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Monday, June 18, 2012

Monday Made It


It's that time again! Time for Tara's with 4th Grade Frolics Monday Made It Linky! I have a few projects in the works, but not finished yet. They will debut another week! And after looking at everyone else's projects this week my to-do list keeps GROWING! 




So a biggie for me this week was creating a Donors Choose project for my classroom. I was inspired by Mrs. Stanford's Class. She did a guest blog for Kindergarten Lifestyle and it was on Donors Choose projects she has created and that have been funded! I have wanted to do a project for some time but never really decided what I needed. I mean come on we are teachers we need EVERYTHING! I really loved her ball chairs, so I decided I would attempt to get three for my classroom because I know that my kinders sometimes  okay most of the time have a difficult time to sit still to learn. So by creating this project which I hope gets funded, I will get 3 ball chairs for my classroom for the students to share using. It's my 1st try and I hope it works!




You can click here to see my project!


I also updated my kindergarten team's behavior charts for the upcoming school year. Changes the dates and vacation days. The only thing I will have to do is update the library day once I find out the schedules and know when everyone has it! 


We all slowly converted to the clip behavior chart throughout the year last year and LOVED it! I enjoy the fact that students can move up for good behavior or down for negative behavior. I saw an improvement almost immediately when I made the switch! Plus NO more TREASURE BOX! I hated despised that thing!



Here is a pic of the one we use. A 1st grade friend originally created it, and I just took over updating it when she moved to 1st. She was our computer genius and I learned everything I basically know from sitting and watching her when I should have been working on something else.


This stays in our students communication folder that goes home and returns to school daily.  At the end of the day we look at the chart and record the number that goes with the color they ended the day on. At 1st I didn't have the colors on it, but the kids went home saying I ended on purple and parents were clueless as to exactly what that meant without reading the chart. So I added the colors on one side and the number on the other, so parents can easily see what kind of day their child has had. 




So one more thing! I am THRILLED to have been nominated for the Most Fascinating Blog of 2012. I was extremely surprised by it!


I am off to check out everyone else's Monday Made It's. If you are working on school projects, you should join the fun! 


Have a great week, see you back next Monday!

8 comments:

Tara

Thanks for linking up! Love Donor's Choose. Good luck with it:) I should probably get another project going for that too:))

4th Grade Frolics

Nicole

OK, I've started Donors Choose but EVERY time I go through the "shopping" section it won't let me add anything or nothing shows up! I've followed all the tutorials it gives... frustrating! I might have to use Internet Explorer rather than Firefox?! I don't know!
Nicole
Rowdy in Room 300

Katie

YAY! I love Donor's Choose :) It seriously has been such a blessing to my classroom this year. I have my fingers crossed you get those chairs! I also have a project going to try to get one... inspired by Jessica, of course!

Katie
Dirty Hands and Lesson Plans

Mrs. Egley

Just found your blog and I am your newest follower. I found you through the "Made It Monday" posts. I love your behavior chart. I do the same thing but I only do it for the month. I am now considering doing it for the 9 weeks like you have done - SMART!! Thanks for the great idea

Mrs.Egley’sKindergarten

Jennifer Tilton

I am tired of treasure chest, too. I plan to kep it, but offer other reward to choose from (sit somewhere else in e room, wear slippers instead of shoes, etc.)
Jennifer
kindertrips

Jill

Just found your blog, I'm your newest follower. Thanks for sharing I really am glad you are nominated for an award, how cool is that.

Jill
Bubbalulu.blogspot.com

1st Grade Rocks

Thanks for the credit for the chart! You kind words made my heart smile friend!!

~H

1st Grade Rocks

PS. Font? :-}

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