Monday, June 25, 2012

More Behavior Calendars

I have updated some more behavior calendars for my kinder's homework folders. I hope you can use them too!

December Behavior Calendar

I have had a request for a 5 day calendar that is generic so here it is. I hope you can use it. I uploaded it as a Word document so you can change the dates when you download and add your own clipart.

5 Day Behavior Calendar (Generic)

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Behavior Clip Chart & Calendars

For the upcoming school year, I am planning to begin using one of the famous clip charts I have seen on so many blogs this year. This is the one I am using since I am doing a polka dot theme in my classroom. It is from Live, Love, Laugh Everyday in Kindergarten and it was free! Click on the picture below to go to her blog and pick up your copy of the clip chart.

I am in the process of adapting my monthly behavior calendars to fit the clip chart. These are very general with only Monday to Thursday for each week since I don't send home homework folders on Fridays (They won't come back to school on Monday!). I hope you can use them too! If you need me to change anything, please let me know!

Here are the ones I have adapted so far:

As I get my other calendars updated, I will post them. I am planning to use my summer copies to begin running these behavior calendars for the upcoming school year.

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Father's Day 2012

I spent a great Father's Day with my wonderful Daddy! He has always been someone I could look up to and has always been there for me. You could say that I am a Daddy's Girl through and through, especially since I am his only daughter and oldest child. 

My brother - Jeremy, Daddy, and I with his 4-legged children - Lexie & Toby

Monday, June 18, 2012

Too Long Without a Post

Sorry that I have been MIA for the past couple of weeks. When I got out of school, I had to have some down time. Here is what I have been up to:

I spent a couple of days at the beach with my toes in the sand with some great friends at Myrtle Beach. This was the view from our hotel room.

Our oldest niece turned 12. She is my husband's brother's child and we love her to pieces. We took her out to eat for her birthday.

Last week, I had a full day of PD about the Common Core math standards and revising our district's pacing guides for the new school year. We are getting a new reading series this year - Houghton Mifflin's Journeys. Is anyone else using this reading series yet? If you are using it, how do you like it?

Saturday, June 2, 2012

You Know It's Summer Vacation When...

I had to link up with Kindergarten Lifestyle for her summer vacation linky party!
This was me last night so now I am going to be a TIRED lady today! Haha!  

What do I do to join?
1. Right click the picture at the below and save it to your computer.
2. Open in Word or Powerpoint and insert a text box and type in your FINISH.
3. Save the slide or page as a jpg. Done!!

You can link up on Kindergarten Lifestyle's blog post! Join in the fun!

Friday, June 1, 2012

Another One Bites The Dust...

Another year is ending and I am linking up with Adventures of a Third Grade Teacher for her year end linky party. I have 3 school days left with my kinders and 4 days left for me.

I am reflecting on how this school year has gone. There have been things that went well and things that haven't went so well. This was my first year back in kindergarten after being in first grade for 3 years so much of the curriculum had changed.

What Worked:
1) Collaborating with colleagues through blogging - Creating this blog and meeting such fabulous blogging teachers has helped me become a better teacher to my kinders. I have found tons of fabulous ideas to use in my classroom and am constantly trying out new things thanks to the wonderful ideas on these blogs.

2) My teaching binder - I loved having all my things together in one place. I could look back at previous weeks lesson plans, look at my calendar and standards all in one place. It also made it easier for me to meet with my grade level teachers and plan activities.

3) My kinders learning - I am amazed at the growth my kinders made this year. While we were working on memory books over the past few weeks, we pulled out work from the beginning of the school year and so many of my kinders were writing their names backward and only about half of the letters. Now they are writing complete sentences and stories! It is simply amazing to see their growth!!

What Didn't Work:
1) Guided reading - Every year I say that I want to do more with guided reading to make it better. It is really hard to feel like I do enough in my guided reading groups in kindergarten. I feel like there is always more that I could do to improve this time during my day.

2) Time spent working on my classroom outside of the school day - This year has been one of my worst since my first year because I have had to create/recreate so many of the games and activities my team members already had. I wish I could have gotten everything done in a timely manner. This has caused some stress in my home life.

3) Our schedule - This is not entirely my fault. Our principal sets up our basic daily schedule (special area, lunch, recess, etc.) every year before school begins and then we have to plan for the times we are in our classroom. This year we had special area at 9:20 am and then lunch immediately following at 10:15 am. Then we had the entire afternoon in our classrooms. This was VERY hard on my very young kinders. They couldn't sit still for this large block of time. I am praying for a different schedule for next year.

So there are my 3 things that worked and my 3 things that didn't work. I would love to hear what worked and didn't work for you this year.
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