Saturday, April 12, 2014

Bright Idea Birthday Crown

Hello and welcome to another Bright Ideas Link Up! I hope you enjoy our Bright Idea and I am so excited to check out a ton of other bright ideas myself!
Please, please, please tell me that everyone has a box like this somewhere!!! Hopfully your isn't quite as messy as our is!  We are in the midst of packing up for a school renovation and this box seemed to explode!  Of course, putting border away is always like trying to catch a greased pig!
Have you ever finished putting border up on a bulletin board and wondered what to do with that little bit of leftover border?  It isn't enough for another board, but you feel like you are wasting money if you just toss it.  Well we have a solution for you!  Katie and I have always kept our leftover border...just in case.  Now mind you, just in case, didn't come very often, but we still kept it!  Then we finally came up with a great idea for it! 
What kiddo doesn't love wearing a birhday crown?? The problem that we have run into is that they are pricey!  As our school budgets have gotten smaller, so have our classroom spending budgets.  We now get $50 at the end of the year to spend on essentials for the beginning of the next year.  So we try to use it as wisely as possible. 
Enter the homemade birthday crown!!!  We let our kiddos pick out the type of border they would like from our leftovers box and then we turn it into a crown!  The kiddos love it because they pick the border and we love it because all we need to do for prep is to print some crown options on cardstock.  Easy peasy, mac and cheesy!!! Below are some of the different crowns we have used in our classrooms.
Enjoy!!!
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Thursday, April 10, 2014

Fine Arts Fair Night = Craftivity & Writing Mania

Tonight is our school's Fine Arts Fair.  Our band and orchestra will be performing and our Art teacher has been hanging some fantastic artwork all around the school.  Parents and kiddos will come to school tonight and enjoy walking around the school and looking at all the artwork.  
Of course the kiddos will be stopping in their classrooms to visit and pick up their artwork portfolios from their desks.  That means that we needed to get our rooms and pod hallways artified!  So Katie and I went crazy with our Spring Craftivity and Writing Activities!  We made sure that our pod hallways and classrooms were colorful and full of writing.  We think out kiddos will have fun showing off their artwork to their families tonight!  
Does your school have a Fine Arts Fair??

"Somebunny" Loves Me Craftivity and Writing Activity
"Chick" Out What We Love About Spring Craftivity and Writing Activity


 Something to Tweet About Craftivity and Writing Activity

If you would like to check out the bundle of all 3 spring craftivity and writing activities  click below!
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Wednesday, April 2, 2014

April Currently

It has been awhile, but we are actually trying to get back into the swing of things, by linking up with Farley's Currently!

Listening: I have twin girls who will be 3 June 1st and they are SO into telling each other jokes. They are also in love with Frozen.  So they tell each other jokes like, "Do you want to build a pineapple? Ride a pineapple cake up and down the hall?"  Then they laugh hysterically and retell the jokes.  They get giggling so hard that even my 10 month old now laughs along with them!  At almost 3 it seems that pineapple is one of the funniest words in the world!  Who knew???   

Loving:  I love that we only have 2 months left of school and that April is always field trips galore month for 2nd grade at my school!!!  We have 3 planned already for this month and I have lots of great parent helpers.  This always help April fly by and then it is all the sudden....May!!!!

Thinking: My house could use a good spring cleaning and so could my classroom!  My house needs it because we have a 1st birthday coming up on May 30th and 2 3rd birthdays on June 1st. This equals tons of toys and we need to donate the ones they don't play with anymore to make more room!  My classroom needs cleaned out too! Time to send home all the teacher goodies I am done with to the houses of all my little girls who love to play teacher!!

Wanting: Starbucks...nuff said!

Needing: I NEED a to do list for home because I have Mommy ADHD and seriously move from dishes to diapers to bedtime without finishing anything!!! But I love to do lists, so maybe that would help me complete tasks???
I need a to do list for school because we are getting a HUGE remodel and we have to have our rooms completely emptied out by the end of the year.  This is going to be a big job!  Then on top of that I need to make sure that I have everything I need for the beginning of the year in boxes to take home in case the remodel runs long and we can't get into our rooms as early as we usually do.

Hours and Last day: May 22nd!!!!!!!!!!  Woo hoo!!!!!!  I love this class so much this year, so I am so excited to have a summer with my kiddos and am actually going to be job sharing 2nd grade with a friend next year, but I will seriously miss this class!

When do you get out??

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Thursday, March 27, 2014

Spring Cleaning


It's time to do some spring cleaning!  Leave feedback on your purchases to earn your TPT credits and then hop on over and visit these fantastic TPT stores.  You can use your feedback credits to buy items at up to 20% off from all these fabulous sellers!

Here is one of our newest products that we are so excited about!  Head on over to check it out while it is on sale!!
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Sunday, March 9, 2014

Beyond the Clip Chart-Extension Ideas!

I am soooooo excited about the 2nd Bright Ideas Blog Hop!  I'm looking forward to visiting some of my favorite bloggers for some great tips and tricks!
I know that so many people use clip charts in their classrooms.  They are all over Pinterest, TPT, blogs, etc. They are wonderful, but what else can you do with them??  I want to share how my coworkers and I have decided to extend the use of our clip charts and tie them into our whole classroom management system. 

My coworkers and I have used variations of clip charts for years and over the past several years have slowly added extensions to this already great behavior management system. We have some great kiddos this year and needed a way to recognize and reward those kiddos who were going above and beyond with their behavior.  

We start off every year with our clip chart full of clothespins with numbers on them.  We talk up our behavior chart and how it such a great way for the teacher to recognize good behavior.  The kids always get excited about the possibility of moving up. 

Then we tell our kiddos that we always want them to be able to share how their day went with their parents.  We introduce the behavior calendar that goes in the back of our daily Take Home folders. At the beginning of each month we give our kiddos a calendar on card stock ( we use card stock because it slides in and out of the folder pockets so much easier than regular paper).  They keep this calendar in the back pocket of their folder which goes home daily.
(Lovin' this calendar and how it reflects time off for conferences and our crazy snow days!!!)
 At the end of each day the kiddos record what color they were on.  They then come and show us the calendar and receive stars.  For green they get 1 star, blue is 2, pink is 3, and for purple they receive 5.  They keep these stars in a folder in their desk. At the end of each week they can redeem one star for one piece of candy and 3 stars for one prize from the treasure box.  They can also choose to just hold onto their stars for our quarterly auction.  (we are still allowed to give out candy as prizes, although we limit it!  If you can't do candy any reward tickets should be a hit.  We do a mixture or reward tickets, toys, and edible prizes.  
 The other way that we extend our clip chart is to give our kiddos a jewel for every 5 purples they earn.  This is a HUGE motivator for our kiddos.  They work very hard to try to earn purple by the end of the day so that they can work towards a jewel.  The jewels that we use can be found in the craft section at Walmart and look like those in the following picture.  However, you could really use any type of jewel or sticker!
The kiddos collect their jewels on their clips and when they have 10 jewels, 5 on each side, they can trade their clip in for a colored clip. We have spray painted clips before and this year we used Washi tape for our colored clips.  Either works great.  The kiddos are just proud to have a different clip and show off their great behavior!
(Regular clips with jewels)
 (Washi tape clips with jewels)

 Once they have earned 10 jewels on their clip they retire that clip to a ribbon that is located above the clip chart.  I currently have 2 girls who have retired their regular clips and moved on to their colored or Washi tape clips!  They ar so proud of themselves!
I know that not every year requires more than a clip chart, but for those years when you have a dream class this is a great way to recognize the above and beyond behavior of those kiddos!  It has been a huge success for us this year and we would love to hear if you give it a try!!

Next it is time to hop on over and visit Marsha at A Differentiated Kindergarten to learn about Engagement through fun and seasonal manipulatives.


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Wednesday, February 26, 2014

It's Coming...Are You Ready????


We have our shopping cart FULL of must have items from some of our favorite sellers!!!
Here are a few of our top sellers and favorites if you want to check them out! :)






Happy shopping!!!
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