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Book Talk Tuesday: Mr. Peabody's Apples

Hey guys and dolls, how's it going?

I am smack dab (I'm so country) in the middle of testing,

so our apple week is spilling over into this week as well!!

I'm linking up today with Deanna Jump for Book Talk Tuesday!!

One of my favorite books is Mr. Peabody's Apples, written by Madonna.

Now, I'll be the first to admit, when I heard that Madonna was in the process of 

writing children's books, I was a little bit skeptical......

....but once I read the book, I was blown away!

This book is set in 1949, in Happville, USA.

Mr. Peabody is an elementary school teacher who happens

to also coach baseball.

One day, no one shows up for the game at the baseball diamonds,

and somebody tells Mr. Peabody that somebody spread a rumor 

that he was a thief who stole apples from the local market.

Instead of getting angry, Mr. Peabody shows the entire town that

the truth is more than what a situation looks like.

I love this book, is has such a great message for kids, and

it has become one of my fall favorites!!

Below is a link to Madonna reading from the book, I hope you enjoy!!

You can find the book at Amazon, just click the link!!

I will also say, that I think it's more than $0.62!!

Have a great day, talk to you guys later!

What I Did Right & Taking a Closer Look!

Hey guys and dolls, how's it going?

I'm back for another edition of What I Did Right this week!!!

This year I've been pulling my hair out!! I have a really low group,

in fact, they're the lowest group that I've ever had.

I keep thinking about where I was at this point last year,

and the truth of the matter is, we've had to go extremely slow in some areas. 

One area that I have been wanting to work in is putting reading material in their hands.

I couldn't do it as fast as I've wanted, because I've had to do a lot of modeling, 

and showing them how to take care of books. 

I'm so glad to finally say that I did it!!

I love using fluency folders and book buddies in my class, it really makes a difference!

The fluency folders usually contain the skills that we are learning in class, 

like letter naming, syllables, initial sounds, CVC words, etc. 

The awesome letter naming sheets can be found here in Simply Kinder's store!

The book buddy contains books that we make for the letter of the week, 

theme books, and books of interest from our classroom library!

It also includes this ABC Phonics Chart which you can find here!

If you wish, don't forget to link up below!!

Ok, shifting gears here........

Remember that blog hop last month before the big BTS sale?

The one where 10 of us gave a freebie sample of our best sellers?? 

Well, we are at it again! This time, we are offering up a freebie sample of our favorite September product! 

I wanted to give you a closer look on my favorite September product from my store.

This product comes with centers for every week, AND student accountability built in!

Here is a freebie from my pack to share with you!

These recording sheets come from two of the centers that are included in this pack!


Like it? Love it?

Gotta have it?

We are throwing our stores 15% for the next two days to celebrate! 

And now, I'm sending you off to another amazing freebie!

Hop on over to visit my blogging buddy Anna!



What I Did Right This Week!

Hey guys and dolls, how's it going?

I'm back for another installment of.....

Now, I must say, I'm not quite sure of what I did right, except that I taught, lol!!

It has been a really rough week, yesterday being the worst!

My one kid who I've really been working on, had the worst day yesterday.!!!!!!!!

No matter what I did, he could not get it together, and he had to 

eventually be removed from the classroom. 

When that happened, I really felt like I had failed him,

because that was what I had been working against all school year!

Fast forward to today, and he was like a new kid!!

He was still hyper, impulsive, and obsessive-compulsive about some things,

but he listened and obeyed ALL FREAKIN' DAY!!!

I felt like doing a cheer in the middle of the gym in front of everyone!

I know that everyday won't be like this for him, but to catch a glimpse of

how it can be, of how we can have more good days than bad,

it just gave me a really good feeling!

I think he felt it as well, he kept giving me hugs all day!!

This one day alone makes me feel like I did SOMETHING right this week!

Thanks for sticking around to hear about my week!!

I hope yours went well!!

If you feel like sharing your story, please feel free to link up below!


Classroom Rewards and Discipline

Hey guys and dolls, how's it going?

Let me tell you, the week is only halfway through, but this girl is pooped!!

Today I want to talk to you about our favorite subject,

 classroom rewards and discipline!! Whoo-hoo!!!

Ok, in all seriousness, I know that sometimes it can be hard to figure out what

works in your classroom.

I've learned that no matter what it is, if it doesn't work for me

as the classroom teacher, then it will NOT work for my classroom!

I know, I've learned the hard way.

In my room, we use a behavior clip chart that looks like this...

Even if they have to clip down, if they really and truly turn their behavior around,

then they are able to clip back up.

I also love the fact that kids who are always good have somewhere to go!

Years ago, before clip charts were the rage, I used library card pocket holders,

and colored sticks. I had every color but pink.

Anyway, getting back on track!!!

Every day, we color a monthly behavior chart, which I have done for the past 7 years.

It's sort of evolved over the years, and I really want to update it again!

I guess I'll add that to my to-do list!

Students color their own chart everyday. I believe that this helps

to give them ownership of their behavior when they are responsible for the chart.

There are two main rewards that I use in my classroom.

Treasure Box and Fun Friday.

If these words are uttered in my classroom, they learn what this means early on!

Fun Friday consists of just total, all-out fun!!

Play-doh, huge coloring sheets with markers, the fun apps and games on the iPod's,

and computers that they can't play during reading and math centers, foam sheets,

foam and glitter stickers, etc.

In order to earn Fun Friday, they have to have 3 or more greens or higher, and no reds on

their color chart. Yes, this means that they can have a yellow or an orange.

Someone once told me that they thought Fun Friday should be for kids

who are on green or higher everyday. Yeah right, if that 

were the case, no one would be able to do it!!

Everyone has rough days, and as long as the good outweighs the bad, hey, I'm good with it!

Students need something to work towards, and I think it's hard for most 5 year olds

to be on green, pink, or purple every single day. Now, I have a few that do,

but they are definitely in the minority, not the majority. 

Alright, treasure box......

I got this box from Wal-Mart, and it was really cheap, like $4!!!!

I just decorated it.....put a bunch of stuff in it.....and voila!

For treasure box, they have to have 4 or more greens or higher, and no reds. 

Children at this age respond really well to extrinsic motivation!

For everyday rewards, when a student goes home on pink, then they get to

put a coin in the bubblegum machine and get some gum!!

Of course they love that, it's always forbidden, haha!!

For students who go home on purple, then they can get a sucker

from the flowerpot!

A lot of people ask how I get them to keep up with their behavior chart everyday.

We know how kids lose stuff!! It goes home, never to be seen or heard from again!

Well, I'll let you in on my secret.....shhhh..........

If they don't have their behavior chart, then they can't do fun friday, or treasure box.

Every since I've created that rule, it has worked like a charm!!

No more behavior charts disappearing!!

I also keep the charts every month, it's good in case you need to talk behavior to a parent

you have months of proof at your fingertips!!!

I hope that I've said something that will help you guys!!

Talk to you later!!!


September Pocket Chart Activities

Hey guys and dolls, how's it going?

We have officially been in school for 4 1/2 weeks now,

and although a lot of areas are a work in progress,

for the most part, we are knee-deep into centers, and rotating, etc.

Last year, I wanted to create a set of activities that could be used for a pocket chart.

Somehow, I let last year get away from me, and it didn't happen!

I was determined to make it happen this year, and I finally did it!

At this point of the year, my kiddos need more practice with basic literacy skills.

This pack provides that and more!

There are 4 activities, which include syllables, initial sounds, a sight words

story with shapes and colors, and a noun sorting activity!

If you do not have a pocket chart, don't worry!!

You can still use the materials anywhere you would like, even the floor!

Leave a comment below if you'd like a chance to win a  copy of your own!

Congrats Marcy and Lori!


What I Did Right This Week!!

Hey guys and dolls, how's it going?

I don't know if you noticed, but the title has

an exclamation point after it this time!!


It feels so great to focus on what I did right!!

I got a lot of great feedback on this topic,

so it is definitely one that I think that I will continue.

Ok, here we go!

Ok, we all know how long short weeks can be!!

Who's with me?!?!?!

Each grade already has so much packed in, and I sometimes feel like

I'm not getting to everything! 

Wait, scratch that, I KNOW that I'm not getting to everything!!

At the beginning of the school year, students, especially Kindergarten students, 

take FOREVA to do anything!!

There is soooooo much modeling that has to be done, especially if you want

the rest of the year to go smoothly!!

So, I've been tempted to cut recess out, you know how it gets when you're feeling the time crunch,

but then I remind myself that they are 5!!!!

They deserve some freakin' play time, where they can be 5!!

I mean, geez!! Play IS their work!!

(Whoa, what's up with all of the capitalized words today?)

So, we've been doing recess everyday!!  Whoop-whoop!

(Well, except today, because it was wet from the rain)

Ok, the next thing I did right.......math journals!!

I kind of started it this year, but then I realized that my kiddos this year

were not quite ready for it, so I had to back off of it!

I did some more modeling, and they're kinda getting

into the swing of how we do things in Ms. Griffith's class!

So, we've been hitting it full force!!

I just use a simple composition notebook.

At the beginning, I can't even worry about them writing numbers, 

I just use a date stamp!

I also have my own math journal, with my name and everything,

that I do while the kids are doing their own.

For some reason, they like when I'm doing the 

same work that they're doing!

These math journals can be found here.

How was your week?