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Yesterday I signed my contract with the school district and received the keys to my classroom. So exciting! I had planned to work in my classroom all day every day, but I didn’t realize how hot it would be! Y’all the high today was 106 and there is no air conditioning in the school during the summer! AHHH! I am planning to work early in the mornings or later at night. It’s just too miserable during the day. I absolutely love my room! I am so lucky! I’m just not sure where to begin. 

Here are a few pictures of my room:

My room!

SO many books! : )  Tonight my goal is to sort through them. 

I just can't wait to get everything organized and put together! : ) 

Have you been working in your classrooms over the summer? How to you battle the heat?


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And the Giveaway winner is...

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CONGRATULATIONS Amanda! 
I will be contacting you via email soon.

Thank you so much to everyone who entered my giveaway! : ) Happy Friday friends!
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Word Wall Ideas and Giveaway Reminder


I should be in my classroom next Tuesday! I can’t wait to start working and putting everything together. This week I have been printing out all of the things I have made and bought from TPT. I’m using a record breaking amount of ink and cardstock.

My main focus today has been putting together everything I need for my popcorn word wall. After printing out my word cards I decided that I wanted to add some sort of background to them. I am a really visual person and I know that colors really help things stick in my head. So, I really wanted to use different colors to help the words stand out to my kids.  I LOVE these index cards! Much better than using expensive color ink! : )

Red, yellow, green, blue and black polka dots! 

I just printed and glued all of my popcorn words in the middle of each card and ta-da a perfect border! My popcorn word wall cards fit perfectly on any type of index card.


Then, this is how I organize my word cards.

Please ignore the fact that I need to print and add a cute label. #forgiveme


The index card holder  keeps things organized and the alphabet tabs make it super easy to find the word card I need. 

Don't forget my 100 followers giveaway is almost over! Scroll down or click HERE to enter! Good luck! 
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Yeehaw! 100 Followers Giveaway!

I am SO excited to annouce that I have reached 100 followers!

Thank you so much to all of my sweet followers for reading my blog. Two of my favorite Texas bloggers are helping me celebrate! Erica at Sprinkles to Kindergarten and  Heather at Heather's Heart both graciously donated items for my giveaway. Here are the details:



How to win:
Make sure you follow all three Texas blogs.








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The giveaway ends on June 22, 2012 at 12:01 a.m.
 Good luck and thanks so much for helping me reach 100 followers!

AND everyone can win by shoping Steps to Literacy. Use the code Yeehaw12 to save 10% on your entire purchase!
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Emergent Readers, READ to win a copy of mine!

Next year, like many of you, I will be doing Daily 5 in my classroom. One of the most challenging components of Daily 5 will be Read to Self. Each child will need a book bin filled with “good fit” books.  It’s really important to make sure children have books that they can read independently. This can be really challenging at the beginning of kindergarten!
My solution?
PRINTABLE EMERGENT READERS!
I found tons (see below) on the Internet ready to print! However, I couldn’t find an alphabet emergent reader that I just loved. So, I created one!



This book is perfect to introduce the alphabet! Each page features a different letter, picture and word. I will print out and put together copy of the book for each student to color. Then we will read the book together and they can take it home to read with their family; or add it to their book bin to use during read to self time. Click on the picture to buy it for $2 on my TPT store!
I will be giving a free copy to the first THREE  followers who leave me a comment with their email address!
Here is a list of other emergent reader resources I found:

Do you use printable emergent readers in your classroom?
Please leave a comment (with a link) if you have another emergent reader resource or if you sell one of TPT!
I hope everyone is enjoying summer. Have a blessed day friends!
 I am also starting to plan for a big 100 follower giveaway ; )


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Teacher Autobiography Big Book

Today I want to share with you one of my very favorite creations. For one of my literacy and language classes, I had to create an autobiography to share with the kids I would teach. I went all out! I really enjoyed sharing my autobiography with my field based and student teaching classes. The kids are so fascinated to see pictures of you as a kid and learn more about you. After I read my autobiography, I always added it to the classroom library for the kids to reread. It was usually the first book chosen : ) It’s also I great way to introduce yourself if you will be teaching a workshop or staff development or something like that. Teachers love this kind of stuff!
Here are some of the pages in my autobiography:
This is the cover.

Have to throw in some text features!


I made a page for each grade level since I didn't know what grade I would teach. Kindergarten is of course my now favorite page. The little picture is from my kindergarten journal. It says, "I play school."





This is one of my very favorite pages! The kids love looking for books they have read.


The last page.

To make my autobiography, I used half sized sheets of poster board. I HATE having to cut poster board because I am so OCD about the cuts being perfect and straight, So, I bought precut half size poster board, way worth it to me : ) I just bought the primary scrapbook paper pack from Hobby Lobby to use with the pictures and titles. I cut out all of the title letters using my Cricut machine. Then I put together all of the pages, laminated them and bound it together. One thing I would really suggest for binding is book rings. This way it is easy to add or remove pages at any time. If you have lots of pages, try these. 

Fun Ideas of Things to Include in your Autobiography:
  • Pictures of you in different grades
  • Report Cards
  • Award Certificates
  • Work that you may have done in elementary school (My mom saved everything! So my autobiography is filled with old pictures I drew about wanting to be a teacher! )
  • Pictures of family and friends
  • Pictures of Pets
  • Places you’ve traveled
  • Pictures of past classes
  • Favorite Books
  • Other Favorite Things
I can’t wait to share my autobiography with my first precious class of kindergarteners on the first day of school. Just typing that brings tears to my eyes. I can’t believe how blessed I am. If you make an autobiography (or if you already have one) please, please, please share it with me! I would love to see it : )

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I will be teaching...

After weeks of anticipation, I finally found out what grade I will be teaching. Ready...

KINDERGARTEN!

I am SO excited! 
I can't wait to focus all of my preparation on kindergarten!

At a time when teaching jobs are hard to come by in Texas, I feel SO blessed that I have my dream job.  

That's all for now. I just couldn't contain my excitement.
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Popcorn Word Wall, Hurry for a free copy!

Hi blogging friends,
I am so excited that most of you are now on summer vacation! Welcome to the club. I have been hard at work for next year! Most classrooms have a word wall. I LOVE the idea of having a popcorn word wall. I think it's such a a fun theme and lends it's self to many fun activites.

I have put together a Popcorn Word Wall Packet for my TPT store! The words included would be appropriate for kindergarten or first grade students. The product includes blank word cards, but I would be happy to add any words you might need! It includes 100 HFW, number words (1-10), color words and the popcorn bucket alphabet headers. Click on the picture to purchase for $2!


I will email a free copy to the first THREE people who follow my blog and leave a comment with their email!

Enjoy the rest of your weekend!
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