Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Classroom Organization!

Do you love organizing?!
I do!!!!
I'm joining Primary Powers for an Organization Blog Hop! :)

Our school recently began using Reading A to Z.
If you've ever used it before, you know it's a LOT  to manage.
I was overwhelmed at first, but now I'm an A to Z master! :)

I thought I'd share some of the things that have worked for me!
If you don't use A to Z, these tips could work for your leveled reading groups too.

The books.
So many books.

I copy each level on a different color paper to make it SUPER easy to find the books I'm looking for.
It also makes grading the pages so easy!

I have a basket for the week we're working on and the next week.
I try to stay a week ahead!

The groups.
So many groups.

I took a manila folder and used some cute washi tape to make boxes for each level.
Then I wrote the kids' names on colored sticky notes.
(I covered the names, but they're there!)
I based the sticky note color on where they were when we started using A to Z.
Look how far they've moved!!!

My little readers.
They make me so happy!

So I just look at my handy little folder, call the kids, pick the right color from my bins and we're good to go!

I also have this little binder to keep all my scores in!

Guess what?!
I have a little freebie for you to help you get organized too!
Click {HERE} to grab it!!!

Head over to Haley's blog for more organizing ideas!!!

Friday, January 23, 2015

Five for Friday! {January 23}

It feels like it's been forever since I blogged!
I missed you all! :)

I'm linking up with Doodle Bugs for Five for Friday.

We made these ADORABLE little catch a snowflake kids!
Aren't they the cutest?!
You can grab the freebie from A Year of Many Firsts!

He is one of my FAVORITE things to teach!
My kids have been spotting him in words everywhere.
It makes me so happy!

 I made the BEST gluten-free/dairy-free mac and cheese EVER.
Since I found out I can't eat either, I've been searching for something....anything that resembles mac and cheese.
Holy macaroni!
I found it!  It was delicious! :)
Does it make you hungry? ;)

 My kiddos made these adorable little penguins.
They went all out with accessories!
And have you ever seen a beard penguin?! :)

 I celebrated 8 years with this handsome guy.
I love him so much! :)

I hope you have a fabulous weekend!

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Mini Word Books {freebie!}

Are you all enjoying being back from vacation?!

We've been working really hard to learn our Dolch Words.
I made these fun little books to help make learning them a little more exciting. :)

I've used a few different ways to mark off the word my kiddos know.
Sometimes I use stickers.

Sometimes I have the kids stamp their fingerprint.
{so fun!!!!!}
I also have them color the picture at the bottom when they know all the words on the page.

Sometimes I just check it off with a marker!
It depends on the day and the kid! :)

I have these little books for you...they're a freebie! 
There's a book for pre-primer, primer, and Dolch 1, 2, and 3.
They come in color and black and white.
I hope you can use them!!!

Just click below to grab them!!!

Have a fabulous week!