Sunday, August 22, 2010

Hey, whatta ya know? A post about school!

The other day, some of the babies were working with white boards during centers, and one of my super stars brought this over to me. Of course, being the bitch that I am, the first thing I did was chastise him for interrupting my group. (Rule #1 of center time - DO NOT interrupt my group!)But, a few minutes later, when we were ready to switch, I told him to bring it over so I could see it.
Translation: My teacher is sweet and good, and mad, but good. She gives us new stuff, problems, math stuff. My teacher really loves to sing, sing, sing.

How smart is this kid?! The last line made me laugh out loud. Funny cuz it's true!!

I discovered a few new teacher blogs this weekend. There were a couple of 1st Grade blogs that I found particularly interesting. Mrs. Larremore over at Chalk Talk posted about these Word Helpers that she found over at Sarah Cooley's blog, First last! I immediately set to work, making a set of my own.

I also put together a power point slide show, that I plan to show the babies tomorrow. From that, I printed out a page with all the slides, that I plan to copy for them to keep in their homework folders. This color copy will stay at my group table. I plan to make a few more to keep in some of my centers.
Look what I bought at Sam's Club!! This is the first time I decided to do something completely frivolous with my $100 supply allowance. This laminator was $99.98. It's something I've always wanted, and after the past few months of HELL, I decided it was time to treat myself to something nice. (Yes, only a nerdy teacher would think THIS is a treat. What about it?!) It came with 50 different laminating pouches; 10 ID badge pouches (complete with clips!), 10 5"x7" pouches, 10 'menu size' pouches, and 20 letter size pouches. For another $20.68, I picked up a pack of 200 additional letter size pouches.
I quickly laminated the 6 posters I made with my Word Helpers, although I've decided to call them Reading Buddies. I can't wait to hang these up near my small group table tomorrow, and introduce them to the babies. Thanks, Sarah!

One of the "projects" I plan to make with my new laminator (woo hoo!) is dry erase "boards" for the kids to keep in their desks. This laminating film can be written on with dry erase markers, so I'm going to put a piece of cardstock in the pouch and laminate it. Oo, wait! I can put lines on one side for them to write on, and leave the other side plain for them to draw or whatever. Now I'm excited!

Oh, AND I'm even more excited about this....Pissed Off posted about these amazing Dry Erase Crayons from Crayola the other day. Hallelujah! What the hell took so long for someone to come up with these!! Do you have any idea how many markers I've had to throw away because the babies either pushed the tips in from writing too hard, or they didn't cap them correctly and they dried out? These things aren't cheap. Sure, I've bought the cheap ones from the dollar store, but they don't last.

This year, for the first time, I put dry erase markers on my supply list for parents. I decided to go with a very nontraditional list this year (you know, to go with the nontraditional grade!) and asked for dry erase markers, sanitizing wipes, index cards and hand sanitizer. The only 'supplies' I asked that the babies have are 3-5 sharpened pencils and crayons. That's it. I have scissors and glue, and I don't allow the babies to have markers. (Occasionally, we use markers for projects, but if they have them in their desks, they try to do EVERYTHING in marker, which means my desks, chairs and students also get covered in marker!) I told parents that they should have scissors and glue available at home for homework and projects, but please don't send any to school. The more they have, the more they play with. I know, I'm mean. Eh, I'm over it!

Anyway, I think if each of them had a personal dry erase board and crayon in their desk, there would be a whole lot of writing going on, not to mention the number of trees we'd be saving! (That one's for you, Suz!) I'm a little too excited about this now. I will be bringing card stock to school with me tomorrow to put in the copy machine to put the lines on one side. I'll probably bore you with the finished project later. You've been warned!


Ricochet said...


I felt I deserved it too! :)

Busy Bee Suz said...

i love the note he made for you...sweet and mad. Sounds like you are a good teacher to me!!!!

Sarah Cooley said...

The posters turned out great!!! So glad you could use them! I love that you call them reading buddies!!!

jlo said...

Bella's teacher in K told the class not to interrupt the reading table "unless they were bleeding or on fire." Needless to say, my rule follower NEVER interupted! ;)
Love the whiet board idea!!

Change for Good said...

I love the precious note!!!

I am jealous of the laminator, but you deserve it! Ours is always broken.

We don't get to send home supply lists at all. We did have a bag of supplies donated by the reformatory inmates. They raised money to give supplies to our school...that was interesting to hear our principal explain where they came from.

Ok...again you are the DIVA of teaching. Tonight at Cubbies we had 31 kids....I thought how you had 35 with JUST YOU. HOW IN THE WORLD DO YOU DO IT??? I've had 34 4th graders a few years, but they could do some things on their own. Anything you do with that many babies should be a complete BONUS outside of eating and restroom!!! All hail ChiTown Girl!

ChiTown Girl said...

Oh my hell, JLo!! That is EXACTLY what I've always told my kinder babies!!! How weird! As soon as I would see one out of the corner of my eye even THINKING about interrupting, I would ask, "Are you bleeding? No? Well, then are you on fire? I didn't think so." Too funny!

C said...

what great ideas, cheech! you are such a great teacher... so imaginitive and creative...

i too would be that excited about a laminator and would love to have one! i could spend a whole day in a bookstore or office supply store and be in heaven. i love the smell of freshly printed off papers, crayons, markers [oh yeah baby] and freshly sharpened pencils... call me crazy but i think i might of been a teacher in a prior life!!!! lmao i lerve new notebooks, paper, pens.... i could go on and on..

and whatta cute note from your baby.
the dry erase thingies in each desk will be a great hit... good idea again!!!

Jason, as himself said...

Yes. We get excited about the funniest things, don't we?

Are you teaching a K/1 then? I missed that somehow.

The rule about not interrupting groups is essential! Even if he did have something wonderful to show you.

vannapk1 said...

Congrats on the new laminator! I felt the same way when I purchased my own paper cutter for the first time :) If you like the reading strategies I have a cute twist on the idea here:
I love the Dry Erase Crayons too, they are sold out all over this area, had to hit 6 different office supply stores until I found 4 stinkin' boxes! teachers are such hoarders LOL! I missed the Toys R Us BOGO sale, if you used their coupon you could get 2 boxes for 3.99 :(

JennyMac said...

LOVE that precious note he made you.