Monday, October 13, 2014

Handprint Alphabet Book (B, C, D)

Sometimes, you just can't take the teacher out of you! Combine that with a love for books and crafts plus a toddler who loves books and crafts, and you end up working on a handprint animal alphabet book with your *almost* 3 year old. Of course, there's always Pinterest for inspiration too. Not only is this an adorable keepsake for you, but it's a great way to encourage letter-sound correspondence.

You will need:
  • a scrapbook, with enough white filler paper and page protectors for 26 letters (we have a red one since it's Nolan's favorite color)
  • alphabet stickers, with both lowercase and capital letters
  • black Sharpie
  • washable paint
  • paintbrushes
  • googly eyes and any other textural fashionings (beads, feathers, fabric scraps, pom-poms, glitter, etc) you might want to add to your art work--initially I had planned on only doing paint and sharpie, but Nolan insisted on googly eyes for his dino :)
How to:
  1. Put your letters in the corner of each page.
  2. Google or Pinterest handprint alphabet and you'll get thousands of ideas.
  3. Decide on your letter. Nolan chooses the letter or animal he wants to make...and the colors if it's not a color-specific critter, then we get to work.
  4. Free-hand paint and do your handprint, add any extra paint details, let dry, then add background details with a Sharpie.
  5. Write the word for the animal (or whatever you've chosen) to the bottom corner with Sharpie...that way your toddler will "read" the book, "A is for alligator."
So anyway, here is the beginning of our alphabet book:

Bb bumblebee

Cc caterpillar ( we modeled it after The Very Hungry Caterpillar)

Dd dinosaur

Stay tuned for more letters to come!

Friday, October 10, 2014

Peek into my ClassroomS (finally)

Yes, there is an "S" on the end of that...I have 2 classrooms this year. And 2 jobs...I teach 8th grade Guided Reading in the morning and 1-3 grade AIS Reading in the afternoon. It's pretty hectic and overwhelming at times, but I'm really enjoying it!

Here are some photos from my middle school room--it's definitely still a work in progress. I share a room with some studyhall classes in the afternoon, so I'm leary of leaving much out and about in there...
storage for materials

I Can... statement area

modified Daily 5


our D5 station anchor charts...we created them together in each class period then I condensed and printed out

School colors to cover the door window (not sure why it's so blurry, sorry)

thanks to some lovely co-workers, my bookcase is starting to fill up with a few books...there was NOTHING


And here is a look at my elementary classroom; as you can see, Dr. Seuss still reigns supreme. :) I also share this room, but with a good friend who gave me full-reign over the room since she has her own in another hallway, but we do share the space.

Seuss stuffies (minus the red rhino Nolan is "borrowing")

decoding & comprehension strategies

K-2 High-Frequency Word Wall