1.25.2013

Subbin It, FREEBIE, and a GIVEAWAY

Ok, so I lied. I thought my previous post would be the last one before my surgery, but I just haaaaad to write one more :) I am going in at 3:00 today - eeeek! Here goes nothing!

I left this little note for my sweeties on the Chit Chat board for my sub to read to them. I had two of them absolutely BAWLING as they left the room yesterday, saying that they just couldn't do it without me. Gosh they are so cute! One of them even brought me a "Get Well" gift full of yummy treats, magazines, and paintings she made to brighten my days. It totally made my day.


As I mentioned the other day, I spent most of my time this week planning for my sub. I am a bit of a organizational perfectionist. I knew that I would not be able to leave unless I had everything setup perfectly. I have a sub binder that I keep in my room in case I am ever out for a day unexpectedly, but that just wouldn't do it for the whole week. This is the Sub Binder that I always keep in the room:

 
 
 

And here is what I did for my sub this week: I organized everything by subject and labeled baskets for each. I put it all in order by day. So basically, all she has to do is pull the top thing out of every basket for the day. (This literally makes me want to jump for joy. I swear to you, I have an illness.)

 
 
 

Pretty fabulous right?! I felt a million times better about leaving having everything ready for her.

Earlier this week we finished up our Martin Luther King Jr. activities. We started by reading the book "The Crayon Box That Talked" by Shane Derolf. The book makes a fantastic addition to MLK Jr. lessons. It is about a box of crayons that is full of colors that do not get along. They don't know why they hate each other, but they just do. As the story goes on, the crayons begin realizing that they do like the other colors and that when they work together, they can make a beautiful picture! To introduce this, I gave each of the littles a blank piece of paper and asked them to draw a line down the middle. I then had them use only their pencil to draw a picture on the left side. It could be whatever they wanted it to be. After they finished, we looked at the pictures and discussed how we felt about them. The kids were so sad that they couldn't color with crayons! Next, I told them to make the exact same picture on the right side, but this time they could use as many colors as they wanted! They did such a fabulous job. We had a long discussion after about how beautiful the world can be when we all work together, just like the crayons!
 
 

 

After completing this activity, the kids began realizing how special and unique each of them is and how working together makes the world a better place. Each child made a self portrait using a crayon template to add to our class "box of crayons".

 
 

 You can grab this activity FREEBIE by clicking the picture below


And that's my 3 day week in a nutshell. I'm going to prepare myself now for this afternoon. And just so you know, I'm starving. I wasn't allowed to eat anything after midnight last night and now I am famished. I want to eat everything in my fridge, especially the pizza lunchables and doritos. I know, I know, I have the eating habits of a five year old. Sigh. Hope everyone is having a good day :) I'll give you an update as soon as I can! HUGS!

OH YEAH! Don't forget  about the fabulous SWEET Little Giveaway that I am excited to be a part of. Three lucky winners will win everything in this giveaway!




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Keepin It Kool in Kinderland's Candy Conversation Heart Estimate and Graph Activity


Lovely Literacy & More's Heart Ten Frame, Valentine Long Vowel Sort, Valentine Addition and Subtraction Word Problems, and Valentine's Day Decor





Mrs. Pauley's Kindergarten's  Valentine's Day Literacy & Craft Activities


First Grade Smiles' Valentine's Day Math and Literacy Activities Pack



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19 comments:

  1. Good luck Khrys! My thoughts will be with you this weekend and many prayers for your quick recovery! :)

    ~Jessica
    Fun in PreK-1
    P.S. I would have LOVED to be your sub back in my subbing days! You are so organized and fabulous! :)

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    1. Thank you so much Jess! You are the best :)

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  2. As a substitute I appreciate your organization! Most times I show up and have no idea where anything is or what the procedures are. I wish the teachers I subbed for we're this detailed and organized.

    Praying for a successful surgery and a speedy recovery!

    Bren P.
    http://theteacherdiariesk4.blogspot.com

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    1. Thank you so much, I'm a bit OCD I believe haha I'm so glad you found me, can't wait to stop by your blog! Thanks for the well wishes :)

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  3. Hi Khrys! I just found your blog through our giveaway, and I am glad I did! I am your newest follower! Good luck with your surgery! :)

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    1. Thanks Melissa, I'm thrilled you found me! I appreciate your following and can't wait to check out you blog too :)

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  4. Khrys I love all your organization for your sub and I know your sub is loving it too!! I like the idea of having a pouch for notes and things the sub collects. Great idea! Want to come and organize my sub binder for me ;)

    Hope everything went well today!

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    1. Thanks girly :) I'd love to, any time! Wish we lived closer!!

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    2. Me too! I have to say I am so inspired by your sub binder that I decided to give mine a big overhaul! I will have a sub this Friday so it gives me a good deadline. :) Thanks for the inspiration!

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    3. I'm always happy to be inspirational to a bloggy buddy, especially a bestie like yourself! Let me know if I can help in anyway! I'm sure it will be just fabulous!

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  5. Oh my goodness - you are a busy girl. Your sub plans/bins look just like mine. I am so incredibly INCREDIBLY uptight when it comes to organization for a sub.

    Hope all is well!!!!!
    Holly
    Crisscross Applesauce in First Grade

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    1. I'm so glad I'm not the only one! Haha! Thanks so much for your comment :)

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  6. I am hoping everything goes well and to a speedy recovery!!! I also love reading The Crayon Box that Talked and think having each student make their own crayon with a self portrait is such a great idea! Thanks for the freebie as well :)

    Brittany
    Lovely Literacy & More

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    1. Thanks Brittany! I'm so glad you're able to use the freebie :) the kids loved it! I appreciate the well wishes!

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  7. Wow, I am so impressed by how well organized you are for your sub! That must have taken a lot of work. I hope that all goes well with your surgery and recovery.

    Becky
    Compassionate Teacher

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    1. Thanks so much Becky! It took hours of work, but it was totally worth it for my peace of mind haha I'm currently healing now (though I wish it were a quicker process)! Thanks for the well wishes!

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  8. Khrys, do you have your sub binder on sale on TpT?

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  9. I don't often look at blogs and I have never commented on one but I just had to give you props on this post. I am as sick in the head as you are about organization : ) and I got some great ideas from you! Thank you for sharing and I will definitely be reading more from you!

    Elizabeth

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  10. I love your sub binder! Is it in your tot store?

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