Saturday, May 4, 2013

Calming the Chaos Blog Hop... Organizing for the End of the Year

Even though I have five weeks of school remaining, I am already wanting to start organizing my room to wrap up the school year. I think this comes, in part, from the fact that we have been so busy lately, things are literally piling up around us!

Many activities still lie ahead for my sixth graders. We still have two more days of standardized testing, two more benchmarks and math placement testing for middle school. We are planning a surprise presentation for Teacher Appreciation Day and a performance for our Staff Appreciation Luncheon. And then there are end-of-the-year activities, including the Sixth Grade Picnic, Game Day and the Awards Luncheon. (I wasn't sure which words to capitalize in the preceding list... so I capitalized anything that sounded like fun!). And, of course, our Promotion ceremony...

As I look at that list, I am suddenly aware of why I have a headache!

Many of my bloggy friends are finishing the school year in just a few weeks. For them, the end-of-the-year organization is already in full swing. And some of my Canadian bloggy friends stay in school until the END of June. I think we should think extra positive thoughts for them... their end-of-the year is still a bit in the distance!

With that in mind, Kristy at 2 Peas and a Dog has organized an end-of-the year blog hop to provide some strategies and suggestions to help us get ready as the year draws to a close. There are lots of fun ideas to help keep kids engaged for the last few weeks of school and some sweet send-off activities that will help you end the year on a happy note!  Click on the sweet graphic below to go to her blog. Once there, you can find lots of bloggers who have linked up to share their ideas for "calming the chaos."

These bloggers are also listed at the bottom of this post!  And there's a rafflecopter giveaway for an adorable Memory Book from Mrs. Beattie's Classroom. Seriously cute! And a perfect activity for ending the school year!

As for me, I am a serious list-maker. I have been known to make lists of my lists! Last week, I started detailing those year-end items I often forget. (Every year, I get at least three phone calls to affix the students' pictures to their files in their "official" folders!) I need to keep my list handy--and then delight in each item crossed off. Knowing my tendency toward disorganization, I'm guessing no one would be surprised if I told you I was already on page TWO!

Here's the list I've been using... and if you need a list get you started, you can click on the graphic below, and print this one from!

I am currently obsessed with these scalloped borders from Graphics at the Pond. And I am ALWAYS obsessed with HelloFonts from Jen Jones-Hello Literacy. Whenever I revert to "regular" fonts, my flipcharts always look like they are missing something...

Grab My ButtonIf you have never been to Jen Jones' blog, Hello Literacy, you should go there right NOW! And bring your coffee cup because there are about eight gazillion things you are going to want to see! Her fonts are legendary, but Jen also has wonderful Common Core resources and lots of information about reading and phonics and fluency and many other oh-so-important things. You may think you are getting ready to organize for the end of THIS year, but you'll quickly find yourself delighted about all the things you have discovered that will be helpful as you plan for NEXT year! I adore Jen Jones!

So how are YOU doing on organizing for the year's end? I hope that these next few weeks will find you reflecting on happy school year memories and the sweet anticipation of summer!

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  1. Oh Kim!!! It's perfect! You thought of everything!! I am printing it tonight!

    We're not out 'til 7 weeks, but I am slowly cleaning up some clutter. I've been staying after one night a week to go through things and try to downsize a bit...that way I won't be too overwhelmed at the end.

    Happy weekend and happy organizing! Thank you for the wonderful freebie! :)

  2. I'm dying to know... how do you use fonts in your flipcharts? My handwriting is pretty atrocious for a teacher, and I'd like to post some images of anchor charts I use in class, but they are embarassingly ugly! You might be helping me to overcome this obstacle!

    Thanks for the reminder freebie too!

    Mme Aiello @ Teaching FSL

  3. OMG - I'm a to do list addict myself! Have you tried Todoist? They even have a phone for you app. (Even though nothing beats good ole' fashioned writing it down!)

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  4. Thank goodness for this! I was overwhelmed just thinking about organizing and cleaning and downsizing!

    Beach Teach

  5. Hi Kim, I really need that organization list; unfortunately, I also need a clone of myself to do everything on the list! Thank you for sharing it!

  6. Kim! You are the sweetest...EVER! Thank you for the shout-out...i could mush about you all day long! I hope you have a great, organized, end of the year! Have a latte and a pedicure, and everything else will fall into place! Jen❤

  7. Kim--I love, love this. I don't get out until June 26th, but I'm already looking around and feeling overwhelmed about all that needs to happen. This will help me at least start to formulate a plan. Thank you!

  8. I love, love, love that list! I am printing it out tonight (even though we still have 21 days...but who's counting?

    Hope you are having a great week!



    Fun in Room 4B

  9. What a great idea! I'm definitely going to use this. The end of the year is so busy/hectic and my 'to do' list(s) get lost in the shuffle sometimes. This is SO clever! Thanks :)


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