Back to School... smile!

Back to School

It's  THAT time!
I was looking at my calendar.

My    JULY   calendar,

and I was
 COUNTING THE DAYS
 UNTIL I GO BACK TO SCHOOL!
via GIPHY

NO...PLEASE...NO  YET!

OK...I miss them...a little.
I think I am ready to begin to "think" about school.
MAYBE.

But first...
I don't want to think about my classroom set up. 
I don't want to think about lesson plans, behavior plans, or PD.

I just want to think about things I need!





These might help me too....


Balanced  Literacy


Fall  Vocabulary Banners




OK...I might be ready.
Now, where are my keys?

If I can't find them....I can't go! :)




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GAME CHANGER!!!

I love it when
SOMETHING WORKS!

YESSSS!!!!

I have
discovered, learned, found a BETTER WAY!

I LOVE 
BANNERS!

Obviously..
So  Does  PINTEREST!

https://www.pinterest.com/pin/486670303464326987/


https://www.pinterest.com/pin/211317407494866485/

and so...

I needed some vocabulary words for MY classroom.
Different ones for EACH MONTH.
FAST & EASY for me.
High Interest for Kiddos.

TADA!

Vocabulary Banners!

I have a 
GAME  CHANGER
for YOU!



Tie a triple KNOT!
Yes, a TRIPLE KNOT...and staple it to one side of your board ( or window ).
Measure side to side. Add 3-4 inches!
Tie another triple knot and staple to the other side.
( I measured to make sure both sides were LEVEL.)
I know...those of you who kow me... I NEVER MEASURE!
EYEBALL  IT!
But...I want to do this ONE TIME...not taking down the yarn until the END OF THE YEAR!
Staple BOTH sides of the KNOT! 
The Knot will HOLD the yarn. NO SLIDING!



 

HERE IS THE 
GAME  CHANGER...
After you have laminated the banner ( OR TAPE THE TOP EDGE BEFORE 
you HOLE PUNCH!)
Use a hole punch to make two holes at the top.
I went down about ( No measuring there ) a 1/2".
THEN...
SLIT THE HOLE TO THE TOP!
( SEE  the  PICTURE )
WHAT??????
"NO! Then it will fall off!"
NOT!
No one is pulling on these. They are for 
LOOKING...NOT  TOUCHING!

What this does is allows you to change the BANNER page 
without having to 
remove & put up new string!

JUST CHANGE THE BANNERS!
YESSS!!!


Alternate sides when you add the vocab. cards.
I wanted an ODD number...
so I could have 1 in the middle.




Add another layer.
Same  directions.


I cheated in the middle layer.
Stapled the middle card ( so the arch would be close to the others).



TADA! 

WONDERFUL Vocabulary words at my writing center for kiddos to use!
BIG pictures...spelling...variety 
for EL's, independent work, & everyday  writing!
And i can change them each month...
IN A FLASH!
Just change the cards...not the string!

Here are  my











And so..
A GAME CHANGER
for me!

Here is a video to help:



Happy Back to School!


Are YOU  ready?




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Is READING MORE...really ENOUGH?

Consider this my DISCLAIMER...

I am NOT  A  College Professor.
I do NOT have a MASTERS ( or above ) 
in ANYTHING!

I am just a teacher.
A first grade teacher.
A Veteran (27yrs ), first grade teacher, in a TITLE 1 SCHOOL!

I have seen a LOT!
Done a LOT!

Hear me ROAR!!!!!

Ok. So again. 
I am a teacher.


(Aren't they cute????)

I have been through:

Whole Language
Environmental Print
Interactive Writing
Phonemic Awareness
Leveled Readers ( DRA, GSP, AR, Lexile)
Phonics
Words Their Way
HFW
Sight Words
High Interest Reading Books
SIPPS
Read Naturally
Daily 5

And 

A MULTITUDE OF PUBLISHER'S CURRICULUM!
New sets evey 7 years!

Having said this...1 thing most curriculum's have in common :

READ!
READ A LOT!
And then...READ SOME MORE!


So ...
My little sisters...
YES...both of my LITTLE SISTER'S are 
PRIMARY TEACHERS!

We  were discussing school.
( I know..we are NOT supposed to discuss SCHOOL during SUMMER VACATION!)

But...um...we were discussing school...
and we are trying to WRAP our minds areound the
"READ..READ..READ more"
and they will 
"GET IT!"
(way of thinking.)



Well, maybe...

I  LOVE reading with kiddos!
See my post here about the GUIDED READING TABLE!

My concern is...

When I "release" them to read,
When I want them to become INDEPENDENT readers,
Where do they "learn" the skills to use when they "get stuck"?
Will they use strategies, when they don't know what's happening?
When a story isn't making sense...do they keep reading?

If they keep reading...

Will it ALL come TOGETHER?

At a recent PD, my little sis said she understood the 
READ, READ, READ philosophy.
Integrate science, social studies, math, technology
INTO  READING!
YES!
Writing and Reading COMPLIMENT and Coexist WITH  each other!
You can't have one without the other!
THEY NEED EACH OTHER!

BUT...
-Me  SPEAKING-



There needs to be a BALANCE of:

Skills & Strategies

in conjunction with independent reading & writing!

THERE!
I said IT!

Reading & Writing SKILLS:

Letter Sounds
Blends
Vowels
Word Families
Chunks
Grammar
Punctuation
High Frequency Words
Capitalization
Handwriting

and MORE!

Comprehension
Questioning
Summarizing

etc, etc, etc...
(I sound like my Education College Professors!)
I was listening!

ALL of these "lessons" MUST be taught
INCONJUNCTION with 
Reading & Writing!

Yes...To be a better reader..
YOU  MUST  READ!

BUT...to be a better reader who UNDERSTANDS...
You must have skills and strategies
to use
WHEN
you read and write!

NOW...CAUTION!!!

Unless you are teaching ADULTS in a COLLEGE CLASS...

A 40 minute LECTURE on diagramming sentences
IS NOT...I REPEAT..
NOT
the way to do it!

If you WANT to spend 40 minutes discussing grammar...
CHUNK IT!

Do 2-3 MINILESSONS over a few days...
Let it SINK IN!

Show  kiddos:

  What it looks like.
Where to find it.
How to use it.
Why we use it.
When to ask for help.

Kinder-Grade 1-Grade 2 teachers...

UNITE!

Mini Lessons with a WORKSHOP!
Use SMALL Groups for STRATEGY & Skill Groups!
Let kiddos have a chance to PRACTICE what YOU have taught them!
Let it SINK IN!

And  Then..
LET  THEM  READ!
and 
READ!
and
READ!

and then
WRITE...and write  some  more!





Skills, Strategies, Reading, Writing

They will become "BETTER"..
and isn't that what we ALL want to be?
BETTER!

Need some HELP?
Here are some "HELPERS" for YOU!

Check out ALL my reading & writing products!

https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Store/1stgradefireworksCo



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