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My Favorite Apple Books

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Looking for books to support your Johnny Appleseed literacy unit or a September Apple Unit? These literacy connections include fun and learning all related to apples. Science, math, reading, and writing can all be incorporated through these literature connections. #appleactivities #kindergarten #literatureconnections #allaboutapples

Our September Apple unit is under way and it brings with it a plethora of great books all about apples. This unit lends itself to wonderful non-fiction selections and some fun fiction selections too. Here are the books I keep in my collection to read during the month of September. 

How Do Apples Grow? by Betsy Maestro
This book gives an in depth look into how apples grow from bud to blossom to fruit. It is a bit technical but I love to use this to show how apples grow. It is not a read "word for word" to preschoolers or kindergartener students kind of book but very helpful to teach the life cycle. 

I created this science unit to teach all about the life cycle of an apple. It has a science journal that we use each day to explore apples using our 5 senses. I kick start this unit with the non-fiction selections in this list. Click HERE or on the picture to see it in my store. 

Apples A to Z by Margaret McNamara
This book covers apples from A to Z. At the beginning of the year when we are still really focused on the alphabet this is a perfect fit for our science unit. 
Ten Red Apples by Pat Hutchins
The rhyming, sing-song text in this fun book counts down from 10 as a succession of farm animals consume apples from a tree. Perfect to add in a math connection to your apple unit and also goes great with Ten Apples Up on Top by Dr. Seuss. 

I also add in these September math centers with an apple theme during my apple unit. We use these as daily "extra" activities in our math tubs. When students are finished early they have an easy go to activity that is always ready. Click HERE or on the picture to see them in my store. 

Apple Trouble by Ragnhild Scamell
A fantastic book about fall that follows a hedgehog as she works to get into her nest, along with an apple that falls and gets stuck in her spines. As she works to free herself the situation only gets worse. This book lends itself to retell and sequencing by putting hedgehogs adventure in order. 

Here is a fun freebie to use when you read Apple Trouble! If you have this book at your listening station it makes a great extension activity. Click HERE or on the picture to get your freebie




The Biggest Apple Ever by Steven Kroll
This cute story about Clayton the town mouse and Desmond the country mouse and their quest to find the biggest apple ever. It shares a positive message of collaboration and friendship in a story centered around the fall season. 

A hungry little mouse, struggling to bring home a big apple, doesn't want to share with the animals who help along the way. I like using this book to compare to Apple Trouble and The Biggest Apple Ever. They all make great text to text connections. 

Thanks for stopping by today! Have fun teaching all about apples!


Cookie Sheet Alphabet Activities

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Cookie Sheet Activities are a fun way for toddlers, preschool, kindergarten or first grade students to practice foundational skills. Using these magnetic boards for alphabet practice with alphabet magnets is perfect for centers, small groups, or as an intervention not to mention it is great for fine motor!

Going back to school has me thinking about the alphabet. Yes, the alphabet! I think about it all summer because I know I will have a whole new group of students that don't know their alphabet. I shared all about how I teach letter recognition HERE including using manipulatives, Heidisongs, and crafts to introduce the alphabet. This summer I have been exploring new ways to use magnetic letters because my students are really drawn to them. 

Cookie Sheet Activities are a fun way for toddlers, preschool, kindergarten or first grade students to practice foundational skills. Using these magnetic boards for alphabet practice with alphabet magnets is perfect for centers, small groups, or as an intervention not to mention it is great for fine motor!
I started with a basic sort by color. This is a stress free way for those students that have little to no alphabet experience. You can get this set of magnetic letters HERE (I love the fun chunky font) or a set with more traditional capital and lowercase HERE. With either set the bright colors are so fun!  
Cookie Sheet Activities are a fun way for toddlers, preschool, kindergarten or first grade students to practice foundational skills. Using these magnetic boards for alphabet practice with alphabet magnets is perfect for centers, small groups, or as an intervention not to mention it is great for fine motor!

I also use the blue and red type of letters because it is a nice way to isolate those vowels.   
Cookie Sheet Activities are a fun way for toddlers, preschool, kindergarten or first grade students to practice foundational skills. Using these magnetic boards for alphabet practice with alphabet magnets is perfect for centers, small groups, or as an intervention not to mention it is great for fine motor!
Sort by color with hints for those vowel letters. I always encourage my students to sing the alphabet song as they go along and sing it at the end to check their work. 
Cookie Sheet Activities are a fun way for toddlers, preschool, kindergarten or first grade students to practice foundational skills. Using these magnetic boards for alphabet practice with alphabet magnets is perfect for centers, small groups, or as an intervention not to mention it is great for fine motor!
 They can switch out papers and do a mixed up version of the alphabet. This one is a little more challenging but those vowels are still highlighted with the colors. When they are done I encourage them to mix them all up again so the next person has to start from scratch.
Cookie Sheet Activities are a fun way for toddlers, preschool, kindergarten or first grade students to practice foundational skills. Using these magnetic boards for alphabet practice with alphabet magnets is perfect for centers, small groups, or as an intervention not to mention it is great for fine motor!
 Sometimes we just want to focus on the shape of the letters. 
Cookie Sheet Activities are a fun way for toddlers, preschool, kindergarten or first grade students to practice foundational skills. Using these magnetic boards for alphabet practice with alphabet magnets is perfect for centers, small groups, or as an intervention not to mention it is great for fine motor!
 Or just fill in the missing letters. 
Cookie Sheet Activities are a fun way for toddlers, preschool, kindergarten or first grade students to practice foundational skills. Using these magnetic boards for alphabet practice with alphabet magnets is perfect for centers, small groups, or as an intervention not to mention it is great for fine motor!

I bought this blue and red set at Lakeshore years ago and they hold up so well. I also like this set from Learning Resources because they are a full magnet on the back and hold on really well. 

The whole point is to get their hands on some letters for the greatest amount of exposure. Before I taught kindergarten I wouldn't have thought playing with letters would make a big difference but it really does! We use the first few weeks of school to focus on our names, learning the letters in our names and our friends names, and playing with buckets and buckets of magnetic letters.  

Once students start making the connection between letters and sound they can work with first sounds too. It is also in order so they can check themselves when they finish by singing the alphabet song again.  
Cookie Sheet Activities are a fun way for toddlers, preschool, kindergarten or first grade students to practice foundational skills. Using these magnetic boards for alphabet practice with alphabet magnets is perfect for centers, small groups, or as an intervention not to mention it is great for fine motor!

The possibilities are endless! These centers will be really easy to set up and will last me throughout the month of August and well into September. They can be used as interventions later with students that are struggling or as warm up activities during small groups. 

You can see the templates HERE but a plain old cookie sheet (just a buck at the dollar store) and some magnets are a great start! 

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Cookie Sheet Activities are a fun way for toddlers, preschool, kindergarten or first grade students to practice foundational skills. Using these magnetic boards for alphabet practice with alphabet magnets is perfect for centers, small groups, or as an intervention not to mention it is great for fine motor!




Morning Routines in Kindergarten


Preschool and Kindergarten classroom management is all about routines and procedures. How you transition from circle time to learning activities can be a struggle but these 5 essential routines will help you launch a successful school year!
What is more important than having a solid morning routine in kindergarten?

Nothing. Absolutely nothing.

Without it your day can spiral out of control in no time. I have lived to tell the tale and let me tell you, it isn't pretty! I have had a lot of questions lately about classroom management and how to get into a good routine so today I will give you a few ideas (and remind myself) of some fool proof morning routines to start from day one. 


Having morning work ready to go each day is how I kick off a successful school day.
 #1 Morning Work
As soon as my students walk in the door I greet them with a handshake and a smile (essential!) and they go straight to their seats for their morning work. Everything they need is already at their tables so there is no need for any dilly dallying! We learn this routine very quickly and our morning work is super consistent so I don't have to give directions every day. It has handwriting practice, letter naming and sight word practice, grammar skills, and sentence writing that builds with them throughout the year. It is a really important part of our day that I want them to really do a good job on.  


Hands on materials are always available for early finishers. Teach those routines first!
 #2 Hands On Stations
It would be great if everyone worked at the same speed every single day and there was never any waiting, wouldn't it? Actually that may get a little boring but the point is you need to have something for students to do when they finish. Bonus? If it's super hands on and really engaging they will WANT TO do it so they will work really hard on their morning work! I have 12 Hands On Stations (fine motor work) and they have an assigned partner they work with every day. I blogged about that HERE when I started these last year.  A simple rotation chart tells them which station they go to each day. 


Prepare your morning meeting ahead of time to keep a solid routine going.
#3 Class Meeting
Start your day with a solid meeting time. If you want to read a great book about Morning Meeting I blogged all about the Responsive Classroom approach HERE. Having a morning meeting planned out (and they know it's coming) calms our morning down. They all know there will be a sharing time soon so students aren't following me around while I am taking attendance to tell me that their puppy peed on the floor this morning. (I wish I was making that last part up...but...true story). They save it for our morning meeting. 



Ease into your day with a fun group activity.
#4 Ease into your day
Our morning meeting transitions into our calendar time. Early in the year this is when we talk about our letter of the day (along with basic calendar components.) Keeping anchor charts of our learning up gives us an "anchor" and creates a smooth routine. My students love it when we add words to our letter posters and they are READY first thing to share a new word with me. I love it when I can tell they were thinking about it all night and they are trying to stump me by giving me something difficult to draw. We rely on these routines, they do too! 


Keep centers consistent so your students know what to do without little to no directions time.
#5 Be Consistent with Centers
Once we finish our morning routines we are all set to get started with our day and start our center rotations. I try to keep my center routines really consistent too so I don't have to stop and give a million directions daily. After calendar time they don't have a whole lot of stamina left for more listening. We keep consistent cut & glue centers, spinners or daubers, stamping, and write the room available daily. The words and skills switch out, the procedures stay the same. We start with only 2 options and work our way up to multiple choices daily.

How long does it take to have a super smooth morning? I'd love to say a day or two but in reality it takes weeks to build these routines. The key is to start from the very beginning. The more consistent you can be the better. Here are a few tips about the first week of school.   

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Preschool and Kindergarten classroom management is all about routines and procedures. How you transition from circle time to learning activities can be a struggle but these 5 essential routines will help you launch a successful school year!



Surviving the first week of Kindergarten

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Does the first week of Kindergarten have you shaking in your boots? 

You are not alone! I've been at this for a little while now so you would think it would get easier with time but I am here to tell you it does not! I still get anxious right before school starts. What will they be like? Will I remember what to do at line up time? What if I don't set things up right and I mess up the whole rest of the year? (sounds dramatic but that is really what goes through my head!) 

I sat down as soon as school got out and wrote down my first week of lesson plans to put my mind at ease. It has really helped with my worry so far! I wrote down the first five days, plans and procedures I need to introduce, brain breaks, classroom community building activities, easy morning work to get started with  and even got my welcome back gifts ready. My mind is officially at ease. 


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I want to make sure I have a lot of fun and a LOT of books planned for the first week too. Here are a couple of fun crafts to go with the books I have planned. 

Chicka Chicka Boom Boom by Bill Martin Jr. 
You can't skip this book the first week of school! Our focus will be all about names the first week (or more!). I put together all of my favorite books with some crafts to help teach all of those back to school procedures like cutting, gluing, and of course following directions. 


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The Wheels on the Bus
This one is fun for a little first sound fun. The students change the words to match the first sound in their name. 
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A My Name is Alice by Jane Bayer
Alphabet books are the best the first few weeks of school. A My Name is Alice Jane Bayer is the best! This is a fun activity to do after we read the book and they will make really cute self portraits to hang in the hallway the first week of school. 
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Not only did I plan out the activities for these books but for lots of other favorites like Chrysanthemum by Kevin Henkes, Rosie Takes a Walk by Pat Hutchins, No David by David Shannon, and Stand Tall Molly Lou Melon by Patty Lovell. 

So now I don't have to feel guilty when I am floating in the pool this summer (just kidding, I never feel guilty doing that!) But honestly, I can relax knowing all I have to do is hit print when I get back to school. These plans can work for you too! Click here to see them in my store! 

Or if you are not ready to think about school yet pin this for later! 
Are you new to kindergarten? Feeling uneasy about the first day? Let me help you make the most of your first few days of kindergarten. This product has everything you need to create a positive classroom environment, introduce rules and procedures, and have tons of fun the first week of kindergarten!

Our FAVORITE Center Tools

Our favorite literacy centers tools in kindergarten and 1st grade! We work these hands on activities into our rotation at the beginning of the year and classroom management has never been easier!  These ideas work for your writing, phonics, sight words, letter learning, reading, and phonemic awareness centers. A few materials and printables and your center prep just got a whole lot easier!
What are your favorite tools to use during centers?  We have our favorites that hold up ALL YEAR LONG! As I get ready to start finishing up the year I can't help but reflect on some of our favorites. Most of these we introduced early in the year and they are still a favorite even this far into the year. 

Cut & Glue
What makes this so popular? Scissors of course but my students love being introduced to glue sponges. They are so amazing, I can not say enough about them! I make them once a year, add a little glue every once in awhile and that is that! I debated making these for YEARS before I actually got around to doing them and I will never go back. 

Simple directions: 
1. A sealable container 
2. A sponge 
3. Dump a bottle of glue on said sponge  
4. Seal it up! 

Our favorite center tools! There are certain tools that we use in our kindergarten classroom that last as favorites all year long! These Reading Street centers make for easy prep and high student engagement with a few fun tools. Cut and glue, sight word stamping, high frequency word little books, word searches, and more!


So simple right? The glue soaks into the sponge and then anytime you need a little glue just dab your paper right on the sponge and you get the perfect amount. I flip the sponges over from time to time and add a little glue about half way through the year. Other than that....nada! 

Even better? Papers don't stick together in our turn in box. I love that part!!

Word Searches
These are really popular with some of my students for one main reason. TWISTABLES! I always keep a container of these super fun crayons as an extra motivator for my students. They hold up amazingly well all year long. 
Our favorite center tools! There are certain tools that we use in our kindergarten classroom that last as favorites all year long! These Reading Street centers make for easy prep and high student engagement with a few fun tools. Cut and glue, sight word stamping, high frequency word little books, word searches, and more!


If I can't use Twistables I use colored pencils. Since we don't use those on an everyday basis either they can be a pretty popular choice too! 
Our favorite center tools! There are certain tools that we use in our kindergarten classroom that last as favorites all year long! These Reading Street centers make for easy prep and high student engagement with a few fun tools. Cut and glue, sight word stamping, high frequency word little books, word searches, and more!

Stamping
I invested in some of these stamps a couple of years ago and I have never been disappointed with my purchase. I only had one set of stamps (that were very bulky and hard to store) before I found these on Amazon. My students flock to this station at the beginning of the year so I needed four sets to keep them happy. I don't need to have quite as many sets out now but they are still in use every day. These heavy duty stamp pads have lasted for years too. (I think I've had them 5 years!)
Our favorite center tools! There are certain tools that we use in our kindergarten classroom that last as favorites all year long! These Reading Street centers make for easy prep and high student engagement with a few fun tools. Cut and glue, sight word stamping, high frequency word little books, word searches, and more!
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Write the Room
Permission to get up and walk around? Yes please! They love this center and other than putting up new words every week it is pretty low maintenance. I have a bucket of clip boards available for students to use during centers so they just walk around the room with one of those to write the words. We always draw a picture of one of the words (and be sure to include ourselves). I love seeing their pictures they draw each week and I know they are making a real connection if they are in the picture!  This is how I wish I looked on the beach with a crab. HA! 
Our favorite center tools! There are certain tools that we use in our kindergarten classroom that last as favorites all year long! These Reading Street centers make for easy prep and high student engagement with a few fun tools. Cut and glue, sight word stamping, high frequency word little books, word searches, and more!

For students who SPEED through everything I had to make sure they were really taking their time with write the room. We added a "HAVE TO" do on the back of the page that they have to complete before they can take their walkabout. It is usually a handwriting page for some extra practice. They know if it isn't completed neatly they will have to meet with me later in the week to work on that letter. They work really hard to show me they know how to make their letters! 

Little Books
These are a fan favorite every week. Seriously. On Monday I know everyone is going to go for the little book and that's ok. Why? They keep it in their browsing box all week and it is EXTRA reading material for them to practice. At the beginning of the year I show them how to cut off the border around the outside of the little book and then cut it into 4 pieces (these are two sided for a total of 7 reading pages). They put them in order and staple in the corner and ViOlA! A little book just perfect for their little hands.  We use the colored pencils and Twistables with these. 
Our favorite center tools! There are certain tools that we use in our kindergarten classroom that last as favorites all year long! These Reading Street centers make for easy prep and high student engagement with a few fun tools. Cut and glue, sight word stamping, high frequency word little books, word searches, and more!

These 6 staples in our center routine make for SUPER easy planning. The first year I did these I kept thinking they would get bored but guess what? They don't! They love the consistency of the centers and there are always enough options that they aren't doing the same thing week to week. Our cut and glue centers have a bunch of choices (sight words, mixed up sentences, letter sorts and word sorts) as well as the stamping and word searches so there are always a ton of choices. I make a few new copies each week and I am DONE and DONE. Yay for not working too hard! 

These are our keepers for the year. I am ALWAYS on the search for more fun ideas for centers and pin as many as I can. Here is a pin for you to save this one for later! You can follow me on Pinterest HERE.


Our favorite literacy centers tools in kindergarten and 1st grade! We work these hands on activities into our rotation at the beginning of the year and classroom management has never been easier!  These ideas work for your writing, phonics, sight words, letter learning, reading, and phonemic awareness centers. A few materials and printables and your center prep just got a whole lot easier!
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If you would like to see the centers we use along with these tools you can see them HERE. I make weekly centers aligned with Reading Street stories that focus on weekly sight words, letters of the week, grammar skills, and have pages to use for our focus wall. 

Thanks for stopping by today! What are your favorite tools to use during centers? I would love to hear your fun ideas! 







Word Families and Guided Reading


Guided Reading groups and lesson plans can be an organizational mess without the right strategies for your kindergarten and 1st grade students. Knowing what to plan and keep in your binder will give you the tools to succeed. It's not always about leveled readers, sometimes we need to take a step back and focus on sounds and word families. This freebie word family game will help get you started!

Why teach word families?
Word families are groups of words that have a predictable pattern or chunk. These words have the same ending and they all rhyme which makes learning a new set of words easier on our beginning readers. Word families are an effective way to increase a student's ability to spell and decode many new words. 

Word families for struggling readers:
Learning to read can be a struggle! Each child is different and EVERY child has their own path to reading. Over the years I have seen a wide range of learners in my kindergarten classroom. Some come to me with a great background and cruise through the curriculum with no worries. Many come to me with out the foundational skills needed to be successful at first but by Christmas most are finding their way. A few need additional supports and are still learning sounds at spring break. Using word families can help these struggling readers feel success and gives them letter sound practice at the same time.

Guided reading routines: 
I have discussed effective grouping for guided reading on the blog before so I won't go into that today but if you want to read more about that you can click HERE. Once you determine your groups it is essential to come up with a strong routine. Routines are the best in kindergarten because everything else can fall apart but your routine is there to save the day! My routine for my lowest groups (those still working on word families) consists of these basic components: 

Letter Name/Sound Recognition: 
At the beginning of each lesson we review the letter sounds and their names. This is a quick review and is essential to retaining those names/sounds. It is easy to want to skip this first step if you are running behind but don't! 


Word Work: 
Using letter tiles (or magnetic letters) students need to build the words and practice the sounds individually before diving into a new word family. Using individual letters encourages blending and really serves as a great formative assessment to see who needs more help in this area. 


Create a word list: 
As you work with a word family make a list of all of the words in that family. This is a fun time to work with real vs. make-believe words too. Without fail a student will try to add "dat" or "gat" to the -at word family list. Great time to talk about real words and pull together a list of words. 


 Read, read, read! 
Read those word families in context. I have plenty of word family books in my library but I wanted some that my students could read, color, and take home (for some these are the only thing they have to read at home!). They love it when I give them a little time to color at the end of our guided reading group and sometimes if we have a few minutes before lunch this is a great 5 minute time filler too.

Here are the supplies you need to start a great word family guided reading routine in Kindergarten: 
  • magnetic letters
  • alphabet chart
  • flash cards
  • anchor chart (for word lists)
  • Word Family books 
I have a ton of BOB Books in my classroom and they are full of word families. My kiddos love checking these out for read to self in the classroom. Here is a link  to one of my favorite sets. This is an affiliate link for your convenience. I receive a small amount for the referral with no extra cost to you.  


For some consumable sight word readers you can see some examples of these in my store HERE. This bundle is at a VERY discounted rate until I finish the whole series so it is a great time to snatch these up. 

And of course word families are awesome in centers! Click HERE for word family centers and for a fun little

BUILD A WORD FREEBIE you can click HERE

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Guided Reading groups and lesson plans can be an organizational mess without the right strategies for your kindergarten and 1st grade students. Knowing what to plan and keep in your binder will give you the tools to succeed. It's not always about leveled readers, sometimes we need to take a step back and focus on sounds and word families. This freebie word family game will help get you started!


Build a Better Calendar Routine (and a freebie!)

We have a new math program this year and it has a calendar component. I really like it but I will be honest, I haven't implemented all of it. There is a lot in the first year of a new program and that's ok...I will get to more of it next year. Don't know why I feel the need to come clean with that but I do!  

That's not the point of this post. What I really want to share is the awesome 100's chart that we created together from the calendar component. This is part of Everyday Counts from the Math in Focus curriculum. 


We started at the beginning of the year recording each day of school. It was a slow process! Each day was on a new color sticky note. Every time we finished a group of 10 we started all over again. We used this in our calendar routine to count every single day. 

Every. Single. Day. 

If you aren't familiar with a solid calendar routine this is a key component. It is really easy to want to skip these simple steps each day but let me tell you...it makes a huge difference! We use this every day to count to the number of the day (which leads to great number talks), count backwards, count by twos-fives-tens, and just about everything you can imagine! 

Each square is glued to a strip of accounting tape...that is important to know for later. 
Build a better calendar routine in your kindergarten or 1st grade classroom and make the most of your circle time talking about number sense, counting to 100, counting and cardinality and more learning ideas. Get a free printable 100's chart here!

We were SUPER excited to get to the 100th day! We had a huge celebration and I felt like we were at the end of a journey. The goal is to count to 100 in kindergarten. We made it! 
Success right? 
Well...no. I was quickly put back into my place when I had a guest teacher come in and teach a lesson. She asked my kids a simple question....what comes next? 
If you keep counting what comes next? 
What if you count by 10's? 
Ummm......crickets. Well, not really. Some shouted out the right answer right away but the majority of the class didn't know. I knew I needed to make a change and step it up a bit. 

Remember the strips accounting tape? I knew we needed to "keep going" with our counting but I knew I wouldn't have room to get all the way to 180 (our last day of school). I decided to reimagine what we had on the wall so we could count even higher. 

How about a number line? We are moving into comparing numbers so a number line will be so visual for that. Yes! I asked my trainer what she thought and she agreed it was a great transition. I have always used a store bought hundreds chart with fillable pockets and this would never be possible with one of those so I had never even considered it. 



The best part of this was we came up with the solution as a class. I asked them what we could do to "keep going". I posed the problem that if we keep adding stickies we would run out of room on the board. They actually came up with the idea to put it all the way across a wall. We put a few lines together and I made sure they knew where each new line should go (11 after the 10....21 after the 20...). The next day they came in to a beautiful number line stretched all along the top of our wall! 

Now what? 
We keep going! 



We have new strips on our board that we use during calendar to "keep going". It is a much more visual way for them to see the pattern that continues after 100. I am really excited about this and so are they! We will add these to the number line (if I can reach that far!) as we go along. It should keep things interesting reaching up to 180!

How did I stick it to the brick wall? This is a HUGE problem in my room because I have all brick walls. I just figured out that HOT GLUE is the way to go. It sticks and doesn't fall down and when it is time to take it off it just peels right off. That is my favorite new classroom hack! 

That's that. Such a simple little change but I really think it will step up our calendar routine for the second half of the year. 

Here is another little routine I have put into place now that we have reached all the way to 100. I am using these 100 charts to hand out during calendar and students have them right in front of them to count and point. We count by 1's on Monday, 2's on Tuesdays, 5's on Wednesdays, 10's on Thursdays, and backwards from 20 on Fridays. Gotta keep it fresh! 

Here is a freebie for you if you want a clean new 100's chart :) 
That's all I have tonight. I have been very absent from blogging and it feels good to share a few things tonight. I guess I just needed something to be excited about! Have a great week teaching! 

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Build a better calendar routine in your kindergarten or 1st grade classroom and make the most of your circle time talking about number sense, counting to 100, counting and cardinality and more learning ideas. Get a free printable 100's chart here!