Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Where are You?!

Look friends! Two posts in two days!! Day Two of the BlogHoppin linky ready to go!

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Day two, I have been waiting to show you my classroom! Are you ready?! Here it is!!!

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In case you don’t remember, this is the empty classroom I moved into about 3 weeks ago. Well here it is all nice and doneSmile

 

hallway

My hallway where my kids took pictures with their parents.I have redone this area twice!

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The entrance to my room. I love the fishing net! We took pictures in front of it with our ginormous K on the first day!

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This is Mrs. Hoffer’s diaster area! My desk with all my pictures. The ginormous blog logo covers my babies faces! I have a picture of each of my classes up there, also a picture or twelve of Officer Hofficer and I.  My DIBELS board is next to my picture wall. If you would like to read more about it here is a link:

DIBELS

This is a better picture of what it looks like behind my computer. I bought one of those huge oil pans, best $10 I have spent in a while.

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Next to my DIBELS board is my word wall and target goal board. Below is all my games and sensory table.

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Since our district chose to follow Marzano we have to have Target Goals posted in our room and refer to them three times during a lesson. I am in LOVE with my board!

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Then we go to my writing center. It is a little unorganized right now, because during center time, we are just using crayons. I am not brave enough to break out all the rest of the goodies! Here is some more information about my pocket chart and what I am going to use it for this year! {Click Here}

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Now. Please take a look at this fabulous reading nook. I am in LOVE! This is my absolute favorite part of my classroom. And really it is all in thanks to Oriental Trading! They sell these Uh-Maze-ing canopies! It is to die for, and I have have more compliments on it!!

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The bathtub, is my other favorite part. If you have read my blog before, you know the bathtub is very very special to me. This is a picture of me on my first day of Kindergarten, in the above pictured bathtub. It was in my Mommies classroom, and a favorite of many kids!

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Then my teaching area. I love this rocker, I bought it on a Facebook buy/sell/trade group. This is where I spend 99% of my day.

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And next to my smartboard is my wall of information. Right now it is EmPtY but soon it will be filled with anchor charts, our our Great Expectations.

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A couple of little things around my room.

 

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My clipchart.

 

library

My library books.

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Where I will keep my ball words once we get into them!

 

 

Thanks for stopping by! I can’t wait to see everyone else’s rooms!!!

 

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Monday, August 18, 2014

Who Am I?

Well the easiest answer to this question is a stranger Smile This year back to school is kicking my butt!! I am not even kidding you! I saw this today and could totally relate!!

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But anywho, this is my favorite linky of the year! I am linking up with the girls over at BlogHoppin on their Back to School linky!

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So on the agenda today is Who am I?

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Hi!! I am Kaci Hoffer and I teach Kindergarten in Oklahoma. I am a wife, a daughter, a friend and a furmommy!

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This is my sweet hubby! He is a very very VERY patient man! I also must say he is amazing! He indulges me and makes stuff for my classroom!

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Like this AMAZING picnic table he made for me and my kiddos!!!

 

 

I am blessed beyond words because of the parents and grandparents, and in-laws that god has blessed me with!

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This is my amazing, wonderful Momma. She taught 1st grade for 13 years, and is now a Principal in my district. I am so so blessed to have learned from the best! (We took this yesterday when we both showed up to church in matching outfits! Great Minds Think Alike!)

 

I have some AMAZING friends!! Both IRL and my blogging friends!!
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These girls have been my rock since forever!

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Who do you spy? Can you names these amazing girls?!

 

 

And how could I forget my furbabies!

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My Atlas and Leo. They enjoy sitting in the hammock with me!

 

Well, I am off to watch this stud play some softball!! Laters Smile

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Monday, August 4, 2014

Writing Center

This week I have been working in my room. I swear it is a never ending process! But one of our Aides was helping me out of the goodness of her heart! And we put together my writing center, and it was like divine intervention happened in the middle of it! I have this fabulous pocket chart and I saw it, and I just KNEW what I needed!
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It needed Vocabulary cards! Perfect! That way they can look up words as they are writing! Or my write the room kiddos can go over there and look for words to use. In this picture they are empty, but I am adding them as we speak!

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All you have to do is hit print! These cute guys will print, you laminate, cut them out. Then add a hole punch and put them on a ring, and TADA! Instant vocabulary wall!
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I can’t wait to get them all printed and in my room.. Speaking of can’t wait! I am sure you have heard the big news!! Teachers Pay Teachers is having a HUGE sale! And you my friend are invited!!
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Monday, July 14, 2014

Back to School. Wait...WHAT?!

Hey Friends! I am back from Vegas! And boy oh boy did I have a blasty blast! So I have started thinking already about the B2S. I don't think that I have shared the good news yet! BUT...

Lookie at my NEW classroom!!

I AM GETTING A NEW ROOM!! I am tickled pink!! So I have started packing up my stuff and moving it over. My favorite tip is, store your classroom materials in tubs by month. 
How to store my materials, Month by Month.

I love storing my stuff this way! Top row is "stuff" and bottom row is books. I know that it is painfull to think about Back to School, but I am already scanning B2S add to scoop up the deals!! And speaking of deals, me and my girls at Freebielicious have teamed up with Educents with some instant downloads for you! Loaded with great products for back to school including book studies, craftivities, classroom prep, and content materials for back to school!  With 23 instant downloads... you have to check it out!  


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I love how hands on it is for my kiddos and we just LOVE making the anchor charts! 

Making Anchor Charts with your Students

There are some extra pictures that aren't in my pack, but you get the idea :) I love love love doing this to build the beginning sounds :)







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Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Fun in VEGAS

Hi Friends! Long time no see, I don’t know if ya’ll have figured it out from my Facebook or Instagram, but right this VERY Second I am in Las Vegas for the I Teach K and TPT conference! We are having a blast!! Having WAY to much fun, and meeting some pretty AMAZING teachers!!
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Any who, a while back I got an email from ESGI, asking if I would review their product and give one away. I said, what better time then when all 600 of my closest bloggy friends are all together!! So let me tell you ALL about it!!



Some of you might know that my Mother is a principal in the same district that I teach in, and she came home from school one day asking me if I had heard about ESGI?  I said no, tell me about it. She told me it was a program to use to test your kids. My first thing out of my mouth was “Really mom, I have to do ALL THESE ASSESSMENTS! WHY, would I add another?!” She said “Kaci, just promise me you will look at it, it will change your life”. Um HELLO she was RIGHT!!

ESGI did change my life! And it isnt ANOTHER assessment, it is a bigger and better assessment  to replace all the paper and pencil ones you keep in piles around your room. When you log into your account, you can see at a glance how well you class as a whole is doing (This was taken mid year)
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I love it because as you can see, I have all of my Ball Words set up as a test. Each of my kiddos come over and they see the word on the screen, they say what they think it is, I press yes or no, and it moves on to the next question. Easy Peasy. And did I mention Easy!!
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I don’t know about you, but I always dread when I get a new kiddo because off all the assessments I have to copy. Well worry no more! Because now all you have to do is add a new kiddo, no copying! Just add their name and keep on trucking!
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I am tickled pink that my new Principal, used to be a Kindergarten teacher AND she used ESGI! I am hoping she will spring for it! Because let me tell you! It is worth EVERY dime!! And speaking of dimes… If click here to purchase you can get it for 400 less dimes at only $159 per teacher! 
 
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