I got busy this week and went shopping. I've been sort of protesting the end of summer. I'm on the move now! The first thing I did was buy a laminator. I've wanted one forever and I can't tell you how much I love, love, love it!
I got right to work and made my file holders for lesson plans. These labels are from Maria Manroe at Kinder-Craze! Her blog is amazing! Hop on over if you've never been but put aside lots of time, you'll be there for hours!
Each week I try to be sure to have everything I may need organized by the day so these were perfect. It really helps if you need a sub too.
Where's Friday, you're asking? Friday needs a really neat and fun looking file holder. I've found that parents seem to think that on Fridays we don't do anything so it's the best day to not send their child to school and go on a trip or shopping. So... I try to jazz up my Fridays with special projects. It's the day we get to go to the library and the computer lab, I try to have a special art activity or science experiment, and we have sharing and Indoor/outdoor Day. The kids beg to come on Fridays! Yes, there's academic time too but they don't notice because it's been disguised!
I made new additions to my calendar! I found this idea on Pinterest. It's from Mamma Jean. Her calendar advice is great and I recommend you check it out! We needed a change. And I wanted to use the laminator!
Weather chart to add to the classroom calendar... great way to keep track of weather for the week and talk about how it can change daily. I would break each day into two weather words, how it looks (sunny, snowy, rainy, foggy) and how it feels (hot, cold, warm, chilly).
Look at these little shoes! I found this idea at Party Frosting on Pinterest. I'm going to have these on their desks with two new pencils poking out AND I'd like to encourage them to go home and work on learning to tie those shoes (I spend a ridiculous amount of time tying shoes. How about you?). I think I'll print something like Let's Get Off On the Right Foot! Here are two rough drafts:
If teaching doesn't pan out maybe I could design tennis shoes!!
Lastly, sad news about the Think It Over Chair.
I can't wait to go see what everyone else made!!!
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