I Have TAMED the TRANSITION MONSTER!

Transitions...
You know...
The moment when you say, 
"Please put ______ away & get out your_______"
& it begins to sound 
LIKE A BOMB WENT OFF!


via GIPHY

Kids out of their seats, loud voices, crayons & pencils dropping to the floor!

STOP!

What happened?
Where did ALL of my management go?
Did it fly out he window? Fall on the carpet? 

NO...it is called...

A TRANSITION!

When kiddos go from one body motion to another, it's a transition!

No amount of 5,4,3,2,1....1,2,3 eyes on me....clap, clap, snap, snap
can get them back!
SO....don't let them go!

I have calmed the 
TRANSITION MONSTER!

When I finish with a lesson or I need them to "Transition"
from one place to another,
I use these WONDERFUL cards
and my doc camera!

I have printed them 4 to a page...
fold up the bottom 
(So kids can't see the answer on doc camera!)
I read the clues.. 
in a SUPER SOFT VOICE..
if they want to hear the clues,
THEY HAVE TO BE QUIET! :)
And they read with me,
"WHO AM I?"
I only chose those kids who are in their seats
with "quiet" hands UP!
They ALL think they know..some are tricky!
Remind them to listen to ALL of the clues.
They LOVE LOVE LOVE this!
LOTS of vocabulary, higher level thinking, 
and ......FUN!
Who would have thought....learning & FUN??!!!
WOWZA!

Here is the link if you would like 
to check these out!

http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Who-Am-I-Flap-book-Game-613376
ENJOY!
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Where do I put ALL of this "CENTER"... stuff????

Today my tip is about storing ALL of those center supplies!
Who doesn't LOVE all of those cute centers!
Holiday centers, reading centers, writing centers, skill centers...
And so on, and so on...
BUT
WHERE DO I PUT ALL OF THEM????
How do I store all of this stuff???
Well...I have a solution.

I LOVE Sterilite drawers!

NO...I mean
 I REALLY LOVE SERILITE DRAWERS!
 I did NOT put the casters on them.
I line them up on my counter...
I TOLD YOU I LOVE My drawers!
I teach 9 months a year ( Approximately )
SO...

9  English Language Arts drawers 
AND
9 Math drawers!

Conveniently they come in stacks of 3! 
These fit nicely on my counter.

9 ELA drawers
I used scrapbook paper to "cover" the front of the drawers.
(Hides the mess  contents  inside...)

9 Math drawers..Math is blue..just for me!
How do I organize it all?
Each drawer has a label on the front:

Each drawer has a month
AND
The skills my MATH PROGRAM teaches each month.
Yes, I have a math program I must follow.
My kids are assessed on these skills.
So I organize them by the skill for each theme taught each month.



 I always, ALWAYS need and ETC drawer!
Who doesn't have EXTRAS???
I partnered up the first two months of school to get an extra MATH drawer.
Mostly the same concepts for the first two months.

Each ELA drawer has the same.
Each one has a month and the skills taught in my ELA Program!
Yes, we also have an ELA program!
Tested skills... 


So now..my drawers are labeled...NOW WHAT???
As I create or purchase centers,
I laminate, cut apart, and put in GALLON ZIP-LOCK BAGS!
Then...place in the drawer by SKILL!!
What about cutesie ones that are holiday themed, but in the wrong month?
FOR example...
I teach short a & short i in August..
what if I have a cute short a center with SANTA on it?
SO WHAT?
MY KIDS LOVE SEEING SANTA IN AUGUST!
or
Bring it out again in December for review...
It won't hurt them!
Centers are for independent practice..ALL THE TIME!
When we finish a theme...place them back in the drawer! DONE!


Sometimes drawers get "messy"..
THAT'S WHY WE COVER THEM!
Close the drawer & walk away!
Can you see me SMILE?
So, as you are doing SPRING CLEANING or
this SUMMER when you have "extra" time..
Think about drawers...I LOVE THEM!
( I have another set for Guided Reading...6 drawers for 6 groups!)
Here is a freebie of drawer labels for YOU...


Leave me a comment.
 How  do YOU organize your centers?
PS... Here is a few LINKS to centers in MY store!






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WOWZA! I'm on a ROLL!!! OK..Time for a NAP!

I am on a ROLL!!!
Working on updating & revamping some
 FALL GOODIES!

Stop by & give me some LOVE!

(WOW! ...I need a nap!)

 HUGS! :)

1stgradefireworks



Fill in the missing number.
Task Cards for Guided Math Centers.


Sweet Rhymes.
Match the cone to the ice cream scoop that rhymes.

September Preview/Review GAME!
Assess for FALL concepts!
Fun AND INFORMATIVE!


Missing addends in FALL task cards!
Guided Math center activities.


Sight Words Flip book!
HFW fluency practice.


Greater Than, Less Than, Equal To
Halloween Edition.


Fall themed packet includes:
-Fall vocabulary : syllables
-Graphic Organizers
-Writing Paper
-HFW Matching Game
-ABC Order
-Poem
-Pocket Chart Cards for Poem



WHEW!
Hot around here.

I hope YOU are taking it easy,
resting and playing...

 Soon enough, 
we will be getting ready for BTS!




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How to SURVIVE ...Back to School Night!

Oooooo...the dreaded 
 "PARENT'S ARE COMING!"
  Night!
AKA...Back to School Night

We ALL get nervous speaking to a room of parents!
(Wear  good  deodorant, use a breath mint , and  wear  comfy  shoes!)

So..THEY are coming. The parents. The kids. The Grandparents! 
THEY want to know ALL about YOU
and WHAT you are going to do for THEIR child!

Breathe...  SMILE....breathe, again.
And tell them.

I AM GOING TO TEACH YOUR CHILD...
WITH YOUR HELP!

 (I will discuss what "papers" I have for them in another post.)

Today's tip is about getting parents to
 sign up for everything you need!

CAPTIVE AUDIENCE!

I work in a Title 1 school.
Most parents DON'T WANT TO COME SEE ME!
So I have to make it very "inviting". 
I tell the kids to "drag" their parents to talk to me.
(Not literally!) Two hands!
I give stickers
 to kids
 who "hand" their parents the BTS night NOTE!

And then...


Have Food!
A bowl of apples, a plate of cookies,popcorn, 
 Mini bottles of water!

CHOCOLATE CANDY!

They will come for food!


Even though parent conferences are MONTHS away..
MAKE a chart of dates & times YOU are available.

I give BRAG Tags to kids when their parents come & send a THANK YOU to the parents, the next day!

 HAVE THEM SIGN UP FOR A CONFERENCE!

(You will send a reminder note as it gets closer..let them choose first!)

If you do

REMIND

 ( iphone app...get this now!)

Have them get out their phones,
type in the number...text your class code...
and  VOILA!
Class parent contacts..DONE!


If you have any WISH LISTS, or things you might need..
HAVE THEM SIGN UP TO PROVIDE CLASSROOM ITEMS
( We can always use glue sticks, expo markers, tissues,etc)

AND  LAST...

If YOU want volunteers for classroom work , parties, field trips, etc...
HAVE THEM SIGN UP!

This is the ONLY night they will ALL be in YOUR classroom!
USE IT!

Sometimes a CAPTIVE AUDIENCE...is a good thing!

Talk about your reading, writing, math and behavior expectations. 
Talk about what they can do to help.

YOU GOT THIS!

Here are some suggestions available at:







Good Luck!
Have FUN!
Breathe!
YOU DID IT! :)
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Skinny Food for ME!

This summer I am REALLY trying to get back to healthy eating!
I have lost weight this year, but seem to be
PLATEAUED!

I work out daily, I track ( Weight Watchers ), and I drink my water!
S...L...O...W
weight loss.

So, I am always looking for 
SKINNY  FOOD  Recipes!

I found a few. 

I hope they help you too!

I have a SKINNY FOOD Pinterest Board.

If YOU are interested...STOP ON BY!










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Back to School? Let's Get READY!

I know...
Summer is ending..even though it has been over 100 degrees here in NOR CAL
so I doubt if it's going to leave QUICKLY!

So..it's that time.
Time to 
"Take chances, make mistakes, get MESSY!"

(I LOVE Miss Frizzle!)

BACK TO SCHOOL TIME PEOPLE
Let's get movin'!

The little ones will be here SOON!

So WHAT will YOU be doing the first month of school?
( No crying allowed!)

LOTS!
I don't know about YOU...
BUT I don't know HOW I ever TAUGHT without
TPT!

I have SOOOOOO  many fantastic products from 
soooooo many  talented  people!

So here are just a few...


I cannot put ALL the paid  resources I have
( shhhh..don't tell hubby) :)  Just  a  sample...



AND...




So MANY  WONDERFUL Store Owners
LOVE to SHARE!



 I do have to say...
THIS WAS HARD TO DO!

There are soooooo  many FANTASTIC, CREATIVE people out there!

Back to School will be here SOON!



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How I Keep LIFE Organized

TEACHER CALENDARS..
AKA
How to Keep Life Organized
( on paper )  :)

I don't know about YOU..but I have WAY too much going on in my life!
Classroom, family, meetings, deadlines, appointments, etc etc..

So how..HOW..HOW DO WE DO IT?

Now, I have a phone..I use it .. A LOT!

But...I  am a paper person...I need to see it, touch it, add colors to it!
( I know..I LIKE COLORS!)

So...
GET YOURSELF a DESKTOP Calendar.
BUT..DON'T put it on your desk!
TOO BIG!

I Tape it to the whiteboard next to my "TEACHING AREA".
I can look at it each moment..if I need to.

I use Krista Wallden's 



teacher calendar colored

Now..
I get out my trusty
FLAIR PENS.

(I LOVE THEM!)

I write EVERYTHING...I MEAN EVERYTHING..on my calendar!
Preps, meetings, notes for IST's, IEP's, etc, etc, etc 
NO ONE sees it (close up) 
BUT ME!
I check it 10-15 times a day!
Keeps me on my toes!
I use different colors for different things I need to remember.
( PE is red, MUSIC is Green, etc etc)

Just keeps me organized.
( and YES...once a week, I take a picture to keep in my phone)

You can use ANY Calendar...I just LOVE Krista's COLORS!
SO...
Let's get ORGANIZED!
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Calendar & Morning Meetings...Starting MY DAY right!



I'm NOT sure WHO needs it more..
ME?   or my students?  

Coffee?
Restroom Time?
RECESS????

NO!

CALENDAR  TIME!

I Love Calendar Time.
I Love reading through the MONTH.
What's happening THIS week
Next Week.
All month!

It keeps my "getting older" brain...
FOCUSED!

It helps my kiddos stay on top of events for this week and this month.

I am linking up with 
for

MOTIVATIONAL   MONDAY!

This week we are discussing:

CALENDAR TIME
and
MORNING  MEETINGS!


classroom calendar

My calendar is next to my focus board.
This is where we begin our morning meeting.
After vocabulary discussions, calendar,
 days of the week ,months of the year, HFW cards..
I get to do a READ  ALOUD!
Working on reading strategies!
All of this in about 15-20 minutes!
Whew!


My calendar is in PLACE VALUE numbers!
I got it HERE.
LOVE THEM TOO!

I try to "release" the CALENDAR instruction to my students as the year progresses.
By the end of the yer, THEY lead the calendar time.
But , I still get to do the READ ALOUD!
I LOVE IT!

Just a quick shout out to
Krista@Creative Clips Papers Collection

teacher paper calendar

This is MY Calendar!
I use it every DAY!
My Preps, meetings, Notes, appointments, etc.

AND  I  GET  TO  USE  MY  FLAIR  PENS!  :)

One PAD lasts 2 years!  
I LOVE MINE! 

I do MATH Calendar after lunch.
Math wall, focus wall, math calendar wall

We go back to number of days in school, place value, etc.
This begins my REVIEW of math concepts BEFORE we begin anything new!
We count to 120 by 5's & 10's ..2's to 50 at the end of the year.

This is my FAVORITE!
monkey math, first grade math


It ALL begins with Calendar TIME.

Others use their SMARTBOARD for Calendar.
Check it out on PINTEREST and TPT!

Go link up with Jenn@Teacher By the Beach !

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