I am so excited to celebrate my blog's first birthday with you today! I can't believe it has been a whole year since I first began blogging. I have loved sharing ideas, connecting with other teachers around the world, and learning so much about blogging. To celebrate this momentous occasion I reached out to my Teachers Pay Teachers family. Ya'll, I am beyond humbled by the extreme generosity and support I received. These awesome teacher authors went beyond my wildest dreams to help bring you TWO fabulous giveaways!
I don't know about you, but I think a birthday celebration is the best excuse for a Shopping Spree! Two grand prize winners will have the opportunity to shop in each of the stores listed and choose $5 worth of items...from EVERY SINGLE STORE!  Plus, Glitter Meets Glue (who of course is one of my favorites) has graciously donated $10 worth of products to each winner. Lastly, each winner will receive $15 worth of products from my store, K's Classroom Kreations. This Shopping Spree comes at the perfect time for the Back to School Season, when let's be real, life gets expensive. So, let the raffle begin and be sure to share this giveaway with your friends.

The giveaway will end Friday, August 21st at midnight. Winner's will be contacted by email on Saturday, August 22nd. I wish you all luck and hope you have a great back to school season!

Feel free to start browsing each store and creating your wish-lists.

Giveaway 1:
K's Classroom Kreations- $15
Glitter Meets Glue Designs- $10
$5 from each of the following:

Giveaway 2: 

K's Classroom Kreations- $15
Glitter Meets Glue Designs- $10
$5 from each of the following:

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Hi there! Just a quick note today to let you know about my guest post on the Who's Who and Who's New blog. I shared a ton of creative classroom storage solutions, all that can be created on a budget.

One idea that I shared was to use milk crates as bench seats. I know this is a popular Pinterest project but I wanted to also share with you how I solved a common crate seat problem. In my classroom we have slippery floors, especially after they wax over the summer. Last year I got tired of my seats slipping around the room and was worried about my kids' safety. 

My genius moment occurred the other day when I realized I had non-slip jar openers (like a rubbery fabric) in my Fidget/Sensory box. I bought the 4 pack at Dollar Tree a few months ago and it worked well as a textural fidget for my students who needed it. I simply hot glued the grip to the bottom of the crates and it worked like a charm! No more scratching up the floor or worrying about my kids sliding their way around the room. It really is the little things that make my teacher heart happy! Hope it can help you as well. Don't forget to check out my guest post with over a dozen storage solutions and organizational ideas.

I am so excited to be hosting Math Tip Monday with my friend Theresa from Theresa's Teaching Tidbits. This new monthly linky came about on our plane ride home from the Teachers Pay Teachers conference in Vegas last month. We wanted to create a way for primary teachers to share their best math ideas and collaborate with others. Be sure to check back on the first Monday of the month for our newest postings.

This month we are all focusing on Back to School Math Ideas. I'm going to share with you how I organize my materials and prepare for the year. 

First comes the unpacking process. I always have such great intentions to organize at the end of the school year but somehow energy brainpower time always seems to get away from me. I start my year by putting all of my math materials in one area. Please note- these pictures are coming to you live, straight from the mess of my room and are not quite the picture perfect classroom images I dream about sharing, but let's be real....unpacking always gets worse before it gets better!

I like to have one area with all of my math materials for easy access. I also like to label each item so my students can get what they need, and hopefully put things away. (I'm in the process of updating labels and will reveal the final look during my classroom tour in a few weeks).

Next to my materials (manipulatives, 120 chart, math games, dice, etc.) I have a rolly cart for math centers. I find myself teaching a brief whole group lesson and then doing guided practice. Typically this means that my students are using white boards to apply the skill or playing a partner game while I monitor. Next comes my "weeding out" process. Once a child shows mastery I send them to the rolly cart to get a math center of their choice. I like to keep a combination of centers that focus on our current standard and also spiral back to previously taught skills. My kiddos have free range of where to sit and work in the classroom as long as they are on task. I send children off to centers until I am left with the few children who need additional support. This process works well for me because I can instantly provide support for those who need it while my remaining students are engaged elsewhere. Also, this form of flexible grouping ensures that kids get support when they need it, on skills they need help with. Everyone has strengths and weaknesses and I don't want to formally group students for math because their proficiency changes so frequently.

In order to keep up with all of my centers I create storage boxes by standard. I stick a label with the Common Core standard to each center baggie and place it inside. This way, I can see everything I have to work with. The labels on each also help me remember the game's focus. Another bonus is that Administration instantly knows when  they see my kids laying on the floor playing games, they are in fact educational ;)

How do you organize math centers in your room?

Thanks for checking out a few of my organizational tips for back to school math setup. If you want to link up with us in the future please click here to learn more. We'd love to learn from as many primary teachers as possible each month. Also, here is a sneak peek as to what's coming up this year.

If you are interested in the actual math centers that I use each month, here is a collection of many of them. Enjoy!

Back to School Edition- Math Tip Monday
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