And stay tuned for my Rolling Out Reader's Workshop Giveaway!
Monday, July 22, 2013
Thursday, July 18, 2013
So I keep staring at my laptop, thinking I will have ideas... but I don't. I'm completely preoccupied with wedding stuff and have spent the last three days driving from one end of town to the other, trying to find the items we need to rent for our October wedding.
I have it in my head that, once school starts, I will not have a spare minute to spend on wedding. This is happening around August 1 - we have a reading camp and grade levels are coming in to plan for the year. This is exciting and a great idea, but I know that the more time I spend at school, the less time I spend on the wedding and the more likely I become a BRIDEZILLA!
I'm not one yet, I've been told... but it could happen at any moment.
Anyway, I thought that, as people are getting their rooms ready for school, Reader's and Writer's Workshop are great blogging topics. And the best part is...
I already blogged about it, back on August 25, 2012. So here's my Throwback Thursday Post: Must-Have Materials for Reader's and Writer's Workshop!
As soon as I saw Lindsay's Linky Party, I knew I had to link up. The problem was I have been a little braindead when I get home. It's like the hamster in there is so exhausted from running all day that he just keels over and zonks out for hours at at time. Don't ask me questions after 6:00. My answers don't make any sense.
But I definitely had to link up with Lindsay's Linky Party, and I just needed to wait until my brain worked well enough to do it
New model mini-library in my new room.
Nonfiction shelf with book display on top.
This was a nonfiction nook I had several years ago. Loved it.
Last year's guided reading setup
This year's guided reading setup
Click here for a post about using In November.
Included in this free packet is a sample cover for a Reader's Notebook.
Clipart from KPM Doodles and FrogSpot From the Pond
Fonts from Kevin and Amanda and Hello Literacy
And last, but not least, Post-Its!
Big ones, little ones, yellow ones, pink ones, all varieties!
We use them to mark our thinking in our books: shared reading and independent reading.
So go check out the linky party to get some great ideas for growing your reader's and writer's workshops!
And check out my Rolling Out Reader's Workshop at TPT. Includes tons of materials and tools for getting your Reader's Workshop ready and rolling!
Link up or check out more Throwback Thursday posts at The First Grade Parade!
Tuesday, July 9, 2013
Oh, yes. I can participate.
I have piles of piles. I have piles upon piles that have been created to disguise piles of other piles. My StUfF is piled on top of other sTuFf and it's giving me anxiety.
I hate walking by these piles. Because these piles all represent
- Things I am supposed to do
- Things I can't do yet because I'm waiting for another thing
- Things I already started but haven't finished
- Things I started but can't finish unless school starts and/or I get married
This is because I have two kinds of piles. As I was wandering around the house with my phone, snapping pile pictures, I began to realizes... I don't just have SCHOOL piles. I have WEDDING piles and piles and piles!
I have a whole room piled full of wedding piles!
I hate my anxiety-causing piles.
I am a lover of "a place for everything, and everything in its place." These piles have taken over places where nothing should be. I am pretending I want them there.
Let's start with the tour.
Near my front door, in a high-visibility spot, I keep my school bag. Inside of this bag are items (documents, papers, articles) that I intend to take to school with me. Stacked artistically on top is a bag of Office Depot stuff I bought two weeks ago, ready for the first week in August!
Inside of this Office Dept bag are my purchases: A new notebook and a new calendar. I love technology, but when it comes to note-taking and date-keeping, I am surprisingly simple. I need to be able to flip. I also like notebooks small enough to fit in my purse, and the covers should be bendy without creasing.
To find the right notebook is kind of holy-grail-ish, so when I found it, I bought and put it in a place I can't miss it. Neither can anyone else.
I also keep my gift mug here; a gift from one of my teachers that I want to take with me when school starts. I find it creates a homey atmosphere.
This pile is new, especially embarrassing, and was not created by me.
It is an enormous Smucker's box full of crap. It is from my brother and sister-in-law. They are extreme couponers. Need I say more? At least this pile is contained in a box. Unfortunately, this box has crayons somewhere deep inside, so I can't put it in the garage. It is in my den. Lovely.
On my dining room table, I have another set of piles. This is a pile of books to read. I have read exactly 1/3 of each of these books.
This is a pile of sample anchor charts I made for a my never-ending Reader's Workshop product. I'm going to take them to school to put in my room (I'm the Literacy Coach) as ideas for the teachers. It's taking up half of my dining room table.
This is a mini-pile of pop tabs. My school collects them for the Ronald McDonald house, and I've chosen to keep them in this aesthetically pleasing spot.
Also being collected are more bottle tops for my teachers. They're using them to make letter manipulatives and don't they look lovely in that antique ice-cream dish? Really finishes off the look, I think.
These are wedding piles. These are much worse.
My entire guest bedroom is heaping with boxes full of things I'm saving to work on for the wedding
And things I've already worked on. I have about 100 glass jars, about half of them wedding-ready and half nowhere close.
My craft supplies are strewn in bags.
I've got empty wine bottles and piles of fabric.
I even found a mini-pile of jars by the kitchen sink.
I've rinsed them but now I need to figure out how to remove that label!! (The sticky ones are the worst)
My piles are embarrassing. They're downright shameful. They're not even all hidden from the casual observer, although I do slam the guest bedroom door shut as soon as the doorbell rings. That's the least I can do to HIDE MY PILES!
Ok, I showed you mine. Now show us yours!
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