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Sunday, August 6, 2017

Not More Assessments! Don't Panic!!!

Where does the summer go? Feels like I just put everything away in my classroom and now it’s time to get it all out. Beach memories will make it be ok! So now it’s time to think about the data!
Don’t panic! is here to help! There is a wonderful resource to help with getting and keeping the math data – Math Instant Assessments for Data Tracking. Sounds like a mouth full of a title, but it’s packed a lot into the almost 100 pages. Wonderfully aligned with the CCS. It is divided into the five domains for math – counting and cardinality, operations and algebraic thinking, number operations in base ten, measurement and data, and geometry. That way you can concentrate on the area you need.

The book gives you lots of information too about the assessments, types of assessments and how to use it and the different components in it. It has exit tickets, unit tests, traditional assessments and prompt cards. This will be awesome to use to help form small math groups. I love the prompt cards and the exit tickets – can use them in their math journals too. So much to incorporate into the day. I love when things can do double duty! Anything to make life easier – right??
Now I know some of my little ones will have trouble reading the pages, especially in the beginning of the year and knowing their numbers beyond 10 to start with, but we will get there together. That’s just the kids I teach. So I will pick and choose what we can do in the beginning and use what I can. That’s the best part of kindergarten – all that GROWTH!

So don’t fret about going back to school. @carsondellosa is there to help out! You will track that data and use it to move those students forward! I participate in the Brand Ambassador Program for Carson-Dellosa and have received this product for free to review.

Saturday, July 29, 2017

Interactive Word Study!

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Carson-Dellosa sent me a GREAT back to school package! I couldn’t believe my luck when I opened it up! I was wanting to do more of this in the upcoming school year- did they read my mind? My kinders LOVED doing interactive math journals last year. I knew I needed to do more with ELA. They answered my prayers. 😊

Interactive Notebooks Word Study is the latest book from CD Publishing on my bookshelf. It covers TONS! From sight words to phonics (and not just general phonics!) to syllabication patterns to word parts. OH MY! I thought it was just going to be sight words, but happily so much more! Then when I saw that, I thought – oh, we could divide the notebook into sections. GUESS WHAT? They have tabs that you can run off and use. I’m thinking bright colored paper for that (wink, wink). That also tells you about the last section – reproducibles!  OH – make your own interactive pages to fit your own curriculum! I may be in love! Lol

They really thought of everything – they give ideas on how to get started, different thoughts on different notebooks (I’m using composition books). I have decided that since I will have a book for Math and for ELA, I’m going to put different color duct tape down the spines so they know which one to get (well, hopefully, they will know). Carson Dellosa gives you ideas on how to organize the book, formatting the pages, managing a classroom with them, a rubric and yes, even a PLANNING SHEET! This organization loving heart was so happy! I’m such a geek.

There are 8 basic sight words and a template to make your own. The kids can color ( red vowels, blue consonants; rainbow colors) the word, build the word, unscramble the words, find the word and use it in a sentence. I was a little concerned about making my own with the boxes around it, but they put a grid! Carson- Dellosa is so smart and helpful. They must have known how challenging it is for me to space things correctly.

The phonics section covers consonants, short and long vowels and long and short together sort. It covers the beginning, middle and end of sounds, adding and substituting sounds and blending sounds. WHOA – my head is spinning in summer mode remembering how much we have to cover. One day at a time, one day at a time.

Syllables are covered. Then rhymes and word families. YES, thank goodness there is a blank word family page! I’m thinking weekly word families! And all sorts of fun idea pages for other folds and flaps to use on our own. 😊

This is a great resource to start the year off with and be able to use it throughout the whole year. Very excited to start our letter/sound learning with this book to help us. Plus – it will give us some fine motor practice too. 😉 

Looking forward to delving into school mode now!

I participate in the Brand Ambassador Program for Carson-Dellosa and have received this product for free to review.

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Aim High!

Are you thinking about it? Has it crept into your thoughts? Did you start dreaming about it yet? Did you start shopping?  Do I mention it? Back to school! LOL

I have done a few projects. I have done some thinking. I have also realized I do MUCH better with a schedule! We are empty nesters this summer. First summer in 23 years. It is so quiet! It is so peaceful. I have totally relaxed and enjoyed the quiet.  We know that July is the Saturday of the weekend. It is early July – so it is still morning time. Here’s hoping that I can get some more things done on the to do list!

Well, since we started talking about BTS, let me tell you about @carson-dellosa’s AIM HIGH collection! So perfect for working with growth mindset! The colors are beautiful. They are bright yet subtle all at once. The mini bulletin board set has TONS! It has a header, inspirational arrows, blank arrows, targets in different sizes, and student pieces. I don’t know if I would consider that mini. That is a great value!

 There are so many coordinating items to go with it too. There are badges, frames, hexagons, confetti and more arrows. The possibilities are endless with this set. Growth mindset bulletin boards with their goals and achievements. The smaller arrows could be reminders to the students to keep aiming high. The confetti, hexagons and badges make great coordinated labels for supplies, cubbies, etc. The badges could name tags or used to show off student work. What kid wouldn’t want a badge! 

This is a very modern set- so cool and comforting on the eyes. I can see this set being used throughout the grade levels. I know my daughter who teaches high school was eyeing it up! There are SO many coordinating things on the website! I love when all things coordinate! Borders, letters, charts! OH MY! Sorry I'm not in school to get a real bulletin board done to show you all. 

After looking at this set, I’m ALMOST ready to start thinking about BTS. ;-) Time to go shopping and check it out! 

I participate in the Brand Ambassador Program for Carson-Dellosa and have received this product for free to review.

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Critical Thinking Made Easy

This is a great resource from Carson Dellosa. I'm not sure with that I will be able to start out the year using it with all of my students. Many of my students do not have school experience when they start kindergarten. The first chapter is numbers 1-100. Many of them are not ready for that. We get there, but not right away. Mind you, some of them are! I will be able to use it right away with them. 
I am thinking that this will be a great resource to use with my guided math groups. It will be a great way to group students who need additional help in a particular area. There are five chapters - 1: Counting and Writing Numbers; 2- Working with Numbers; 3- Adding and Subtracting; 4- Measurement and Data; and 5- Geometry. They all sound familiar don't they?? lol

I like that there are pre, post, mid and final tests. That is so useful to make sure that they are still using the skills that have been taught. There is also an answer key! I did double check myself on something - wanted to make sure I was thinking the way they were. ;-) 
Critical thinking is an area that is so important! I also like that this gives me a spring board for ideas to add to my tool box. 

Well, this ALMOST makes me want to get back to school. ;-) 

I participate in the Brand Ambassador Program for Carson-Dellosa and have received this product for free to review.

Monday, May 29, 2017

Soar With A New Mindset

Soar With a New Mindset

This new mini bulletin board set from @CDPub is great! How cute a bulletin board is this. Well, not the picture itself. The set! The picture is BAD! I know! It's the end of the year and things are coming down, not going up. I'm planning a neat one for the fall with this set. Everyone else starts thinking about the fall at the end of the year, correct? ;-) I have a small bulletin board that this will be perfect for- not too much but very helpful!  What a great way this will be to introduce growth mindset to the new kindergartners. We can make hot air balloons (or get the Soaring To Success set from CD) for each kid and watch them SOAR to new heights as they learn new things! We will be able to discuss how, why and what to do to keep moving forward. This is going to be great!  Start planning for next year. Don't let this great value go to waste! I love that it shows both growth and fixed mindsets. We need that starting point. They need to see that they are not the only ones with that mindset. I love showing the students how far they have come with their data. I love hearing them say - I worked hard and I did it! One of my cuties this year has worked so hard on counting to 100! She was amazed when she did it! She was so proud - she asked if there was anyone she could help! That's what we need more of people!

I participate in the Brand Ambassador Program for Carson-Dellosa and have received this product for free to review.

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Instant Assessments - Carson Dellosa Style

We all need the data!  Carson-Dellosa has a new resource for us! Language Arts Instant Assessments for Data Tracking! Sounds like a lot - and it is! We may not always want to assess, but it is part of the job. This resource gives us different and helpful ways to get that data. I think it might even be easy- shhhh don’t tell the administrators that! These assessments can be used in many different ways- pre/posttest, exit tickets and even during small group lessons. It includes different formats that can be used in different ways. More bang for your buck! It covers reading literature, informational texts, foundational skills, writing, conventions and vocab. The students love showing what they know – there are two of these so you don’t need to come up with a pre-and posttest. They did this for us! Exit tickets – I was really wondering about this one when I first saw it. We might be able to do some of these now at this point of the year, but not earlier. The more I looked at them though, the more I thought – I can use these, just maybe not having the kids write their answers. They can tell partners their answers, draw a picture or tell me. I have a beginning – I can use these to start making my own. Oh – they did give generic ones along with specific skills. There are even ideas in the book to use them for more- task cards in centers, Scoot game pieces or warm-ups. There are word lists included also. Who doesn’t need a good list occasionally. Am I right? I write the plans and I got all the words I need, then I go. to teach the lesson and can only think of two! Please tell me I’m not the only one! This resource also has cards to help the students with the skill and the assessment. Great ideas to use them also – keep them on a book ring – color code them to keep them separated and to distinguish the sections. And really??? Who doesn’t love color coding! The book also includes assessment and fluency pages. The skills are right on for kindergarten so everything can be used at some point throughout the year. This is a quick, easy way to assess our students and instruct them to improve their skills. Another great tool for us to use to move our students forward!  Very user friendly and kid appropriate! I participate in the Brand Ambassador Program for Carson-Dellosa and have received this product for free to review.

Sunday, October 23, 2016

Fall Fun- Stickers and Notepads from Carson Dellosa!

Stickers and notepads! A teacher’s favorite things! These cute fall resources from Carson Dellosa are perfect for so many things! Not just the obvious. We know we can put stickers on papers as we grade them. We know we can write notes home about how great our students are on the notepads. We can also use them in other ways. We can use the stickers in a rebus sentence or story for our beginner writers. We can use them as counters in ten frames to make a matching center. We can use them to make patterns. They are a great quick way to get a picture in a center activity. The notepads can be used the same way. Each student could get one and write a sentence for a class book. The paper is already done for you. You could use the notepad to make matching pieces for an alphabet game, beginning sounds game, matching numbers to sets, matching numbers to ten frames. The list goes on as far as you need it. These are great quality products from Carson Dellosa. So cute for this time of the year! As much as I don’t want summer to end…. These make my fall heart happy! I participate in the Brand Ambassador Program for Carson-Dellosa and have received this product for free to review.