Sunday, March 27, 2011

Cute Animals

Target is my favorite store.
(Ummm, probably every teacher's fave store, huh :)

Well, I was so excited when I spotted these super cute trash cans.

I'm hoping there's a lion too, there weren't that many of these left.
I need another animal because I have 4 table groups.
That would work out great because then each table group could bring in items with our 
letter/syllable celebration of the week.

So I guess I'm just going to HAVE to go to more Target stores until my set is complete
oh darn :)

Saturday, March 26, 2011

10 Things I Learned From Teaching

Trying something new, the Linky Party at Rowdy In First Grade.

1.  After teaching 17 years, I'm still learning new things.
2.  I agree with some other blogs, there are certain names I would never name my child.
3. Too many supplies/ resources isn't necessarily a good thing (clutter).
4.  I should have invested in container products right away!
5.  I cannot leave general sub plans, I come in early to leave specific plans (when will I learn).
6.  Am I really that controlling? 
(hanging jackets on chairs a certain way really is better so they don't drag).
7.  Why is it that when I finally have alone time, 
I want to run to Lakeshore and find new things for my class?
8.  Coffee is my best friend in the morning.
9.  Everything always seems better with CHOCOLATE!
10.  I still love teaching, it really is the most rewarding job!

Well, here's my list.
I enjoy seeing other classrooms and finding new ideas in Bloggyland.
I'm just starting off with this blog,  hopefully I could add to this world as well.

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Classroom Pics

I teach a Dual Immersion Kindergarten class.
Spanish speaking students learn English,
while English speaking students learn Spanish.

These pictures are from September, 
a lot has changed since, and I hope to post those pics later.

This is my teaching wall.  Everything goes here first.  
I thought I'd use the top of my wall for decor, 
my daughter, Erica, did a great job with the animals above.

Our Calendar Wall
  I also use the left side of the white board for more calendar fun.

Our Writing Wall
  I put up a writing & art sample each month, then save it for an end of the year memory book.

It's great observing Kinders see how they wrote at the beginning of the year
and comparing it to the end of the year.  Great growth!

We've been working on colors. 
(No! The clock isn't wrong.  I was at school that late Friday, trying to catch up :)

Our Word Wall

Well, that's pretty much it.  I dropped my camera after this shot.
I couldn't close the zoom lens, it was getting late, and 
I had one hubby, 4 teens, and a toddler waiting for me to bring pizza
from this great place by my school.