Door hangers for the entire school year


I'm joining Tara at 4th Grade Frolics for Monday Made It!

I just added a fun new product to my Teachers Pay Teachers store!  I made 30 door hangers to for you to hang on your classroom door to greet students, remind students of upcoming events, and let others know where to find your class.  It also includes editable door hangers for you to personalize your own!

You can take a closer look at my door hangers here!  They're on sale for the next 24 hours!
Head over to 4th Grade Frolics to check out the other Monday Made Its!


How do you plan on planning?

Every school year teachers are faced with the same dilemma... What lesson plan book am I going to use this year?  For years I always used the boring plan book that was provided by my school corporation.  The only things I can remember about it were it's pale blue cover and enormous size.  The last few years I have used the Teacher's Lesson Planner from Erin Condren.  I love her lesson planners!
The Teacher's Lesson Planner has everything a teacher needs, and they are so stinkin' cute!  The only deterrent for me is the price.  The planners range from $55-$75.  If I decide to continue with an Erin Condren planner this year, I'm probably going with the geometric circles planner.


A less expensive option than the Erin Condren planner is the Today's Teacher Weekly/Monthly Lesson Planner from Blue Sky.  I was recently asked to review this planner and their Today's Teacher Desk Pad Calendar.  I was thrilled to review the planner and compare it to the planner that I had been using.
 There are so many things about this planner that I love!  I love the bright colors and dot design on the planner.  The cover of the planner also allows you to insert your own cover or photos!  The planner has a clear pocket in the front for miscellaneous papers.  Another feature is the inspirational quote at the top of each month (I love the quote for July!).  It is set up a lot like the Erin Condren planner.  Each day of the week is a different color on the the planning pages.  I like that the weeks are already labeled for you!
 Some other features of the planner are the references pages.  It has a page for class birthdays, weekly activity schedule, yearly holidays, and pages for notes.
This lesson planner provides many of the same features as the Teacher's Lesson Plan at a fraction of the price ($19.99).  It is a definite contender for the upcoming school year!
I love that the planner has a matching desk calendar that can be purchased separately ($14.99).  I hang a monthly calendar in my classroom by the door with upcoming events.  The desk calendar has two holes at the top that allows for hanging.  I also like that it has plastic corner sleeves to keep each page in place.  There is also an inspirational quote at the top of each month!
Another option for planning is online planning from planbook.com.  I haven't used planbook.com, but my two teammates used it last year and loved it.  It has so many options for planning, and you can re-use lesson plans from one year to the next.  There is a yearly subscription fee of $12.  This is an appetizing option for planning.  The only drawback for me is that I'm old school.  There's just something about having the planner in your hands and at your fingertips.  I worry that I would feel lost without my planner in my bag at the end of each school day!
I'll let you know as the school year draws closer which planner I decided to use.  I would love to hear your thoughts on planning!  


Get a grip... on good handwriting (and a giveaway)!


This year I had a few students with very strange pencil grips.  One student held the pencil between her index finger and middle finger.  She had decent handwriting, but speed was an issue.  Another student held the pencil with all four fingers!  It had no resting place.  She lacked in speed and neatness.  I usually don't have to deal with pencil gripping techniques in fourth grade, so when I was asked to review three pencil grippers from The Pencil Grip, Inc. I was thrilled.  I was sent their Three Step Training Kit which teaches comfort and control with three different grips.

The first step is the Crossover Grip.  The wings of this grip prevent the student's fingers from crossing over.


 Students then transition to The Pinch Grip.  This grip balances structure and freedom.  It keeps the hand and fingers in the proper position but allows more freedom than the Crossover Grip.




The final step to the correct pencil grip is the The Pencil Grip.  This is the #1 grip recommended by therapists.  The ergonomic design allows fingers to fall naturally into place.


The training kit worked wonders for my student that held the pencil with all four fingers.  She quickly transitioned to The Pencil Grip and continued to use it for the remainder of the school year.

If you would like to try the training kit, you can purchase it through The Pencil Grip, Inc. or through Amazon.
I would love to give away a 3 Step Training Kit!  If you would like an opportunity to win a kit, please complete the Rafflecopter below.
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