Data Notebooks


What I Did Right This Week

I know, the title is a mouthful, right?

Hey guys and dolls, what's going on?

I have been in school for 3 weeks, and let me tell you, it's been a doozy!!

I've wanted to share with you guys what's been going on in our world,

but to tell you the truth, I've just been doggone tired!!

Instead, I thought I'd share with you a little bit of what's been on my mind. 

As teachers, it seems as if we get the brunt of backlash against

education and everything related to it.

Sometimes its hard to remember why you started teaching in the first place.

Especially when it seems as if you always get certain sweet babies

because you can "handle it".

Sometimes it seems as if everything we are trying to do is in vain, and

we forget what the finish line will look like in May.

It's so easy to get stressed out, and begin to focus on what didn't go right,

or what you did wrong.

I think the media, parents, etc., do enough of that!!

So I decided to stop, and at this particular moment, 

I'm going to focus on what I did right this week!!!

I have a child who was already expected to be difficult because of 

his brother who was in kindergarten the year before.

(Don't you hate when that happens? They may be related, but they

are individuals!)

We have had a rough few weeks, as I have tried to find what works and doesn't work for him.

The 1st week, he ended up missing treasure box and fun friday, and it was horrible!!

I tried some new things the 2nd week, and he earned treasure box AND fun friday!!

The excitement on his face was unmeasurable, and he came up to me

and opened his arms wide to give me a hug. 

The feeling it gave me was indescribable, and it gave me hope for the 

rest of this year!

I suspect that he is on the spectrum, and I plan to

do more research and come up with new ways to

encourage him to be as successful as he can be!

This is why I became a teacher, to help them be successful, especially

the ones that certain "educators" are already against!

High expectations are important, 

and helping them along the way is the key!!!

I'll leave you today with one of my favorite quotes!! 

Click on the picture to grab it!

This is why I'm a teacher, and you know what?

I love it!

I'm thinking of doing this as a weekly link on Thursdays,

even if it's just me, lol, 

and I think it will help so much to release the stress of

being a teacher, to focus on the positive!!

Please feel free to link up below!!


Taking a Closer Look!

Hey guys and dolls, how's it going?

I have great news!!  

TPT is having a One Day Bonus Sale, ale, ale, ale!!!!

(Did you like the echo effect? Uh-huh, I know you did, haha!)

Just in time for the sale, I am teaming up with some bloggy friends of mine 

to bring you a blog hop that will showcase one of my best selling products!!

I want to give you a closer look, and it will include a FREEBIE that

you can try with your class to see how you like it!

Today, I would like to share my Beginning Number Bonds 0-5 unit!!

This unit was a labor of love for me!!

I was looking for another way to teach beginning addition to

my students, and the upper grades at my school were learning about

and teaching number bonds. So I spoke with a math specialist

that works in our district, because I just had to learn what it was all about!

At my school, we use number bonds

to introduce students to the concept of putting numbers together.

It makes it so much easier for the students to understand the relationship

between the numbers, and once we're ready to introduce the addition and equal sign,

they're already on board!

This particular pack focuses on fluency to 5.

It includes teaching cards that are fabulous for introducing the concept...

...personal posters for the students, headers to create anchor charts,

and an interactive activity for students to show what they know!


There are also practice sheets and flash cards!

Here is a FREEBIE for you to try with your class!

Now it's time for you to hop on and visit my sweet friend Vera,

otherwise known as The Tutu Teacher!

The Tutu Teacher

Her tutu's are so darn cute!!!!


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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For more bright ideas, please browse through the link-up below with over

100 different bloggers!

Talk to you guys later!


What You've Been Wishing For!

Hey guys and dolls!! Thanks for participating in our blog hop!! 
You've landed at Stop 8 and I can't wait to share my product with you! 

My most wishlisted item is my August Morning Work for Kindergarten!
It is updated for the new year, and a great start to independent morning work!
This is the first pack in a year-long morning work pack that
has just worked wonders for my kinders!!
What I love about it is the fact that it starts off very simple,
with minimal clipart, that can serve as distractions to young learners.
The content and cuteness progresses as they learn and grow!!

You can click the picture to check it out on TPT! :)

You can grab 3 of the pages for free by clicking here!!

Do you want to win this product along with all of the awesome ones along the hop?

Of course you do!

Guess what? There's even more that you can win!!!

You can get several entries by entering the giveaway on each blog!!

Each blog will have one winner for the blog hop bundle!

That's right, you have 12 chances to win huge!!!

Good Luck!

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Now...let's keep going! Hop on over to visit my girl Jennifer over at Rowdy in First Grade! 

Rowdy in First Grade

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!!

Helpful Freebies for BTS!

Hey guys and dolls, how's it going?

Back to School time came around very quickly,

and in my district, students have been in class for 3 days already!!

One thing that I am planning to do this week is an initial assessment

so I can see where all of my babies are academically!

I will be using this assessment!

You can find this as a freebie here!!

It also includes a version without the letter sounds assessment. 

We will also get right to work on letters and sounds, and I use

this handy chart! 

I put it in their fluency folders, I put a copy in their take-home

binder, and I use it for intervention.

For the next few months, we will do this as a part of our daily routine!

You can find it in my TPT store here

Last, but certainly not least, is a simple recording sheet that I use for quite a few

months, and for some students, I use all year. 

Now, we all know that in Kindergarten, 

assessing letters can be an all-year thing!

I copy it front and back, and I use it as I assess them.

It has a date and percentage box at the bottom, which is great 

for conferences, and for referring them for intervention, etc. 

Tomorrow is the big day, I'll be showing you guys my classroom!!

I'm so in love with it, lol!!!


Kindergarten Homework ~ Wonders Edition

Hey guys and dolls, how's it going?

I FINALLY created some homework that would go with our reading series,

because I am in LOVE with half sheets for homework,

and I wanted to get back to using my morning work for

just that, morning work!!

I've completed Start Smart, and Units 1 & 2!!

If this is something you can use, click on the pictures above!

Leave me a comment about what you do for homework and I'll pick some winners!!

Don't forget your email address!!!

Also, don't forget about the current giveaway going

on for your very own pencil door decor

for your classroom! Click here for more info!