I am linking up with Teacher's Take Out to share some of the back to school notes I will be using this year. I hope you may be able to use some of them too! 

This one is name writing sample for the beginning, middle and end of the year.

Name Writing

These two notes encourage parents to practice reading and reviewing work done at school in the classroom.
Emergent Reader Note

Vocab Words Note

Agenda Note & Cover  (See below)

I have a few kids that are starting to loose teeth so I made these fun certificates.

Look Who Lost a Tooth Award

So I think those are my updated notes and such. Hopefully, you can use some of them too!

I just got Mike Austin's book Monsters Love Colors and I think my kiddos are going to love this too!

It is a fun story with lots of action words that I think my kids will enjoy acting out. It also explains how to mix colors. My son loved the book and I am sure my kids are too.

I made a little freebie to go with it that you can get here

Link up with Mrs. Jump to find more books to read to your kiddos!

Ethan and I made Lighning McQueen!

I updated my ABC/ Shape monster. This one will be easier to store than the previous box one I had made. 

What have you made?! Link up with 4th Grade Frolics to share!


I'm linking up with Kacey to share what I've been up too.

1. We celebrated Madi's Baptism last weekend. It was a beautiful day!

2. I went to Lakeshore and bought some new items for school. I also did some shopping on Amazon and the items have slowly been coming in!

I got this fun fine motor game for my kiddos. Ethan has enjoyed playing with it too!

3. Ethan and I made a Lightning McQueen car. 

4. Ethan and I made a color telescope. He loved looking through it seeing everything in red! All you need is toilet paper rolls and colored cellophane. I will probably be trying this with my little ones this year.

5. A freebie! 

You will need a crayon box for this one. It is great for tracing the ABC's and color words. 

Freebie Fridays
We are heading up north this weekend. Our first trip with Madi. It should be fun. Have a great weekend!

This coming year I am going to be starting to use a preschool agenda to document how the kids did that day.

I am going to be purchasing A Cupcake for the Teacher's behavior calendar to put in the folder. I can't wait! really think this will help with communicating with my parents.  

You can get the note and cover here. Do you use a daily communication folder? If so, do you like it and find it worth it?!

I just got this book for this coming school year and I think the kids are going to love it! The pictures are bright and colorful, but simple. It has students take a close look at what all kinds of dots there are. It would be a great book to talk about sorting and talking about differences, discussing what items around us are circular shaped and their uses, and has a rhythmic story pattern. I think my little ones are going to love it!

You can link up with Mrs. Jump's Class to find more fun books!

Another fine motor tub. This one is with pipe cleaners and I used a hole punch to put the holes in a formula lid. (I love these containers!)

This was a home project that was super easy! I used fabric, a 3 in multipurpose foam pad from Home Depot and a staple gun. We have a storage bench in the basement, but it was lacking some fun and so I decided to add the padding so we can also sit on the bench and just stapled the fabric to the wood top of the bench. Super easy and more fun then boring brown wood. I also want to add new fabric to the pillows and am currently looking for a no sew pillow cover tutorial.  

Also, thanks to the ideas of the considerate classroom  I am going to try making visual directions on how to play with the toys because the kiddos I have coming in more recently have not been taught how to play and this will help my little ones immensely!

If you can use this for your classroom you can grab it here!

Check out 4th Grade Frolics for a lot more fun ideas!

So I had this great idea and then Erin at Creating and Teaching shared her behavior system and I am once again revamping my original idea. It was similar to mine, just a bit more detailed. Last year I used the color chart like many of you use, but did not find it to be effective for my kiddos. My kids that were going to be well behaved were everyday and the kids that were going to misbehave would and didn't care about moving down. Or if they did move down they would get more upset and more behaviors would occur.

So this coming year this is what I am going to try. It focuses strictly on the positive and can be adapted for each child if needed. So the kids are going to earn Popsicle sticks. 

The Popsicle sticks that are earned will be placed in this jewelry holder. Each child has their own picture where the Popsicle sticks can be placed. 

To take this a step further the kids will be working for fun breaks where they can get an item of their choice to play with for a 5 minute break. The more sticks earned the bigger or more desired the item. I plan on purchasing Erin's Happy Sticks behavior system, which will work great because it has a better way of tracking the students than I had. You can check that out here. It is in my basket waiting for a sale!  

This system similar to a token system used with many students with autism. I really think this will help all my kids and at the end of the day will help all my kids with having positive behavior all day long! Have you used something similar to this?! If so, has it worked and any challenges you had with it?

Link up with Miss. V's Busy Bee's to share your behavior management. 

I made sensory writing mats...made with conditioner, hair gel, and tulle. I got the idea and the great tutorial here at Little Hands, Big Work. 
Ethan has loved playing with the mat I made for him. The texture adds an interesting feel that I think my kiddos will like. 

Interactive 5 Little Ducks Page and Emergent Reader. You can get it at under fan freebies on my facebook page. 

What have you made this week?! Link up with 4th Grade Frolics to share.

And I just had to share this!
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