Sunday, July 29, 2012

Mod Podge Magic

What's up with all the wrinkles and bubbling?  I get so frustrated using Mod Podge, but love to decoupage.  I bought this tool today at Michaels, and the paper seemed to lay flatter.

 I can't wait to use it on other paper projects.  Here is a tutorial and some fun ideas from Pinterest to try in your classroom using scrapbook paper or fabric and Mod Podge.

Friday, July 27, 2012

Best day ever...

Published by Heinemann
Beach, chocolate-dipped ice-cream cone AND my book was delivered today!  This year, I will be the intervention teacher for my kindergarten team.  I came across this book and decided to check it out.  I am a trained Reading Recovery teacher but am always looking for new strategies for teaching pre-reading skills.  What I like about this book is that it is created just for my grade level.  The author has written a book for grades K-5.  I'm excited to see what the book has to offer.

Thanks to Watergrass Elementary PTA for the gift card that went towards this purchase!

Thursday, July 26, 2012

A Glog for my blog!

 I came across GlogsterEdu on Pinterest and thought it would be a great way to introduce yourself to your class and parents.  At school you can project your Glog onto the whiteboard so your new students can take turns clicking the links and photos you post of yourself.  Keep it displayed during open-house...  keep your parents busy viewing your Glog while they are waiting to talk to you!  It's so fun to design the background and page AND it's totally free to teachers!

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Get your calendars ready!

Today I sat with my fellow kindergarten teachers and began planning out the curriculum dates for the school year.  It's quite an overwhelming task. Thanks to collaboration, we were able to finish it up in a jiffy!

Here are some of the resources I used to create our team curriculum calendar.

Text-editable calendars from ANYTHING BUT PERFECT.  Super cute and easy to use! Calendars are also available for print under "FREEBIES".

Thanks to Pinterest I found several examples on setting up curriculum calendars.  Its nice to see what other teachers are doing. . . and it helped me find a focus.  The author of this blog had some really great ideas!
Keeping it True in K-1-2

This is what I ended up with. . . I still have a few dates to add!

Have fun planning out your year!  Get started early and find a teacher friend (or friends) to work together on your calendars. This will save you time and help your workload once the school year gets started.

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Welcome to Primary Pointe!

My summer has been full of reading, crafting, tutoring, dancing, and now . . . blogging!  This blog is for teachers who work, learn and play with the little ones.  Kindergarten has been my teaching home for the past 4 years..  My earlier teaching experiences have been in first grade and working as a reading specialist.  I've been blessed to collaborate with incredible teachers.  Sharing and connecting with other teachers has been my saving grace in teaching.  My hope for this blog is to connect teachers who share a love for early childhood education.