Monday, September 21, 2015

It's Almost Fall!!

I am so excited about the fact that Wednesday is the first day of fall!!  Andrew and I just bought some new fall candles (Bath & Body Works has their 3 wick candles on sale; go stock up) and I just can't wait to get my pumpkins out.

What is your favorite thing about fall? I'm so excited to eat pumpkin everything, and to wear boots...and scarves!! Yay!!

I am a little overwhelmed with what's to come for me this week...I have lots of after school activities AND it's my week for carpool duty.  However, I'm so excited to finally be getting in to some fun fall themes.  This week is apples week for us (did I really miss Johnny Appleseed day?)  Then, we're jumping in to leaf week...see what I did there?  Stay tuned for some fun fall freebies!

What is on your agenda this week?

Saturday, September 19, 2015

It's Giveaway Time!

Good morning!! I normally don't blog on Saturdays, but this is just too good to pass up!  I'm helping Brinca from Brinca Into Bilingual celebrate her amazing accomplishment. :)  Check it out:

She is giving away TWO DIFFERENT items of your choice from Creative Paper Collection:

Some fantastic gift cards:

AND she's got GREAT bundles up for grabs:

You'll have to go visit her blog to enter (click below), but I am so excited to be a part of this.  Good luck!

Monday, September 14, 2015

Reading Rockstars!!

I am just SO PROUD of my little readers, y'all!  We have totally mastered Reading to Self (say what 16 minutes!!!??) and they're loving Reading to Someone!!

I really am just stopping in to brag on them, and to ask for well wishes as we start our actual Daily Five rotations this week.  They were so excited when I told them we were doing ALL FIVE!

Oh, and did you notice our awesome whisper phones my co-workers husband made for me!?  Just used PVC elbow pipes! My husband spray painted them, I added some decorative duct tape, and voila!!  They worked WONDERS!!! (The only thing I dislike about them is that the kiddos can't really use their reading fingers when they're using them...)

So, are you doing Daily Five rotations yet? How are you little ones doing with them?

Thursday, September 03, 2015

Family Write the Room FLASH FREEBIE!

Good morning!!  I just wanted to pop in to make sure you knew about this FLASH FREEBIE I'm having on Teacher's Pay Teachers on my new Family Write the Room product!

We've been learning "All About Me" last week and "All About My Family" this week, and I wanted a fun writing activity for my students to do this week during literacy centers.  (We're still building up reading stamina for Daily 5...made it to 15 minutes yesterday! Whoo!!)

Anyway, I created a cute family write the room, with some different family members:

The family write the room pack includes:
baby girl
baby boy
*two recording sheets (one with blank writing space, and one with words to trace).

I know there are LOTS of other family member options, but I wanted to keep it simple since it's still early in the school year (and I wanted to avoid awkward conversations)!  

The kiddos loved it! (I even put the recording sheets in sheet protectors and had them use expo markers to write to save on copies).

This product is FREE in my TpT store until this weekend! So, make sure you go snag it while you can. :)

Wednesday, September 02, 2015

Classroom Tour!

I'm back again, to link up with BlogHoppin' for #teacherweek15 and with Schroeder Shenanigans in 2nd for #2getherwearebetter! I've been in school now for over a month, and still haven't shared any classroom photos!  So, here's what my classroom looks like in real time (not the perfect, beautiful set up before school started! :)


{Welcome to Carnes' Caterpillars!  I took photos of each of the kids the first week of school, and have big plans of printing them wallet size to put on their own piece of the caterpillar...obviously, that's one of those things that's just gotten pushed back over and over again.}

{The view walking in...our classroom promise and our rainbow name mosaic's from Deanna Jump's Names unit are the focal point of the wall facing the door.}

{The "main part of the classroom.}

{The "front" of the classroom.}

Close Ups:

{I just love our word wall!  Each ribbon holds world that begin with that letter...each close pin has small pom poms glued on it to look like caterpillars.  The small shelf on the left is where their lunch boxes go (bottom two shelves) and where they unpack their agendas and daily folders each morning (top shelf).  The desks will eventually become our writing center, along with the colored floor tiles.  The bookshelf on the right houses clipboards, colored pencils, alphabet stamps, magnets, and our "All Done, Now What" drawers.}

{Our clip chart, sticker start, and my awesome caterpillar sign (from @tallahasseesunday) on our bathroom door!}

{One of my favorite spots: the calendar!  Job chart on the left, above my little chair.  The black space in the top left corner now houses our sight words in a pocket chart.}

{Logan the Lion listens to all of the "tattle tails" in my classroom.}

{This is where our sight words are now, and our caterpillar is how we keep track of the days we've been in school.  I think we're up to 14 now!

{Ohhhh the blue counter.  I've got a bucket for each day of the week, but -as shown in this photo- once I get to that day, I need every activity spread out so I can visually see what we're doing.  You'll notice this picture was taken Tuesday morning, because that bucket is empty!}

{I just LOVE my amazon shelves I got with my gift card.  Each shelf has a shape on it, and those are where I keep all of their center activities.  So, group 1 will go to the blue rectangle, group 2 will work from the green square, etc.}

{My second favorite section...the library and our data wall!!  You'll see our Reading Club on the left of the board, our Sight Word tracker on the left, Super Improver Wall on the right, and our "I Met My Goal" lanyard on the right of the board.}

{Once the students meet their reading goal for the month (12 books/month), they can move their number from the back of the cookie sheet to the front!

{I've blogging about my goal setting procedures here, so if you're not familiar with it, please check it out!! Grab my lanyards,too.}

{I've not introduced these yet, but these are where I house some of our reading buddies...and if you look closely, you can see our whisper phones!}

{Our school doesn't have a media center, so I have a classroom library.  I had some wonderful parents help me organize them by category last year, so they're filed nice and neatly on the library shelf...the students are able to pick books off the green pallet shelf.  I pull special books from our library each week so they have new ones each week!}

{Our "stuffed" wall!  Get it? Stuffed caterpillars because we're so proud of our work!? The kiddos get to pick out some of their best work, and display it on our classroom wall!}

{My desk area.  The white board above my desk is my agenda board...and I use the kindey table to work with small groups! Each of the vinyl circles can be written on with an expo marker!}

{This area is a tad messy...but I wanted to show it to you anyway to share how I organize all of my center materials.}

{To the right of our panaboard, we've got our CHAMPS cards and our Voice Level cards.}

 {Leaving our classroom, with our birthday cards, some school posters, and our "How We Get Home" cards.

*My word wall cards, months of the year & calendar dates, shapes, number cards, and all clip charts (jobs, how we get home, clip chart) are from the Hungry Caterpillar Mega Theme Pack by The Scrappy Penguin!

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