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August 16, 2014

It's a Blog Hop ~ School Procedures

Setting up procedures that will run smoothly through the year can seem overwhelming!
There are so many GREAT ideas out there.
Our store is full of materials to help set up your space for great procedures that match many different themes.

You have to find what works best for you and your students.  We are going to share some that work well in our classes.

Starting the day off Right!
As our kids come in the door we greet them with a hug, hand bump, handshake, or high five. Then the kids go into the room and know exactly what to do.
They all graph their names on our "Yes/No" graph.
We have a question that they answer yes or no under and when it is time to take attendance we can quickly look and see who is not here.  We also can tie the question into what we are working on and talk about it during our mini-lesson as a "turn-and-talk" with our partners.
After they graph their names they continue with their morning routines.  We have used this in Kinder, 1st, and 2nd grade, it has worked perfectly in all three!

Click the picture below to get to one of our "Yes/No Graph Questions" in the black and white polka dot print or click here to get to a variety of different styles of the graph questions.

Restroom/Hall Procedures:
We always take our class as a whole to the restroom before we go to P.E., Art, or Music.
When they need to go during other times we have these procedures in place.
#1 Places around the building have their own designated pass to wear when leaving the room.  Those around the building know where they are headed and where they came from.
#2  When going to the restroom, they wear a pass and place the germx bottle on their table before leaving.  That way you know who is out of the room and they germx when they return to make sure even the "non-washers" have clean hands.

Here is our signature "happy face" passes.  We have other passes that are designed for different themes.  

Hanging Student Work:
If you set up a place in the room or on your outside wall with clips, changing their work is a breeze!  The clips also help keep their work looking nicer with no staple holes in it.  It is a win-win!  Here are a couple of ideas for displaying work.
 This one is in the hall and will have binder clips added to the top of each poster board frame.
(Waiting until closer to the start of school so the clips do not go missing)
This is a bulletin board with the "Super Hero" theme in the classroom.  Clips are holding black paper for two reasons: 1.  To make sure they are spaced well.
2. To make it look a little less empty until the kid's work goes up! 

Here are our "Super Hero" theme clips in our store:
(We have other styles and can custom make them for you!)

Schedule Carts, Rules, etc.:
We are required to have a schedule chart up in our rooms, but it is very important to have!  During the day we have children who will move the clip down to match the activity we are working on.  It really helps the children "Begin with the end in mind!"  We also post our rules, rewards, consequences,  "Give Me Five" cards, and L.E.A.D. cards on the same bulletin board. 
Click the picture below to see a variety of schedule cards we have in our store: 

Days of the Week Drawers:
These drawers or something similar are FANTASTIC for keeping your weekly activities organized.  We plan, sort, and fill our drawers every Friday to be prepared for the next week.  Now, if there is ever a need for an emergency sub during the week, the day is already put together and planned. (We also have a "Sub Tub")

Classroom Library:
A well organized classroom library is a must!  We used it daily, and setting up good procedures from the beginning are very important.  The students need to know where all of the books are located, how to check them out, and where to put them back when they are finished with them.  If you train them from the beginning to put them back where they belong you will save yourself tons of time later.  Also, some of your very organized students can be in charge of making sure everything is placed in the correct spots.

This picture contains Alison's "Favorite Authors" baskets: 

This picture contains Alison's "Just Right Book" baskets:

This picture contains Alison's "Heart's Desire" baskets: 

This picture contains Alison's "Non-Fiction" baskets: 

This picture contains Alison's pocket chart that will contain the children's "Book Shopping Cards": 

Click on the picture to see our set of book labels:

Have a VERY Happy Beginning to your year!
Karen and Alison

August 4, 2014

Show Us What You Bought ~ Linky Party!

We are so excited to link up! To get back to the linky party, you can click on the picture below.

Today we did not have a ton of time to shop but we did get …

We have already made two items to meet the requests we had and are making some other items with them.  We LOVE these!
Here are the items we made already:

We LOVE shopping for clipart and creating new items.
One of our favorite clipart designer is Scrappin Doodles!

Our wishlist is full of tons of GREAT products and we will be shopping some more tomorrow.
Please come take a look and shop our store,
Happy Shopping!
Karen & Alison

Monday Made It ~ Aug, 4th!

Time for another "Monday Made It" with Tara!
This is such a busy time of year!

One of the BIGGEST projects we tackled was creating meaningful anchor charts that were ready to teach mini-lessons with but that were not all put together before we discussed them.  Our solution to help save time and make sure we hit all of our teaching points was to us Velcro.
Here are just four of them pictured below:
Reading Workshop Anchor Chart Bundle ~ 34 Anchor Charts
We have made several of them for both reading and writing.  We love the way they look and are user friendly for our children.  They really enhance their learning.

If you like them, you can find them in our store.  We bundled the reading set at a savings.  You can also by them individually.

Reading Workshop Anchor Chart Bundle ~ 34 Anchor Charts

We also got all of our student reading bags completely ready for the school year!
Everything got printed & put together.  AWE, YEAH!
Reading Log, Planet Happy SmilesReading Strategies, Planet Happy SmilesReading Log, Planet Happy Smiles

 Here is the finished product!
Reading Log, Planet Happy Smiles

OK, if you made it this far ... you are going to LOVE these! I can't wait to add them to our store! A real photo will fit on the top of each super hero.
Can't you picture your kiddos on them ... so stinkin' cute!

Alison made them ...

 If you want to make the smaller version with your class, please check them out here.
Super Hero Writing and Craft, Planet Happy Smiles

If you are doing a classroom Super Hero Theme, you may want to check out this item:
Classroom Decor Theme Bundle ~ Super Hero Theme
Thank you so much for stopping by & we hope you loved our projects!
Happy Teaching!
Karen and Alison


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