Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Alternative Seating




So recently I have had some people ask me about how I run my classroom with alternative seating. It has been a gradual transition that has been going on for about 4 years now. My first year teaching I went to the Oklahoma Kindergarten Conference, and listened to Kim Adsit talk about how she does alternative seating. It has taken me a couple of years to get it down to a science! My first step was giving my students a bag of supplies. 


 Each of my kids has a carpet bag. In each of their bags is their clipboard (in my opinion the most important tool that they have!) their crayon box and a dry erase eraser. They also have a dry erase pocket that has an activity that they can do when they are done early or as their morning work.

I know that how they can access their tools can be done a couple different ways. This is actually the way I started handling their tools, and each year I have tried something different. 

Option One:
This is the ONLY picture I can find, and it is not front facing, SORRY! But each kiddo is specified a color. In the top drawer they put their crayon box. In the second drawer they kept their clipboards. In the third drawer they kept their glue sticks, markers and scissors. This was an easy way for them to keep track of their supplies! This puts all their supplies out and in one place. I also broke up the sterilite containers and had them placed around the room, so when we were getting supplies they were not all focused in one location.


Option Two:


Each of my kiddos has a cubby where they put their coat and backpacks. Right now they keep their crayon box in their cubbies too. When they need scissors/glue/erasers/pencils they go to the community supplies and get whatever it is they need. 





In my classroom we have different option of where my kiddos can sit! There are two different times of the day, where my kids have options. 1) Whole Group teaching. I am in front of the SmartBoard and they are sitting on the carpet. If we are working on an assignment together, they have their clipboards. 2) Individual Work/Center Time: This is when the kids can choose where to sit. This is where the fun starts!!

 Scoop Chairs. I bought mine at Walmart, but I have heard they are at Aldis this week. Or you can order from Amazon. The kids take their clipboard and can rock anywhere around the room.



My Bathtub. I have taken the pillows out of the tub. But they still LOVE working in it. Right now only one kiddo is allowed in there at a time. But eventually I will allow two in!




Crate Seats. I have these peppered across the room. They are at my kidney table, computer table and student table. They also are at random places where the kids have drug them. 




The famous Picnic Table. Officer Hofficer made this for my classroom two summers ago. It is perfect for little Kindergarten Booties. And behind the table, you can see the computer table. 




Well I am off to bed! I would love to answer any questions you might have about how we do Alternative Seating in our classroom!






Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Reflections on the Year

Hello Friends! Instead of me telling you why I have not been around {again} I am going to just jump right in! I am linking up with Hadar, Teeny
and Traci!
 
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{January}
I really branched out in January. I gave up my Clip Chart. I wrote about it here:
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{February}
I got to go to Atlanta to the EdTech conference AND go to RCA! It was a blast and a half! I had so much fun! I got to see my blogging besties in the middle of the year!
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{March} 
Officer Hofficer’s twin brother invited us to tag along with him and his girlfriend to Las Vegas over Spring Break! We had SO much fun! I got to see Vegas through new eyes with my family.
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Then we got to add a new member to the family! We can’t wait for May when I will get a new Sister-in-Love!
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I also got to have my voice heard {okay, so they didn’t listen AGAIN to the 10,000 teachers standing on their front lawn, but I did my best} We went to the State Capitol and made it know that Oklahoma Kids deserved better!
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{April}
No much happened in April, finals and all Winking smile


{May}
May was a big month! It took me two years, lots of late nights, stress and giving it my all. But I graduated, with a 4.0! I got my Library Science, with Technology Integration with a focus on Indian Studies Masters degree!
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{June}
Not much happened in June. Dustin had surgery at the end of May, and we got to spend lots of quality time together!
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{July}
I had my tonsils out..Yuck! But at the end of the month I did get to go see some of my lovlies again in Dallas at SPLASH!
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{August}
August was the most difficult month of the year. If you have been around, you might know I am an only child and a BIG Daddies Girl! Well the unimaginable happened Last Labor Day. My Daddy was diagnosed with Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma and he battled it for exactly 365 days. Praise be to God he kicked Cancers Patooty! But during the month of August (the first day of school to be exact) He had to go to the hospital for a MONTH in OKC (which is 3 hours away from home) for a stem cell transplant. I missed my Momma and Daddy like crazy. Spent every weekend in OKC. But it was worth it, to hear them tell him You are in Remission!
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{September & October}
In September we started really working hard on Craft Festival stuff! We did our first one in September and had one every weekend for about a month time frame!
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{November}
Ya’ll know I love me some football. Well my birthday present from my parents was to go to Bedlam (OSU vs OU) and I was on COLLEGE GAME DAY! It was AMAZING (and cold)!
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{December}
December was a whirlwind, and not really sure what happened in this month other than I bought way too many pairs of leggings! But here is a cute picture of my honey and I!
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Now.. I am going to say this, and I am hopefully going to keep my word, but I am ready to be back blogging and working on TpT! I hope you and your family have a great end of the year!!



Monday, September 21, 2015

Must Read Monday #1

Hi ya’ll! I asked on my Facebook a couple of weeks ago, if you would be interested in a Must Read Monday. I was told YES! So here is the first week of #MRM

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Before I start, I am just going to let you know, in no way shape or form will this be professional books. This are romance novels. Yup. Nothing school related, so proceed with caution Winking smile

How this weekly post is going to work is, I am going to post a review of a book that I have recently read. Then just a brief synopsis of a couple more. Then leave some links of books that are on sale!

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Knox is the local BMOC. Quarterbacks fear him, College Boys want to be him, and girls everywhere want to be with him! But do they want to be with him because he is a hot shot, or is it because they want to be the one to take his V Card? Knox is okay with being the best on the field and being the most sought after by all the women.. That is until he meets Ellie!
Ellie Campbell is gorgeous, and the sister of one of Knox’s teammates. She is also hiding a big secret. Can she keep the secret and date Knox all at the same time?
This was a great book! I am a sucker for all college football romance novels (since Officer Hofficer are I are a College Football Love story) It has romance, loyalty and it is darn near impossible to put down! I have told all the members of my book club to read, now my virtual book club needs to also!


A few more books that I have read this week:
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Drew Morrison is a Rock God. He is quite the playboy until Ashley Emmit joins his tour as a favor to one of Drew’s favorite professors. The sparks really fly both on and off the tour bus!

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Lily’s life is dance. She has devoted her years to being the best of the best. To be the best there has to be zero distractions. That means no romance. However, when her long time crush is suddenly single and interested in her, she throws her rule out the window.
She is happy, or is she. Is Blane really as amazing as she has dreamed he would be? Lily turns to her best friend West (man bun included) to work through her relationship woes.

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Have a Great Monday!!














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Sunday, September 20, 2015

Apple Investigations



Hi Friends!! Back to School has been kicking my booty!! But I am finally getting in the swing of things! One of my favorite weeks is coming up, and boy I know that my kids are going to have a BLAST! I am going to tell ya’ll about some science that I do with my kiddos! So beware of a LOT of pictures and lots of fun!


Evaporation Experiment:
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We take three apples, one peeled, one whole and one cut up into fourths. We leave them out all week and each day we measure them with a balance and unifix cubes. We keep track on an anchor chart. We start this on Monday, and continue through the week.
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This is how they look through the week. I am not going to lie, they are GROSS!
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Apple Tasting:
I just love talking about apples, and I REALLY love eating apples. So I get three different types of apples: golden delicious, granny smith and Fuji. I give each kiddo a slice of each. We taste them one by one. Then I give them an apple to color. They color it their favorite flavor’s color. Then we graph them. We do this on Tuesday.
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Seasons of an Apple Tree: I read The Season’s of Arnold’s Apple Tree, then we together, make this anchor chart. Then we add details to what happens during each season.

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This is a freebie over at TpT here:
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Apple Pie:
On Thursday we make apple pies and taste test them! We take premade dough and apple pie filling and make us cute little apple turnovers. So easy to do!! And then they decide if they like it or not!
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Apple Investigations:
On Friday, we finally investigate the inside of the apple!! We make a diagram of the inside of an apple (The labels are a freebie over at First Grade Blue Skies HERE)
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Then we peel and core the apples (I had to buy me one of these bad boys, because my former partner took hers with her when she retired)
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Then we make the best smelling applesauce!
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I hope you guys have a GREAT week!




These are so much fun to do with your students. I do have a file on TpT if you just want to print and make your own anchor charts. But these awesome activities can be done with out it!

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