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Wednesday, August 24, 2016

First Week of Check Out

As you may have read in my last post, the kiddos are loving our new theme for the year.

And I may like it just a little bit, too.

The kiddos were so excited to get into the media center to check out books last week.

As part of our orientation lesson, fourth and fifth graders completed a Reading Ninja Scavenger Hunt.  I had some requests on my facebook fan page to post the scavenger hunt.

Here is a picture of the version I used.  

I have several specialized areas in my media center that other media centers are not likely to have, so I created one that I hope is generic enough that anyone can use.  This is a FREEBIE for you.  You can snag it HERE and you can find a link to it on my FREEBIES page.

Although I did end up with a pinched nerve from holding up an iPad to scan Chromebooks for an hour and half on Wednesday, all in all, it was a good first week of check out.  I am looking forward to many more!

To see more of my adventures, be sure to follow me on Instagram

and like my facebook fan page.

If you're back already, how was your first week back?

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

A Video Tour of Our Media Center

Even though my last post had pictures of my new ninja decor, it doesn't give you a real sense of what our media center looks like altogether, so I put together this little video tour.  Hope you enjoy!  =)

Here are links to the blog posts and products I mention throughout the video.

Freebies Page

Library Centers (proudct  on TpT)
Get Wild About Reading Library Centers Freebie
Super Reader Library Centers Freebie

Ninja Themed Library/Media Center Pack
Ninja Themed Book Return Reward Bulletin Board Set

Non-fiction Shelf Helpers and Demco Bookstops

Prize Cart

Honor Books and Wildcat Favorites

Inspirational Posters (seen in video)

Book Tweet Door

If you saw something you liked, you can more than likely find it in the Ninja Themed items my TpT store.

And good news!  I am extending my sale through today.  So yay!

Happy Reading, my Reading Ninja friends!

Monday, August 22, 2016

New Reading Ninjas Theme for 2016

If you follow me on Instagram, you may have seen pictures of my new theme for this year...Reading Ninjas!

I had some requests for more pictures of my decor, so here you go!

I used our poster printer at school to make the signs in my Reading Ninja Library/Media Center pack larger.  I also used the poster printer to enlarge some of  Krista Wallden's clipart to make the sign above the door. I love how it turned out.

Read about the non-fiction shelf helpers HERE on my blog.

At my school, we recognize the boy and girl in each 2nd-5th level with the highest number of words read in AR books each month.  K doesn't participate in AR until the end of the year if there are any students that are ready and first graders participate as they are ready, but only for practice.  I delete their quizzes at the end of the year so that they can start fresh in second grade. 

I hope to have this pack posted soon.  So much to do at the beginning of the year!

I ran out of Velcro to finish up this bulletin board, so...

I am going to try using a chart this year rather than the Velcro signs to see how that goes.  If it works well, I will add that option to my Book Return Reward Bulletin Board sets.

K-2 students use punch cards to receive a prize. They read 5 books and turn in their punch card at the end of the month.  I collect them when they come for their scheduled media center time at the end of the month and those who have completed their punch card choose a prize from the Prize Cart. The teachers make sure that everyone gets their punch cards complete.  3-5 students have 5 specific types of books to read in order to get a prize, 1 picture book, 1 genre (changes each month), 2 chapter books of their choice, and one free choice book.  If they choose to take an AR quiz on their books, they can write their score on their bookmark, but that is optional.  3-5 graders are responsible for keeping up with their reading and asking their teacher to sign off on their bookmark before turning it in for a prize.  I have been doing the Prize Cart for six years and the kids love it.  It helps encourage those who don't really care about AR or who may not do well with AR to read and still get rewarded for it.  Prizes on the Prize Cart are mostly doodads from Oriental Trading, but I also have some extra book check out coupons as well as 15 minutes of quiet reading in the media center coupons.

In the goodie bags I included a $5 gift certificate to our fall book fair coming up in a few weeks, an extra book check out coupon, a coupon for 15 minutes of quiet reading time in the media center, some pencils, stickers, erasers, bookmarks, and some other fun goodies.

I have been wanting a way better organize my library centers so when a colleague was giving away one of her cubbies, I snagged it.  I got the bins from the Dollar Tree and I made the signs to go on the front of the basket.  Now I have a nice, neat place for all of my centers and it intrigues the kiddos when they come into the media center.

Of course I had to make new library center signs to match the new theme.  Hopefully I can get them posted for you soon.

You can find many of these signs as well as other goodies in my Ninja Themed Libary/Media Center Pack on TpT.  You can check it out HERE.

Here are some preview pages of what this pack includes:

You can find the Library Ninja Book Return Reward Bulletin Board Set HERE on my TpT store.  (I realized when I started printing everything to hang in my media center that this set has "Library Ninja" and my other set has "Reading Ninja" so I changed it on the sign that I hung in my media center to match because that bothered me.  I know it might bother some of you, too so I am going to try to get make a pack with a Reading Ninja theme that goes with the big Library/Media Center pack, but my to do list is very long right now.   I hope to get to it soon, though.)

Here are some previews of what is included in the Library Ninja Book Return Reward Bulletin Board Set:

As you can imagine, it took a long time getting all of these signs created, printed, laminated and put up around the media center.

And the good news is, you can get these ninja signs for your media center, too at 28% off today!  Just use the promo code OneDay at check out.  Click HERE to go to my TpT store.

The kiddos really seem to like the theme for this year so it was worth all the hard work.  Of course it helps that their media specialist is a little cray cray and likes to dress up.

But it must run in the family because my youngest likes to dress up, too.  =)

Hope you and your little reading ninjas have a great school year!

Sunday, August 21, 2016

Time for a Giveaway!

You may have seen the news that TpT is having a ONE DAY BONUS SALE tomorrow, August 22.   Just enter the promo code OneDay to save up to 28%.   My TpT store will be participating in the sale and....

TpT sent me a $10 gift card to give away.  Wohoo!

I have set up a raffflecopter giveway in order to choose the winner.  You have up to 6 entries to win, but you must enter by midnight EST tonight.  Be sure that you leave your email address on your blog comment so that I can contact you if you win.  I will email the winner by 7 am EST tomorrow morning (August 22) so that you will have the $10 to spend during the sale.

Good luck!

Sunday, July 31, 2016

End of Summer = Back to School

Well, another summer has come and gone. Tomorrow I go back to work to begin my nineteenth year in education.  I wish I could say I felt ready, but the summer is never really long enough.  Perhaps it's because I cram as much as I can into the short 59 days off.

I began the summer presenting with a fellow media specialist at our county's tech conference.

We presented on augmented reality and ended our session with a how to demonstration of Aurasma.

You can get the free how to guide I created HERE.

The next week, I attended the AWESOME GLMA Summit and met two of my "must meet before I die" teacher librarians, THE Shannon McClintock Miller and THE John Schu!  I was totally fangirling.  Like seriously.

I also got to hang out with my MS Conference BFF, Jenn.

After that, it was time to get busy cataloging and processing some new books that came in the last week of school.  I knew there was no way it was going to get done at the beginning of the year and I wanted my kiddos to be able to get to those new books as soon as possible. So I took a few days to go into work (for free) to get that done.

While I was at it, I weeded over 400 VHS tapes from our collection.  It was time.  And I know I will be happy about it come inventory time.

Not long after that, I attended my third "conference" of the summer....Media Specialist Boot Camp at West Georgia RESA, led by THE Andy Plemmons!

And thus my trifecta of pictures with AMAZING teacher librarians was complete and I was ready to really enjoy my summer.

Somewhere in between all that excitement, I sent my oldest off to Boy Scout Camp for a week.  He loved it, but it was difficult for me because that was the longest he had ever been away from home.  I was glad to have him back in one piece and he was glad to be back in the air conditioning.

My youngest got his very own public library card this summer and enjoyed checking out a TON of books.  I won't mention how many of those actually got read (bad mommy!), but we did visit the library several times.  He also started swimming lessons and did great!  He is ready to go up to the next level now.  I am proud of what both my boys accomplished this summer.

We also took a couple of family trips.  We made our annual trip to the beach and then did a cross Tennessee trip to visit family.

I was able to get a little reading done on these trips, so I didn't mind the long car rides.

We ended our summer with a day at Six Flags Over Georgia. 

It was a hot day, but I caught some Pokemon, so it was all good.  =)

I spent my last week of freedom pinning items on some new Pinterest boards and creating new products for my TpT store.  I literally spent whole days working to get these packs complete, but I LOVE how they turned out.

Click HERE to get the Book Camp Library/Media Center Pack.

Click HERE to get the Here We Grow Library/Media Center Pack.

Click HERE to get the Ninja Themed Library/Media Center Pack.

Click HERE to get the Ninja Themed Book Return Reward Bulletin Board Set.

With all this fun, no wonder I am not feeling rested up enough to go back to work.  But back to work I must go.  Fortunately, TpT is having their Back to School Sale beginning tomorrow, so that makes it a little less gloomy.

Of course my store will be in the sale.  You will be able to save up to 28% off all my paid products by using the promo code BESTYEAR at checkout. Click HERE to go to my store.

So all in all, it was a good, if not busy summer.  And now it's time to gear up for another fabulous year at the best elementary school ever!

I wish you all good luck this year!  Happy Back to School!