First, I have read both books by "the Sisters" - The Daily 5 and CAFE. I have been following all those fellow bloggers with their book discussions. Reading the books and blogs really set off many of the side projects. I have also been working on that CAFE & Daily 5 board. I have all the pieces made. Now I just have to put it all together.
After reading the Sisters, I was inspired by Ladybug's Teacher Files wonderful organization and thought "Why, yes, I would like to start the year organized." So I made my own binder cover, spine label, and dividers in a WILD pattern to match my stylish adventure theme.
My binders also tie in with the Adventure Clip Chart that I made for this new year. The Clip Chart promotes positive behavior choices and also considers those kids who already make good choices. Everyone starts at the green level and can move up or down through the entire day. The link takes you to my Clip Chart at TeachersPayTeachers where I have shared it as a freebie with an explanation note.
Then, These are my Whole Class Journals that are available for the kids to use during the "Work On Writing" section of our Daily 5. I had started creating my own, but found these from Teach-A-Roo and loved them. Inside the cover there are also word banks for vocabulary for each topic. I loved that addition! We all know how often kids come up to ask for spelling help! I may make more topics later, but these are great for starting the year. Who can resist all those brand new composition books at 50 cents each??
Don't worry friends! I am not done yet! I am still working on the Whole Brain thing and also making a display with the Beanie Baby Reading strategies. Luckily there is still time!