Morning Arrival Tubs

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Over the past couple years I have been thinking about what I could do to engage my kiddos in the morning when they arrive. I’ve done worksheets one year and hated it, I had attendance, folders to check and lunch count to do and checking papers and not being able to support those who needed help didn’t make sense.

Last year I skipped morning work and gave them a chance to be social with their peers on the carpet but this became more of a behavior issue..thats when I decided to do Morning Arrival Tubs. They aren’t worksheet based but engaging activities where students can practice different skills with numbers, print concepts, rhyming, etc. I started them this past week and I LOVE them! My kiddos are engaged and everyone has been sharing the materials and its been wonders. Check out pictures below of how I organize and use my Morning Arrival Tubs.

I use a 9×12 manila envelope and laminate my Morning Arrival Tub cover on the outside. I take all of the game covers, print them 2 per page and laminate them on a 6×9 manila envelope cover (see below). I forgot to take a picture of the big manila envelope with all the small ones. I’ll try to add that next week.

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The Craft Cart I use is by Sterilite that I bought years ago and I couldn’t find it anywhere to link it but any tub will work. I like them because they aren’t a drawer but an actual container they have to open. I place all materials needed inside the drawers. There are two activities per drawer except one. Each day I move the activities down to the next drawer and rotate so each day they get a new activity. I will do this each week. I also have Kindergarten Morning Tub Rule Posters above the tubs for a reminder.

Here are some of the activities in action from this week.

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Students were working on counting 1:1 to 15, print concepts from left to right and fine motor skills. Students stayed engaged the whole time. I only have them working on the these at most 15 minutes.

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Here is two of the fine motor activities in the September Morning Arrival Tubs. You can check out the other packs on my TPT page: https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Store/Little-Kinder-Love. I have September, October and November done thus far. I hope to have a whole year’s worth done by June 2017.

I hope you enjoyed your visit and maybe even give my Morning Arrival Tubs a try this year! Feel free to email me any questions you may have at littlekinderlove@gmail.com.

ALi

Technology Tip

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Many of you have been purchasing the HP Instant Ink printers, but if your anything like me you had a different printer prior to buying a new one.  I was sad to find out that my old printer and me new MacBook Pro didn’t work together ( there was no Mac software for it.) This is why I purchased the HP Envy 5540 and was overly EXCITED when I found out there was a way to still use my old printer with my MacBook. Yes, I did keep my old printer because I own a the HP CP1215 Laser Jet too and it has the best printing quality and can’t give it up..yet!

Even if you got rid of your old printer, here is an awesome trick even if you want to print from your personal computer to your school printer…Ready?

Introducing: Google Cloud Print

It’s so simple to link all the printers you want right to Google Cloud Print and you can print to any printer that you link..Here’s your how-to:

STEP 1: Go to https://www.google.com/cloudprint/#printers

STEP 2: Click either Classic Printer or Cloud ready Printer (whichever one works for you).

STEP 3: Follow their Step-by-Step directions..it’s very simple;)

I hope you enjoyed this tip! I sure wish I knew this before so I could connect at school!

ALi

A Summer Start

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I’ve been working hard to get my blog running, and it’s FINALLY happened! After 5 days of being on Summer vacation, I’ve been working on some new decor for next year. Here is a glance at what I’ve started:

If you like these you can find them at my TPT store: 

Burlap Alphabet Posters & Burlap Word Wall Headers

Since this is my first blog post on my new blog, why not do a giveaway? 

Follow me on TPT and comment below with what number follower you are and I will choose a lucky winner to win both of these sets!

ALi