Sunday, October 12, 2014

Fall Break, An Update, and More

Well, to say I had a relaxing fall break would be a lie. It was nothing but relaxing, but it was FUN! We went to Disney...our first time as a family! Blast! It was hot and we packed it all in. We got home Friday to the chilly weather, but I am loving it. Fall is my favorite season by far.
The week before we left, we did our apple unit. We had a fun filled apple day on Friday. (Unfortunately, my camera with the pictures is at school!)

This week we are starting our pumpkin unit! Lots of fun to be had! One thing we will definitely be starting is our Count of Halloween unit! I have updated this with SUPER cute clipart!


This is a Halloween themed counting book you can use as a craftivity book or a coloring book. The kiddos LOVE to work on this all month then sing it to the parents at the Halloween party! Want this? Head on over to my Facebook page where I am having a giveaway that ends tonight at 9 CST.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Math Center love!

I cannot believe my fall break is in 2 weeks. Just 2 weeks! Where does time go. We have been in school since August 6th so we are in a good routine and things are just humming along nicely. I love my class this year. It is funny how every year I think there is no way I will love this years class as much as last years class. I'm wrong. Every year. They are just precious!
We do literacy centers in the morning and math centers in the afternoon. They love both, but they especially love math centers. I have 12 math centers and they visit each once during the week. (Three centers 4 X a week.) I don't have a "meet with me" math group, which allows me to just rotate around and help those who need it. Today I just watched as they did their thing. It warms my heart so much! Here they are in action.


 
All About 10...with the watches! My kids LOVE these watches!!!!! I'm so glad I have them for numbers to 20!

 


 

 
 


 
We have loved Doodlebugs Color Word unit. This is our last week using it!



Most of these units are from my Number Fun 1-10 unit, which is one of my best sellers!

http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Number-Fun-1-10-313421


We have learned numbers 1-10 in our Math in Focus curriculum and are moving on next week!

Monday, September 1, 2014

Currently September

How is it already September? I'm not complaining. Once school starts summer is over for me so I am READY for Fall. My FAVORITE season! I'm linking up with Farley for her Currently linky party!


LOVING - I sooo enjoyed this weekend. It rained most of the weekend so I did a lot of relaxing!

WANTING - I'm dying to get my fall decorations out. Hubby says it's too early. (I think he is in denial that boating season is over and it's September!) Fall is my FAVORITE season.

NEEDING - I feel like I say this every Currently...but I gotta get serious about my diet. It's out of control!

3 TRIPS - I'm dying to go to Vegas...mainly for I Teach K and not to gamble! :)  Would love to go to Maine and Hawaii. Maine in the fall to look at houses. Doubt I can do the plane trip to Hawaii...I don't like to fly!

I hope you will link up too!!!


Tuesday, August 19, 2014

TPT Boost Sale

Let me tell you how excited I am that TPT is having a ONE DAY Boost Sale. You see.....the first Back to School Sale was my 1st and 2nd day of school. Guess who COMPLETELY missed the sale. Yup! That would be me! I am ready to empty my cart!!!!

I will be participating in the sale. My entire store will be 20% with an additional 10% if you use BOOST at checkout!

http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Store/Sarah-Shelton
(Thanks to The Printable Princess for the button!)
 
Here are a few of my units you can grab!!!
 
 
http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Store/Sarah-Shelton

Hurry!!! It is only for 1 day!!! I cannot forget this one! :)

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Classroom Library

I am so excited to finally reveal my classroom library. Granted...it's not completely done but enough that the kiddos don't know the difference and it is usable. I could not have completed this library without the help of Lakeshore Learning. They sent me a set of their Connect and Store Book Bins...6 total in primary colors (the colors of my classroom)!

 
These were JUST what I needed to start my classroom library. When I got the box I thought "How on earth would I need that big of a box for the book bins?"
 
 
Well..it's because the bins are such a great quality and are big!

 
The best part...they connect together. I have so many of these that do not and they always tip over!

 
This year I created a classroom library for my kiddos. I used to just have baskets of books for the kinders to read when they finished their work. This year..I have Read to Self as a center and I took all of my classroom books and leveled them by genre. I also took my little readers and sorted them by Guided Reading level. These bins came in SO HANDY when created my library. They are the middle row of bins. I am definitely going to purchase another set for the bottom row instead of the hodge podge ones I have.

 
Here is a closer look. LOVE!


 
The best part...Lakeshore Learning is having a Back to School sale through August 31st! These Connect and Store Book Bins are only $29.50! They have TONS of other things on sale for 20% off and have free shipping if you spend $79! Happy Shopping!

Monday, August 11, 2014

Meet The Teacher Blogger Linky Party

I love me some linky parties! :) I linking up with Falling in First for a Meet the Teacher Blogger Party!


I am a Kentucky gal with a wonderful family. My husband and I have been married for 7 years and we have an adorable 5 year old who started Kindergarten this year!

 
I just began my 13th year of teaching Kindergarten. I LOVE my job (and my classroom).
 

 
Here are a few Q & A's with me!
 
 
Q: These are a few of my favorite things…
Target, Diet Mt. Dew, Flair Pens


Q: If you weren’t a teacher, what would you want to be?
Own a children's boutique clothing shop


Q: Three little words that describe you. 
Type A, Loving, Stubborn




Q: Finish this sentence, “___________________, said no teacher EVER!!”
 
"I love how they won't just let me teach!", said no teacher EVER!!




Q: It’s your birthday and you can invite anyone {
dead or alive} to the party. Who are you inviting?
My poppie (who died when I was 7)




Q: If someone wrote a book about your life, what would be the title?
The Girl Who Couldn't Relax

Q: You get to pick one superpower. What is it?
To be invisible...There are so many times I say "To be a fly on the wall". I'm also kind of nosey! :)

 

Q: What’s your favorite quote or saying?
"For this too shall pass."
 

Q: If you HAD to sing one song on American Idol, what would it be? 
Oh lordy. You would NOT want to hear me sing...but it would be Hey Mickey!
 

Q: Are you a morning person or a night owl?
Morning Person...I turn into a pumpkin at 9. (Summer too!)
 

Q: What’s your favorite resource that you’ve created in your TPT shop?
Right now I think it may be my Grab and Go Math Printables. I like that they are non-themed so they can "save you" when you need them!
 
 Grab and Go Math Printables - Numbers 1-20

Q: Share something we might not know about you!
I have NEVER. NOT EVER. smoked a cigarette. I know most people at least try it in high school or college. Just once. Not me!

 
Now it's your turn! Visit Stephanie's blog, grab the buttons and the questions and link on up!

http://fallingintofirst.blogspot.com/
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Classroom Reveal!!

Well...I'm 3 days into school and finally posting my classroom reveal! :) Each year I SAY I'm going to do anything different but we all know how that goes. I changed quite a bit this year. Next year...I'm not! :)
 
Here are two panoramic views on my classroom.
 

 
I have a very large room! I love it and I know how blessed I am. Now for a closer look.
 
My door this year. (I covered up the kiddos names!)
 


This is my focus wall. Learning Targets on one side. Daily Focus on the other. Inspiration here.

 
 
This is where students will track their Rainbow Words progress. I purchased 2 pieces of magnetic aluminum from Lowes. Painted it and screwed it on! I will place their names on magnets. As they learn their red words they will place their name on the red, then orange, and so on!


Writing Center...Not quite complete



 
I LOVE these anchor charts from Cara Carroll!

 
We do Headsprout ( now called Mimio I think). It's a HUGE push from district and it really is a great reading program. The students chart their progress here.

 
I ADORE this chair metal chair I found for $10!!!! Eek! Lovin' it!

 
Okay...so remember when I recovered my chair here. Well, it was getting dirty so I recovered it using laminated fabric from Hobby Lobby! I'm dying at how cute (and easy to keep clean it is!) I haven't put the arms back on the chair but I'm thinking I need to. I can't tell you how many times I've about fallen out of my chair because I was expecting them!
 




Reading Corner. Inspiration from Maria at Kinder-Craze! I still plan on adding stuffed animals, reading glasses, and laundry baskets for them to sit in.

 
I LOVE my new desk! True confession. I tried to spray paint following Maria's tutorial. Ha! I'm not so good. I went over it with acrylic paint. We will see how it hold up! :)

 
I painted my hideous air vent this year! I plan on putting magnetic strips with websites they can visit on the left. That way they can pull it off, take to their computer, type it in, and then go put it back.

 
I hope you enjoyed it! :) Have a great week!