I am linking up with Doodle Bugs Teaching for Five for Friday.

Well, it was another crazy week. IEPs are all completed for the incoming students, I met my new teammate who is high energy and full of great ideas (very excited to be working with her), and we had our Opening Day festivities for the district.

1. This year our opening day presenter was, Dr. Adolph Brown. He was awesome (inspirational, entertaining, and realistic about teaching)! He discussed relationships and being a 'balcony' teacher (super positive and being able to connect with the students on a personal level). You can check out the website here
I am going to try to read his book Real Talk.

2. On Wednesday, we took Ethan to his first Tiger's game. He was very well behaved which I was a little nervous about because an almost 2 year old can be unpredictable.

3. I finished my friends unit that I have been working on for awhile now. You can check it out at  tpt or tn

4. Tomorrow we are getting together with a group of friends from college. We always have a blast getting together with everyone because the opportunities are so few and far between now that many of us have moved out of state, have kids and busy lives now. It should be a fun time!

5. Here is a color matching freebie. You get this at tpt or tn

Freebie Fridays

I am trying to clean up my desktop because I have lots of things just partially done. Here are a couple of back to school freebies that you may be able to use this fall.

First is a Read Banner. I need to print and add this to my classroom. You can get it at TN or tpt.

I also have a labeling apple parts that you can find at tn or tpt. There is two ways to use this. The students can write in the words or cut and paste the words to the correct place. Enjoy!

I am linking up with Doodle Bugs Teaching for Five for Friday.

What a week! Personally and at work this week has been an up and down roller coaster. On Monday, I headed back to work. I volunteer along with a couple of the other ECSE teachers, speech paths and social workers to screen the 3 and 4 year olds in the area. We initially do a brigance screener and if we hear speech issues or if the kids are at the cut off score then we ask the parents if we can give them further speech and language testing which can qualify them for ECSE or itinerant speech. The week started off calm, but towards the end of the week we had lots of kids going for further testing, which means lots more paperwork to fill out. So today and Monday we tackle writing up all the IEPs and METs. There are probably about 75 kids or so that we need to write up IEPs for. On Monday, I also found out that my husband got laid off. Let me say I am VERY type A so I initially panicked, but I have now calmed down and realize I need to take one day at a time. I don't want to cause him or myself any extra stress. Fortunately, having screeners this week has helped to keep my mind off of all of this. Now on to five random things from this week.

1. I got my class list. I have 15 students returning this year and the new students on my list look like they are going to be sweet kids from what I have heard so that is exciting.

2. Last weekend we went away for a long weekend to Cincinnati and Dayton, OH. It was a lot of fun. We saw lots of planes, trains, and animals.

Ethan riding the crank train.
At the Natural History and Science Museum.

3. I finally joined our local library. I use to go to the library all the time and then I don't really know why, but it just stopped. I think it is just because of work and school the last few years and of course Ethan. So Ethan and I went to our local library and got a library card.

4. Tonight I am going to be writing the names on all of my nameplates, locker magnets, etc of my students...a super exciting Friday I know.

5. I finished a BBQ themed unit that you can check out on tpt


or Teacher's Notebook.

Have a great weekend!

Before I leave for work I thought I would share this cute Hello Poem.

You can get this freebie at tpt here or at my teacher's notebook store

Classroom Freebies Manic Monday
Have a great Monday!

Where did the summer go?! I am heading back into work tomorrow. Yikes! Fortunately, I get to kind of ease into it. We have preschool screeners this week and then we have to write up IEPs and METs for the kiddos that qualify or are tested for ECSE. It is optional, but I like meeting with the kids and getting an idea of who may be in my class this coming school year.

We went on vacation this past week and it was definitely needed. We did a lot of day trips or mini vacations this summer, but not any with my husband because of work so this was definitely needed for us as a family. We went to Cincinnati and Dayton. It was a planes, trains, and animals vacation!  We went to the Cincinnati Zoo (definitely recommend!), National Air Force Museum, Cincinnati's Natural and Science Museum, Newport Aquarium, and a few other things. It was very relaxing and technology free for the most part.

Well, since getting home and getting some errands done before the work week starts I have been adding some items to my tpt wishlist that I will be purchasing very shortly here. I am having tpt sale as well. Make sure to check out my store here.

Happy Shopping and if you are heading back to work tomorrow good luck!! :)

The curriculum we use is the Creative Curriculum and the assessment we use is the brigance. I use these two things and the students IEP goals to drive my instruction. When planning I initially come up with some themes that I would like to do each month and then I add the letter of the week that is to be focused on and anything else that may need to be completed that week (mostly assessments that need to be done).
I have an outline of my monthly themes, letter we are on and anything else special then.

Then I start creating lesson plans. I use the same template for the am and pm and just write the am and pm activities in the same area.

Last year I started keeping a huge binder of what books, activities, etc. that we did because some of my students are with me for three years and to keep changing things up I can see what I have done in the past and what I would like to reuse (I can take that activity out and move it to the new binder).

Since going through the binder it has been MUCH easier to see what I have done versus just reading it on the lesson plan because sometimes the title of the activity may be the same or similar.
I do keep hard copies of everything because it is easier for me to use and see then doing it on the computer. I have considered doing visual plans which would eliminate this for me, but at this time I think this may be easier.
I have tubs with each of my monthly activities and games that I keep in one of my closets. They are all labeled by theme and easy to grab out for when I do that theme. I also have a bin of file folder games organized mostly by theme and season too that I can easily grab and change out when the time comes. Unfortunately I do not have pictures of either of these to share.
How do you keep everything organized?! Make sure to link up and share what you do!

I am linking up for teacher week 2013. You can link up here to share your classroom.

I originally posted my classroom tour here

This is more of the abridged version of it. I don't have a specific theme. It is mostly just bright and colorful.
 A picture from the door.

The calendar area. Everything is accessible for my little ones to point and put things up when they are special helper.

Rules, clip chart, schedule. I also got this big book holder. Someone was putting it into storage so I asked my principal if I could take it and she said I could. Now my big books will have a place rather than in between my file cabinet and the wall.

My para and my desk area. I couldn't move her desk over. The custodians said they would take care of that for me.

Some of my cabinets.

I cover up all of the toys because I have some little ones who love to dump and pull everything out. This discourages that.
The kitchen area.

This corner is where I run my language/academic center. I can see everyone from here.

I put up my welcome banner.

This is going to be our picture wall.

 Is your room all ready to go?! I know a lot of people have started or start school this week. We do not start with the kids until after labor day. I do preschool screeners in the north end of our district so the two weeks before we report back I am not able to get into my classroom. It is kind of nice with no one else there though because I can get a lot done without getting distracted or chit-chatting. I also have the copier and laminator all to myself. :) I can't wait to check out other people's rooms.

This past week I was busy getting everything ready for the start of the school year. Here are a few things I created in preparation of the first day. You can link up here.

1. Welcome Banner. This banner is from Amy at the Resource(ful) Room.
Each of my kids made a placemat at the beginning of the school year. It helps define their space and show them where to place their food and drink. They love it and it also helps keep the crumbs more contained. Our placemat box was in desperate need of a makeover. I used some duct tape and wrapped it around and I put contact paper at the bottom for easy clean-up.

I had a crayon border that I have never used so I cut it into pieces and then I painted some clothespins. Here is a fun color matching activity that is also great for their fine motor skills.

Another find in my classroom. I had 4 Target pocket charts that I have not used in a long time so I duct taped them together. I would have sewed them but I don't know how to sew. I need to learn how to do that. I may put some washi tape down the front and around it to make it look more colorful.

I am also going to be trying these charts with my pm class so they can follow along as we count or say the abc's. I put them each on different color construction paper and put them on back to back. You can get the copy here.

I am also linking up for Teacher Week 2013. You can meet other teachers here.
Here is a little bit about me.
My name is Kate and I currently teach Early Childhood Special Ed. I have a variety of disabilities in my am and pm class. Some of my students will go on to regular kindergarten and others I will try to get into specific programs (CI, ASD, Severe SLI etc.) This is going to be my fourth year of teaching ECSE. I taught kindergarten before that for three years.
I have an undergrad degree in Elem. Ed, English and Science. While there I ran cross country and track. Those people have and will always be my very best friends! We went through a lot with each other and seen each other at our best and worst.
I got both of my Masters from Madonna University. My first Masters was in Learning Disabilities and the second in Early Childhood Special Ed.
I am married and have a 22 month old. I love them like crazy!
In my spare time I love crafting, working out (biking, running, swimming, pretty much anything), scrapbooking, traveling, creating activities for my kids at school, and hanging out with my family and friends. I also love blogging to connect with other teachers and get great ideas that can be used in my classroom!
I also have a freebie for you. I just started a Teacher's Notebook store. I am going to be uploading some of my bestsellers from tpt as well as a few new ones once they are created and I am going to try to do different freebies at each store. You can get this ten frame freebie here

Classroom Freebies Manic Monday
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