This week has felt so long and it is only Tuesday. Monday we finished paperwork and today I had 11 IEPs to place students for next year. I also called all of my parents and let them know about open house and did some more laminating. This evening my husband and I made a Pete the Cat
yellow shirt to use when reading Pete the Cat and his Four Groovy Buttons. It was super easy to make. We used yellow felt (2 pieces), buttons and velcro. Matt made the shirt template for me and we tried it out with paper first then. We copied the pattern on to the yellow felt and cut each piece individually. Then, I sewed (I am terrible at sewing!) the pieces together and I flipped it inside out so you wouldn't have to see the sharpie marks. We then cut the shirt up the middle. I added velcro to the back of the four buttons and then attached them. I also added a velcro button for his belly button. It turned out really well! Hopefully my kids love it too!

This is a work in progress.
This is a work in progress. This is the bottom of the gumball machine I created. I need to get extra laminating at school so I can connect it. This large bubblegum machine was inspired by Kelly in From Kindergarten with Love. She has lots of great ideas! I made paper circles and this will be another name game. I also am thinking of using lids and putting letters and numbers on them for the students to identify in small and whole group, but I am working on saving some more.

Finished product (hopefully mine will look the same in the end)!

Well, I got my tentative class list on Friday so today I spent Ethan's nap writing up my students names. Before snack everyday the students have to find their names and then they can go wash their hands for snack. I like to keep things changing so that they really are learning their names and not just memorizing the paper or the way something looks on the nametag.

The file is labelled am and pm.

3rd year student label

assessment papers in the file

iep data is all kept together

new student bags since I have quite a few openings this school year!

backpack nametags

I have a big apple tree that I will be placing the students' names on and they will find their name before snack.

locker tags

Marshmallow names. I have a fire that I put all the marshmallows around the students find their name. We use a magnetic wand as the "stick". A paperclip is on each marshmallow to make it magnetic.
When the students come in we see who is here and who is not. When their picture is shown they have to tell us their full name, address, birthday, age and phone number.
Before snack the kids love doing the "Who Stole the Cookie from the Cookie Jar" song. When shown their name they sing the song and then get to go wash their hands. I finally have posted this poem. I have been meaning to do it for sometime and keep forgetting. I finally feel somewhat together for the beginning of the school.

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