Friday, January 12, 2018

Anchor Charts Made Easy!

Hi friends! Happy Friday! I enjoyed another snow day today and we also had one this past Monday and two last week! So I've been able to be really productive these last two weeks. I've started a new little product line, called "Anchor Charts Made Easy." And I wanted to pop in tonight to tell you a little bit about them! If you are like me... you love anchor charts, but struggle with making them look great due to messing up the drawings or the handwriting or storing them once you have used them. I am the world's worst to throw anchor charts I've made on chart paper away, after I made them because they just aren't easy to store... and really once you have used them one year and stored them they don't look so hot when you go to pull them out the next year. So, I decided to whip up some simple, print and go anchor chart packs to help me out with this problem! These print and go anchor chart packs have color and black and white options {you can print on colored paper}, as well as some mini versions that are perfect for your focus walls or to put in student homework folders/binders to use as a reference tool. If you have a student who is really struggling with verbs, simply put the mini version in their take home binder as a reference tool to help them out with their homework, etc.

How to "Anchor Charts Made Easy" work? It's so EASY! All you do is pick the option that best suits {either printing in color or B/W} cut the pieces out, glue them to a poster board... and BOOM you have yourself an instant anchor chart that you can laminate and use year after year! I like using poster boards, instead of chart paper because they are much more durable and much easier to store. I get the 4 packs of colored poster boards at Wal-Mart to use for mine. The 4 packs have green, orange, yellow, and navy blue for $2.97. I also like to laminate mine for some extra durability. 



So far I have this print and go anchor chart packs for Nouns, VerbsAdjectives, Antonyms, Types of SentencesPronouns, Compound Words, 2D Shapes and 3D Shapes. AND I have MORE in the works that will be posted really soon so be on the outlook! :) Is there something certain you would like to see in my "Anchor Charts Made Easy" product line?? Shoot me a message and let me know!





























Monday, January 8, 2018

Polar Express Day! 



Every year before we leave for Christmas break, we have a Polar Express Day. On this day, students come to school dressed in their pajamas with a stuffed animal, ready to embark on a magical journey! Kindergarten and 1st grade do this day together. Each teacher sets up an activity in their room and we rotate between classes. When students visit a new stop they get their ticket stamped. It really is such a magical day!


Hop on board and let me take you down a little memory lane from our 2017-2018 school year Polar Express Day!

My homeroom students entered the class to find their tickets waiting for them at their desks. We complete the first stop in our homeroom.




This year for my stop on the Polar Express, students were toy makers at Santa's workshop. I found these little color me puzzles at Hobby Lobby! 24 for $2.99 plus they were on sale! So I was able to score enough for every class at a very reasonable price! win, win! I set out markers and students colored their puzzles and took turns making magic reindeer food. 

In the past, I've done games and snacks. But when I found those cute little puzzles I just had to do that this year! :)

Sadly, I failed to snap any pics of the other stops and the activities they do in their rooms. One teacher did a reindeer thumbprint magnet craft, another did a bell bracelet craft, and the other did games.

Here is our hallway. Each teacher decorated their door as a train and we put down train tracks. The kids love it!

After we complete all of the rotations, we watch the movie and enjoy some sweet treats and hot cocoa.


Before it was time to go home, we received a very special and super cold package..... straight from THE NORTH POLE!!!! Santa sent us our very own believe bells! 


I hope you enjoyed the tour of our magical day! :)