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!
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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