Saturday, September 1, 2012

Reading Benches, Success, Reward Freebies

Second week of school, SUCCESS!
Students are getting used to the routines, things that make me tick, and how to behave properly. I downloaded the "Rockin' Student Behavior" from Babblin' Abby.
Loving the clip up, clip down system! I was so sick of pulling tickets and am enjoying the fact that kids can still clip up and save themselves from a minor clip down... I'm having the kids add a sparkly jewel to their clothespin if they clip up on one of the top two colors. Once they get 5 jewels, they can pick out of a reward jar... My rewards are non-tangible. I've used these for the past 15 years since meeting my mentor teacher...I've modified throughout the years. I took some ideas from First Grade Fever with the "stinky feet" and "line jumper"...but the rest I've used FOR-EV-ER.

Here are the cards if you so wish to use them---just click on the pic! My daughters helped me come up with some of the creative titles...along with some giggles making them...



My brother in law gave my hubby some cabinets since he was remodeling his kitchen...Hubby mostly hung them in the garage and some in the basement...I saw two left over in the garage...and said..."um, hubby...what are you doing with those two (the kind that go over a fridge or oven/range)? can I have them?" After a strange look...he said..."whyyyy"? I told him my plan to turn them into benches for my classroom...he still looked at me like I was nuts, but he just goes along with my insanity since...I'm always right...*wink wink*.

SOOOOO, I went to Home Depot, where they KINDLY cut some thick plywood to the sizes of the tops of the cabinets...I went to Jo-Ann Fabrics where I picked out some fabric and fluffy batting, purchased *with teacher discount*...brought home... I took the plywood and wrapped it up with the batting and fabric...like a present...used a staple gun to staple the fabric to the bottom... THEN hubby helped me attach the fabulously wrapped plywood to the tops of the cabinets with "L" brackets and

WAH LA! I have 2 benches for students to sit on AND THEY HAVE STORAGE!!!! Soooo great, RIGHT?! The kids LOVE to sit on them! The cute little pillows were sewn by my oldest daughter (I can not sew...Grandma taught her)!

~close up of one reading nook
~bench with storage
~other bench with more storage

Curriculum Night (when the parents come in, I present a Power Point about expectations) was a SUCCESS. Only 4 students' parents didn't show...One of them had surgery earlier that day and another was at a family member's wake... So that was a FANTASTIC turn out! It's just easier to explain everything in person... and it's so nice to see parents face-to-face AND realize how "THE APPLE DOESN'T FALL FAR FROM THE TREE"!

So behind on grading papers and lesson planning...hoping this LONG weekend will help me get ahead.

Yay! Successful week!
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