Extreme Makeover: School Edition

Do you remember my beautiful classroom, seen here and here? Well, my school is undergoing "rehab," or as I like to call it, a "renovation." So, I had to pack up my entire room and bathrooms into about 40ish? boxes, consuming 15 hours of my life. My room is the first to be fixed up, so I am moving into a MUCH smaller room (without attached bathrooms) for the first 6-8 weeks of the school year. Upon completion of MY room, I then move back to my room, which will have pretty new walls and fancy new toys... so it's definitely not ALL bad. :) Happy 20th to my school!

Drum Roll Please...

In August, I will be teaching full-day, tuition-based kindergarten. I am so excited to have 25 students ALL day with an aide! I love kindergarten and would never leave, but I am happy to try something new! I am staying at my current school and this program is new to my school. Yay!

Celebration Songs & Poems

Here are my notes/slides for our End of the Year Celebration.

The Perks

I LOVE homemade gifts and this year I had some VERY talented mommies. I included the Scentsy warmer, since the kindergartner who gave me the warmer told me, "When I was a tiny baby, I made those handprints since I knew one day you'd be my teacher." (That fabulous warmer comes with the handprints on it :)

End of the Year Celebration

This year I hosted the End of the Year Celebration for BOTH of my classes. All 52 kiddos came at 9:00am and we started the show at 9:30am. Here are my notes for the program, including the songs and poems.

I printed out and wrapped water bottle labels, which say End of the Year Celebration. My mom made 10 dozen cookies for the families.
The stage is decorated. When more than one class is on the stage, ALWAYS LABEL which class is on which side of the stage. For this celebration, I had a sign on the left that read, "AM," and a sign on the right that read, "PM."
Programs are laid out, which say:
The Itinerary
The Kids who are reading special parts
Special Thanks
Every child's name
I laid out kindergarten certificates, bundled with memory books and these folders. The parents pick them up after the show (or before).

Circus Circle Map

When brainstorming in kindergarten, always include a picture with each word. It's not a bubble map, sorry about the lines.

Kids Say the Darndest Things

"Do shamrocks bite?"

"I don't think caterpillars eat cookies."