Tuesday, July 10, 2012

CAFE Freebie and Photos

I've had lots of comments and emails about my CAFE strategy cards. Thanks for all the great comments! I've changed the spelling of 'summarise' and 'recognise' to have a 'z' instead of an 's' for those of you in the U.S. You can download them again here

The rest of this post is just a continuation of the new photos I have of my room since I had to change things around to fit in my new storage shelves. 

I moved my group area to back of the room. You can see the portable divider that I now have my CAFE board on, and I also moved my VOICES 6 Traits Writing board to the window here as well for when I have writing conferences (you can't see all of it). You can see the little toolbox that I spray painted pink as well. It's not as fancy as all the other ones I've seen, but I still think it's cute.
I've also bought some stools to go at this table, but I don't have a wrench (?) or whatever tool it is I need to put them together :( Whatever one holds the bolts on. I'll have to head to Bunnings and pick one up. I was also going to put paper and a border up that small wall like I've seen in some classrooms, but I'm not sure how to do it so it stays up for the rest of the year. I think blu-tac will start fall down by the end of the year. If you know how to make the paper stay on the wall all year - even with things stuck on it - I'd love to know!!
I've now got this itsy bitsy little reading area. The kids take the cushions and lay around the room. I've just bought new covers for them and I can't wait until I get them - they are pink, green, blue and have little owls on them.
I bought these two blue bookshelves from a cheapie shop and laid them on their sides, with one laying on top of the other. They are PERFECT for holding book boxes. I've got another two on the other side of the IWB to hold the rest of the book boxes. I bought the smaller blue shelf to hold my Daily 5 tubs.
   
I bought this new chair for my gathering area as well. I got the cushion and cover from Ikea. I'm thinking of getting a matching one for the rocking chair. On the window is my almost up-to-date Voices board which is available in my stores. I hadn't blu-tacked all of the cards up again after moving it when I took all the photos but I do like it over in this corner even though it's over 2 windows and not on a board. Sorry about the glare.

We did the Language Conventions NAPLAN test today. OH. MY. LORD, the poor little kids. I was so surprised at how hard ALL of the kids tried. So many ran out of time though and just coloured in the last of the bubbles in the last few minutes. Wish us luck for tomorrow - I think we're doing numeracy.

14 comments:

  1. Kylie, your room is so airy and bright! Really I am jealous because I am in an old demountable. So in my old demountable I have old blinds that I use velcro sticky spots to hang posters, anchor charts on. That might work for your wall.
    Tania
    Mrs Poultney's Ponderings

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    1. Thanks Tania! I keep on trying to make it a nicer environment for us to be in since we spend so much time there. I'm also in a demountable, but I don't think it's as old as yours! Blinds must get very dusty! Thanks for the tip with the velcro dots, I might consider doing that. I just don't want to even think about peeling them off when I change rooms....

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  2. Your room looks great! So colorful...and I love all of your shelves!

    A Pirates Life for Us

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    1. Thanks Jenn! I've collected more shelves this year than ever before! I don't think I can fit any more in!

      Kylie

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  3. Your room looks awesome! Thanks for sharing a great freebie with us!

    Heather at TeachItToday!

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  4. Your room looks very warm and welcoming.

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  5. I LOVE your blog!! So glad I found you! Thanks for sharing all of your cute ideas and freebies! I'm your newest follower. :)

    Jessica
    Mrs. Heeren's Happenings

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  6. Thanks so much for the CAFE freebie! This is my second year of teaching and I have decided to incorporate both the Daily 5 and CAFE into my classroom this upcoming year. Your cafe signs are going to save me loads of time! I was wondering if you by chance had the CAFE headings (comprehension, accuracy, fluency, expand vocab) that you used available anywhere? I would love to get those as well so they would match. Let me know and thanks again!

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    1. Sorry that I missed your comment here Pamela! If you're still looking for the posters, they are free in my TpT store.

      Kylie

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  7. Your blog is wonderful...packed with great ideas! Here is a blog award for you ;)

    Sam
    ateacherlookingglass.blogspot.com

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  8. Hi there! New follower here!! :o) I'm reading the Cafe book now and I hope to use this system when I become a teacher (I have a year left of college still but its never too early to gather resources!!!) I can't wait to read about education in Australia!

    Amy
    time-for-teaching.blogspot.com

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  9. What lovely photos of your classroom Kylie!

    Alison
    http://mathswithmeaning.blogspot.com.au/

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  10. Your classroom looks great!

    I'm your newest follower.

    Mrs.D Reading with Mrs. D

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  11. Your classroom looks so inviting! I love all your posts on the Daily 5 as well! I was researching a question I had and happened upon your blog. I just couldn't stop reading it! Well done!

    -Andrea
    groovyeducator@blogspot.com

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