Data Notebooks


It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas!

Hey guys and dolls, how's it going?

December has arrived with a roaring thunder, and I'm not sure that

I'm going to make it to Christmas!!

This week was jam-packed, and the next two weeks will be even more!!

It's time for individual report card testing in reading and math,

Polar Express Week and Christmas Around the World is coming up,

AND we have our first ever field trip and our Christmas party!!!

Whew! I get nervous just talking about it!

This meme pretty much sums up how I feel right now!

So, speaking of Buddy the Elf, our Elf debuted this week!!

I decided to keep his name from last year, so Jingles it is!

I'd put our class tree up after school on the last day before

Thanksgiving Break, so that was good to go. 

Monday morning, I wrapped Jingles up, and I used this great letter

Once we opened our package, we completed this page about Jingles,

which is also included.

The kiddos had fun looking for Jingles this week!

This week we also kicked off Gingerbread Week, which is one of my faves.

Actually most of our winter units are my faves!

We read some of my favorite versions of the tale,

and I just realized that I forgot all about The Gingerbread Baby! Aww man!

We charted the characters, the song and the ending of each story.

I decided to make a gingerbread house out of it, 

and I'm really excited about how it turned out!!

We also ate the Little Debbie gingerbread men,

and graphed which part we ate first!

Wrote down and analyzed the data...

.....we also described gingerbread, which was great, because

we needed to review adjectives.

We also did a little science experiment, and I would show

it to you, but the after picture is quite nasty looking!

My sweet friend Vickie from Primary Press has an awesome post about all things gingerbread

in her classroom, which is where these ideas came from!

Oh, and don't forget to grab everything while you're there!

For our fun Friday activity, and to get some Christmasy things going 

outside of our room, we made these awesome Christmas trees!!

Julie Lee's pin has been all over Pinterest!

I've got to get a survival plan in place for the next two weeks!!

What's yours?


Creepy Bats & Spiders

Hey guys and dolls, how's it going?

I know October is over, and I'm late to the party, lol,

but tonight I'm going to share about our activities for the past few weeks,

so it'll be quick, I promise, like ripping off a band-aid!!!

A few weeks ago we learned all about spiders, so we labeled our little friend....

And then we took a quick survey.......if you would like, click on the picture below.

Here is our completed schema chart....

...then we graphed the results of our survey....

There were some more things that I wanted to do, but I ended up

catching the crud and it was all that I could do to get to reading,writing and math!

Last week, was one of my favorites, bat week!!

Here is our schema chart, pardon the picture, it looks like the post-it notes are blank!!

But they're not, I promise!!!!

We labeled a bat.......

...and then came my favorite part, our non-fiction books. 

This is one of the times where I wanted to have a complete research week,

and let me tell you, it was a hit!!

This awesome book came from Deanna Jump's bat unit.

They really enjoyed it!!!

These awesome bats are from A Cupcake From the Teacher,

and they're free!!!

Here's a panoramic view for you!!

Talk to you guys later!!


Bright Ideas: Organizing All Of That Stuff!

Hey guys and dolls, how's it going on a Saturday morning?

It's been a crazy week, and I had a ton of fun, but I must say,

I'm so very glad that it's the weekend!

I'm back with the...

Today, I want to talk about organization!

After moving back into our school after a two-year absence,

and we all got shuffled around to new classrooms.

My current room is in the original kindergarten wing, and you guessed it,

it has the smallest classrooms in the school!!

I've been trying to find a way to keep up with my growing stack of centers 

and materials, but it's a mess!!  These are the size of all of the cabinets under the counter... let me show you the inside!!

Yup, I told you, it's a mess!!

A few years ago, I came up with the bright idea (or not so bright idea)

to put everything in these humongous ziplock bags, since the bags would be

large enough to hold the center materials, including the recording sheets. 

Go ahead, keep scrolling so you can get a good laugh!

Um-hmmmm.....I hear you laughing.....keep scrolling...

I even tried to label them.

I'm sure that you can only imagine how things can get 'lost' in a bag that big!

I'm in the process of trying to convert to using what I call back to school crates,

and hanging file folders, etc.

The picture below is my playing around with it, to see how I liked it.

I think that instead of having individual activities,

I'm going to have months. 

For example, I'm going to have October through December in one crate,

and have about 3-4 folders for each month.

This way, I can fit every center and recording sheet inside!!

If there is enough room, I may even begin to pull different materials

such as thematic books to place in the file as well.

Can you imagine how easy this would make my life?

Now I've got to go ahead and get started on my January - March crate,

so I can be organized!

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Keeping Up With All of That Data!

Hey guys and dolls, how's it going?

It's time for another bright idea!

So, you know, as teachers, we have a LOT of data to keep up with!!

When I first started teaching, we always kept student data in file folders,

which were normally located in a filing cabinet or a data box.

It was an ok system, especially because it allowed me to pull

an entire file for parent conferences.

Then, when I moved to kindergarten a few years ago, I discovered that 

there was another great way to keep up with student data!

In the state of Alabama, Kindergarten is all about how they are progressing

with the acquisition of academic content. It remains pretty streamlined

in my school district, so many times we're testing the same skills all year,

we're just going deeper in the standard strand. 

Anywho, I learned that it is so much easier to get a large 3-ring binder,

and then I buy tabs from Wal-Mart.

Some people like to get the  numbered tabs, because they have their students in number order.

I prefer the A-Z tabs, because it doesn't matter whether you have students

who withdraw or enter, everyone is just in ABC order. 

This method allows me to have all of my students assessments

at hand, without looking all over the place for them!

I promise, everything does fit into the binder!

In this binder I have a sheet that allows me to test capital and lowercase letters several times.

Their reading assessment which also provides the data for the report card...

...and the math assessment that will transfer over to the report card.

Did y'all know about this way of keeping up with data?

If not, why didn't y'all tell me?!?!?

Just kidding.....maybe.....

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Circus Classroom Reveal!

Hey guys and dolls, how's it going?

Today is the day that I reveal my classroom to you guys!!!

I have been so excited about planning a circus-themed classroom,

and I have been gathering items for almost 2 years now!!

Welcome to the Greatest Class on Earth!!

When you walk into my classroom, this is what you see!!

This is the ribbon curtain that I created two years ago, I finally brought it to school!!

This is the front portion of my classroom!! 

I tried to do a big curtain, bought all of the material,

but once I got to school and cut my projector on, I realized

that it projects all the way to the top edge of my board!!!!!

Oh poopy......

Oh, I was so sad, but I was still determined to do a modified version of it!

I had no problem with the side pieces, but this is what I did to the top part!!

It's just a small piece of fabric, and I used push pins to make the little rolls!!

(Or whatever you call them! Folds, maybe?)

Birthday wall..

The alphabet...

Colors, numbers and shapes!

Remember my first Monday Made It of the summer?

It was all about my crayon wreath that I'd

been DYING to make!!

Yeah, the name of the post was

Well, we've had some air issues at our school,

and the command hook that I'd HOT GLUED to the

wall fell off and this is what I walked into on Friday.....

Oh, I was crushed, but I don't have the inclination to make another one,

I'm that hurt by it, lol!!!

I tried to take a picture of the entire front of the room!!

Yeah, I was so busy doing that, I totally forgot to take a picture of the entire back of the room!


I really, really, really love my classroom, and I can't wait to share more pics with you!

All of the class decor can be found in my

I got a lot of my items from IKEA, but if there isn't one near you, 

Amazon has them as well!

I didn't buy the bubblegum balls from Amazon though, they were soooo expensive!!

I bought them from the dollar tree, and they are just as awesome!!

Talk to you guys later!!