Tuesday, July 26, 2011

How does time get away?

I can not believe it has been 10 days since I have blogged last- how did that many days pass so quickly?  I have been trying to live up summer to the fullest with my 2 little ones, and I am sad to say it's coming to an end.  I have been working hard to get my classroom back in order (nothing like finding out the LAST day of school you have to move, huh?)  I have really been putting some time into my classroom library, which I will admit is a true obsession love of mine.  After spending so much time on it throughout the summer I often fear I will have a nervous breakdown once the kids finally get into it for fear of things getting "messed up".  I try to prep myself for weeks beforehand and usually handle the dreaded time like a trooper (at least in front of them :)).  I would love to share some pictures, but I don't have any quite yet- but I will share some of the new book labels I have been working on.  I think I will mount them onto solid card stock and then laminate and hang.  These are just the baskets I remembered, but when I get in there tomorrow I will make a list and finish them up and then have more to share.   I hope they are of use to someone.  Happy (almost) end of summer!
Book Basket Labels

Saturday, July 16, 2011

Something to Share

Ever since truly rolling up my sleeves and digging into being responsible for my own blog I have been a little worried about sharing things with all of my bloggie friends.  Not worried because I don't want to, quite the opposite.  I am SO worried because you all share so much and it's always amazing- that's A LOT to live up to and I have been known to take pressure poorly.  But, I am trying to overcome this anxiety and share what I can.  A lot of the cute centers and games (that I don't download from you generous people) I make on my Cricut- an amazing machine that changed my classroom forever.  Does anyone have one of these miracle workers?
     I can assure it does Ahh-mazing stuff, much of which I am still learning.  If you do happen to have one and use it for the classroom, I would love to hear or see what you do with it.  Since much of material is made with this angel, I can not share it because it is not on the computer obviously.  But, I do have a document here and there that I will give (if you would like to have it).  
     I know there has been some talk about Reader's Notebooks lately on a few blogs and I thought I would share a document I put in the front of my sweeties notebooks.  I have it in there notebook, pasted on the front cover, ready to go from day one- but they don't use it for awhile.  I like to go through each response as a class after a read-aloud.  Weekly I will choose 2 responses to focus on.  After I read a story we will do a shared writing to answer one of them.  After going through this bit we will put a green dot next to that response in our notebook meaning "it's a go"- they are able to use that one when responding to their reading on their own.  I like to have them respond 1-3 times a week depending on their reading level and the stations they visit weekly (If they are a lower level reader they may spend more time with me in groups and we will do a lot of responding together, so they may only do it once a week).  
     This is the first time I have ever shared a document, so I am hoping a few things-
         1.  I am hoping it works (with fingers crossed).
         2.  I am hoping it is something usable for you.
         3.  I hope it lives up to the sharing standards :).    
     That may seem a lot to hope for, but I have faith.  Click on the worm to check out this long awaited document.  

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