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Fall Mentor TextBlog Hop!

I'm so excited to participate in this awesome blog hop!!!  Fall is my FAVORITE season!  I love pumpkin spice everything!!  

One thing I love to do when I'm working with small groups is finding ways to  integrate math and literacy through picture books!  Through the use of picture books, students are able to see how math is all around them!  I also really feel strongly that when it comes to math word problems, using picture books as a mentor text is a great way to provide extra practice!

The Spooky Wheels on the Bus is a fun book to use for counting and adding (and singing)!

For example:  If you add the noisy cats and the white wipers, how many do you have all together?
Another favorite book I love to use with kindergarten and first grade is Sixteen Pumpkins (it is only available from Amazon as a used book).  

My freebie is a 10 frame counting game!  It is an easy way for students to practice math with a pumpkin theme.  

Here are two professional resources you might want to look at for more ideas!

The next stop is The Literacy Garden!  

Primary (Kindergarten - 2nd Grade) Blog Hop
Vocabulary from Gay
Math and Literacy from Bridget
Expository Texts from Alison
Letter & Sound Identification from Janelle
Character's Feelings from Jessica
Vocabulary & Rhyme from Jennifer
Sequencing from Michaela
Author's Purpose from Daliene
Vocabulary from Cathy
Personal Narratives from Janiel
Verbs with Anita
Author's Craft from Carla

Five for Friday!

I'm linking up with Doodle Bugs Teaching for...

Want to link up, too?  Just click the graphic above!

School has been keeping me SUPER busy!!! I feel like I haven’t participated in Five for Friday for MONTHS!

Name Puzzles
We made name puzzles in kindergarten yesterday.  For the two groups of students that don’t know their letters, one activity we do during guided reading is to practice with the letters in their names.    The white envelope has their names written on it, so they can use it as a model.  Yesterday I cut their names in half, today each letter was a separate piece.

 I won these ABC posters at an afterschool meeting!  They have different icons than the ones I use in the classroom, but I figure they will be good practice to see if skills are transferring :)

 I love using Wikki Stix to make letters!

We’ve been getting lots of rain!!!  When I went to go running this week on my favorite trail, it was way more challenging than I’m used to!

I hope everyone has a GREAT relaxing weekend!!!!

Currently September

I love linking up with Farley!!!
I think I'm finally in the "back-to-school" routine!  It is nice that the weather is still summer like (90+)!  I'm hoping that we can still go swimming one last time this weekend!

I am not good about working out in the morning, and then after I eat dinner, I don't feel like running!  I've been walking 3-4 miles in the evenings, but I really need to run!!!

I need to help my husband with yard work this weekend.  We need to plant some grass seed and put new dirt down in an area that was washed away by a mega rainfall earlier in the summer!

My three goals are staying organized (so far so good), being thankful (because sometimes I forget how blessed I am), and being more patient!

Teacher Wisdom: Classroom Management (with Freebies)

I am so excited to link up this month with other amazing bloggers sharing their Teacher Wisdom!  In my opinion, classroom management kind of makes or breaks a good school year.  I've kind of learned the hard way that even though I may be a little laid back, my classroom and students needs structure!
Something Old
My copy of this book is well worn, but it still has great classroom management advice.   There is also quite a bit about preventing and planning to help alleviate classroom management issues.

Something New
This is my Classroom Management Pinterest Board that I set up this summer.  There are lots of easy to implement ideas to help with classroom management issues.

One of my favorite new pins is from Melissa Mazur.  It is hand signals for sign language.

Something Borrowed
I love this freebie from D Conway!!!   The visuals are great and work perfect for a pre-k or kindergarten class!

Something True
I'm a huge fan of CHAMPS.  Here is a blog post I wrote that was featured on Rachel Lynette's Minds in Bloom blog.   You can download my CHAMPS posters here for free.

CHAMPS is part of Randy Sprick's Safe and Civil Schools and is a research based program with over thirty years of classroom research.
The CHAMPS acronym stands for:
Conversation: Can students talk to each other during this activity?
Help: How do students get the teacher's attention and their questions answered?
Activity: What is the task/objective? What is the end product?
Movement: Can students move about during this activity?
Participation: How do students show they are fully participating? What does work behavior look/sound like?
Success: When students meet CHAMPS expectations, they will be successful!
According to Save and Civil Schools, CHAMPS strategies are easy to implement and will:
•Reduce classroom disruptions and office referrals
•Improve classroom climate
•Increase student on-task behavior
•Establish respectful and civil interactions