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

Monday, July 21, 2014

Learning about Shapes! {free shape poems}

Throughout the first week of school, our focus during math is introducing 2D shapes. I made some fun posters to help my students remember the names and properties of each shape {and they referred to them all year long!}
Shape Poems
  {clip art from Love Two Teach
borders from Teaching in a Small Town}
My class absolutely loved these! We learned each poem and talked about the characteristic of each shape. We even learned that Sandy Square has a booooyfriend ;)
Shape Poems
{Download the shape poems here and ignore the fact that I clearly need more ink ;) I copied 2 to a page so that they printed out smaller than a regular sheet of paper.} 
After we learned about each shape, I hung the posters up in our classroom for future reference.
We also played this super fun shape game!
After we met our new friends and talked all about the shapes, we sat in a big circle {applying what we learned about circles!}. Then I walked around with a bunch of shapes in a bag and had each student pull out one shape. They told their neighbor what shape they pulled out {to practice identifying and to help their neighbor if they weren't sure} and then we played the Shape Game!
Shape Game
After everyone had a chance to stand up, we switched our shapes and played again. It was a lot of fun :)
To see what else we did during the first week of school, visit my blog, Miss Kindergarten!

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Kindergarten Assessment Notebook

Hi freebie friends! I am getting my assessment notebook ready for the 2014 school year! I keep this notebook in my small group area. I love having all of my assessment sheets in one place!
I have included some literacy freebies today! 

Hop on over to my blog to grab your freebie!

Friday, July 18, 2014

Pacing Guide for Planning!

Are you planning yet?  Be sure to stop by Simply Kinder for this blank pacing guide to make it super easy!  I don't know what I would do without my big picture master plan!  (Be sure to download it to your computer and then make edits!)

For me this is a working document that I will print once a month or so.  I do this because things change and need to be altered as we all know!  I also make it real simply so I just have like a map to ensure I fit everything in! My regular lesson plans are of course more detailed!  Take a peek:

Hopefully you can use to help you stay organized!

The Teacher Cheat Sheet

Hello!  It's Reagan from Tunstall's Teaching Tidbits

Sometimes the simplest things end up being the most valuable in the classroom for me!  The teacher cheat sheet is possibly the center of all classroom happenings and it gets little to NO attention on the blog!  Time to fix that today!!

I am NOT a fan of constant documentation.  I mean we don't usually have the time to use the restroom let alone document everything happening daily, can I get an amen?

So here's a simple solution to the documentation issues we all face daily!

Each week on a cute clipboard of choice, you have a blank cheat sheet.  {pictured below on the left}

As 3,647 small things come up each day you jot down on your cheat sheet so you only have one consistent place to look for the entire week's happenings.  Keep it where you always have it handy.  Take it to recess, take it to lunch, have it when parents call asking when things happened.  It's a simple solution to the chaos!

The red marks on the right are examples of things I may write down in a given week. 

I keep it to ten rows because I never used all 24 kid's names in a week and the spaces get too small to really write what is happening if you put to many boxes on a sheet.  Ten seemed to be the perfect amount per week needed.

 I leave all of the sheets on the clipboard for the entire semester underneath so I can flip back when I get a phone call and have answers ready!  Once the pages on the bottom are really outdated,  I slide them out and place them in a file until the end of the school year.  {Just in case}
To get this cheat sheet I am going to have you head to my facebook page and use the freebie tab!  Hope it helps simplify your school year craziness!  :)


Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Custom Writing Folders & Writing Templates!

Hi there my Freebielicious friends!  Tara West from Little Minds at Work!  Today I shared an idea on how to make custom/adorable writing folders for your classroom!  While you are there you can also grab these freebie differentiated writing templates! Click the button below to read all about the folders and writing templates!

Monday, July 14, 2014

Back to School with Freebielicous

Freebielicous is dedicated to free resources but there is ever so often a time when we come together to offer you a deal so AMAZING that you won't want to miss!  

And so we have teamed up with Educents again (we did this last back to school as well) to get you an amazing savings of our top back to school items!

Twenty-three products, over 1200 pages of materials from some of your favorite Freebielicous  teacher authors.  73% off and for a very limited time!  We just had to share!   Click here to grab this deal!  

Enter to win $50 in Edubucks to help us celebrate!  Edubucks will be awarded after the deal closes so you can go back and get more stuff for your classroom!
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Classroom decor, printables, centers, book units, readers theaters, craftivities, and so much more, it's a bundle you are sure to LOVE!  There is even a clipart set from Melonheadz you can use in your own resources!  Take a peek at the links below:

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