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Friday, September 4, 2015

Hello....Is It Me You're Looking For???

I currently feel like my blog followers are thinking this...


I have been away for far too long on here and for those who actually follow me I apologize. This past year was the best of my teaching career so far but quite possibly the hardest personally. Leaving me no time or motivation to blog. This year I have made a promise to blog more and actually show you what is going on in MRS. OLSON'S KINDERGARTEN! 

First things first ....the classroom reveal.
This year we have a SCHOOL WIDE Superhero theme! Each grade level/class was asked to decorate the halls with a superhero theme in mind! It is so neat to see how the theme has bubbled over from outside the classroom to inside the classroom, lunchroom and a lot of other areas of the school!! We call ourselves the Dynamic "Super" DAWGS. We are currently tying our superhero theme into our RON CLARK inspired houses/family kick-off this Friday. I will post more on that later. Onto the reveal....
Here is our Character Ed board that Kindergarten put up in the lunchroom. We were assigned - Making Good Choices. My teammate and I made our own iPad with apps related to good choices such as: exercise, being in school, math, music, reading, healthy eating choices, recycling, being a superhero, and being a good friend. Our title was To Be a Good Superhero iPick Good Choices. It was "super" time consuming but worth it in the end.
Quite possibly my favorite SUPERHERO themed decorations we did this year were the outside bulletin boards. Sarah and I decided to do coordinating colors this year instead of matching and I love the way it turned out. The city......was very time consuming but after 4 weeks of school it's still standing! :) 
This is my side of the outer SUPER city. We now have work hanging on the clothespins for display! It's so fun out here. A city where "SUPER" work is shown!
I love love love this door. I am one of the only ones in the building who has 2 doors to the classroom, so I am always challenged to think of 2 different door decors each year. This year I decided to cover the door in fabric and line it with glitter border. I made this HUGE wreath with the original thought of having a WONDER WOMAN symbol in the middle but I can't find one ANYWHERE!! It's such a fun door!!

Hero HEADQUARTERS is where the kids keep their backpacks, etc each day. It's their "spot" to store all their super needs! The burlap border and chevron wrapping paper has survived 3 years :) The puffs and banner just added cuteness!!

Here are my ever famous cubbies. These things have blown up on Pinterest. They are crates from Walmart that are screwed into the wall on 2x4's. You can also zip tie them together. Inside their cubby is their personalized Superhero image. I tried to make it look exactly like them! :) These crates have been up for about 8 years now and still look great!!!
This is my birthday wall. The wall now has the student's pictures on it with their name and birthday date underneath. I took their pictures wearing a MASK! They are the birthday SUPERHEROES!

This is a view from the back of the room. This is where my word wall goes. All of our center baskets line the counters when school is in session. The vinyl dots on the floor help us know where to line up when we are going somewhere. It's so nice to say "Get on the dot right behind the last person." Makes lining up a BREEZE!

This is the back wall. I have my word work rainbow cart next to the iPad cart. Above is where I hang SUPER STAR center work! Our listening center is above the books/Math Focus wall. My book bins came from Really Good Stuff. I highly recommend paying good money for them. They are awesome. 

Here is a closer look to my book shelf and math focus wall. My math focus wall is curtesy of the awesome Khrys Bosland of Keepin' it Kool in Kinderland. Go check out her blog and TPT, you won't be sorry! I actually made the MATH word header! It will be on my TPT soon.

Upclose of my ORGANIZED books!! This was a HOT mess 2 years ago when I had to sort and separate out all the books by theme/season etc., but well worth it. I also splurged and purchased Maria Monroe's White Book Label series so I wouldn't be scrounging to find books. You can purchase her set in the link above. She also has a backline set that is AWESOME too. What I love most about it, is that is is EDITABLE! :)

This is our calendar wall/hand signals/directions/SUPER LEADER of the day wall. I usually hang examples of work up here when we are doing a craft/project/etc. The SUPER LEADER of the day is a random draw each day of a badge (either boy or girl) and they are my helper for the whole day. They are the line leader, errand runner, paper passer outer ;) and all other teacher odd jobs. They also get to pick a friend to walk the lunch count each morning to the lunchroom. They think this job is the bees knees!

Quite possibly one of the most favorite behavior management/center management strategies I've ever incorporated. The idea of the Build your Rainbow came from Julie Lee of Mrs. Lee's Kindergarten. I got the privilege of meeting her at an SDE conference 2 years ago where she literally changed my LIFE with her Cooking up Centers presentation. She uses the rainbows for behavior management through the whole room now, but I still use it for center management. If a table is quietly cleaning up I'll give them a rainbow piece. If there is teamwork happening they get a rainbow piece. If I see extraordinary behavior they get a rainbow piece. Most importantly, if they do their center work neatly, quietly and don't loose Dojo points they get a sticker on their sticker chart. Once they fill up a row a new rainbow piece is added. The students can earn up to 2 stickers a day (one for reading/Daily 5 and one for math/BUILD). Once the rainbow is full they receive a prize from the prize box and later on they will start receiving class coupons.

More books.....Think we have enough?

This is my "Revised" Reading Focus Wall. The header is from TPT and can be found here https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Reading-Street-Focus-Wall-Headers-Kindergarten-855099. I've had SEVERAL people ask me where I got those. The focus wall is based on Khrys Bosland's Reading Street Focus Wall Packet. AWESOME packet!! Highly suggest her TPT store!!

This is a view from the front carpet. Everything in its place. 

Make shift curtains to cover all the games/manipulatives stacked on the shelf. Above the shelf is the alphabet wall, number line and shapes posters. 

This is my "area." I gave up my desk this year since I have 23 kindergarten students (and probably more on the way.) I now use my kidney table as my desk/small group meeting area. I'd eventually like a curtain to cover the shelf behind my desk but I just haven't had time to make one. 
My room doesn't have a window, so I made a make shift outside scene to display on the outer wall. 

This is our gathering space. Where we do most of our whole group learning. It's the place where we have SO MUCH fun. We read here, sing here, talk here, learn here....everything. 

I just love my little HOME AWAY FROM HOME..And I hope you do too. 
Until next time...





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