Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Record Keeping Thoughts and BOGO in Clip Art Store

Who doesn't give a lot of assessments these days?  I've been trying to streamline my record keeping and half way through the year last year, I came up with a form that has made my life SO MUCH easier! 
I admit, waiting until you have half a year of assessment scores under your belt is NOT the best time to change your system but I was glad I did.

I am always looking at the kids' results and even need to pull their kindergarten scores from time to time.  So, I've created this form that has a place to record K scores and then add in scores as the current assessments are finished.  The tests/assessments go into the portfolios but I keep my slim binder within hand's reach and always have their scores at my fingertips.

Last year, it was just math and Language Arts and scale scores.  This year, I'm adding another page for each child for science and social studies scores.  Not nearly as many of them.

I spent last night tweaking this: added a place for conference date and time and a spot for DRA testing which, although is exactly like our Running Records, will be one twice this year under our new evaluation system.  By June, my pages look pretty scrappy but I felt such a sense of accomplishment when I looked at them!

Do you have one spot where you keep everything?  If not, make a log that includes EVERY required assessment BEFORE the year starts!  You'll be oh-so-glad you did!

On another note...We're having a sale in our clip art store!  Yea for saving money!

Here's what's new:


Back to creating!  Have a great day!

Sunday, July 7, 2013

FREEBIE for First Day of School and Clip Art Preview

I know lots of you use the Magic Play-Doh at the beginning of the year...or Play Clay as my Firsties call it! But if you don't (or even if you do!) you might be interested in this Freebie from my TpT Store!

It has the RECIPE I've used for years, an ORIGINAL SHORT POEM I wrote, (and small ones to attach to Baggies) and a CLASS BOOK you can make. There are two pages to choose from: one the kids simply write the color their clay turned into and the other one includes a space to write about their wish.  A great beginning of the year activity! Easy peasy lemon squeezy!

This is all you need to make the magic happen: (and food coloring!)

And it's so easy to make!

And fun to help make the magic happen!


And once the balls go into baggies, they're ready to be passed out!

 John and I made this clip art a few days ago which was used of course!

We've been busy!  Hope you don't mind but here's our newest
clip art in our store:

A Boy Bonanza!

Zombie Pumpkins!

School Buildings

Girly Girls

Pumpkins in Disguise

School Birthdays (and a shout out to summer Bdays.)

Mixing Colors

It's 98 outside right now and my pool is actually 90 degrees!  I'm jumping back in!  Enjoy!

Monday, July 1, 2013

Creating Again...

Now that school's over, it's time to start creating clip art again AND time to think ahead about September/School! Eek...too soon?  Never!

I started off with a no-brainer for the classroom.  I couldn't resist buying my Crazy Straws for my birthday balloons at the Dollar Tree last week. I'm making the same ones.  Last year, I had a hard time deciding which balloons to make but finally decided on cute clip art from Heidi Oldenburg.

I also bought more "Smart Beads" since my supply got low.  I decided early on last year to allow kids to wear their Smart Beads home to show their parents if they promised to bring them back.  Most of the time, they returned the sparkly gems.  The cost to replace them is so cheap, that I didn't mind a few "lost" ones.

And it feels so good to finish some new clip art.  I just came up with a cute idea for tomorrow's clip art.  Can't wait!  Going to design it now.  Until then, here's a peek at what John and I did today.