the past.

This helps myself and the student to have a discussion about their behavior,

and they have to earn so many greens in a week to earn Fun Friday.

Also, no reds!!!


Moving on to the academics, each sheet contains an "I Can" statement. 

This one contains the data on counting to 100 by 1's, and by 10's. 


For the students that need it, there are also pages for upper and lowercase letters. 


The last page contains the high-frequency words.



Data notebooks can be as complicated or as easy as you like. 

This is also a great tool for conducting parent conferences. 




For more bright ideas, please hop on over to Amy's blog!!

Math, Science, Social Studies...Oh, my!



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…..101st Day of School

Hey guys and dolls, how's it going?

Yesterday I posted about the 100th day of school.

Today I'm here to tell you what happened on the 101st day!!


It started out like every other. The news forecasted snow for the southern part of the state.

They said that Birmingham and surrounding areas would only get a dusting.

Let me tell you, Alabama rarely gets snow. Sometimes we can go years without it!

As I got in my car Tuesday morning, I thought about all of

 the things that I needed to get accomplished during the school day. 

I was in the middle of my small group for reading,

when the assistant principal came over the intercom

at about 9:40, saying that we were going to be dismissed at 10:30.

As the announcement ends, you can hear screams of joy from

all of the kiddos in the building.

So, of course, I go to the window, and sure enough, it's snowing.



So, we clean up centers, and it's pack-up time.

Now, I have duty this day, so as soon as they begin dismissal, 

I walk outside to help the car riders. 

Chaos has already begun to ensue.

Unbeknownst to us, the roads have already started to ice over, 

and you see parents walking in droves to the school.

When they arrive, they tell us that they couldn't get their cars over the hills.

After trying to dismiss for 2 hours, we realize that we need to get a lunch plan together.


Just to give you an idea, about 2 and a half hours after dismissal,

this is how many students and adults we still had there.



After about 3 and a half hours, I figured things were under control,

so I had the bright idea to try and make it home!

Yep, I got down the street and this is what I saw!

The streets were straight ice!

 I realized that I wouldn't be able to make it.

So, I parked my car on the side of the street, and with some

co-workers who couldn't make it either,

we hoofed it back to school.


Once again, we had to get food plans together.

I just have to take a moment and give a huge

shout-out to our cafeteria manager, Mrs. Martha.

The rest of her staff had left, and she was the only one there.

She did it all, and deserves a medal.

For dinner the kiddos had pizza, and the teachers had

chicken and veggies.




This is the other end of the street. 

Nope, not getting out this way either!!




So after playing some games, and watching a movie, it was time to bunker down.


Woke up the next morning, walked to the lunchroom for some awesome breakfast,

and had a pretty great view.


Once the sun came up, we took the kiddos out to collect some snow in a bag. 


I'm proud to say, that though the going was a little rough...






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