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Welcome! I hope to use this blog to share some of the amazing things my class and school does to make learning fun! I have been teaching for 15 years already! I started teaching 3rd grade in a Parochial School, then I was hired to teach 1st grade for three years, was moved to 5th grade for 2 years, and then came back to 1st grade in the district where I attended school. I love that I'm able to give back the the school district that guided me to become the teacher I am today! I have a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education, certified 1-8; a Master's Degree in Curriculum and Instruction; and my Administrator License Pre-K-12.

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Sunday, August 4, 2013

Organizing Fundations and a Freebie!

First of all, I have to say how grateful I am to these two teachers!

The Tutu Teacher      
Both of them were kind enough to give me some encouragement on this whole Fundations journey I'll be on this year.  I'm so excited that they reached out and made me feel comfortable in contacting them throughout the year when I need it!  I've been stalking their blogs this weekend...and if you're not following them yet, you should jump on over and check them out!  (You can click on their buttons above to visit their site.)

In my last post about Fundations, I showed you all of the materials we received.  Click here if you want to see them again.

So here's how I organized all of the student materials...I numbered everything.  The teachers we observed at an area district suggested that we do this so that if a piece ever came up missing, we could just flip it over and see the number and match it with the student.  The first thing I did was pull out all of the magnetic pieces, flip them over and write the same number on each piece with a silver Sharpie.  I then labeled the fabric envelope, letter board and both sides of the dry erase boards with the same number.

I was a little worried about all of these magnetic pieces so I only put the ones we will need to start the year on the letter board and I sorted the rest.

There are about 30 "extra" pieces that we won't be using during the first few weeks of school and since I need to keep it simple for my Firsties and myself, I purchased a bead organizer at Walmart to store the additional pieces in.

So now, when we need a specific tile, I can just pull them out and pass them out to the kiddos.
Hoping this works!  :)

I also had a few requests to share the letters I created as an extension of my newest favorite book, The Day the Crayons Quit
You can download them by clicking here.
Have a great day!


  1. What a doll! Thank you so much for the shout out and I am so happy to help! I love the idea about organizing the letter tiles in a bead organizer! Those little buggers always got lost, or stuck to someone else's magnet board! Also, have you checked out the Fundations website yet? If not, you should sign up so you can have access to their online resources (including some printable organization tools and lesson plans).

    Chat soon,

    Mindful Rambles

    1. Hi Rae!
      Yep! I've checked out their website....trying to get familiar with all that they offer! :)

  2. Thanks for the shout out! I agree with Rae, organizing the tiles that way is a great way to keep them altogether but clean and neat!

    I'll keep checking in!

    The Tutu Teacher

  3. So excited for your extension! Thanks so much! I need to get on it and purchase that book! :)
    Hope your room is coming along. :)

    1. It's coming...taking my nieces in this morning to do a little more work!