Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Welcome In the School Year Celebration!

Today begins the week long celebration leading up to Teach Often's Beginning of the School Year Kick-Off! Join me all week for ideas for the month of September, great teaching product, and prizes. Who doesn't like prizes? ;) You have a chance to comment on each post for each prized listed. All the comments for each post will close September 15th, at midnight Pacific Standard Time.

Next week opens the door to new ideas and possibilities in the classroom. There will be great ideas to bookmark or write directly into your lesson plans for the next day! Aren't you excited? I know I am!

I teach thematically, and September's theme is The Zoo. We learn about our Zoo Phonics friends, letter recognition, colors, school safety, and learn how to use our classroom.

A modern way to displaying the alphabet is by using one of these posters, from Westwillow Designs, in your classroom or at home.

Sonya, once a teacher herself is now teaching her two children at home as a stay-at-home-mom. She designs beautiful pieces of art as her creative outlet. You can find more of her designs at her Etsy shop, Westwillow Designs.

You can add this poster to your classroom or child's decor by leaving a comment in this thread.


  1. Jen, you are such an inspiration... with my dd approaching 3, my desire is to be able to teach her in everything as well as I can. My dream is to homeschool her. I love this poster... the simple design is fab. I feel that other designs can be too "crouded" and distract the little ones from learning. Love this piece. You are so sweet to be doing this for all of your readers! Hugs.

  2. What a great idea hanging this in a room. By looking at this everyday, Korissa can see the ABC"S daily and eventually pick it up. Gonna have to make one of those! Awesome Idea thanks!

  3. Ooh, this is such a great idea. Much better than those alphabet strips that bordered classrooms eons ago. I love how understated it is, not the basic primary colors.

  4. Wow, I just found your blog and I love this idea of sharing ideas and inspiration. I teach Title I remediatiion for grades K-8 so anything I can do to enhance my classroom is always a plus.

  5. I am planning on homeschooling my two preschool children this year and love all of these cute ideas. Can't wait for the school year to begin.



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