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Back to School Kindergarten Assessment

Hey guys, how's it going?

It's about that time again, yes, school time, 

and I've been working on some things. 

As I've stated before, we have a new reading series, Wonders, 

and for once there isn't a baseline test. 

They have something called StartSmart, and it lasts for 3 weeks.

Anywho, whether we have a baseline test or not, I like to give

my kiddos a pre-test, just for myself. 

I've used other versions out there, but I feel like some of them just have too much stuff!!!

Soooo......I created a simple one with just the basics, like letter recognition, name writing, 

recognizing basic shapes, colors, and numbers 1-10.

And here are the student copies to use during testing.

I have also included a version that does not include the letter sounds. 

Click here for your copy!!!!


Monday Made It: Fabric Banner

Hey guys, how's it going?

I'm linking up with Tara again for.....

Ok, I had planned to make several things, and someone how I didn't get to it!!

Anyway, this is what I did get to.....

A few weeks ago, Abby from The Inspired Apple had a great Throwback Thursday post

for a banner made of fabric.

Now, you all know that I am not crafty at all, and when I saw it, 

I thought that it was something that I could handle!!!

So I started with the essentials...

Yup, this is all that you need!! Oh, and the iron!!!

Instead of getting fabric on the bolt, 

I just got the cheaper fabric sections, they were only 97 cents a piece!!!

Next, I cut a lot of triangle out, and although I used a pattern, they are a little

rough, but it's really ok!!!  Some triangles have some jagged edges, lol!!!

So, I placed my iron-on adhesive, paper side up, and iron over it, not too much though.

And then you peel the paper off. And kind of lay the corners of the triangle across each other,

so that the iron doesn't touch the adhesive,

 and then voila!! 

I can't wait to hang it up!!!!


Styling and Filing

Hey guys, how's it going?

Exactly 3 weeks from today, I will be back in school,

I just can't believe it!!!

I've been working from home (as we all do),

and I've been working on my reading files.

Well, we are getting a new reading series this year, Wonders by McGraw-Hill.

When we had our former reading series, Reading Street by Scott Foresman,

this is how I had my files, in 1st grade and Kindergarten. 

I know, I know, beautiful, right? 

Haha, not!!!

Well, as I was cleaning out files, I decided that I did not want to go

that route again.

So, I came up with something else instead. 

I decided that instead of doing Unit 1 Week 1, etc., 

I would file by skill instead, because reading series come and go,

but the skill will always be the same.

So I got some bright colorful folders from Wal-Mart,

(I love colors!!).

I made some labels, and voila!!

I think it'll be so much easier this way, and since I'm bad about filing in a timely manner, 

I don't have to remember which week each skill belongs to!!

My goal is to expand this plan to everything,

to be more skill-based, rather than whatever the particular curriculum is at the time. 

Also, I finally updated my Community Helper unit that I created last year,

I was actually kind of embarrassed at some of it!!

Talk to you later!!!


Monday Made It: Ribbon Curtains

Hey guys, how's it going?

I'm linking up with Tara again for.....

Seriously, I'm absolutely loving it, because I get to pretend that I'm crafty, lol!!!!!

Ok, so last week, I saw this awesome project on First Grade Fabulosity

and I just knew that I had to do it!!! I mean, it's so stinkin' cute!!!

Ok, first, you need to get an old-fashioned tension rod, you know, for hanging curtains.

It's important to note here, that the one on the left, 18-28 in., is NOT long enough....

sigh......I had to go BACK to Wal-Mart, and get the 28-48 in. one. 

And yes, it was perfect.......

Next, I picked out a bunch of ribbon in varying colors, 

and I cut them to size. 

Next, I just tied it around the rod....and once again, I couldn't help it,

I may or may not have done a mini photo shoot!!!

I can't wait to put this up in my classroom!!!!!!


Throwback Thursday: Animoto

What's up y'all?!?!?

I'm linking up with Cara again for....

I thought I would share a post with you guys that I actually did not too long ago!

This post is technology based, and it's from March 5, 2013.

It's about Animoto, which I absolutely love!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


Hey guys, how's it going?

A few weeks ago, my tech supervisor from the district came out and

did a technology PD with Kindergarten.

Let me tell you, it was pretty great!

I mean, how cool is it that you actually have a PD

where you learn something?!?!

Anywho, has anyone ever heard of Animoto?

If you haven't, you are in for a treat!!

They have a great free account especially for educators,

and it is a great tool to create things for your classroom,

especially for open house and things like that!

Instead of doing regular pictures,

I put our activities into an Animoto movie!!

Now, last week was Dr. You Know Who week,

and it's not like I can show y'all much,

but there's a few slides in there, just so you can see what the movie looks like.

You can add words and music!! I love it!

Just click play to check it out!!

If you would like to sign up for your free educators account, sign up here!!

So, tell me what do you think?

Made It Monday: Clothespins!!!

Hey guys, how's it going?

I'm back for the next edition of Monday Made It!!

That's right, I'm linking up again with Tara from 4th Grade Frolics!!

Soooo.......I know you've seen all of these wonderful pins of people decorating clothespins!!

I first saw it from Greg over at Kindergarten Smorgasboard.

So, being the crafting diva that I am, (yeah right!), I decided that I was going to attempt it!!

At this point, I decided that I wanted to make two different kinds, 

one with scrapbook paper, and one with glitter!!

So, I started out with some good, old-fashioned clothespins.  

Then, I got some pretty scrapbook paper,

and I traced the outline of the clothespins. 

Then, I cut them out.

Then on to using mod podge to lay it down, so to speak, lol!!

Now, before I mod podged on top of this, I started on the glitter pins.

I had my trusty glitter, and separate bowls (I did purple and black).

I put some mod podge on top of the clothespin, and poured glitter on it

over the bowl to minimize the mess.

Ok, here we are so far, everything is ready to be mod podged again!!

It's important to mod podge over the top of the glitter, because you know how glitter wants to go

home with everyone!! This will ensure that it (or most of it anyways) stay in place!!

I did learn that it is important to kind of sponge some of it back off, otherwise, it will sit there

looking like a big pool of glue!! (Lesson learned the hard way!!)

I also mod podged over the scrapbook clothes pins. 

Once everything was dry, they looked like this!! 

DISCLAIMER: I might have gone overboard taking pictures of the finished project, went something like a photo shoot!!!!

You were warned!!!!

Man, see how some of that darn purple got on my black?!?!? Use more than one brush, lol!!



Throwback Thursday

Hey guys, how's it going?

I'm linking up with Cara again for this week's Throwback Thursday!!!

Come on over and link up!!!!!

This post is from August 2012. I'm currently working in my classroom now, 

and it pretty much looks like it does in this old post!!  Well, except it's a lot

messier, and well, basically that, lol!! I'll post pics soon!!!!

Ok, I know I promised pics of my classroom. Of course everything isn't done, and I wanted everything to be perfect! Then I thought to myself, who else would understand exactly what I'm going through, if not a teacher! We go through this process every year, arranging and re-arranging our classroom.

Well, I for one did not realize how hard it was going to be. A lot of my read-alouds for the beginning of school, and decorations and centers were packed away. I only had January-May in my classroom. It was easier after the tornado, just to pick up from where we were and move forward. So, I really have to think about where everything is going to go, instead of simply unpacking and placing it where it goes pretty much year after year, except for a bit of tweaking here and there.

So here it is, the good, the bad & the ugly!!! Don't say I didn't warn you!!!!

As you can see, I have stuff spread out everywhere!!!!!

Normally my shower curtains cover my mess on the shelves!
The bookcase behind my intervention table is normally filled with books, but I have nowhere to place it in the classroom without cutting off my line of sight!! Gotta keep my eyes on the kiddos!!

Though I still need to place books on it this year, because I don't have any other space. Otherwise, I'll just end up putting a lot of junk on it!!

If you look to the far left of this picture I pulled this bookcase out to create a reading space for my kids. When we arrived here in January, I just pushed it against that wall. 
So, I pulled it out, painted that wall space, and added a rug!

Thinking about swapping the bookcase and trash can. Hmmm.....What do you think?

I also created these book bin labels, and I'm pretty sure I'll end up changing them around
 before school starts. 

Where would I be without my trusty glue gun!!!! With that orange extension cord I can take it all over the room, and even in the hallway!! (See how excited I get about small things??!!!?!)

This year we are working on becoming a Lighthouse School for The Leader in Me. 
Here are the 7 habits of happy kids!! 

I also put my numbers up, courtesy of Vickie Plant!! I absolutely love them, and they match my primary colors & polka dot theme!! Thanks Vickie!!

And my word wall!!!!

Ta-da!!! Phew!! Finally done! There you have it, my progress so far!!

I also completed my September Morning Work Packer for Kindergarten, because I have a feeling that the rest of August is going to go by really fast, and September will be here before you know it!!

Check it out!

Ok, sorry soooo long!!!

Talk to you later!!!