Rules and procedures are soooooo important to establish at the beginning of the year with any age, but especially with kindergarten!  
This is one of my absolute FAVORITE books to read to my kiddos at the beginning of the year!  I always read it before we explore math manipulatives.  In this book, the Mine-O-Saur wants everything to be his and does not want to share anything with his school friends.  The Mine-O-Saur realizes that if he wants to have friends, he is going to have to share and the ending of the book is so cute!
I love this book because it is so easy to reference not being like the Mine-O-Saur was at the beginning of the story while they are exploring the manipulatives.  They get so into sharing and it is so cute to see them excited to share with their classmates.
This book is available from Scholastic and is definitely worth investing in!
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Happy Beginning of the School Year!!
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What a great Blog Hoppin' Week this has been!  I've been able to read a lot of awesome ideas this week from other teachers which is a lot of the reason I wanted to participate in this myself!  Here is a little about what I love to teach!

Here are some of my favorite activities to do with my students throughout the year:

Veterans Day - I LOVE doing this activity with my students!  I think it is so important to teach students about important days such as Veterans Day.  Students use a sponge to make the shirt look like camouflage.  

Penguins - We usually teach about penguins when we talk about what different animals do in the winter.  There are tons of great non-fiction and fiction penguin books.  This is the cutest little penguin activity that also has a writing piece along with it.  

Addition with Dominoes - An edible domino for math?!?!  How FUN!  I usually do this with my students when we are learning addition.  This is made using a graham cracker, pretzel stick, icing, and m&m candy.  I have them go around and record the number sentence for the edible dominoes their friends made in their "Notebook of Learning."  Of course at the end, they get to eat their math!

The Very Hungry Caterpillar Snack - This is another fun thing to do and the kids love it!  We read The Very Hungry Caterpillar and then make this snack using a banana, pretzel sticks, chocolate chips, and red and green Jell-O powder. 

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Here is what my schedule looks like! 

And on a different note...I ordered this book and it came in the other day.  I CANNOT wait to read it and play the song for my kiddos!!  It is sooooo cute!!

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These are the labels I am using on my book baskets.  I am hoping this will help me stay more organized with my huge book collection!  I got most of the clipart from My Cute Graphics.  Love that website!!

This is the communication log I am using to keep myself organized with family communication.  I copied a bunch and put them in a 3-prong folder.  Grab your free copy from my TpT store by clicking the picture below! 

Wishing every teacher an organized school year!!

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Enjoy a few pictures from my classroom!  This is just a quick post! 

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So I am loving all of these blog link-ups and I am enjoying reading about other bloggers so I am going to participate too!  Some of this information was on my other link-up blog post, but a lot of it is new!

Here is a little more about some of my favorites...

I seriously love this store!  Their dollar section usually has the best things and I always find something for my classroom.  My family thinks that I go to Target every day and they might just be right!!  (But I would never admit that hahahaha!)


 I LOVE CHRISTMAS!!!!  Christmas is such a magical holiday!!  This year we had an "Elf on the Shelf" visit our classroom!  SO.MUCH.FUN!  The kids voted for a name and they voted for Jingle.  Look at what Jingle did with the pattern blocks in that picture!! 

Macaroni and Cheese
I love macaroni and cheese!  This was a seafood mac and cheese with crab in it...are you drooling yet??!?!  Seriously SO delicious!  I love trying mac and cheese from different restaurants because they are usually all so different!  

Leprechaun Traps
We do this lesson every year with the kids when St. Patrick's Day rolls around and every year I love it more and more!  It is such an awesome lesson - there is a design process involved, writing/drawing/labeling the trap, writing how their trap will catch a leprechaun, math is involved because we have them tell how many of each item they used, and more writing after to tell what happened with their traps.  Look at all that learning and fun happening at the same time!!  Exactly why it is my favorite lesson to do!  

The Hello, Goodbye Window
I LOVE this book!!  I pretty much cry every time I read it!  I usually save this book to read when we have Grandparent's Day at school and it is an absolutely perfect Grandparent's Day book.  Definitely worth buying for your classroom library collection if you don't already own it!    

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