Saturday, July 5, 2014

Beginning of the Year Linky- and FREEBIES!

I am still in "Finally Done" mode- but this week's link up is Beginning of the Year Ideas, so I am going to get myself into that mode and share some ideas that I like to use to get ready for the year.  It's good to start thinking that way. I'm linking up with Laura from Where the Magic Happens for Diggin' Into Next Year.


I am  going to start the year using Go Noodle . I didn't know about it at the beginning of last year, but luckily I found it!
YA-HOO.  I posted all about Go Noodle here.  I can't say enough great about it.  It's a wonderful motivator and reward for the children.  And fun.  And free.  Win. Win. Win. Win.

I am also going to start the year assessing with ESGI.  I could say "obsessing" because I am a little obsessed with all that it offers.
Now, with the Class Management Tool added on, I can whip off my class lists- even name tags-  with no problem- on top of getting all of my data.
The kids actually can't wait to come up and be tested on their letters, sounds, numbers...  I am looking forward to using this from Day 1 this year. I posted about ESGI HERE.  If you want to learn more about ESGI and to get a  free 60 day trial of the software, click here. If you like using it and want to purchase the program, you can use my special PROMO CODE  B1119  and receive $40 off your purchase for the first year. The price is usually $199 a year, but with the promo code, it will be $159 for the first year. I like that you can try it free.  It really gives you a great idea of what you can do with it.

Dr. Jean and I got together and made some Kindergarten CCSS I Can Cards and activities for you to use in the classroom- free!

 Each standard is written in "kid friendly" language, and is on a card that you can make into a flip book with a book ring to display as you work on that standard.  Dr. Jean has posted over 80 ideas to go along with the Reading Standards (Reading Literature, Reading Informational Text, Reading Foundational Skills).

She has them organized by each standard. She is AMAZING. Yes she is. That's not even all- in August, she is going to have activities to go along with each Writing and Math Standard.  This is such a gift. You can download the cards free HERE at my TPT store  and get her ideas HERE.

Finally, I made a Back to School Prezi that is FREE if you would like it! HERE is the US version.

 HEREis the Canadian version!
It is part of my Fun in Fall Prezi (which I also made for US and for Canada.)

Meanwhile- I'm not ready for fall yet!
Have a great day, and thank you for stopping by!  I can't wait to see what great ideas everyone has for back to school! Here are the links for the rest of July.


  1. I am still in summer mode, too. When I start thinking about school, go noodle is on my list, as well as your whole brain teaching stuff. Thanks as always for sharing! Sara

  2. Wow! It was great to hear all your ideas for next year. Makes me think I need to get moving. I am definitely in summer mode. I just heard about Go Noodle from another teacher friend and can't wait to try it out. Enjoy the rest of your summer!

    Carolina Teacher


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