Spruce up your classroom this year with the Target Dollar Spot.
I don't know one educator that can walk past that corner without putting something in their cart.
Here are my top 5 Target Dollar Spot Classroom Hacks.
I am short on space in my group meeting area. I needed to find a way to hang my ABC picture cards so that we could have them up as we sing and move to our new ABC Song and then move it so that we could use the smart board too.
We used the clothes pin line and strung it across the smart board. We used hooks at the side of the board so that we could unhook the line out of the way when we need to use the smart board.
I'm not a big fan of putting tape on my carpets to make roads for the block center. The race track tape is perfect for the children to make their own roads with the block. I placed the tape on blocks and modge podged it on so that the children couldn't pull it off.
No special reason, just thought it would brighten up the book nook.
When I saw these I knew that they would work perfectly for my See-Find and Write cards that are located in my writing center.
We will be using these for our morning work time. Match and clip activity.
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We all know that parent involvement is the key to student success. That is why I use communication folders to keep my families informed and involved in the day to day happenings of the classroom.
See how I set up my communication folders so that they will last all year long.
Hit the back to school sales and find high quality pocket folders, you will be glad that you did because they will last the whole year without falling apart. I like to tape the top cover onto the folder using book binding tape.
I also like to use the book binding tape to label the inside pocket with.
Add a ABC sheet to help the parents sing and point to the ABC song. I like to laminate the sheet so that it can stay in the folder all year long.
You can also include I can write sheets for ABC's and Numbers. I laminate mine so that they can be used as a write and wipe activity at home.
Include learning tools in the folders that will help your families with the learning process at home.
Include materials that will help families engage in conversation or activities that can be done together. My families love the Connect Four sheets because they can do all of the activities on the sheet without braking the bank.
Monthly or Weekly newsletter are a great way to let parents know what is happening in the classroom. They also provide parents with information that can spark a conversation with their child.
Include any type of community events that can benefit your families and any other information that you feel is beneficial to your families.
Grab the base folder packet and start making your communication folders for the new school year.
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A successful school year starts out with a pacing calendar or guide. A pacing calendar will help you prepare for the year ahead, it will provide you with a road map for your instruction.
Why do I need a pacing calendar?
The purpose of a pacing calendar is to map out the key concepts that need to be taught and the amount of time that you need to devote to each area.
It will help you to effectively plan the curriculum that you will be using to teach the skills needed to meet state standards or common core standards.
What do you want and need to cover?
A pacing guide will allow you to be sure that you have covered all the key concepts and standards over the course of a year.
Start by planning your monthly themes of study and map them out on your planning calendars. You can grab a FREE set here.
Now that you have your weeks map out on your planning calendar break those weeks down to the key concepts that you need to teach.
I like to include books and TpT resource covers to help keep me on track.
I have been asked if I could share my pacing guide, so you can grab my pacing guide for week 1-5 below.
Each month I will provide a pacing guide that you can follow.
July 31, week 6-10 pacing guide
August 28, week 10-13 pacing guide
September 25, week 14-17 pacing guide
October 23, week 18-21 pacing guide
November week 22-25 pacing guide
December 26, week 26-29 pacing guide
January 29, week 30-34 pacing guide
February 26, week 35-36 pacing guide
I'm Tami Sanders creator of Learning and Teaching with Preschoolers, a blog to help teachers create magical moments for the young.
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