Saturday, August 17, 2013

Monkeys to Mateys -- AHOY!!!

So I decided the day before Pre-planning this year that I would completely change my theme in my classroom and I would become a Captain of the ship for my little "Mateys" instead of Monkeys.  I was TOO excited about the change, but didn't grasp ALL THAT ENTAILED!!!!  I had to redo EVERYTHING in my classroom.  Here is a peek of what I have going on.

 My sign hanging outside the classroom (we all have one with our names and a picture of what we are).
 My Captain's Crew reading group board (still grouping them so names haven't been added yet). 
 Book box labels for Daily 5
 The Pirate's Cove Daily 5 rotation board - still working on Read to Self so we haven't started moving yet but there will be names and little velcro dots so they can choose where to start each day.
 My door:  Welcome to Mrs. Monahan's class....where every child is "treasured."
 Swab the Decks classroom jobs.  I covered my clothespins with Washi tape and wrote the names on them.  We keep our jobs for a whole semester so I don't have to move them but once a year, which is HEAVEN.  If you are interested in the Matey Jobs you can click here to go to my Tpt store.
The cover of our homework folder.
And last but not least, the BEHAVIOR board. there's a story here.  There are a ton of behavior charts out there that have 7 colors or positions.  That is what I STARTED with, and you can find it here.  BUT, this week our grade level, along with PreK and K, decided that 7 was too many spots and we dropped down to 5.  I had to do some tweaking, but it is all ready to start up Monday morning.  We also are now implementing a Positive Behavior Intervention Strategy of using a yard stick (with the 5 colors/spots) and clothespins to go with the chart so that it can be carried ANYWHERE in the school.  It is with us in the hallway where students can move their pin UP for "sailing smoothly" or DOWN because of "rough seas".  It goes to lunch for the parapro in case she needs to move a clip and to CAMP (Computer Lab, Art, Music, P.E.) classes as well.  I think this will really help and I'm SUPER pumped about starting it all up on Monday!!!  Here is what it all looks like.  It's my TREASURED BEHAVIOR wall.  I added rewards and consequences at the top so it is in writing.  I covered my clothespins with some Prism tape and wrote the names on and separated my colors with washi tape (that stuff is just awesome for so many reasons)!  If you like what you see I also included a parent letter and a chart for sending home daily where you can record where your students "docked their ship" at the end of the day.  (They also earn money each day to spend in the treasure chest on Friday).  It's all in the packet on Tpt!
Some close ups.....

Like I said, the pack has 7 colors and spots but I would be HAPPY to personalize the colors for you if you like it but need them to be different.  Just email me and let me know!!

NOW... for a little Pinterest LOVE
I feel in love with this off Pinterest the other day. I really wanted to do it.  That, however, could NOT work in my classroom (no matter how much I LOVE it) because anyone who knows me knows everything has to go together....SOOOOOOO....OCD working here......I came up with Treasured Days and we will add yellow dot stickers(gold, me hearties) to count up to 100 days of school.  I'm so excited about this.  It's kind of in a corner, but it works!  (Going to add a little more "bling" to it after a trip to Hobby Lobby sometime soon this week).
Well, that's it!  It's been over a month since I blogged and I've missed it SOOOO much but with school starting 2 weeks ago I have just been trying not to SINK MY SHIP!  Thursday was the first day I felt like I was out of ROUGH SEAS and doing some SMOOTH SAILING.  Now my boat is a-floating and I'm ready to sail!  Have a great weekend!

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  1. This sounds all too familiar! I've been teaching for 6 years and have picked things up along and along to have a monkey theme. 2 years ago, our principal wanted us to have a school-wide theme of Pirates since that's our mascot. Unfortunately, I live on a teacher's salary (I know you understand!) and I couldn't afford to go out and buy all new pirate stuff. Luckily though, pirates and monkeys go hand-in-hand! I picked up a few pirate things, added pirate-y accents (like hats and eyepatches) to my monkeys, and TA-DA! Pirate theme! And I must say, I LOVE it!!!
    Mrs. Miller’s Monkey Business


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