Thursday, November 9, 2017

November already! Emotions Unit

October went by in a flash, literally. One day we were started the Pets are Animals theme and the next thing I knew it was time ti change everything to our new theme. I like this unit, Sometimes I am Glad, Sometimes I am Mad. All about emotions.

Here is the link to my Pinterest emotion pins

Now that we use Unique I seem to be looking Pinterest less and less but they still have some super cute ideas to incorporate when I am running out of ideas for crafts. I do love Unique and the fact that it gives us everything we need (I think I shared this before). The units comes with books and a list of extra books we can use, fine motor, gross motor, writing, patters, number sense, letters, and videos. To name some. 

Here are some pictures from the last couple of months:

I bought my own color printer for my class, I finally figured out how to print wireless lol it is great!!!

I attempted to do a big schedule with the day an assignment of students to teacher. So here are the pictures I used, the schedule is still a work in progress.

I love my Erin Condren Teacher Planner. I will do a blog on how I set it up to work for pre-k special education. I do change headers, and I use the check list for special ed related information

Here is my link if you would like to get $10 off

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

oh man!!!!

Last time I wrote here it was January 2017, and now it is September. Geez I better get better keeping this blog. I will try. I am slowly attempting to keep up with my personal one, is all about our adventures, concerts, traveling with kids, and anything and everything I can think about. But I promise to keep this one up too, hopefully I can bring some ideas to fellow SPED pre-k teachers.

So lets start with something fun. School started 8/17 but my kiddos started on 9/5. Those first two weeks we were able to support transitions from pre-k to k, not everyone was need it the whole time but it was great to be available when need it and to see my kiddos move on to new adventures. I know they will all do amazing.

Here are some pictures of the classroom. I decided that I do not want to be stapling art and work all over my walls this year so I am trying something new with the string and the clothe pins. So far I LOVE it, I think it gives it a new view and I am saving on staples and it is so much easier to take off.

I also got this hanging file folder thing, to put the kiddos art, then the parents can just take it at drop off (or we can put it in their backpack if they take the bus), and we don't have to use bags or big envelops.

My school is doing "The Leader in Me" by Stephen Covey. I am nor actually going over it with my students, lets be honest my 3 -5 year old kiddos are not here yet, but we will see if we can introduce some of the concepts after the first half of the year.

Still doing SEAL, I did tell you guys about SEAL right? I am going to see the old blogs, if I haven't I will share if I have I will randomly write about it. I do LOVE the chants/poems, the kids really enjoy them and paring them with gross motor is great. I also like the question on the month, where they can put their picture on what they chose, I usually doing it during he second week once we have already read the books and one chant.

Unique. All moderate/sever classroom are now using Unique. I love that it gives me everything, lesson plans, activities, books, fine motor, gross motor, videos, cooking activities, etc. it is great. It takes forever to prep but it is wonderful to have all those resources.

I will try to keep up with updating the blog, specially now that I am implementing new units, some that I have never done before.

Happy teaching!!

Saturday, January 7, 2017

Happy New Years!!

2017 will be AMAZING. 
I just know it.

Here are some things I am looking forward to:

* keep working on the educational administration credential and Masters
* introducing new SEAL themes to the class
* working ESY this year
* hopefully having less transition meetings in the spring
* working with amazing staff and co-workers that make work so much fun

I have a class full of adorable preschoolers. I love coming back from breaks, they come back with energy and usually taller and with new skills. So much fun.

The first half of the year was weird because I hurt my shoulder and was out for a month. I am really excited to be in the class the rest of the year and watch my kiddos grown socially, academically, and with language.

Happy New Years fellow teachers. 

Saturday, October 17, 2015

Lesson Plan Book and stickers...ECTP

All about my ECTP and stickers used to create aweosme layouts :)

As you all know, I love planner decorating. I have an ECLP and I love creating fun layouts. During summer I came across an Etsy shop and I love her box stickers and thought they would be fantastic for my ECTP. She was awesome to create them to fit the monthly ECTP layout and they look amazing. 

Now I know it may be "too busy" for some people but for us visual learners, is perfect. I tried to match the decoration of my spread to the monthly theme, but some are just for fun. 

Below you will see how I decorate my monthly ECTP layouts. All box stickers are from LetsMakeItSparkle (link at the bottom of the page).
My favorite printer stickers are from planningmadeperfect

Below each picture it gives a description of the etsy shop I used for the stickers. 

Box stickers (lines) LetsMakeItSparkel
Heart box stickers LetsMakeItSparkle
Green, orange box sticker, and bottom animals TheAlexStudio
Printer sticker on 11/2 gingerlydone
Printer sticker on 11/3 PlanningMadePerfect
rectangular sticklers with sayings and number dots Erin Condren

All box stickers LetsMakeItSparkle
Printer stickers Planningmadeperfect and Gingerlydone
rest from Erin Condren

Box stickers LetsMakeItSparkle
Picture stickers and page flags Target
Purple small box sticker TheAlexStudio
Printer GingerlyDone

Box Stickers LetsMakeItSparkle
Printer stickers planningmadeperfect
Rectangular stickers with words Erin Condren
Dino stickers Target

this is what the month looks like at the end. 
Love it!!!!

Here are some links to follow the shops in case you would like to get some of these awesome stickers.

LetsMakeItSparkle -

I do not think she has the box stickers listed but you can send her a message and you can put them up for you. 

Planning Made Perfect

She has the best ECLP horizontal stickers as well

The Alex Studio

A few post back I posted how I change some of the pages on my ECTP to work with my type of class as I teach an SDC Preschool class. 

Follow me on IG at Busy_planner_of_four to see my picture of sticker hauls, layouts, washi, etc...

If you would like to get an Erin Condren Life planner or Teacher planner, use this link to get $10 off 

Hope everyone is having a fantastic weekend. 

Sunday, September 27, 2015

More space, mentoring, and PJ day

We are still working on Space, but this is the last week. 

Our OT does a group a week, and she does this book where they have to color, cut and glue. 
I love them so much I decided to make my own according to my theme.
I am not having them clue, as we glue at least 4 of the 5 school days.
but we are following the direction as we read the book, example Saturn is yellow and orange. 
So we are working on:
reading and following directions
fine motor skills - coloring
color identification
fine motor - cutting
number identification - putting together the page numbers (they are numbered)
They came out pretty cute!!

We made our names with rockets and worked on;
fine motor - writing letters 
and identifying our names
I love how they came out

Here is what the Space Book looks like.

We were short staffed this week and we had picture day, so our center time was cut short or we did not even do centers. Things happens. You have to just rolllllllll with it. 

This week we will also be short staffed four days and we will be having students from Mission College doing observations three days a week. I would lie if I said I wasn't stressed out. I. AM. but this week will not be as busy as last week so I ma looking forward to coming home after school at least 4 out of the 5 days!! 

I am excited that I am mentoring two wonderful ladies this year. I am mentoring one of my aids as she is getting a classroom aid certificate, she is so good and I am very excited to see her grow professionally. I am also mentoring one of the ECSE teacher that is an intern, I am really excited to be able to help her and be here fr whatever she needs. I had such an awesome master teacher and I am happy to have the chance to give back, I am hoping I can be at least half as good as Julie was. 

Last week we also had our first Spirit day, which was a PJ day. I have the BEST parent, all my kiddos came in PJs and my staff as well. And we WAN!!!!!! Well we actually tied with a kinder class, lol so much fun. We get to host Joe the Mustang for two week!!

Here he is! 

Have a great week everyone!!!

Saturday, September 19, 2015

Space theme.....and some other things.

Space Theme 
We started the Space theme at the start of September.
We have being working on shapes, numbers, cutting, tracing, identifying out names, working on colors, attending, transitioning, etc. 
I don't do the Space theme every year, but it is always fun when we do. 

In the next few weeks we will be doing rocket names, R is for rocket, star puzzles, stars, a space theme book, and name more activities. 

October will be Farm and November will be Fall.

This year I am attending a year long Language Development training called SEAL. It pretty much teaches a model on how to promote language throughout the day and throughout a whole theme. I feel that as SDC preschool teachers we do this but I also realized that there are other areas that I need to work on like dramatic play, and writing skills (or coloring and drawing in my case) I am looking forward to what I will learn and how I can implement new techniques with my little kids.

I also attend a DRDP training. If you teach preschool you know that us special ed teachers and the state general education preschools fill out different DRDPs. So now they are all the same. It appears to look harder but it is not. some things that have changed. We are now to go from right to left and a student can master a higher level skill without having to master a lower level skill. There are some other wording like and, or and ; and. which mean - and the child need to do both time during the same activity, or the students can do one or the other, and ; and the child needs to show mastery in both but not during the same activity. The awesome part was the it was not a how to fill the DRDP training, it was haw to train others to do fill the DRDPs so it is awesome. i do not know who volunteered me, and at first I was like "WHAT!!!" but it was not bad, I learned a lot and is something to add to my resume (not like I am planning to change jobs, I LOVE where I work, but I would like to start teaching college maybe in summer good to have, right). Anyway, if you guys need help hit me up, I would love to help you!!!

Monday, September 14, 2015

All About me and back to School..

I stated the school year with a Welcome Back to School and All About me theme. 

We made:

buses - sang the wheels on the bus, talked about the color, the wheels, who goes home on the bus, how many windows.

We made pencils and practice writing/tracing our names.

We practice brushing teeth (with a paper plate, a toothbrush, and tooth paste) and counted how many teeth we have. 

We made a paper bag kid - week long project, choosing paint, folding the arms and legs, how many hands and feet do we have, crumbling paper to fill it up, and putting it all together. 

We made portraits of our self with paper plates, we all look different but we are all the same. 

We also practice pre-academic lines, cutting, tracing, sorting matching, following directions, playing games, dress up, sensory materials, reading stories, etc...

We had Back to School night. 
I set up just like last year. 
Popcorn and sign in.
Then the tables with signs of what we do and some examples of what we may use at that table. 

Monica and I decorated out doors and hallway a few weeks ago. This is it for the whole year. I will not be changing the doors according to theme. As much as I love the doors decorated, it really takes a long time, and I promised myself I was NOT going to go into work during the weekends this year. 

We have now started with new theme, Space. I am planning to keep this blog up to date and not take so long to write blogs. I think we are now used to our new routine with the boys going to school with me.