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Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Moving To Kindergarten

Yes, you read the title of this post right. I am officially moving to Kindergarten next year! WHOO HOO. I am so very excited to have been offered the opportunity to move into a grade level position. I will be teaching alongside a Kindergarten expert (as I call her). She's been teaching over 30 years! I am so blessed to be able to work with her this last year before she retires! I am nervous and excited about switching grades. Everyone is like OH it's not that big of a switch from Pre-K to K. But let me tell you it really is. There is so much MORE to Kindergarten than in Pre-K. I am looking forward to the challenge though!

We are totally revamping my room this year. No more owls. We are going with a Kindergarten Rocks theme! Oh I can't wait to show you the results of the switch! I am currently done sanding new cabinets and bookcases and will be priming them today. They are going from red, purple, green and yellow and 27 years of dust to hot pink, lime green, vibrant yellow, turquoise, purple and hot orange! Oh I can't wait to see how they turn out.

I may have to recreate another Kindergarten blog. I am going to try and revamp this current one but its been year since I fooled with the backgrounds and format. I may just need to start over.

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  1. I kept up with your Pre-K blog. I loved your ideas. I too teach Pre-K. I did teach one year of kindergarten and LOVED it. You are right, Pre-K and kinder are two very, very different worlds. People that have never taught Pre-K wouldn't understand. I am so jealous you get to paint in your room!! The school allows that? I wish I could change a few things up. Anyway--Congrats!

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    1. Thank you!! Please continue to follow! I love the input! They actually painted my room white. I however painted the cabinets that were in there. I'll also be modge podging the filing cabinets!

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  2. Elizabeth, thanks for calling me the kindergarten expert! I have learned a lot during my 34 years in K. and I look forward to sharing with you. But most of all, I'm still learning, so I can't wait to get fresh, new ideas from you. We are going to have a rockin' year! By the way, love the new look of your blog!

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  3. Congrats. I myself just secured a Kindergarten job and this will be my first year teaching. A little nervous but my mother has been teaching Kindergarten for 29 years so she is a big help. I saw you classroom pictures from last year and I will be doing an owl theme in my room with vibrant colors. Can you tell me where you go your plastic crates that you used as cubbies? I need a place for my students to keep their extra supplies and I think these would be great! :)

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    1. Oh yay!! Congrats on your job! That's a wonderful exciting and nervous feeling all in one!! After 2 years I still feel the same way about this year! Thank you I have had so many compliments on my room last year! I appreciate all the questions and comments! I will be your newest follower since this is both our first year in K! Please keep in touch!

      The baskets are all from the Dollar tree! I am all about cost efficiency and they were $1.00 each I think I may have spent $20 on everything!! They're still in great shape for this year too!

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  4. Thanks for the tip, I'm gonna check out Dollar Tree today. I love that store! I'm hoping to post more about school soon. I'm new to blogging but having a lot of fun. I just did a post about my first viewing of my new classroom! I worked as a Pre-K aide this year and I'm doing Kindergarten summer school but this will be my very first classroom of my own! Very excited! ;)

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    1. I realized I told you wrong! The big crates used as the outside cubbies can from Walmart. They usually put them out closer to end of July/beginning August. The other smaller bins were from dollar tree. The school bought the cubbies for us and bolted them to the wall!! They are about $3 a crate but last a LONG time. Those have been there about 5 years now!

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    2. Ok. I went to Dollar Tree today and found a few small crates I'm thinking will make good book baskets. I also bought these different color barrels that I think I will use to put their extra supplies and change of clothes. I have a huge shelf that almost goes the whole length of the room and I think I will put the barrels there with the students names on them and if they need to get something it will already be separated. My mom thought it would be better than the crates so you can't see the change of clothes. Thought the kids might be embarrassed. We shall see what I end up doing. I'm the crazy girl that just went to 4 different stores trying to track down enough of these things! lol

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    3. If you're crazy then I am crazy!! I do the same thing when I need something! We have 4 dollar trees here and I hit everyone! :) glad you found some containers to work!

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  5. Will you continue to have housekeeping/kitchen set in your k classroom?

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    1. No. I prefer not to have that in a K classroom. I couldn't keep any of the furniture anyways because they belong to the pre k room. Bought with specific funding!

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