Thursday, May 26, 2016

5 Things to Take to a Teaching Conference


As the school year is winding down, and summer is heating up, it is now time for Teaching Conference Season! For the last five summers I have been SO lucky to go to a conference of some kind. There are SO MANY options! I have gotten to go to the two biggies, I Teach K in Vegas and Frog Street SPLASH in Dallas!

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This summer I am going to be going to SPLASH again! And as I am prepping for all the great sessions, I thought I would share with you what I will be taking with me!

1) Bag:
I am a bag hoarder! I have like 20 bags I learned my lesson the first year I went to Vegas for I Teach K. DO NOT TAKE A HUGE BAG! Sometimes you are treking across a huge hotel, and after a while the bag gets heavy. I love my Retro Metro bag from Thirty-One. Sad news is, they don’t sell them any more. But that means you can get them cheaper on eBay! (Or you can get them on Amazon?!)
2) Notebook:
I always buy me a new pretty notebook from Target before I leave. Polka Dots, Chevron, Stripes, Flowers, ANYTHING that just screams Buy Me Kaci!! I take notes in the notebook, and since I am a little ADD, I also like to doodle while I am listening to the session. (It also is helpful to keep a running todo list, I always think of things I need to do when I am sitting in a workshop!)
3) Pens:
Hi, My name is Kaci, and I am addicted to pens. When I go to a conference, I have to buy a brand new pack of Flair Pens. And by the time I get home, I will have lost over half… You can’t just have one, you have to have multiple colors. This way you can color code your notes and doodle cute pictures in the margins! (They are also on sale right now at Amazon for $10, I might have bought two sets….)
My laptop fits perfectly into my Retro Metro bag, and it goes with me every where! I like to have my laptop so I can type notes during sessions (when I get tired of writing notes, I like options!) I also can use it to look at Facebook if I get to sessions early. Some people like to bring their iPads or Tables, for the same reasons and they are lighter. But I prefer a full keyboard.
5) Snacks:
I am not a size 4 by any means, and I like snacks. I make sure to bring something sweet (peanut butter twix) something salty (trail mix) a bottle of water AND a Dr. Pepper!
I hope that you enjoy your conference this summer! If you are at SPLASH in Dallas, be sure to say HI!!!!

This post does contain affiliate links to Amazon. However, there is nothing in here that I would not purchase myself for my classroom. I hope you can find something that you need for your room.

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

PreK School Supply List

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It is Sweet Summer Time! Although I am still trying to close up my classroom, I am also beginning to think about next school year! If you will look at that image, I have a little news for my followers. I am moving to PreK! (Pending Board Approval in two weeks!) I am pretty excited about the move, but it really shouldn’t have any affect on my blog.

So back to the business. As I was preparing for the big move to PreK, I needed to prep a school supply list. So I did what any teacher would do, and I googled it! So here is my, in a perfect world, school supply list for PreK! I do have affiliate links to Amazon in my post, these help fund my classroom supplies.

The Basics:
Markers: I will fully admit that I am a school supply snob, and I will only use Crayola! I prefer the 10 count, classic colors box.
Crayons:  I have asked for two different types of crayons (Again Crayola.) The jumbo sized and then 3 packs of the regular 24 pack size.

Glue Sticks: I prefer glue sticks. I have heard about the glue sponges, and how great they are, But this teacher prefers the glue stick. Eight of them to be exact (and yes I fully expect that I will have to buy some in December!)
Pencil Box/Pouch: For the last few years I have used pencil boxes. I have waited until the school supplies go on sale and scoop them up when they are a quarter. But this year I am changing things up! I can’t tell you how many boxes broke this past year. We do flexible seating in my classroom, so boxes are spread across the room So This year I am going to the zipper bags, so if I step on them they wont break quire as easily.
Nap Mats: We have always napped for about 15 minutes until October in Kindergarten. But PreK is a new breed. So I have asked for a Kindermat and a blanket for the kids to sleep on.
Art Supplies: I have aso asked for a couple of art supplies to suplement our Art Class at our school.

Odds and Ends: There are also a couple of supplies that are no fun but every classroom needs, Such as ziplocs (both gallon and quart), germ-x and kleenex!
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These are all the tings I have asked parents for on the school supply list. But I do have a couple of items that I do ask for on a giving tree. You can see those on this blog post!
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This post does contain affiliate links to Amazon. However, there is nothing in here that I would not purchase myself for my classroom. I hope you can find something that you need for your room.