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Magical Monday 6

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I hope you all enjoyed our Facebook Freebie Hop last week!ย  It was so much fun and it’s been great chatting with lots of you on Facebook!

This week’s Magical Monday post is about guided reading.ย  I am looking for a new way to organize my guided reading groups so I don’t have to keep changing their names on all my papers. ๐Ÿ™‚

Here are a couple of pins I found.ย  Not sure which one I’ll use yet or if a combination of some of these will be what happens! ๐Ÿ™‚

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You can find all of these pins on my Guided Reading Pinterest board.

How do you manage your Guided Reading groups?

Kristen ๐Ÿ˜‰

Magical Monday 5

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So remember last week when I said I was working on a new lesson plan book for myself?ย  I sat down last week to make the tabbed dividers for my new binder and here’s how I made them:


First I used my label punch (I sell Stampin’ Up! products and this is a retired punch–but I can probably get you one if you’d like it!) I punched out 5 colors, two tabs in each color (red, orange, yellow, green, and blue) because we are in school for 10 months.ย  I printed a label on my DYMO LetraTag with clear label tape for each month. photo

These are the papers I used.ย  They are retired Stampin’ Up papers, but are some of my favorites because of the colors, so I decided to dip into my hoard of them and use them. ๐Ÿ™‚


Then I used adhesive and stuck the tabs onto the papers at different intervals so they were spaced out and not overlapping with the month before or the month after. Then, I laminated them in my PurpleCows laminator.ย  The size of the papers was 8 x 9.ย  I couldn’t get an entire 8 1/2 x 11 sized paper plus the tab through the laminator, so I cut them down a bit to fit. ๐Ÿ™‚ย  photo

Here they are all laminated!ย  I used 5 mil laminating film, so they are thick and won’t come apart easily when I flip from month to month.ย  I left about a 1/2 inch of laminating film on the back end of the dividers so that I could punch the holes in them.

I did decide to go with a 3 ring binder instead of binding it myself because after looking at last year’s lesson plans, there are so many documents I have to insert through the year, that I need it to be flexible! ๐Ÿ™‚ย  I got a binder that’s 1 1/2 inches thick, so I won’t have the page turning problems like I did in the 1 inch binder. ๐Ÿ™‚

Kristen ๐Ÿ™‚

Magical Monday 4

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Pinterest can be a girl’s best friend or a girl’s worst enemy! ๐Ÿ™‚ย  I find so many great ideas on Pinterest, but who has time to make them all?? So I just pick what it most immediate to my needs and leave the rest for later! ๐Ÿ™‚

Last week, I shared the drawer organizer and I made one of my own:


Here’s what it looks like finished! ๐Ÿ™‚ย ย  It took me about an hour of Hell’s Kitchen episodes to make it (I really think it slowed me down watching tv while working!! ๐Ÿ™‚photo

Do you think there is a 12 step program for washi tape addicts?ย  I got all of these tapes at Michael’s craft store (the three large rolls in the back came from Target).ย  They were $2.99 a roll–addiction will do that to you! ๐Ÿ™‚photo

Here are the drawers before I added anything to them. ๐Ÿ™‚photo

These are the labels I created to put in the large drawers and I’m getting ready to cut them with my paper trimmer. ๐Ÿ™‚photo

This is a close up of some of the drawers after they were done.ย  I used clear tape in my P-Touch label maker so the labels wouldn’tย  cover up the pretty washi tape. photo

Here is is again all finished.ย  I might need to add labels to the bottom drawers because it’s hard to see what those drawers are labeled with unless you are looking right at them.ย  I can see them sitting at my desk, so I’m still trying to decide. You can see that I have 12 drawers with no labels on them.ย  I left them for expansion–mostly I couldn’t visualize what else was in my desk drawer and make a label for it!ย  Can you think of any other labels I could add?

I realize this organizer is pretty big (44 drawers total) and I’ll admit that I stood in the aisle for 15 minutes trying to decide which organizer to get (22 or 44 drawers) until my hubby asked which one I was leaning towards.ย  I told him I liked the amount of larger drawers on this one, so he put it in the cart and said “keep moving or we will be here all day!! :)”ย  So I ended up with 44 drawers!ย  I’m sure I’ll figure out what to put in them! ๐Ÿ˜‰

Kristen ๐Ÿ™‚

Magical Monday 3

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It’s Magical Monday…time for some of my new favorite pins from this week! ๐Ÿ™‚

First up, I love this pocket chart idea from Kim Adsit!ย  She’s so creative! ๐Ÿ™‚

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This will be a wonderful activity for the beginning of the year!ย  As we learn new letters, we can sort our names to find out which letters we have in our name.ย  I can see this becoming one of our first Pocket Chart Work Station activities.ย  I think this activity is wonderful and the only change I might make to it is to add the children’s pictures to their name cards to help develop name recognition among my students. ๐Ÿ™‚

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Wouldn’t these make cute Welcome to Kindergarten gifts for your kiddos?ย  Easy to make!ย  Just get some scrapbook paper, glue on their name, laminate, and attach the ribbon!ย  I’ll be giving these to my kiddos at our Back to School night. ๐Ÿ™‚

Screen Shot 2013-06-17 at 8.08.48 AM Why didn’t I think of this idea?ย  Putting your dry erase boards in a dish draining rack!ย  I love that the silverware cup holds the markers and the eraser!ย  This idea will be so great when working in a small group.ย  The kids can see where to put their dry erase boards and they won’t weigh down the wire shelf I currently have them on.

Check out my boards on Pinterest or follow me using the link at the right. ๐Ÿ™‚

Kristen ๐Ÿ™‚

Magical Monday

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Magical Monday is when I share my favorite new pins that I’ve pinned recently on Pinterest. ๐Ÿ™‚

Here are the pins:

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Love, love, loving this objective board from Mrs. Blas’s Class Blog! I’ll be working on ways to make this a little more Kinder friendly this summer.ย  I’ll probably use these awesome Common Core Standards Posters I got from Deanna Jump to help me. ๐Ÿ™‚

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I love how Mrs. Albanese incorporates syllable work into her student’s names!ย  Wouldn’t this be great at the beginning of the year as part of a getting to know you activity?

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Here’s another idea for getting to know you activities from Kathleen at Growing Kinders. I like all the different word work components she has incorporated into using a child’s name.ย  You could pick a different child each day and work your way through your classroom.ย  I would probably do this activity in October/November, once my kiddos had a chance to learn some sight words, word parts, and the differences between vowels and consonants.

I think I would write the letters in the child’s name on small post-it-notes (can’t tell if that’s what Kathleen did here or not) so that they could be moved around to make sight words.ย  This activity would be do great for so many levels of kiddos!ย  Your non readers could match letters to sounds, your early readers could tell you the consonants and vowels and some word chunks, and your readers could help you find sight words and other words they know.ย  What a great idea!

Glad I pinned it! ๐Ÿ™‚ย  Now to be able to find these pins again when I need them! ๐Ÿ™‚

If you’d like to see all my pins, you can look in the right hand menu and scroll down until you see my “Follow me on Pinterest” red button. ๐Ÿ™‚

Kristen ๐Ÿ™‚

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