I have been trying really hard to get all the paper work for both my classes organized, being between buildings with no permanent space in the one building and an "office" space in the other has made this tricky! Here are a few of the things I'm doing to organize it all...

Paper Trays for Completed work that needs to be graded or
go back to students
from the target dollar spot will hold work for each class I teach, I got this great idea for labels with clothes pins so they can be clipped on and moved if needed form the Clutter Free Classroom Project, I totally loved her idea for containers used to de-clutter and adapted that to come up with these...

File Boxes for holding group plans/Weekly materials
books we are reading, and all materials for the week for each class/group I teach - I found when planning for a sub that has to go between buildings it's difficult to leave stuff they have to carry back and forth, this way I can put it all in the box, they take it with them, and leave in in the other room when they are done - I'll pick it up the next day! I love the design on these and was excited to get matching paper trays (above), except they only had 3 and I needed 4 :( I'm still searching targets for one more in the pink/black/white print!

And my favorite...filetastic with matching file folders!
 I got this from Mardel's for 8.99 they have lots of cool colors check them out here http://www.mardel.com/mini-filetastics.aspx. I am using these folders to hold important paper work that needs to be filed, copied, sent home, ect.
The file folders are from target, again I'm loving the pink/black/white theme coming together!!!

One more thing...
 If your from Michigan we're planning a meet up send me an email at amylynnmarshall@aol.com to get in on all the fun, if your not from Michigan and want to join us your invited too! I plan of having the details worked out sometime this week so if you could get me your information as soon as possible I would appreciate it!
So I've been tagged twice more.........I am a really slow runner, LOL! and I really want to answer all your questions, but so much is going on right now and I am already breaking the bloggy rules and posting more than once each day! Don't worry I will get to it later this week I promise!
We are planning a Michigan meet up and we want as many people as possible to join us...don't miss it - go to my previous post and get the details, send me an email and get in on the fun! Can't wait to meet you all in person!

and now for the Valentine centers I made using all my fab target finds and I've been promising a peek at...
Cupcake addition and subtraction (cute cupcake bag and erasers from target) you can download the cards here on my blog - in fact most of these activities have a freebie to go with them, just look for freebies in the labels on my sidebar or valentines day and you will be able to get them all :)
 Heart Container Count - Just like snowman count I posted about earlier, I got the entire center at Target's dollar spot, bag, large heart container holding heart erasers, and small heart containers - labeled with numbers!
Got this cute owl bag at Target, you can get the snowman greater than less than on my blog!

Heart clips from Target, the cute bag is from Dollar General you can get the monster clip cards here again FREE!
 Valentine matching/memory game made using scrapbook paper from Target, it already had the squares printed on it so I cut them out and put the cute stickers (also from Target) on the back!
 Cute placemats from Walmart!
 Pink rice for my sensory tub, and hearts inside! I got the hearts and scrapbook paper from Target, the hearts were stickers and I didn't want the rice to stick to them so I used my 1 inch whole punch to punch out scrapbook paper circles-laminated them and then stuck the puffy heart stickers to them, I can now write on them and practice different skills. First up we are going to find as many hearts as we can in one minute and then graph the different colors.

Here they all are ready to go! Since I am not sure how long I will continue to be at the elementary we are starting Valentines this week! Can't wait to use all these with my kiddos! I've got more coming next week, and I should find out if I am moving to High School or not! Stay tuned!!

We're planning a Michigan meet up!! 
We are so excited!! 
Since we don't know where everyone is around the state or what times work best for you, if you want to participate please send me an email at amylynnmarshall@aol.com 

I need to know your location, how far you would be willing to travel, and the best days/times to get together! We'll work from there to come up with something that hopefully works for everyone! 

I hope to see as many of you as possible!!
If your not from Michigan but want to join in 
you are by all means invited to send me your info. 
We'd love to have ya!!

I can't wait to start hearing from all of you!!
I've been tagged by a couple of people now, I am very bad at this game....Steph over at Be a Nut with Mrs. McNutt tagged me first, and Holly at Crisscross Applesauce in First Grade got me before I could get away! So here's what you have to do when your IT......

1. You must post the rules.
2. Post 12 fun facts about yourself on the blog post.
3. Answer the questions the tagger set for you in their post, and then create 12 new questions for the people you tagged.
4. Tag 12 people and link them on your post.
5. Let them know you've tagged them!

here goes..

Fun Facts About Me
 1- I got married when I was 16 (we celebrate our 16th anniversary in May)
2 - I had my kids when I was 17 and 18 (they are 14 months apart)
3 - I cut my nose when I was 9 and had stitches right up the middle - my nostrils are still uneven
4 - I was a cheerleader in high school, now that I'm teaching in the high school it's bringing back lots of memories!
5 - I co-teach with my 7th grade science teacher, she taught my mom, and now my kids!
6 - I have lived all over the state of Michigan but never outside this state
7 - I am coaching Girls on The Run, but I don't really Run myself, I've got to get started!!
8 - I was born in 1979 and weighed 7lbs 5 oz, my son was born in 1997 and weighed 5lbs 7oz!
9 - I have not read The Hunger Games, and do not think I want to, the story line does not interest me in the least, but it's the next book I've got to teach my 9th graders so I will be reading it anyway!
10 - I am abscessed about followers again - I'm at 282 and I just want to get to 300!
11 - I love to create games/center activities for my class and to share with others, I just learned how to use power point to do this and it is so much easier!
12 - I am not a sports person but went to the High School basketball game last night with my family and had a ton of fun! It was a really close game that went into overtime, I think we might be going more often now :)

Questions from Mrs. McNutt
1.  Why did you decide to create a blog? after stalking other blogs I wanted to share what I was doing with others too!
2.  How did you learn the tricks of blogging? stalking others and asking questions everyone is so helpful I've never had someone not answer or help when they could!
3.  Do you have any hobbies? I love to read and write, still want to write a childrens book someday!
4.  In my spare time I like to______. spend time with my family
5.  My biggest challenge in the classroom is_____. behaviors that affect the entire classroom and copy cats that make it even harder to get under control, right now it's running out of the room and school at times and biting I'm dealing with.
6.  What is your go to behavior modification plan for little ones who struggle with your whole class behavior plan? lots of positive reinforcement and teaching alternative behaviors
7.  What is one funny thing a student told you? last week we were talking about students who were able to speak Spanish and how special that was, a little girl raises her had and says she knows Spanish, me in serious doubt of this asks where she learned it, her reply "my mom told me my dad's name in Spanish, it's dick head"
8.  Does your school use a reading and math curriculum?yes we do but not in special education, we use direct instruction programs from SRA and I do a lot of my own activities to supplement
9.  Where is one place you would love to visit? anywhere, we haven't gone on a vacation since 2004 so we are due for one, my husband does not like to travel so I always have to sell it to him
10.  What is your favorite store? Target and Dollar Tree
11.  What is your favorite meal? Taco Salad, or Spaghetti
12.  I couldn't be organized without _______. my lovely drawers you've probably all seen, but if you haven't see them below!

Questions form Holly
1. What is your favorite kind of candy? Milky Way
2.  What is something you are really uptight about? being on time, I can't stand to be late and will miss things rather than go into something late
3.  Is your car clean right this very minute? No, it's actually my son's weekly chore he gets paid to clean out the car, he was at a friends today so it hasn't gotten done yet
4.  What's your "favorite" household chore? if I had a favorite it would be vacuuming - I love how the floor looks when it's all clean!
5.  Do you miss Oprah? No, I never got to watch it it comes on here at 3:00 while I am still at work and  I don't have Tivo
6.  Do you play an instrument? in high school I played the flute, but I don't remember how now
7. What's your favorite piece of technology? this computer! I love the internet and all the convenience it's provided me!
8.  Do you have a social life? NO, I can't really say I even have a friend outside of my family, we've never gone to someone else house for dinner or anything, we aren't anti social we just don't have friends
9.  Are you a phone talker? yes, I talk to my mom everyday, and my husband and I talk all the way home from work
10. Do you text? not much, only to my kids when I can't actually talk to them like when I'm in a staff meeting or something LOL!
11. What's your favorite piece of furniture in your house? I have a recliner that is my chair, everyone knows at a certain time of night you will find me there with my computer and my blog!
12.  Does anything make you squeamish? YES! I can't stand the thought of getting cut or bleeding, I've been very fortunate with my kiddos that we haven't had any major issues with that! Knock on Wood!!

People I'm tagging

1- Tamara at  http://myheartbelongsinfirst.blogspot.com/
2 - Melissa at  http://dillydabbles.blogspot.com/
3 - Vickie at  http://plantspress.blogspot.com/
4 - Mrs S. at http://staplersstrategies.blogspot.com/
5 - Down Under Teacher http://downunderteacher.blogspot.com/
6 - Debbie at http://candauscrew.blogspot.com/
7 - Life in Special Education http://lifeinspecialeducation.blogspot.com/
8 - Hadar at http://misskindergartenlove.blogspot.com/
9 - Rachel at http://msrachelsroom.blogspot.com/
10 - Amanda at http://oneextradegree.blogspot.com/
11  - Leslie Ann at http://lifeinfirstgrade1.blogspot.com/
12 - Amanda at  http://thekindergartenchick.blogspot.com/

Questions for those of you I've tagged

1 - What's your favorite season?
2 - What's your favorite book?
3 - What's your favorite TV show?
4 - How do you celebrate March is reading month?
5 - Do you live close to your school (work)?
6 - What's your favorite thing to teach?
7 - How do you track student progress?
8 - How do you use technology in the classroom?
9 - Do you use Accelerated Reader? How do you reward kids for points if you do?
10 - Do you play sports? what?
11 - How much time do you spend doing your hair each morning?
12 - Whats your favorite memory from high school?

Alright now that was a LOOOOOONNNNNGGG post, keep the tag going and give it away! If you want to answer any of the questions and your not it - feel free to do so in the comments! I love reading your comments!!
Here are some of the center activites we did this week as we wrapped up our winter theme....Sorry the first few pics are pretty bad my phone is just not cutting it!
Build a snowman math I got from a Winter unit by Miss Kindergarten Hadar Maor!
count the buttons and match it with the number on the bottom snowbal1!
Then create your own snowmen by drawing buttons and writing the
correct number in this recording sheet!
Hot cocoa marshmallow counting, I have these counting mats as a freebie on this blog!

Snowball letter match, the kids have lower case letters on them match them up with the upper case letter on the snowball! This is also a freebie you can find on this blog!

Winter CVC word mats,  I can not figure out where I got them again uggg! I really do want to give credit and will be making a much better effort to document where I get my activities from now on! If they are yours PLEASE let me know!
I laminated the mats and the kids used dry eraser markers to
write in the sounds for each word!

Snowman hundreds chart activity! I loved this one, got this from Mrs. Parker
check out her blog here!
I also laminated these so student could write on them with a marker
and we could do several practices!
we used the hundreds chart to help us find the numbers,
again laminated so we could circle our numbers and wipe it off later!
snowy addition I got here here
we used snowflake manipulatives to solve the problems
matched the cards with the correct answers
Then recorded them on the cute recording sheet!

snowy syllables, got these here
My kiddos struggled with this one, it something we will be working on more!
after we sorted all the cards they recorded the words on these recording sheets!
 So we covered a lot and I got to use a lot of things 
I won in some awesome giveaways!
Can't wait to start Valentine centers on Monday
and show you all what we are doing! 
I've  been busy planning and creating so I've got some fun stuff to share :)

I love organization and I have a ton of center activities here's how I currently organize them all.......
For all the activities I've printed and made i use clear pencil pouches with zippers, they are thicker than baggies and file well without falling over and scrunching up, each pouch has all the pieces of printed and laminated inside with a copy of any recording sheets that I might need to make a copy of...one thing I've done that I LOVE is to upload the printables to vista print and make a free notepad of them like this,
 I just have to pay the shipping, I have been using their spend 30 dollars get free shipping to do this, I can make about 20 notepads for 30 dollars. Then I put the little notepad in the pouch with the activity - it's ready to go the kids just tear one off to use it when they are at the center, they have to write smaller but they haven't had any issues with this! 
 Some of my larger centers that have full page pieces or printables are in poly envelopes like the ones above, I order them from School Specialty and get a box of 50 for 25 dollars, or I have found them at dollar tree 3 for a dollar but not lately, I am hoping they get more soon!
 Some of my holiday/seasonal centers that have specific manipulative to go with them are in tins like these that I got at the dollar store or target dollar spot, one of these has the hot chocolate counting mats in in with the mini marshmallow foam counters, the other has snowflake and mitten foam cut outs in it and pattern strips.
 All of my card games are in gift card boxes/tins, I got a ton of these for 25 cents each right after the holidays all my abc matching, go fish, and flash cards fit perfectly inside!
Once I have the center activities stored in a container/pouch they are organized into plastic drawers by subject/concept taught. These are my math drawers, I have one drawer for each concept addressed by the common core K-5 since I teach all grade levels. The pencil pouches/poly envelopes store very well in these.
These are my reading/word work drawers, I have a drawer for each of the big 5 reading components, sight-words, Alphabet recognition, colors/names, ect. again the pouches/envelopes store neatly inside.
For larger manipulative type center activities I use the Sisters idea from the Daily 5 book, I found these cardboard shoe keepers on craigslist, 12 of them for 5 bucks, and snatched them up. I am actually using a few in my shoe closet! The rest hold the shoe box size plastic totes wonderfully. Each box is labeled to show what's inside, I used an alphabet background for word work, reading tubs, and a blue background for math tubs. I love the ease of finding just what I need when I need it with these, although they take up some room they don't look bad stored on the open counter in the back of my room!
 Seasonal centers are in these larger drawers labeled by month/holiday. All manipulative, containers, and games are in here - I also have binders labeled for each month with copies of printables and art activities.
I started out with stacking tubs, but love the drawers because I don't have to pull everything down to get to one at the bottom, I can pull a drawer all the way out and take it with me - then return it when I'm done! Yeah this takes up a lot of room in my old classroom I had a large closet (use to be a 2nd bathroom) and every wall was lined with drawers, it was so nice just to walk in and find what I needed without digging, they are all currently stacked in my basement, which has also been nice because as I realize I need to address a certain skill I come home find the drawer pull it out and take it to school with me! I love it!!

Thanks to the Lesson Plan Diva for hosting this linky party! 
Head on over to her blog to see what more great organizational strategies!

I am very excited to see how others store their center materials!!
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