Friday, July 26, 2013

Paper Bag Video Tutorial :)

I had to create a simple webinar for a Grad class and I thought I'd share in case someone else can benefit from it too! :)

Nothing fancy...but I'd love to hear if you do this or something similar!
Click on the image to watch the video on YouTube.

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Listening Resources {Free Listening Library Sign}

One of my favorite literacy stations is listening.  In my room, students have several choice ways to listen to reading.  I have a CD player for group listening, 4 individual cd players, and a collection of books on CD.  I have a mixture of purchased CDs and ones I have recorded myself.  I whipped together a little sign for my "listening library" that matches my black and white polka-dot theme.

Grab it if you can use it! (Click the image to download for free.}

Here are a few books on cd you'll find in my room:

I also encourage my students to listen to reading on the computer.

Here are a few sites I have bookmarked for this purpose:

Heidi of Heidi Songs just posted a great resource of places to listen to e-books online.  Click the image to head to her blog post:

I was fortunate enough to receive several Leap Pad learning systems for my room a few years ago.  These are also available for my students to use during the listening component of our literacy stations.  I keep all the materials inside of the backpacks the kit came with.  That way, a child can pull a backpack off the shelf and have the pad, headphones, and a few book choices all in one location.

Over the last week I enjoyed a little sunshine (but mostly rain) at the beach.  I will leave you with a few pictures of my sweetpea.  She just could not get enough of the ocean!

Back to work officially on Monday!

Thursday, July 18, 2013

Writing Folders! {Freebie} Throwback Thursday

With only 2 weeks left of summer I've been making a to do list of everything that needs to get done before the start of the new school year.  My writing folders were a BIG hit this year during writing station and writer's workshop.  I'm waiting for some incredible deals on folders so I can create a new set!  I'm linking up with Cara of The First Grade Parade again to bring back last summer's post about my writing folders.  Enjoy!

Originally posted August 7, 2012

Today was Day 2 of the new school year!  Things are pretty much pulled together in my classroom and I'm still planning on sharing a video tour as soon as I can find a spare moment to record!  Anyone else completely exhausted??

A few weeks ago I shared my writing folders on my friend Tammy's blog {Live Laugh Love Everyday in Kindergarten}.  I wanted to share it with all of you as well, in case you missed it.

One of the things that has worked well for me in the past are my kids' writing folders.  I've used spirals for journaling, but folders seem to work best for my classroom for writer's workshop.
I combine folders with brads and folders without brads to make a 4-pocket folder for each child.  I like for all of my folders to be uniform so I usually go out and purchase them myself when they get cheap enough at back to school time.  That way, I can have them assembled and ready at the beginning of school.  I label each section of the folder so my kids can organize their writing tools, ideas, "work in progress" items, and finished products that are ready for the author's chair.
You can grab a copy of my labels and instructions on assembling the folder {here} or by clicking the picture below. {Free}

Do you have a designated area for "authors" to present their work?  This is a definite motivator in my room!  There's something about that proud moment of feeling accomplished and sharing your completed work with others.  I just have a slipcover that transforms one of our chairs.  The mom of one of my former students made it for me!  Isn't it adorable?  I usually slip it on the afternoon before or the morning of- when I know that one of my students will be ready to present.  The kiddos are usually bursting at the seams with anticipation and it becomes a huge guessing game of who is ready to present their work!  I just love that buzz of excitement.  :)

The last thing I want to share with you is a book I found that was just released on July 24th!  It is about a little dog named Rocket who struggles to find something to write about.  With the help of a little bird, he learns to look more closely at the world around him and ends up finding great inspiration for his story writing.  Doesn't this book sound perfect for writer's workshop?  It's wonderful!! You can click on the picture below to read the description and/or order yourself a copy too if you think it is something you might like to incorporate in your classroom.

I'm off to get some sleep!  :)

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Free Sharp/Dull Pencil Signs :)

I've been on a mission to create matching labels for everything!  
Here's a quick freebie to help manage sharp and dull pencils in my classroom.  I hope you can use it too! :)
Click the image or {here} to download.

Sunday, July 14, 2013

"Groovy Cat" School Tour- Free :)

This year my kindergartners will be introduced to our school building with a little help from good ol' Pete.  I've created a school tour that my team will use during our staggered enrollment week in August. Due to copyright infringement I have decided not to use Melonheadz's awesome graphics of Pete (sniff, sniff) or mention his name in writing on the tour cards.  I will, however, be reading Rocking In My School Shoes beforehand and will have my stuffed Pete to go along with us on the tour.  Don't worry....I will be referring to him by name as we visit each place around the school! :)

My school usually does The Kissing Hand for staggered week but we are going to save our activities for this book on the first day of school on the following week when we have our full class.  On staggered week we only have a few each day.

You can grab a copy of my Groovy Class Tour cards for FREE by clicking {here} or on the image.  Feel free to share this with others.  I just ask that you link back to this post rather than share the file.  Thank you!

Any ideas for what treat Pete can leave for the kiddos when they return to the classroom?

Friday, July 12, 2013

I am looking for 2 feedback winners!

Happy Friday!  TpT feedback makes me all warm and fuzzy inside.  
Love this linky party!
Here's a sweet comment that I received a few weeks ago from sherrikay:
 I got the sweetest comment a few hours ago from SJOlson57!  Check it out:
Thank you to everyone that has left feedback for me.  
I truly read each and every one!

sherrikay and SJOlson57...please e-mail me at mary.lirette(at)  I would like to send you an item of your choice from my store for FREE!

I will randomly choose 2 more feedback winners next month.  Don't forget that you earn points towards future purchases when you leave feedback on anything you have bought at TeachersPayTeachers (even if it was from a while ago!).  :)

Thursday, July 11, 2013

2012 Classroom Video Tour {Throwback Thursday!}

I'm linking up with sweet Cara Carroll of The First Grade Parade again to bring back last year's classroom tour.  I will be posting about this year's classroom reveal soon so take a look at last year's so we can compare and contrast together.  :)  Do you think I should do another video tour this year?

Originally posted August 26, 2012

Hi friends!  We just finished our 3rd week of school (2nd week with kindergartners) and I finally got around to snapping some pictures for you!  My room is pretty much completely finished minus a few more labels and my door displays!  (We will not discuss the condition of my closet. Yikes!)  I attempted to take a classroom tour video with my phone. Be warned.  I am not the best tour guide or video's a little shaky at times- so sorry!  I hope you will still sneak a peek into my room.  :)

Here are some pictures for you!  Click on any image to enlarge it.
Here are the links where you can find some of the things that I have in my room:

Be Great freebie from Fabulous 4th Grade Froggies
Environmental Print Posters
Reading/Literacy Maps & Station Signs
Math Vocabulary Word Wall from Anna Brantley
Multiple Intelligences Poster freebie from A Differentiated Kindergarten
That's A Great Question freebie from Teach the Math
Good Fit Books freebie from Live, Love, Laugh Everyday in Kindergarten
Word Wall Paint Chip Cards idea from Kindergarten Lifestyle
Whole Brain Teaching Posters freebie by First Grade Fever
Picture Direction Cards freebie from A Cupcake for The Teacher

If there is something I forgot to link up that you are interested in just let me know.  I hope you enjoyed my classroom tour!  :)

On a different note, thanks to everyone who entered my giveaway for my latest Transition Music templates pack!  The winners are.....
a Rafflecopter giveaway
I'll be e-mailing the winners shortly!  If you were not one of the winners this time, you can still grab a copy for yourself by clicking on the image below.

Have a great rest of the weekend!

Friday, July 5, 2013

Favorite Pins! {Pinterest addict admittedly...}

I will be the first to admit that I am totally addicted to Pinterest.  I have the app....and I maybe check it when I wake up in the morning, right before I fall asleep, and usually in between...I'm a visual person so I love skimming through the pictures.  I love that you can find some fabulous ideas on the site AND (when people pin correctly...) see where the idea/picture originated from!

With the Pinterest addiction and all I just had to link up to Cara's latest linky!

Here's what I've been pinning this week:

This first one is from Mrs. T's First Grade Class.  What an adorable Wemberly Worried art project!

I love this "small moments" activity from Mrs. Gurian's Class site.  She has a great collection of writing activities!

I'm always on the lookout for a lovely anchor chart to recreate.  :)  Here's one from Mrs. Jones's Classroom that caught my eye.

Another fun popcorn game! We play "Pop" in my room all the time but I'll admit that I never thought to throw in a tens frame.  Genius.  Thanks Teachable Moments!

I pinned this one for my 4 year-old.  I hate to send sugary snacks to preschool with her.  This would be great for a little fun happy just for her or for a whole class set.  This came from Random Ramblings.

Don't these look absolutely amazing??? As soon as my mouth heals (I got my wisdom teeth out on Tuesday. Ugh.) I'm going to give this a try.  YUM.
You can find the recipe here at Inside BruCrew Life.

You can check out Cara's link up here to see what other people have been pinning this week.

Don't forget to follow me on Pinterest.  Click the image of a few of my boards below and then make sure you hit the red "follow all" button at the top.  :)  Happy pinning!

Thursday, July 4, 2013

Throwback Thursday With a Little Decomposing! {FREEBIE}

Happy 4th to everyone!!  I hope you have had a chance to do a little Facebook hoppin' and were pleased with the 42 freebies you picked up along the way!  The freebies will be posted through tonight so get to hopping if you haven't already! You can start at my FB page here and look for the tab under the picture collage at the top to start the hop.

I'm linking up with sweet Cara Carroll of The First Grade Parade today to bring back one of my posts from last fall.  It is short and sweet.  I hope you enjoy this Throwback Thursday! :)

Originally posted October 4, 2012

Anyone teaching decomposing numbers this week?  We've decomposed our little hearts out over the last few days and it was time for a little "show what you know" time so I whipped up a little practice booklet for us.
We used paint dot markers (bingo daubers) to color in our dots as we decomposed.  However, if you have students who tend to get a little paint dot happy.....or if you have issues with a little paint bleeding through...I would suggest having the kids color in the dots instead.  We will be doing this booklet for a 2nd time tomorrow as an assessment.  My kids will be using crayons instead of paint dots for round 2! :)

If you would like a copy of the decomposing booklet, click {here} or the image below to download for FREE.  The booklet covers decomposing numbers 3, 4 and 5 using 1-5.
I'd appreciate your feedback in the comments section below if you decide to download!
Mrs. Lirette's Learning Detectives
Common Core (CCSS) K.0A.3
*Just a note:  When you look at the book it will look like 3 and 5 are in the wrong order.  Once you print the pages front to back and assemble the book, everything will be in the correct spot!