Fun, Fun, Fun Summertime Blog Hop

I am so excited to participate in this Summertime Blog Hop hosted by Crystal at Mrs. Wyatt's Wise Owl Teacher Creations!! Be sure to read through this post, enter the giveaways, and head to the next blog by clicking the button at the bottom of this post.

"And we'll have fun, fun, fun till her daddy takes the T-Bird away...."   That is one of my favorite summertime songs. I love summer. Long days, playing outside in the pool, fireworks, ice cream...
Isn't summer the best?!?  The only problem is that over the summer sometimes you don't feel like doing work. Especially if you are a kid who just wants to go play. But even if it is hard, it is so important to keep your kids reading and learning over the summer. Otherwise their learning will slide backwards, thus the term "Summer Slide."

I am going to show you 2 products you can use to help your kids or students keep learning over the summer.

The first was made specifically for this reason. It is a summer pack that has connect 4 board for the student to choose different activities to do.

There four connect 4 sheets and each sheet has 12 squares with activities. Each week the child chooses 4 activities to complete to get four in a row.
There are a variety of subjects included, and some worksheets to go along with some of the activities.

I think this is a great summer packet because it doesn't necessarily feel like you are doing work. There are worksheets, but there are more hands-on activities for the kids to do. Click here to see it in my store.

The other product I think is great for summer is my board game template.

The game is called "Boating Bonanza," and it is just a template for a board game. It comes with blank cards so you can write your questions/activities on the back of the cards. You can use this for any subject you want, and the kids will love it! Click here to see this product in my store.

Good news! You can enter to win each of these products by entering the Rafflecopter below.  Good luck and thanks for visiting! Don't forget to hop on to the next blog by clicking the button under the Rafflecopters.

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Management Tips

1. Make sure you have Structure in your classroom. If you have very defined procedures and routines set up in your classroom, you can eliminate a lot of behavior problems. When I was teaching, I spent more time in the first few weeks focusing on routines and procedures than lesson content. It is so crucial for your students to be familiar with how things are done in your class.

Here are some ideas of procedures that you might practice with your students.

-Morning routine
-Turning in homework
-Going to the bathroom
-Lining up
-Behavior outside the class (lunch, specialties, and bathroom)
-Recess rules/lining up
-Working in groups
-Asking questions
-Fire drills
-Sudden illness (bloody noses, throwing up, etc)
-Walking in the hallway
-Signaling for attention
-Sharpening pencils
-Finishing work early
-Passing out supplies
-End of day

Other Tips

- Don't introduce too many routines at one time. The beginning of the year can be overwhelming, and it will take some time for students to learn how everything is done.

-Introduce the routine and explain why it is important. Then model the routine, and give opportunities for them to practice.

2. Be Consistent. Your students should know that you mean what you say. If the class is being too loud, don't threaten to take away recess until you are actually willing to do that. If you make empty threats, your students will know that they can get away with misbehaving and you will lose control of the class.

I like to give three warnings. If a student is talking during class, I ask them to stop. If they continue, I say, "If you don't stop, I will move your desk." If they do it again, I immediately move their desk. Before discipline is given, the student should have a warning.

Before the school year starts, think of consequences for common behavior problems. This way you will know how to react when a situation arises. Here are some common problems you might run into:

-Talking in class
-Bothering other students
-Talking back
-Shouting out answers
-Hallway problems
-Hitting/kicking (I let them know that these behaviors will not be tolerated and they will not get a warning)
-Won't stay in their seat

3. Think Ahead. A lot of the time, behavior problems can be avoided if you think ahead about possible problems that might happen. Before an activity, you can give explicit directions about behavior and what is acceptable. Every year at my school they celebrate Grandparent's Day by having the grandparents come and read to their grandkids in school. The PTA provides cookies and water. My first year, I didn't realize how much instruction the kids needed and things did not go so well. I had kids running into the hall to look for their grandparents, taking 2-3 cookies, moving their chairs around, crying because their grandparent didn't come, etc. The next year before the grandparents came, I made sure to have a discussion with the class about appropriate behaviors, and things went much better.

If you think ahead and have a discussion before you start an activity, things will go much more smoothly.

Also, think about your wording. When you ask a question, instead of asking, "Who likes to eat popcorn?" You could say, "Raise your hand if you like to eat popcorn." This way students aren't shouting out their answer. They know to raise their hand.

4. Don't try to be the "Fun" teacher. At the beginning of the year, it is so important to set the tone for your class. They need to know that you aren't afraid to enforce consequences for breaking the rules. Once you have established the classroom rules and routines, you can let go a little and do more fun activities with your class. By then you will know what they can handle and they will know what you expect.

Also, in the primary grades, students love their teacher and want to please her/him. I remember my very first day teaching, the class was so noisy lining up for lunch and walking in the hall. I made them go back to the class and try again. They still didn't do it right, so we went back again, and I had to be very stern with them. After I dropped them off at lunch, I was walking through the cafeteria, feeling so bad and thinking they all hated me. A couple of my students called out to me and waved, so excited to say hi to me. It made me realize that my students would still love me, even if I had to crack down sometimes. Kids need boundaries, and I think it makes them feel safe knowing that their teacher will enforce the rules.

5. Have a quiet class. By this, I don't mean that your class needs to be quiet all the time. But before you begin talking to the class, you should make sure you have everyone's attention. During lessons, students should be quiet so that they aren't distracting other students. This also makes it so that hopefully you don't have to repeat yourself over and over. If you let students talk while you are talking, you end up raising your voice and having to shout over them, and the class gets louder and louder.

These five tips are things that really helped my management, and hopefully you can use some of them in your class too.

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Flash Freebie Days at Sun, Sand, and Second Grade

Hey there! Just wanted to let you know that I am participating in a day full of flash freebies over at Sun, Sand, and Second Grade.  She is celebrating 1,000 followers on Facebook, so every hour on July 13th and 14th there will be a new freebie posted on her blog. So exciting!! Here is the freebie I am giving away:

This packet includes an All About Me Poster, pages for a student of the week book, a letter to parents listing the activities for the week, and a blank schedule to fill out.

My product will be available from 2:30-3:30 Eastern Standard Time. You can either get this by clicking the image above, or at Sun, Sand, and Second Grade.

Hope you enjoy!