Pick Three For July!

Happy July 4th Weekend!  It's time to link up with Pawsitively Teaching and friends  for:

 http://www.pawsitivelyteaching.com/2016/07/july-pinterest-finds.html

My vacation just started last Monday, but I've already been pinning items for Back to School.  Plus, most bloggers have been writing about Back to School; Target is already prepared for BTS; ....I might as well jump on board, too!


My first pin suggests several great read-alouds for the first week of school:


Jen Bengel Out of This World Literacy:  
Click here to see the original Pin or here to go to the original blog post.



Next up is a Pin about how to keep your classroom clean in a few minutes per day:



 
Your Teacher's Aide: The 3 Minute Classroom Clean-Up:
Click here to see the original Pin.

It takes me a lot longer than 3 minutes to keep my desk neat and clean - let alone the whole classroom.  I would love my classroom to look like it does on the first day for longer than one day.  Wouldn't you?  (I wonder if this would work in my house?)



Last year I tried to start a Focus Wall, but I never could get it organized or figure out how to make it an integral part of my classroom routine.


Click here to check out this pin.I'd love to hear from any of you who have successfully implemented a Focus Wall. 
Happy Birthday to the USA!


Click here to check out this pin.I'd love to hear from any of you who have successfully implemented a Focus Wall. 
Happy Birthday to the USA!


8 comments

  1. Love the Back to School Books....I need to pick those up from the library! Thanks for sharing and linking up with us!

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  2. I love My Mouth is a Volcano and Ira Sleeps Over. I need to check out Decibella. It sound good.

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  3. I have to re-do my focus wall because we are getting a new reading series. They are a pain to create and put up each week, but so worth it! I love your books suggestions too. Thank you for linking up with us! :)

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  4. Great pins! Love the books for back to school. I have a focus wall and love it. The kiddos do too, they are always excited when they come in on Monday and see what we will be working on for the week! Thanks for sharing your finds!

    ~Laura
    Luv My Kinders

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  5. I love the classroom cleaning trick. I'm neurotic about my classroom messes even though I'm messy at home! Ha! Thanks for linking up!!

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  6. I think all of your ideas are fabulous! I definitely want to read a few of the back to school books to my kids and the clean up song is great! Thanks for sharing.

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  7. I'd like to ask a question about Focus Walls... who are we putting all the work in them for? An occasional visit from an administrator? You know the youngsters don't care vs all the effort on our part. My favorite question is WHY? So what are your thoughts?

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  8. I know what you mean, Alison. I found it difficult to keep up with the focus board, and to top that off, the kids didn't seem interested in it (although that could be my fault - I was trying to figure out how to use it!). I have never used a Word Wall either - so this focus board idea might never take off for me either!

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