A Teacher's Summer: Color-Coded Sequencing

Hey guys! Just poppin' in to share a quick strategy I tried this summer. 
I am teaching ESY for the last year ever I am so tired  and one of my Kinders/Rising Firsties is having difficulty recalling the order of things in a story.

Which sucks because she is pretty meticulous in remembering EVERYTHING that happened...

just not when they happened. 

"M" really likes to color, so we picked out her favorite colors and color coded her story.

She loved it! 

While we broke the story apart, we  practiced words she recognized as a clue to search a story for sequence.

She thought it was so cool that after we found the sentenced it was so colorful!!

"It's Like a Rainbow."- M

After that, we talked about First, Next, Then and Finally and Number Sequence.

It was ALOT to cover, but she LOVED having the teachers attention to herself. 

I cannot wait to see if this strategy works in my classroom next year.

Have you guys tried it?

A Teacher's Summer: Creating Crate Seats

Finding out I am teaching a new grade level has me pumped! 

SO pumped that my "teacher brain" will not turn off.


SO yesterday, I decided to put it to GOOD use:

I am so excited!!
so excited I put "seat crates" and not "crate seats" on my pic (above).

SO EXCITED, that I stared at it because I new it was wrong...
but was too excited to edit it and re-upload. My error is candid.

I have wanted to make these forever, but  I was always under a pile of a million district assessments and #teachtothetest responsibilities never got around to it.

Until now.

I know that PINTREST is flooded with how-to's about how these are made.

So I will not beat a dead horse.

Sidenote: I always cringe at the visual I get from that.


Anyways, here are the things I used:

I got everything from Staples, Lowe's and Wal-Mart.  
The most frustrating part was finding the fabric. I have only been in this area for two years, and everything is pretty accessible....but the noticeable difference is no one seems to sew in the city. 
So fabric stores are few and far between...

So stuborn me would rather to go home and eat than use more gas refused to drive another mile!

I just used a throw blanket I found at Wal-Mart. 

>>>>>> Which feels fantastic!

I cannot wait to update you all when I get these cuties into my classroom!

If you have any questions, please leave them below.

Also link your blog in the comments if you have made these for your class. 

Or if you do not mind if I stalk your blog.

With my best Mickey Mouse {Clubhouse} voice:

Thanks for stopping by :-)

Oh Currently!!! Oh Currently!!! It is finally July!!

Could you tell I wrote this post title to the "America" tune? 

Now you know...read it again.

See? Haha!

I cannot believe July has bursted on the scene. 
And what better way to kick it off than with Farley and her CURRENTLY.

LISTEN...have you ever made Siri say dumb things...
or asked her silly questions? 

Clearly this is for my iPhone users.

Stop what you are doing and ask Siri:

"What's zero divided by zero?"

I'll wait.

How do you feel? lol. 

I am LOVING with my new Melonheadz Swagg.

Not only did I finally #MelonheadzAddictsUp ....

I got some Personalized Melonz done. 

Nikki is a genius!!

and Yes I said Melonz.

AHHH!!!! And a little birdy told me she is opening up slots again.

Starting with her Facebook fans.

I am just sayin'.

Okay, so I have been THINKING. 
Not that I have had a couple moments to breathe, 
I am ready to approach next school year....

With "Gazelle-like" Intensity.

I hit some blips this year (see a few emo posts back) and
 I really though maybe teaching was not for me.

But through prayer and reflection, I realized it was for me.

Even Whoopi Goldberg knows I am a teacher...

I got a new EC Life Planner.

*cue pitbulls*

I know how some people have been feeling about ordering lately.

I have been there. Read about it (here) later!

Anyway, thanks to my above scenario, I do not have to buy a

 Teacher planner for two years!!!

And now they have interchangeable covers, so I fixed my issue.

I am WANTING to washi them now!!

Aren't they lovely?

I do not want to talk about it, but my room is a mess!

{Insert offensive hoarders reference here}

Just know, my brain gets wonky when I am stressed.

My room = Exhibit A-Z.

I'm just sayin'. 

ALL STAR..... What do you guys think?

Refer back to "listening" if you have to. 

Okay, it is your turn!!! If you have not already link up with CURRENTLY.

RANDOM PLUG: I just created a Donor's Choose Project.
I am waiting for it to be approved, but until then...

You can still help!!

Will you, pretty please?!?

Donate here.