Saturday, August 30, 2014

Different Way to use Word Wall

Hey Friends! I am sitting here, watching my FAVORITE TV show of all time. Which is when I usually blog during the week!
It is Gameday Baby!! If you have followed me even for a few seconds, you will know I love me some college football!! I bleed Orange and Black!! #GoPokes
Football Season is once again upon us my Brothers... Can I get an Amen?!

Anywho!! I posted a picture on my Instagram last night and I had a couple of questions so I thought I would clarify them.

This is the picture I posted:
Using your blank word wall for Beginning Sounds Anchor Charts

I am pretty sure that most classrooms have a word wall. I have a pretty cute one if I do say so myself. I was talking to one of our 1st grade teachers who doesn’t have one. And she brought it to my attention that mine will be blank for a bit until we really get started with sight words.

Using your blank word wall for Beginning Sounds Anchor Charts
I have a HUGE word wall, that takes up almost an entire side of my classroom, and all I could think of was ALL that WASTED space!! (But look at how cute it is!)

I have always done anchor charts as I introduce each letter. Which my kids love to do. I have made them like this and only posted a few at a time.
Beginning Sounds Anchor Chart

Well unfortunately those take up space, and my friend and I were talking about my word wall, and BAM it hit me!!  Instead of making anchor charts, that will only be up for a day or two and wasting paper, WHY Kaci, don’t you use your Word Wall.

Sorting Beginning Sounds
This is what it looks like on my Easel in my room. (Well actually this is on Friday when we are sorting our two sounds, I somehow missed getting a picture, but it looks just like the picture above, just on a magnet board instead of paper)

Then on Friday I transfer them over to my word wall.
Using your blank word wall for Beginning Sounds Anchor Charts

As We introduce sight words, I will add those to our word wall. Then you might ask, what are you going to do with your pictures once you introduce all your letters and have a bunch of sight words?

If you read my post about my writing center here, you know about my pocket chart word wall.
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I actually have used the same pictures from my Just Picture It unit. Just cut them out out and added a magnet to the back.

So I will take down my little pictures (Save them for next year) and introduce my word rings in the writing center. Easy Peasy.

I hope that Clears up some questions. If you have any more please don’t hesitate to ask Smile

After a lot of questions regarding my Word Wall. Here is what it looked like in January:
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Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Where are You?!

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

My hallway where my kids took pictures with their parents.I have redone this area twice!
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!
computer area
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:
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.
big wall
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!
target goal

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!!
reading nook

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!

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.
teaching area

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.

A couple of little things around my room.

My clipchart.

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!!


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!


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!


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!


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..