End of Year Gifts!

Hey, Hey!
Oh goodness, the past few weeks have been crazy! Between all of the assessments, assemblies, and special events, I feel like I barely had time to teach during the month of May. I had been thinking and thinking about what I wanted to make for the kids' end of the year gifts. I always struggle with this because I have 50 students. I would love to buy them all books but it's just not feasible! I decided to make these cute little bags with a bottle of water, a kool-aid packet, a crazy straw and water balloons. I made these cute little tags to add the finishing touch. Note to self....never use full bottles of water again. OH my word! I had to take like 5 trips from my car to my classroom! Ridiculous, I know! Any who, the kinders loved them, which made it all worth it and I didn't break the bank! I say that's a win, win!

Click HERE or on the pic below for your free tags!


AND now for the adults! Do you love E.O.S products?! I sure do! So, I thought I would use their products this year for my parent volunteer gifts. I spent way too much time racking my brain to figure out a cute saying. It was tough, but I finally came up with:

You're a great helper! Thanks for everything this year! 

Click HERE or on the pic below for your free tags!


Did you see what I did there? Yep, yep,  it say E, O, S down the left hand side.   :)
  I bought some lip balm and hand lotion for each volunteer, and I made these cute little tags to add on to the bag. I used my cricut for the cutesy shaped pattern. I stocked up on some darling cardstock at Joann's when it was half off :)All in all, I would say this years gifts were a hit! I hope you were able to find something you can use! Have a fabulous weekend!

Mentor Monday Linky 5/19/14: Persuasive Writing

Hi there! 
I just came across The Reading Tutor/OG's mentor text linky and could not be more excited! I always struggle to find new mentor texts to use during writing workshop. My students absolutely LOVE persuasive writing. This text is great for persuasive AND opinion pieces! 

My Mentor Text For Persuasive Writing is:

This story uses powerful illustrations to develop an opinion on whether the animal is a duck or a rabbit. In kindergarten, we start by voting. Students sign their name under a DUCK! or RABBIT! sign. My class is usually split down the middle! The students have time to talk with the other students who chose the same animal. The group talks about all of the reasons (from the book!) that they think it is either a duck or a rabbit. Next, their job is to convince me or another reader that the animal is either a duck or a rabbit. This book has brought out some of the best persuasive writing I have seen from my kids. They use evidence from the story to support their claims and work so hard to convince the reader that it is their animal! If you do not have this book, be sure to scoop it up for next year. It is perfection!! 
Have a great week :)

School Safety

As the school year is coming to an end, I find myself reevaluating so many things in my classroom. I'm thinking of all the organizational changes I want to make, and about the new cutesy things I will display in my room next year. One of the areas that I think we all need to reevaluate, is how we keep our kids safe. I hate that this is even a discussion but nonetheless it is the most important part of our job. I am so thankful for our principal because he is crazy about school safety. Every day he does perimeter checks to ensure that all of our doors are locked. He encourages us to practice and talk about all safety situations with our students. We have safety bags placed in every classroom, just in case. Our local police department offers PD to the teachers a few times a year and helps us understand the best ways to protect our students. With all of that being said, I am grateful to teach in a safe area. Unfortunately, we all know that doesn't always seem to matter.

We also have school wide sub-folders with detailed information for every "safety" situation. In addition, I keep a class list on a magnetic clip by my classroom door, along with tornado and fire information.It is in one of those plastic dry erase covers. The magnetic clip allows for super easy, and quick removal. I just grab it on my way out the door, and then I can take attendance easily. It is up high enough so that the students can't reach it.

I hope you found this helpful! I would love to hear your ideas about school safety. Have a fabulous week! :)

May Currently

Wow! It is hard to believe that it's May already! I am linking up with Oh Boy Fourth Grade for her wonderful linky party! 
P.S. This may be my first ever linky party haha woo woo!  :)

 Listening: Yes, I am watching 10 Things I Hate About You...this movie was huge during my middle school days ha! Crazy how young Julia Stiles and Heath Ledger were!

Loving: Okay, so a few months back I bought a Scotch laminator and I seriously cannot get enough. Pretty sure I'm just printing anything and everything so that I can laminate it. 

Thinking: AHHHHH! Oh my, there is so much to do before our last day.  Which BTW is May 28th!

Wanting: My hubs and I enjoyed our first fire on the patio this evening! It was such a perfect evening and I am looking forward to many more nights like this!

Needing: Yeah....I need to run. I get on these kicks and then  get right back off them. We will be in Hilton Head in approximately 6 weeks, which also means a bathing suit...Hmmm probably should get on it right?! Does a walk to the freezer for ice cream count? ;)

Surprise: I have been following Deedee Wills for a couple of years. She came to a conference in Ohio this year and was so down to earth and willing to share all of her knowledge. She is such an inspiration! If you don't already follow her, be sure you check out her blog at Mrs. Wills Kindergarten!

Rest, Relax and Rejuvenate this weekend! We're almost there. Let's finish the year strong :)