Sunday, September 8, 2013

Student Binders and Name Work

We made it through our second full week....which in my opinion went very well. Especially considering I had a nasty fever / sore throat during the first full week of school. 

Getting sick during the first full week of school is

The.

Worst.

Time.

Ever......for any Kindergarten teacher.  I'm thankful it wasn't the first day of school though! That is not something I ever want to experience.


Many of my poor kiddos had it too and are still recovering this week. :(    Let's hope we have it out of our systems now and can get on with some amazing learning fun! 

Now that we are back on track we are beginning to get really busy during our literacy block.  I try to incorporate as much of The Daily 5 / Cafe as possible.  I, like many teachers, have my own spin on it but it works for me.  As part of our "word work" I like to also include "name work."  This is particularly helpful at the beginning of the school year.  So starting this week it will be a new choice when working on word work!  

Here is a picture of our name work area/post office center. For now it is very basic. I begin to include more and more materials as the year progresses.

Later in the year I create an "address" book for my kids using their pictures/names and mailbox number. For now we are using the name tree to help us with the spelling of our names.



This week while working on name work the kids are asked to practice spelling their names with various magnetic letters.  They are also able to create a bingo dotter name page. 




They are thrilled any time they get to use the bingo dotters!

I also wanted to share the student binders I'm using with my kids this year.  Over the years I've used student folders and even purchased student planners.  Both of these left me at the end of the day finding student papers all over the room and parents often wouldn't get important notes or information.  UUUGGGHHH.

This summer I put together a class set of binders. Each binder includes the following:

A copy of my class information packet.  Helpful for parents if they have any questions about general items of information in my room throughout the year. 

A copy of my behavior system




Their monthly behavior calendar.  I put these in the very front of the binder so they are easy to mark at the end of the school day. 


A copy of our popcorn words.  This is located in a tabbed homework section of the binder.  Very helpful as a homework resource since it stays in the binder the entire year. 

I also include an alphabet/sound chart as a homework resource.


Located right behind the behavior calendar is a pocket for notes and lunch money. 



So far so good with the binders! I love not finding papers all over the room and everything seems to be making it home to the parents. :)  I can't wait to see how these hold up for an entire school year!

Wish me luck that they do....they took FOREVER to put together.

Have a great week!
                                                                                              Mrs. M


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