Wednesday, April 24, 2013

A Glimpse in a Kindergarten Classroom

After being in many different classrooms this year, I have noticed that some of the most organized classrooms are those of kindergarten teachers. This is probably because they usually have an AM class and a PM class. Being organized is especially crucial. They have two sets of many things. Kindergarten classrooms also tend to have more STUFF....dramatic play centers, science centers, blocks, listening centers, math manipulatives, and pocket charts, pocket charts, and more pocket charts.

I had the privileged of being in a kindergarten teacher's class that had organization, function, and classroom design DOWN. I could see that most of the items in her classroom were purchased at a local Lakeshore Learning store ( I have real life classroom pictures plus links to the products. 

 Alphabet Sounds Teaching Tubs

Find this product here
I think a DIY alternative is definitely possible. It will take a lot of time but probably won't cost you $150. The storage rack is $29.99

Creating Centers

On the side of the filing cabinet are the list of different centers students can participate in. On each side are little magnet people (AM class on one side and PM on the other). Each magnet person has a students name on it. You can easily group your students and your students can easily see what group they belong in and where they need to be. You can simply rotate the centers by moving the yellow center magnets and then tell your students to move to the center next to their name. 

The paper trays in the picture house some of the different centers that involve coloring, writing, reading, and well..paper. These can be found here on Lakeshore's website. A set of 4 is $19.99

Write & Wipe Kid Magnets can be found here.
30 pieces for $19.99

The magnetic center chart is also another project that can be turned into a DIY. 

 Magnetic Place Value Blocks

How long have these existed without my knowledge?!! I don't know how many times I have come into a class having to teach place value. I end up holding and DROPPING the little cubes and fumbling through the lesson. Just add magnets to the back and BOOM, easy! It will make any lesson more effective when your students can actually see what you are talking about. 

Magnetic Place Value Blocks can be found here
121 pieces for $44.99

Teacher on a budget version: Add magnets to your blocks. :)

Organize Your Materials By Day

I mentioned a similar concept in a previous post. Organizing your materials by day will help keep you the classroom teacher organized from day to day but it will also help your sub. 

Similar bins can be found here
6 for $39.99

There are so many great teaching resources out there. When on a budget try to balance what is worth buying to enhance your classroom and what you can make on your own. 


Tuesday, April 23, 2013

A subbing gal doesn't get summers off

If you are a sub like me then you know summer is rapidly approaching. If you are a sub like me then you aren't making too much money. Subbing is the best way to get your foot in the door, gain experience, and create meaningful professional relationships. If you play it smart you can use the summer to make up for the money you didn't make during the school year.

In my opinion, working as a summer nanny for a family is a great way to spend your summer and earn money. I was a summer nanny last summer and I will be doing the same this summer with another family. I'm sure I'm biased when it comes to nannying so here are some pros and cons to help you.

(I'm sorry if the image is too small. Click the chart and it might help!)

Below are some additional resources to help you decide if being a summer nanny is for you:

Sunday, April 7, 2013

Recipes Now on the Regular

Just thought I'd share some recipes I've found on pinterest that will now be on regular rotation in my kitchen.

{Mix your ranch seasoning in Chobani yogurt}
{Green beans, chicken breast, potatoes, butter, Italian seasoning. Bake 350 degrees for an hour.}