Monday Made It: July 11, 2016

Hi guys!

I'm linking up with Tara from 4th Grade Frolics for her Monday Made It linky!

Here are the projects I completed this past week!

Updated Teaching Portfolio

I always update my teaching portfolio at the beginning of my summer break because as an LTO, summer time also means interview season! 

I enjoy taking time to redo my portfolio every year. It helps me reflect on my strengths and needs and next steps for the coming school year.

Here are a few pictures of my updated portfolio:

The pages I included are:

About Me
Classroom Management
Comprehensive Literacy
Comprehensive Numeracy
The Third Teacher
Play-Based Learning
Home-School Connection
Special Education
Next Steps

I made an editable version and posted it to TPT so that you can make your own too if you are interviewing this summer like me! 

You can check it out by clicking here or on the image below.

Life Planner: Summer 2016

I needed something to keep me accountable and help me map out my summer goals & to-do lists so I made this life planner for the summer!

It starts with "Summer Goals" and then I break them down into "July To-Do's" and "August To-Do's". I also have a page of weekly to-do's for reoccurring chores like collecting garbage or washing towels.

Then I put in a calendar for July and August/September to write in major events like birthdays, vacations etc.

Then I have these daily pages from July 7th to September 5th (The day I made this planner to the end of my summer break) to help me keep track of what I accomplish and how much time I am spending on each task.

The planner also includes these pages:

- Cover
- Colour-Coding Legend
- Summer Goals
- July To-Do's
- August To-Do's
- Weekly To-Do's
- Monthly Calendar for July and August
- Daily Calendar from July 7th to September 5th
- Misc. Notes (Lined Pages)
- My Doodles (Blank Pages)

If you think you could use this planner too, you can download it for free by clicking on the image below!

Sight Word Rings • A Differentiated Take-Home Program

Last Thursday I sat down and finally put together a pack for my sight word rings! I use this program as a supplement to my home reading program. It has editable pages as well so that you can customize the parent letter, ring covers, flash cards, sight word tracker etc!

The preview in TPT has a detailed explanation on how I use this resource in my classroom.

You can see it on TPT by clicking here or on the images below:

Guest Room Basket

My guest room basket was looking a little sad and it was still just a plastic dollar store bin I had pulled out of my closet in a pinch when my sister came to visit this past winter so I decided to finally re-do it this week!

I got the basket {on sale!} at Pier 1 Imports and hand lettered "be our guest" with this chalk marker.

Here is a look at everything that is in the basket! I tried to think of what I would want most if I was staying over at a friend's house.

Top to bottom, left to right: face towels, toothbrushes, toothpaste, wi-fi info card, shampoo, conditioner, hair spray, dry shampoo, body wash, soap, deodorant, advil, pads, razors, tissue paper, cleansing wipes, tampons, granola bars.

You can download the free wi-fi info card printable by clicking on the image below:

That's it from me this week!

I'm hoping to post every week to keep myself accountable for keeping up with my summer projects!

See you next week!

- Yukari

Five for Friday - July 1

Hi guys!

For those that just had their last day of school like me, happy summer break!!

I'm joining Kacey at Doodle Bugs Teaching to share 5 things from my last week of school :)

1. Thank You Poster Card

On the last day of school my ECE and I decided to make a poster "card" for our lunch supervisor. We have a fantastic lunch supervisor who does not get the credit that she so deserves. It is such a tough job and she does it so well day in and out. I started by telling them that we will be writing a card to her and asked them why we might be doing that. Thankfully they got it right away and said "to thank her for helping us everyday!"

We wrote down a couple examples whole group and then called the kids in small groups during centre time to write down the rest. 

We presented our card to our lunch supervisor when she came and she seemed to like it, so I'm going to say it was a success ;) This would also work well for your specials teachers, admin staff, custodian etc!

2. Words of Affirmation

Words of affirmation is definitely my love language and I so enjoy getting cards from my kids and parents at the end of the year. This mom, who I've had the pleasure to work with for 2 years, always writes me the sweetest, most thoughtful cards.

I keep all my cards in a special box and when I feel down about teaching I pull them out and read them to remember why I do what I do or to remind myself that there is at least a handful of parents who appreciate the time and effort I put into this profession.

I will miss her and this kiddo A LOT!

3. Co-Worker Gifts

I needed something quick and easy for co-worker gifts this year, so I looked through the tags in this pack by Amanda from A Perfect Blend that I purchased earlier this year. I had a hard time choosing but decided on this one...

and added flair pens and a large lined post-it notepad on the back for my teammates...

and used this one

for all the ECE's on our team, my principal, VP, secretary, custodian and specials teachers :)

4. Domino Parking Lot

This is actually an activity from a while ago that I just found on my computer! We used this activity when we were learning about composing numbers. The students are asked to put the 2 sides of the domino together and place or "park" the domino in the correct spot.

You can download this printable for free by clicking on the image below! I hope you can save it and use it next year :)

5. Tallies Anchor Chart

Here's another oldie I found on my laptop from when we learned tallies this year! I saw this chant on Pinterest (I can't remember who the original creator is.. if it's you, let me know so I can give you credit!) and it really stuck with my kids!

That's it from me for now! If you want to read more Five for Fridays or link up with your own post, click on the image below!

I'm excited for summer and for more time to create for TPT, do some professional reading (including reading up on the new growing success and curriculum for Kindergarten), traveling to Vancouver to visit my family and LOTS of R&R!!! 

I'm also hoping to blog about some of my most frequently asked questions in the near future. Leave me a question in the comments below if you have something you would like to have answered!

For all you fellow Canadians, I hope you're having a great long weekend!