Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Graphics??? Where do I get them?? HELP!!!

I see so many cute things on Teachers Pay Teachers and I have a ton of ideas I want to create and put in my store but I don't know where to buy graphics and pictures and all that to make them with. I know all you great ladies have awesome stuff that you put out there do can someone please tell me where to find graphics???

Monday, May 28, 2012

My first giveaway!!!

Hello all, as I have mentioned, next year I am leaving 4th grade and returning to my first love... Kindergarten! I have created a brand new Kindergarten blog called "Krazy Kindergarten Teacher"

SOOOOOO to introduce everyone to my new Kindergarten blog I am having my very first giveaway!!

Head on over to my new Kinder Bloggy home (just click on the picture) to see the details!!
See y'all over there!

New Blogger give away!!

Hey all, I am posting this on my 4th grade blog since this is for a new upper grades blogger! Every New Beginning is having a great giveaway for a Target gift card!! She is new to the bloggy world so head on over and show her some love!! Click on the picture below to check it out!!

Friday, May 18, 2012

My new bloggy home!!!

Hello all!! As I mentioned in my post on the 15th I am going to be moving from 4th grade back to Kindergarten next school year. Since we are only 13 days away from the end of our year I wanted to create a fresh new blog to go along with my fresh new grade level assignment! I couldn't be happier to be returning to Kindergarten after spending 2 wonderful years in 4th grade. I didn't realize how much I have missed teaching kindergarten! I guess deep down I am a kindergarten teacher at heart and not even 2 years of teaching 4th grade has been able to change that.

Anyway I want to invite all my followers to come on over to my new bloggy home at THE KRAZY KINDERGARTEN TEACHER I look forward to seeing you all there!!

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Change is a good thing!

I am SO excited!! Today is my birthday and I got the BEST birthday present! I was offered a position at a very nice school just down the road from my current school! I am SUPER excited BUT I will need to change the name of my blog to Fun in KINDERGARTEN!!! I am going BACK to teaching Kindergarten!!! I taught Kindergarten for 8 years before I moved to 4th grade and I am excited and not just a little bit, but a LOT freaked out to be going back! BUT I am so excited to have the opportunity to teach at the school I am transferring to. It is an AWESOME school with an AMAZING principal!!!

I interviewed on Friday for a possible 4th grade position and the principal told me that at the time the 4th grade teacher was on medical leave and she wasn't sure if she was coming back or not. She was very complimentary to me and she was very interested in hiring me and she said she really hoped she would have a position to offer me in near future. She called me tonight and told me that she had a teacher come in to her today and tell her that she was leaving and that she wanted to offer me that position and then she told me it was KINDERGARTEN!! She said she immediately thought of me because of my experience teaching kindergarten and my National Board certification in early childhood and she wanted to offer me the position! She said that if she has an upper grade position open up that she would move me up if I want.

I am SO excited but so nervous about going back to kinder! I mean it was my passion, I love teaching kids to read and I feel like I was at my best when I was teaching kindergarten. Ever since my interview on Friday I have been praying that God would lead me down the right path and maybe He wants me back with the little ones. Oh boy, He definitely thinks I am strong LOL Moving up was easy, moving back down is going to be a challenge but I am always ready for a challenge!

Ok sooooo if any of you know of any great Kindergarten blogs please please please share them with me!! I will be looking for all sorts of ideas since I'll be a "newbie" again

Friday, May 11, 2012

Homework Woes

OK, as we wind down this school year (only 18 schools days left) it is time to reflect on the year and start thinking about things I want to do differently and/or better next year. Considering this is the end of my 2nd year in 4th grade I still have quite a bit to reflect on but I feel like the area that I just can't figure out is homework. Actually checking homework to be specific. I have no problem assigning the homework its just finding an easy and quick way to check it and see who has their's completed and who doesn't.

I have had the kids turn it in daily and weekly but turning it in just doesn't seem to be working for me. I would like to figure out a routine to establish first thing in the morning that allows me to quickly do a homework check and then move on with the day. Also one of our "social Development" grades is "Completes homework" so I need to have a system that allows me to keep track long term.

Sooooo Here's what I am thinking - and I would LOVE some feedback or ideas.
1 - Get a small notebook
2 - Print off a weekly class list spread sheet with a daily column each for Spelling, Vocab, and Math
3 - Set up the routine that when the students enter the classroom in the morning they unpack and put their homework on their desk
4 - as they write their new homework assignment in their agenda I can walk around and check off who has their homework and who doesn't.

This sounds simple in writing but will it actually work? Please share how you check your homework I would love to have some ideas for next year!

Monday, May 7, 2012

Please vote for me (starting 5/14)

I was so surprised when I opened my email today and found out that little ole me had been nominated for the 2012 Fascination Award for Elementary Teacher Blogs. I was nominated because of my post back around Valentine's Day title "Feeling a little better" (click on it if you want to read that post).

Anyway, I am SO excited that I was nominated!! If I win I get a $100 restaurant gift card! Voting opens on May 14th (the day before my birthday) so PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE vote for me! You can use the button above!