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OK folks!  I was sitting here working on my computer today doing some school stuff, as usual, when the doorbell rang.  My itty bitty Chihuahua, (thinks she's a ginormous great dane) went into attack mode so I knew immediately it was some form of package carrier.  One of her arch enemies.  I opened the door only to find this:

That's right, my Erin Condren planner!!!  I'll say it again just in case you didn't hear.  My Erin Condren planner came today!

All other school work came to an immediate cease, at least temporarily.  I have been waiting very patiently ( my husband would tell you very different) for this amazing box.  I made the mistake of ordering at what must have been the most busy time of year and then low and behold it took even longer because they had to wait on some materials.  Ughhhh.  But, so worth the wait!  I opened the box to this:

Oh the suspense was killing me!  And then finally this:

A thing of pure beauty!  I have been putting things in all day and if I was excited for back to school before, now I can't wait!!!  I am worse than my kindergartners.  I hate to wish away the last few precious days of summer but seriously, when is the first day??!!

If you've never ordered an EC planner you can do it here.  She has tons of choices for covers and now, the covers can be changed to fit your mood!  How fun is that.  Take a look at her site when you get a chance.  You won't be sorry!

Have you seen or heard of this?  I told my husband I needed to glue metal to metal and he told me I should try this, he had seen the infomercial for it one night.  He said if it didn't work there were other things we could try too.  Honestly, I think he just wanted to play with this neat tool!  Here's how it works.  You make sure your surface is clean then you place a small amount of the plastic liquid from the pen end of the tool onto the surface.  You then turn the tool around and push the button to shine a UV light onto the liquid plastic.  You shine the light for about 5 seconds, no longer than 10 seconds.  And that's it!  So simple and it created a bond that I have yet to break,  (And it's not for lack of trying!)  haha  According to the package it can be used for all kinds of jobs around the house.  I've only used it on my number rings (click here to see that post) but I will definitely keep one around the house for those emergencies.  It cost just under $10 at Wal-Mart and I found it in the "As seen on TV" section.  SO worth the $10.  This is my personal opinion from my personal experience and this opinion is my own.

I am in love with my new number rings.  I have to be honest and admit, I hated my number rings made using pipe cleaners.   It drove me nuts how they would get smooshed and dirty from all those little fingers.  Last night it hit me!  I had binder rings and tons of beads.  I wondered if the beads would fit on the binder rings.  They do!

It was super easy and relatively inexpensive considering how long they will last.  Here's what I used:

Pony Beads
2" binder rings
Paper Key Tags
5 Second Fix  

I simply wrote the number on the paper key tag with a Sharpie, I chose to take the ring off the tag and simply put the tag right on the number ring.  You could definitely leave the key ring on though.  I then put the number of beads on the binder ring that corresponded with the number written on the tag and closed the binder ring.  I didn't want the rings to open while they're being used so I used 5 second fix to solve that problem!  If you've never heard of this stuff see my post about it here.  It's AMAZING!!!

And here's the finished product!

Have you jumped on the "brag tag" wagon?  I tried them last year and I am hooked!  My students loved getting them throughout the year and then when they got to keep them and take them home as a necklace at the end of the year, OMGoodness!!!  I lost track of the number of times I was told I was the best teacher EVER!  I will make sure to post pictures of them in use but here's the breakdown:

I printed and cut them out.  I then put them in labeled drawers so they were easily accessible.  Each child was given a small carabiner clip with their name on it that they had hanging on a hook in the front of the room.  Every time they earned a tag, they would go get their clip then put their tag on the clip.  The clip was then hung back on the hook.  At the end of the year we placed all the tags on a silver ball chain that they got to take home.  The students loved them and so did the parents!  Pictures coming soon but here's the link to my TPT store if you want to pick them up before school starts.

Lots of love,

As a kindergarten teacher I have found over the years how important it is to have a schedule in my room that I follow everyday.  I had a little friend that REALLY needed to see what was coming next so I created this visual schedule.  Not only did he love it, EVERYONE did!  It became a huge deal to make sure the schedule was changed EACH day so they knew any changes or the days special.  I printed the schedule dots, laminated them and then cut them out.  I then attached them with velcro to a ribbon so I could move the parts of the day around as necessary, (got to love assemblies), or change out the special for each day.  I put the extra pieces in a small container right next to the schedule so if I didn't get the schedule changed I could ask one of the students to do it for me.

Here's an example of the dots, I will post a picture of it in use next week.

Lots of love,
I am so excited!  I am finally a dot com address and I have a new look on my blog.  You will have to forgive me over the next few days as I play around with all the new features.  If you see something on here and then it's gone, assuming I don't do anything permanent, it will be back as soon as I figure out what I did!  lol  I am going to do some posts over the next few days of some of my top sellers on TPT.  I hope they are helpful and I hope your class enjoys the items as much as mine does!

Thanks in advance for your patience!

Lots of love,
Wow, where does the time go?  It is my goal this year to get back on my blog and post all of the fun things we're doing in kinderland!  This year is bound to be fun and different as we are using a new curriculum in both reading and math.  How many of you out there use Engage New York?  I've spent a lot of time this summer looking over the math and I'm pretty excited about giving it a try!  Whew, it takes A LOT of prep though!!  It is definitely not a "I can take a peak in the morning and have everything I need and know exactly what I'm doing" kind of curriculum.  At least not for kindergarten.  Manipulatives, manipulatives, manipulatives.  I've spent the summer creating a math tool kit for each student.  At the beginning of each lesson they will grab their tool kit, which has all of the manipulatives in it, and be ready for whatever the lesson is.  Sounds great but we'll see how it works real time when we start back to school.  I will definitely keep you posted!

I've been working on a few other things as well.  I will be posting pictures soon so stay tuned!

Hope you've all had a great weekend!

Lots of love,
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