Saturday, September 19, 2015


Hello Everyone,
My mom teaches kindergarten as well, and she decided to have a Jungle/Safari theme in her classroom this year!  

Click Here to see my original post on my Jungle Safari theme classroom. 

 I went to her school and helped her set up everything.  Luckily her school has air condition (unlike mine).  Here are the preliminary boards!

 Information hut/ Morning meeting area

 Behavior Chart.  Each student is in a safari outfit! You can snag the safari kids templates HERE!

The chart says: Safari Lodge, On Safari, Lost in the Jungle, and Stuck in Quick Sand!  My mother starts all students at the Safari Lodge and moves them according to their behavior!

 Leopard with a Safari Hat

Large Zebra Cut Out

 Zebra valance made from zebra fabric and double sided tape.

K-2 Differentiated Calendar Work for Morning Meeting

K-2 Differentiated Calendar Work for Morning Meeting & SMA

In my class I developed a Calendar sheet that would be completed after we have our morning meeting.  I teach kindergarten and my kinders can complete the sheet on their own after the first few weeks of working and completing it together. I have also used this in aK-2 Self Contained Classroom.

I have 3 differentiated versions of the sheet to meet the needs of all students in the classroom.  When I introduce the sheet, I use my SMART Notebook version and we all complete the sheet together.  This sets my expectations and students can see how the sheet is supposed to be completed.  I start students on the easiest sheet.  After they have mastered each sheet independently, I move them up to the sheet with the next level of difficulty.  

I have found that this works well in my classroom.  I color code the sheets so students know which color sheet they should be working on.  

This sheet aligns with Common Core goals and standards.  It is also appropriate for Kindergarten - second grade.

Includes concepts such as: days of the week, months of the year, sequencing, numbers, temperature, days in school, season, weather, etc.

In this calendar pack you will find:
-3 differentiated calendar sheets
-1 SMART Notebook file 

You can grab your copy HERE:
 K-2 Differentiated Calendar Work for Morning Meeting & SMART Notebook File

Saturday, September 5, 2015

Western Theme Classroom Ideas

Howdy Y'all!  My mom and I both teach kindergarten and each year we switch classroom themes. One of the themes we switch between is the Western theme. Here you will find some ideas we have used over the years! Each time we do it we change it up a little. Enjoy the ideas!

Here is our hut/ reading nook that we have transformed into a covered wagon type structure. It took a lot of time and energy to get it perfect. We used long white bendable plastic pipes from Home Depot to make the front and back of the cover. Then we used some extra bamboo sticks to keep the fabric up. 

Below are some products we use to make our theme special! Click the thumbnail to take a closer look!

News Letter

Calendar Pack

 Word Wall Headers

 Calendar Pack

 Calendar Numbers

 Supply Labels

Supply Labels

Calendar numbers