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Thursday, June 25, 2015

Summer Share and Prepare: Color the Room

Happy Thursday! I hope you are all getting out there and enjoying the summer fun! I'm still stuck on the couch so I envy your adventures!! One of the things that has kept me sane since the accident is being able to blog. I'm so grateful for all of the different linky parties that have popped up. They literally give me something to look forward to each day and help me stay busy by writing different posts. I'm sure I'd be beyond stir crazy by now without being able to link up for different blog hops!!

Today I am linking up with Marie from Once Upon a Classroom: A Teacher's Tale for her Summer Share and Prepare link up! My sweet friend Jill from Chevron and Centers introduced me to this linky, and I'm so excited to participate!! 


This awesome linky is about sharing different products we use throughout the year that other teachers would benefit from. It's a great way to learn about the many other amazing products out there and to add to our Wish Lists!! This link up has all sorts of grade levels participating, so I'm sure you'll find something you can use!

I am sharing an activity I created this summer. In my room, my kinders LOVE all things Write the Room! They love getting to use the 'fancy clipboards'. They love getting to walk around the room without being told to sit back down. They love working together to locate all of the posters in the room, even the tricky ones. They look forward to Write the Room activities and love when I put new ones out. I love that Write the Room activities are ones they can complete independently and that these activities give them a chance to get up and move around the room.

Since many of my kinders have never had any sort of school experience, the beginning of the year can be a tricky and stressful time to teach them all the rules, routines, and procedures. I wanted to create an activity for the very beginning of the year that would help my kinders get used to the routine of Write the Room without actually having to write anything. In the beginning of the year I have many, many kiddos who can't form any type of letters let alone copy from a model. I wanted to create an activity that had all the fun of Write the Room without the stress of not being able to write anything.


Enter 'Color the Room'. I created this packet to be used at the very beginning of the school year. It follows the procedures of the different Write the Room activities I'll use throughout the year, but this packet doesn't require any form of writing. Instead, my kinders will search the room for posters that require them to color in something on their recording sheets. This packet helps them to not only learn how Write the Room works, but it also helps them with their fine motor skills and coloring inside the lines. Not to mention following directions independently.

I created two different types of Color the Room Activities in this packet, since there are many different versions of Write the Room with different directions for each. I wanted my kinders to get used to looking for different things when searching the room.


The first four activities in the pack require students to color the matching pictures on their recording sheets to match the color of the posters. For example, in 'Color the Numbers' students would color the number 1 pink and the number 2 purple. These activities teach the kiddos to look for the bigger pictures on the posters around the room.


The second set of four activities differs slightly from the first four activities. For these activities, students will need to search the room for the matching pictures on their recording sheets. However, instead of coloring the pictures to match the poster, these activities have students coloring the pictures to match the color of the FRAMES on each picture. This teaches my kinders to look for something different when completing their recording sheet. For example, with the 'Carnival Colors' activity, the students would color the picture of the roller coaster red because that is the color of the frame that surrounds it.

I am hoping that these activities will make it much easier for my kinders to understand the procedures of Write the Room and get them ready for the rest of the year. They can complete these recording sheets without having to do any sort of actual writing, while at the same time following all the same directions that Write the Room activities will have. I think my kinders are going to enjoy using these activities and I can't wait to try them out!!

I'm so tickled with how this packet came out that I am offering you a chance to win one for yourself!! Just enter using the Rafflecopter below! I will choose winners on Sunday morning! Good luck!!


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Don't want to wait? Click on the image below to head to my TPT store and buy one for yourself!

Don't forget to head back over to Once Upon a Classroom: A Teacher's Tale to see who else has linked up! You're going to learn about a lot of really great products!! You can also link up and share something of your own, too!!

Don't forget! Spotlight Saturday is still up and running! You can link up with us to showcase your favorite product, resource, activity, or idea! This week I Spotlighted some Facebook freebies and an AMAZING blogger T-shirt deal from A+ Images, Inc.! I would LOVE for you to link up with us!!

15 comments:

  1. What a cool idea! I love this option for those who are coming in with no formal academics... I always have quite a few of those!

    Thanks for introducing me to this linky!

    Deirdre
    Mrs. Garcia's Super Scholars

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    1. Thanks so much! I have become quite the linky party addict, thanks to Jill who keeps me up to date with all the awesome link ups out there!! I'm so glad you're going to link up too, I love reading your posts!!

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  2. This looks like so much fun! I'm positive the kids love the fancy clipboards :) I need some!

    Stacy
    Made with Love

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    1. Thanks so much!! My 'fancy clipboards' are super popular! All I did was buy the cheapo wooden clipboards at Wal-Mart and then covered them in really fun Duct Tape!! They are HUGE hit!! :-)
      Thanks so much for reading and leaving feedback, it really means a lot!!

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  3. This is great, I just shared your blog with my friend who teaches Kindergarten because she has to check this out! I didn't know you were a MD blogger! You are right near me, I am in Northern VA!

    Jackie
    Neat Sweet & Hard to Beat

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    1. Thank you so much for the share!! I have such a hard time finding any bloggers near me, it's so much fun to 'meet' ones who live near me!! I keep hoping to meet enough to have a blogger meet-up, they look like so much fun!!
      Thank you so much for stopping by to read and leave feedback, not to mention referring my blog to a friend! That really means a lot, thanks so much!!!

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  4. Your packet looks awesome!

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    1. Thank you so much! I really appreciate you stopping by and leaving a comment, you're awesome!!

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  5. I love the idea of your packet. I can totally see this being useful in my kindergarten classroom at the beginning of the year!

    Kayla
    The Chalkboard Garden

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    1. Thank you so much, you are so sweet! You totally made me smile!! I hope you have a wonderful week!! :-) Thanks so much for reading and leaving feedback, you rock!!

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  6. I can not tell you enough how much I LOVE this activity!! It has been on my wish list and if I don't win I will be purchasing this! It is beyond perfect for the beginning of the year! Thank you so much for sharing!
    Jill

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    1. Thank you so much Jill!! I cannot tell you enough how much I LOVE having gotten to meet you!! :-) You are so super sweet and the best blogger friend ever!! :-)
      I hope you have an amazing week!!

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  7. I am in love with your adorable clipboards! What a cute pack you've made ;) I would love to join the linky!

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    1. Thank you so much! The clipboards were actually easy to make, just a bit time consuming! I bought the cheapest wooden clipboards Wal-Mart had and then collected all the super-cool Duct Tape I could find. I covered the boards with Duct Tape and my kinders fell in LOVE!! They have lasted a while, too. They have lasted three years now!! :-)
      I would LOVE to have you for the Spotlight Saturday linky!!!! Check back tomorrow and link up!!
      Thank you so so much for reading this post and leaving such great feedback! I really appreciate it!!!

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  8. This looks like so much fun!! Great idea! I'm so sorry to hear about the accident. I hope your recovery is going well - Hang in there! Thanks so much for linking up. I look forward to following you for more great posts!
    Marie
    Once Upon a Classroom: A Teacher's Tales

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