April 12, 2014

Bright Ideas...Lead On!!

 
Hi there sweet friends!  I'm back for another installment of the "Bright Ideas Link Up!".  I don't know about y'all but I have been able to scoop up some amazing ideas from some pretty fabulous teachers!! 
 
This month I am featuring a little trick that I use to help keep my sweeties engaged and on track while still learning.  I'm pretty sure that we all have oodles of these little tricks up our sleeves on a daily basis!  Its the little things that they just eat right up!!
 
Read on to find out how I pair up dry erase markers and my fav...pom poms!!


 
(The pom pom's are used as an eraser...plus they make the marker oober cute!!)


 
If you enjoyed this "Bright Idea", I'd love for you to join me on TPT, Facebook and Instagram for more fun ideas!!
 
 
For 150 more "Bright Ideas", check out the list below!  Pick your grade level and topic and be prepared to be amazed!!  Thanks so much for stopping by friends!

March 27, 2014

Spring Cleaning Sale!

Hi ya sweet friends!  Just wanted to pop in real quick to let ya know about a super fun sale going on this weekend!  Check out Georgia Grown Kiddos to see over 100 sellers (including myself) who are having a "Spring Cleaning" sale!!  I am a cleanin' fool so pair that with a sale and I am one happy girl!! 
 
Click on the pic to check out my store!!
http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Store/Darlin-Little-Learners
 
I am working hard to get back on here and do an actual post but watch out because its gonna be a long one!  I have a bazillion freebies to put up as well as a few units that I have in the works.  Praying I'm able to find some time over Spring Break to tie up the loose ends of these units...I'm so excited about them!  P.S. Sorry I've been so MIA...my days are packed full of snuggles and kisses with my sweet girl!
 
Night friends and happy Friday-eve!!


March 17, 2014

Lucky in love...

What teacher do you know that doesn't love teacher supplies?
That is why we are having a giveaway! 
The girls of Second Grade Nest, Party in Primary, Darlin' in First, and Webster's Little Dictionary are throwing a giveaway! And we would love for you to win! 

We are all four friends who work in the same building. Two of us are first grade teachers, one is a Kindergarten teacher, and one is a fourth grade teacher! It is so much fun to see each other during the school day and get to have a quick chat! 





 Rebecca from Darlin' Little Learners is giving away her favorite teacher must-have:  paperclips covered in chevron Washi Tape! 

 Amber's favorite thing is Flair Pens! She has donated that to our wonderful teacher giveaway! 

Jessica is giving away her absolute favorite teacher must-have: colorful Post-It notes! 

 And Mackenzie is giving away a pack of amazing Mr. Sketch markers. Who doesn't love those?!


And we all pitched in for a $40 gift card to Teachers Pay Teachers.

To win...
Complete the tasks given in this Rafflecopter.
The more entries you put in, the more likely you are to win! 

March 11, 2014

I'm One Lucky Mommy!! {Sale}

Hi there sweet friends!!  I don't know about you but I am so stinkin' excited about St. Patrick's Day this year!  Who am I kidding?!  I am so stinkin' excited about every darn holiday now that I have this precious girl in my life!

 
To celebrate this little sweetie turning 6 months old {Seriously?!  How can that be?!}, my
"Leapin" Leprechauns Unit will be on sale until Friday! 
 
Click HERE to check it out!!
 
http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Persuasive-Letter-WritingLeapin-Leprechauns-212526
 
Included you will find...
 
Check out a few pics from it below...
 






 
I am off to bed to try and get a few hours of sleep!  Sweet girl is teething and sleep is limited around here these days!! 


March 9, 2014

Bright Ideas Blog Hop!

Hi y'all!  I am so excited to be joining a bazillion of my amazing blogger friends for the 2nd "Bright Ideas Blog Hop"!  The last one was absolutely fabulous and I am certain that this one will be even better!
 
 
I am so excited to share with you a few ideas that I use in my kinder classroom for behavior management!  Now don't get too excited...these ideas are nothing to "write home about" but they sure do help me to keep my little rascals under control!!  I hope y'all are able to take away a few ideas that you can implement in your own room...enjoy sweet friends!!
 
 
1.  Individual  Clip Chart...Seriously y'all, this chart has changed my entire classroom!  I use this chart system for so many management techniques.  This particular one is the original one created by "New Management".  Each student has a clip (with a fun little glitter dot!) on the chart with their number written on it.  The numbered clips allow me to use them year after year versus making new ones each year with the students names on them.  Students are able to move up and down the chart throughout the day depending on the choices they make.  Good choices move up the chart and not so good choices (I hate using the word "bad") move down the chart.  Read more about how to implement this chart in your classroom by clicking the link above!!
 
 
2.  Whole group Clip Chart...I also use another clip chart (same levels as the one above) for my entire class.  If the class is making good choices as a whole, they move their clip up and if they are making not so good choices, they move their clip down.  At the end of the day, I record what color they ended on and award them a point for each level...ex:  green = 1, yellow = 2, orange = 3 and red = 4.  Pointes are deducted for any color below green.  Once my sweeties reach 50 pts, they receive a treat...pj day, show and tell, crazy sock day...etc.  Works like a charm...most of the time!
 
 
3.  Table Clip Chart...Next year I plan to implement this nifty little technique.  Each of my four tables will have a stack of cups on their table with colors coordinated to the clip chart.  As that table is making good choices, I will flip their cup to a higher level color.  Vice versa occurs as well...for choices made that aren't the best (such as a little too much chit chat), I will flip their cup to a lower level.  I haven't quite figured out the reward system for this but I have a little bit of time to think on this before next year rolls around!
 
  
4.  Kiss Your Brain and Smarty Pants Jars...My kiddo's simply die over any candy award!  This little trick is nothing special but again, it keeps the lions tame!  For brilliant ideas and participation, I like to tell my sweeties to "Kiss Their Brains" and they receive a Hershey kiss as well as a clip up on the chart or I might just call them a "Smarty Pants" in which they earn a pack of smarties and again, a clip up on the chart!  Can y'all tell that I incorporate that dang little chart every way possible?!!
 
 
5.  Table Dismissal...Dismissal time can be a bit chaotic so I do my best to pull the best tricks out of the hat!  What keeps my wild monkeys calm?  Nothing more than a little promise to start them on yellow the next day if they pack up quietly...simple right?!  Whichever table is the quietest during pack up and dismissal will earn the right to start on yellow the next day.  I am about as forgetful as they come so I had to make table labels to help me remember who would start on yellow the next day.  I simply place my fun little glitter pom pom next to the winning table and I have a simple reminder the next morning!  Easy Peasy!
 

 
 
6. Chit Chat Breaks...I don't know about you but I have a few Chatty Cathey's in my class!  Love them to pieces but boy do they love to talk!  To help manage this, I implemented "Chit Chat Breaks".  At the start of every lesson, students have to opportunity to earn up to a 2 minute "chit chat break".  Throughout the lesson, if my students are talking to the point that I have to stop teaching, then I take a minute away from their break.  If they are able to "shape up", I let them earn the minutes back.  At the end of the lesson, they are awarded with a "chit chat break" equal to the number on the board.  This is a win-win technique because those extra two minutes allow me time to transition and prepare for the next lesson.
 
Let me be the first to say that none of these ideas are mind blowing but they sure to help me stay sane!  I hope you enjoyed visiting and taking a minute to read up on a little behavior management!!
 
Don't forget to continue on the "hop" and show my sweet friend, "Love Those Kinders", some love by reading her post about solving the clogged glue bottle dilemma! 
You can also check out all of the other amazing bloggers by clicking on their post below...
 
 
 
 
 



March 2, 2014

Currently...First One Ever!!

Shut the front door y'all...this is my first "Currently" ever!  I don't know why I have never linked up before...these are so stinkin' fun!!
 
 
Listening...to my hubby wash the dishes!  Dang I love that man...he is simply too good for me!  I could brag on him for days...but I won't bore y'all with that!!
 
Loving...our snow day tomorrow!  I'm not gonna lie...I love snow days so much more now that I have my sweet girl!  There is nothing better waking up to this sweet smile knowing I have the whole day to spend with her!
 
 
Thinking...this winter is never going to end!  As much as I love snow days, I love my summer even more!!  T is going to be at the perfect age and I want to soak up every second of the summer with her as I can!!
 
Wanting...to redecorate my entire house.  Is it terrible that we just built our house less than 5 years ago and I am already ready to redecorate every inch of it?  My taste changes way to much!!
 
 
Needing...a vacation ASAP...to somewhere warm! I am done with Old Man Winter!!
 
Can you guess what my secret question is from my answer...
shop, read and snuggle with my sweet girl!
 
Stay warm sweet friends! 


February 2, 2014

Bright Ideas Blog Hop...Chit Chatting About Our Learning!!

Hi there sweet friends!  I am so stinkin' excited to join up with a few {actually A LOT} of my fav bloggie friends for the "Bright Ideas Blog Hop"!! 
 
 
Let me start by saying that my "Bright Idea" is nothing new or ingenious!  It is however a topic that I was super scared to approach with my sweet little kinders. 
 
ACCOUNTABLE TALK....AHHHH!!! 
 
I honestly had no idea how I was possibly going to get my these little guys to "Accountably Talk" about what they were learning.  Seriously...they are just babies...how is this possibly going to happen????
 
But it did and it is ABSOLUTELY AMAZING!!  Let me tell you...my class can "chit chat" about their learning with the best of 'em!!  I learned quickly that a loud classroom is a learning classroom!!
 
We started out simple with learning how to talk to an elbow buddy about our thinking.  I didn't limit them or restrict what they said as long as it was on topic with our conversation.  Once they learned how to express their thoughts about what they were learning, we began to learn our accountable talk stems.
 
{I used the large poster to hold up as I was demonstrating...
I'll explain the smaller versions in just a sec!!}
 
Using my document camera, I read the students a story.  Throughout the story I stopped and demonstrated how to use the stem "I like this part because..." and "I don't like this part because...".  I had two objectives for teaching my sweeties accountable talk.  One...I wanted them to be able to use the stem when they began their talk and two...I wanted them to give an in-depth detailed answer.  I explained to them that their answer should be exact.  A non-example would be "I liked this part because it was funny".  A more detailed answer would be "I liked this part because the character in the story made me laugh when he...".
 
Next I played a Tumble Book on my ENO Board.  Our public library has a subscription that we can use for free and its amazing!  There are a bazillion books available that you can project that are animated and read aloud to the students while highlighting the words read.  My sweeties love TumbleBook Tuesday and Thursday! 
 
 
Before playing the story, I put the class into partners and gave each group two stem cards...
"I like this part because..." and "I don't like this part because"
{the smaller version of the one I used to demonstrate}
 
I paused the story at various points and had the kids use their stem cards to chit chat "accountably" with their partner.  I circulated listening to their conversations and they absolutely blew me out of the water!!  Each time, I chose one group to share their response.  I could not believe how much they loved chit chatting about what they were learning and how detailed their responses were!!
 
Each time we learn a new stem, I had it to a ring so that they are easily accessible for my sweeties to grab during small group or daily five rotations.  I can't believe I ever doubted their ability with this skill!!  They absolutely never cease to amaze me!!  Reason #10258 I love teaching kindergarten!!
  
Thanks for stopping by!!  Be sure to "hop" on over to Swimming into Second to check out her amazing "Bright Idea" about using ReadWorks for reading instruction.  Enjoy sweet friends!!
  
http://www.swimmingintosecond.com/2014/02/bright-idea-for-reading-instruction.html