Friday, August 17, 2012

I survived the first week!

Well, the week has come to an end and I can officially say that I survived the first week of school. I started with 20 students on Tuesday and it looks like it's going to be a great year! Now, I'm not quite back in my routine of things and a schedule but I'm hoping that will come as each new day passes. I will have to spend some time at school this weekend to get things ready for next week. Our school opted to do Curriculum Night this coming Tuesday instead of a Back-to-School night, so I have to get things ready for that. Still a lot to do and get organized but again, that will come. I hope all of you had a great start to your school year. I know some of you are still on summer vacation and I hope your enjoying every minute of it. Have a great weekend everyone!

Monday, August 13, 2012

First Day of School Tomorrow!!

Well Kindergarten friends, it will my first day of school tomorrow with my new kiddos.  I'm looking forward to a new year but also not prepared for the new year ahead.  This year I will have only 21 students, between the ages 5 & 6, to start the school year.  That is low compared to the 25-27 students I usually have.  Nebraska raised the cut off date this year and I believe that has affected some of my numbers.  The old date was October 15th but now it's July 31st.  What a difference it will make not having any 4 year olds in my class.  I was fortunate also to have most of my new students during summer school.  So I'm looking forward to working with them again.  When do all of your kiddos start?  I hope all of you have  a great school year.  Wish me luck...:)

Monday, August 6, 2012

In Pictures and In Words - Chapter 11: Layout and Design

For the last chapter in this book Katie Wood Ray talks about the layout and design of the pictures within the book as well as the illustration on the front and back covers.

I have enjoyed reading other bloggers who are part of this book study and their books selections.  A lot of you have mentioned some of the ones that I was thinking about when reading this chapter.  Check out our hostesses this week, KinderGals, to see all the other bloggers who have posted.  Thank you ladies for hosting this week!

Here is a book that would include more then one technique, What Do You Do With A Tail Like This? by Steve Jenkins & Robin Page

Some of the featured techniques would be:
Technique 40: Designing the Placement of Words and Pictures
Technique 41: Using Word Layout to Convey Meaning
Technique 44: Designing a Cover
Technique 50: Using Graphic Features to Show Information

This is a fun book to read with the students and can be a great learning tool.  What class doesn't like to play a guessing game and learn new facts about animals that they are not familiar with.

I have really enjoyed being part of this book study this summer.  I have learned a lot by reading the chapters but I have also learned from others in the blogging world and building up a wonderful library of information and books.  Thank you DeeDee Wills for setting this all up and your hard work in keeping a book log and guiding us.  I hope everyone has a great school year and thanks for sharing all your thoughts and ideas!

Friday, August 3, 2012

My room is done!!!

It has been a very busy and long week. I started my classroom on Monday morning and my goal was to be finished by Friday afternoon. I reached my goal and I am ready to crash! This week has been very busy with working in my room and evening activities that my head is spinning. I was very blessed yesterday to have my mom help me in my room. She took the day off to spend with me and we got some things accomplished. She helped with the birthday board. :) My goal every year is to have my room ready by the time teachers have to report back so at that time and I work on schedules and other paper work that is necessary. Thanks for stopping by and I hope all of you are getting your rooms ready or at least thinking about how your room is going to look.
My birthday board!
The Word Wall
Colors and the Alphabet - purchased from Live, Love, Laugh Kindergarten's TPT store. Love the colors and all the materials she created with the same theme/decor. The Word Wall letters were also from this TPT store
Class Library