July 2013 - Mrs. Jones's Kindergarten

Teacher Stool Makeover! (My first DIY)

Hey everyone! It's Tuesday! But wait-- its almost August! Eek! I don't know about you, but I've managed to not think about school for the month of July-- but when August rolls around, I know I only have 1 month of freedom left (sorry to all of you back in school already). So I'm starting small, with something I don't have to put too much brain power into-- my ugly, yellow, stained teacher stool that has been screaming for a makeover since last year.

So, when I was at Michael's the other day and saw this black and white chevron print, I knew I had to have it! I also picked up these awesomely large bins in sparkly rainbow fashion that I plan to use for literacy centers-- they fit clipboards and paper perfectly so no more folding and bending will be going on in my parts.

Then I got to work! Here's what I had to work with:

I started with my supplies (also you will need a staple gun, but I am afraid of those things so hubby had to handle that part):

Sanded a little bit (although the spray paint I got said this wasn't necessary, I did it anyway because I'm an overachiever like that).

Removed the gross yellow fabric:

Cut and trimmed the new, awesome fabric to fit (I did a double layer inside out so that when this one gets dirty I can just take it off and put the bottom layer on top-- so its cut and everything)

Folded the corners nice and tight!

 Stapled to secure

Sprayed about 10 coats (serious!) to make sure its all covered!

Attached the new cushion, and voila! 

What do you think? I have to say I'm pretty proud of my first DIY! 
Do you have any projects that you are working on?

P.S... I was SO, so lucky to be chosen as the featured teacher in the TpT Newsletter this week. Yay! You can check it out here.

Top 10 Read Alouds for the first day of K

I know, I know... there are SO many amazing books to choose from! Which ones will help start your year off right? I am here to share my favorite read alouds for the first day, and hope you will share yours too! Without further ado...

1. The Kissing Hand by Audrey Penn
This is a must read for me. It's the first book we read every year. We always do a little hand print keepsake for parents to remember their babies' first day of school!

2. Mom, It's My First Day of Kindergarten! by Hyewon Yum
I love this book too. It's about all the "what if's" that kids and parents worry about. This year I read it to my Kinders on the very first day, and it was the very LAST read aloud we had on the last day of school. It was nice to talk about all that we did and learned during the year, and helped bring it full circle. :)

3. No David! by David Shannon
This is a fun read aloud to lead in to talking about the rules of your school and classroom. Another must read for me!

4. Chicka Chicka Boom Boom by Bill Martin Jr.
A familiar classic that many kids know and can participate in reading. Make your own tree out of construction paper and use a magnetic board with letters to have your new friends help act it out. 

5. Chrysanthemum by Kevin Henkes
This is a sweet story that talks about acceptance and the importance of being proud of who you are... great for 1st grade and beyond. 

6. How Will I Get to School This Year? by Jerry Pallotta
I love to use this book to lead in to discuss how we get to and from school. Its fun to make a class graph or chart to go with it!

7. Miss Bindergarten Gets Ready for Kindergarten by Joseph Slate
Show the kids how WE get ready for school!

8. The Wheels on the Bus by Raffi
A fun interactive read aloud that your kids will all know and love to help you read! Build up their confidence and participation from the get go. 

9. Brown Bear, Brown Bear by Bill Martin Jr.
Predictable and familiar! Well loved by all. 

What is your favorite First Day Read Aloud?
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