Monday, July 28, 2014

Picture Directions!

Hi!  Cupcake here to share an improved version of an old freebie! :)  Picture directions are a great classroom management tool for little learners!

I posted a set of picture directions in my shop two years ago, and decided they needed a facelift… so I made them pretty and added to the set!  They will match any bright classroom, and they also coordinate with my chevron decor.

Stop by my blog to see a preview of all the included cards, or just go directly to my shop to pick up {or redownload!} your copy.  I hope you love them!!

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Setting Up Procedures

Hello everyone! Kristen here from A Day In First Grade. With the back to school season quickly approaching, I wanted to put together a quick packet to help me organize my thoughts on some of the things I will need to do/teach at the beginning of the year.

I created a FREE guide for you on setting up procedures in your classroom! It is full of posters, questions, and pages for you to download to help you get organized.

I hope that you enjoy it!

It even includes posters that you can use in your classroom like this one:


Parent Communication Binder

COMMUNICATION friends! Teachers and parents are PARTNERS in education. I have a cute binder that I want to share with you today.YOU can choose the color of your binder. I have provided 6 popular colors and they all have a chevron/polka dot theme! :-) Who doesn't love chevron and polka dots?!
FREE parent communication binder

I have also included the log sheets for you to include. I use tabs  for each student and keep some sheets behind it. 
FREE parent communication binder
I am sharing some ideas on parent communication all week. Hop on over to my blog to grab this freebie and hopefully get some ideas!

Are You Heading Back to School? {We Have a Surprise For You!!!}

Some of your favorite Freebielicious authors have put their TpT shops on sale for the next two days. Perfect time to stock up and get prepped for a new school year!
{thank you Tara West for the button!}

Save 20% in our shops on July 27th and July 28th!

ABC's of Your Class!

Are you ready for Meet the Teacher yet?  (Sigh for sure right?)  So much to do between now and then for so many of us!  So here's a fun freebie to make your lives a little easier and a little more organized for welcoming your families into your class!  ABC's of Our Class!  Full editable so you can customize it to your specific classroom!

Stop by for an easy organizational tip that keeps me from stressing out when meeting 25 parents at once!  

Simply Kinder

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Chalkboard Word Wall Alphabet {freebie}

Hi there my friends!  It's me..Tara West from Little Minds at Work with another week of getting the classroom back to ready- word wall style :)  This year I was needing to freshen up my word wall!  I chose to go with a chalkboard style!  If you would like to grab the letters as well you can click the graphic below!  Enjoy!

Thursday, July 24, 2014

FREE Printable Sight Word Labels

Are you busy getting ready for back to school? Ready to add a little fun and flair to your classroom Word Wall? Or maybe just help your students associate color with their sight word flashcards? I have the PERFECT freebie for you.

FREE Printable Sight Word Labels

My classroom word wall reviews letter sounds while providing students with a visual anchor for the sight words they have already learned. Here you can see the sight words displayed beside each corresponding letter on the word wall.

Creating the word cards is EASY! To prepare, I just cut 3x5" pieces of brightly colored cardstock and printed the sight words onto Avery 5163 labels. When I am ready to create the word cards, I just peel the labels and stick them onto the card stock pieces. 

FREE Printable Sight Word Labels

FREE Printable Sight Word Labels

Free Sight Word Labels are available for the Pre-Primer, Primer, First, Second, and Third Grade Dolch lists. To download your FREE sight word labels, stop by the Kinder-Craze blog!

FREE Printable Sight Word Labels

Kinder-Craze blog

First Day Management Techniques
Swing on into Mrs. Miner's Monkey Business to get three of my most useful back to school tips! Find out what on earth ^^^^ this kid is doing and how it will save your sanity (not to mention your voice) for those first few days of school. 
You can also grab stop signs and find out how those never ending lines become easily manageable with them at the beginning of the year....
See you there!

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Freebie Weekly Poems for the YEAR!

Hi friends!  Tara West once again from Little Minds at Work. I hope you are soaking up the last few days...or weeks until it's back to school time!  I am busy trying to get everything ready for the year, because we all know there will be more to do once school gets here!  This upcoming year my kiddos will be introduced to one poem/song each week!  I have typed up 37 poems and and you can grab your copy too!  I will be displaying my poems on the smartboard, but you can easily have a printed version to share with the kiddos too!  Click the link below to grab your freebie!  

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

The Love of Reading

I was in the midst of a completely different kind of blog post when I encountered something that prompted me to put THIS post together!  This post is not about my coolest new freebie or a hot new packet you must get your hands on.  This post is from my heart...or over-rated as it might be, this post is about something that is near and dear to me....reading!  

I find it perfect timing as we prepare for our the upcoming year...that we take a minute to understand what our job is as educations..and just as importantly take time to appreciate the difference we DO make!  First off...I want to talk about our job as educators.  No, am not going to talk about how you should run your classroom or how many minutes you should spend teaching math everyday.  Moreover, I want to talk about  our job to teach children the love of reading! 

It never fails that I hear my little Kindergarteners say, "But, Mrs. West I don't know how to read!"  Well, when I hear that the first thing I want to do is shed a little tear...but I quickly snap out of it and respond with a, "Of course you know how to read Johnny"...and I give them a quick example of they can read.  Johnny might not be reading on a first grade level or know all of the 40 sight words, but Johnny can none the less read!

So, one of my first jobs as an educator is to teach my young learners what it means to read!  After they realize that yes they CAN read they will be so inspired!  We will read repetitious poems and songs, meet at the carpet to read easy readers as a group, or meet back at the table work on our one to one tracking skills saying animal picture names.

When you look at the definition above of reading you will notice the usual...letters and words, but look "symbols" is listed and even more "etc."  Don't worry Johnny an "etc." can be pointing to the alphabet carpet and stating all of the animals.  You CAN read! So, I challenge you...right after you teach your new crew how to sit criss-cross-applesauce  and how to line up...teach them the love for reading!  Teach them YOUR love for reading along side teaching them that reading is more than reading a chapter book!

Next, I wanted to share my appreciation for what you do!  Together we are an army...we are protecting, caring for, teaching, and making a DIFFERENCE!  In the hustle and bustle of back to school season don't forget why you do this...your love for children and your desire to be a life changer...that's you- -changing the world one little kiddo at a time!

Tara West, Little Minds at Work