Are you looking for ways to prepare for the next school year now? I always start dreaming about my next school year in May. May is also the time when I have to pack up my class. Here are a few ways to help you prepare for next year.
Clean out and Pack up!
Quite honestly, I have always had to resist the urge to shove and stuff at the end of the year. In May, I always feel like I am in panic mode. There never seems to be enough time. So returning the retired math and literacy activities to the proper place takes a back seat. It helps to have a spot to store them. So, as I pull out the next week’s (or month’s) activities, I can easily return the completed ones to their rightful home.
I also want to take the time to look at the materials I have in the bins. It is time to purge the ones you did not use from the year before. Having bins pre-labeled helps. You can download these bin labels for FREE by clicking HERE.
and this is how the Just Roll With It cards are stored.
Binders for days!
I love having a monthly overview of the lessons that I am going to teach. This allows me to look ahead and move lessons around to fit the needs of the classroom. If I am noticing the bulk of the students need to work on making their words easier to read, but I am only on Day 4, I can easily skip ahead and teach Day 8. Then I can go back to the Day 4 lesson the next day.
I also use plastic pocket page dividers to organize my mentor text. Each writing unit has a few suggested mentor texts. I like to keep those texts in the binders.
Avery binder company LOVES me! I got all of my binders at CostCo. They seem to have the best price, but you can also get them HERE on Amazon.
Each of our Guiding Readers Close Reading units are planned out for you! Just print and teach!
We have completed 2 sets of leveled text. Level C will come out this week! Again! I love the binders to keep them organized.
The plastic pocket dividers are perfect to store the books.
I also use them to store the word work and sentence work. Then the lesson plans and running records are at my fingertips as well.
Deanna Jump and I created our guided math curriculum for kindergarten way back in 2013. It was one of the first guided math curriculum units that were made FOR kindergarten teachers BY kindergarten teachers. While we are extremely proud of them, it was time for them to get a little face lift. We started this update with the creation of an additional unit. We had been contacted by school districts in Texas who were looking for one additional unit to help them meet their TEKS kindergarten standards. Ta DA!
We also reformatted the lessons. We added a literacy connection suggestion and video links! In units 1-10, the lessons will remain the same, we just want them to get a fresh look. You can expect all of the kindergarten units to be updated by mid-July. So, you may want to hold off on printing these until then.
Curriculum Maps are a fantastic way to organize your thinking. These kindergarten and first grade curriculum maps offer the “Big Ideas” surrounding reading, writing, math, and phonics.
Prepare for Next Year Now
Start slow. Don’t get overwhelmed. Think about what worked great for you last year. Think about what areas you would like to improve on. If you start now, you will not feel so overwhelmed in August.