Every month and each new season I create a class book with my class. I use these for a variety of purposes and are a great tool for tracking writing growth throughout the school year. Parents and students alike love to read and reread what each of the kiddos has to say about the topic. I have included 2 pages in this file. The first page is the individual student response page, and the second is the title page/cover sheet for the book. When I am making my class books, I use a 2 pocket folder with brads, which I simply glue my cover sheet to the front of to make the front cover. I use a three hole punch and add the student pages into the section with the brads. It makes a quick, easily "bound" book for classroom reading. I hope you find this resource helpful for your classroom! If you love this resource, please leave me positive feedback. If you are not completely satisfied, please email me so that I can meet your expectations! Happy teaching! Mrs. Balbaugh
I am currently teaching Kindergarten, which is my passion, and what I believe to be my true calling in life! I have also previously taught Pre-Kindergarten, 1st and 2nd grade. I have been told by more than one colleague and administrators that I am very much a "primary" teacher, which I take to be a wonderful compliment to my teaching experience and preferences!
I am a faithful, loving, creative, kind and positive person. I take these ideals with me into my classroom. I teach with with Love and Logic and I have very high expectations for my students and my classroom because my students capable of so much learning! While I am firm I am loving, and where I am neat and have a place for every thing in my room, I love getting creative and messy! I believe in student-based, student-driven planning, learning and teaching. I expect my students to be involved, be engaged and have fun, because they don't even know they are learning when they are all these things!
I am a Texas girl through and through. Born and raised in the Lone Star State, I graduated from The University of Texas San Antonio with my Bachelors Degree in Interdisciplinary Studies EC-4. I am certified EC-4 Generalist and ESL EC-4.
In my free time I enjoy spending time with my family and friends. I also spend a great deal of time volunteering with the youth at the church where my husband works. Since I was a small child, I have found nothing as relaxing, rewarding or freeing as reading a good book! I love many different types and kinds of books, but some of my favorite stories are written by children's authors! Some of my favorite authors are: Judy Blume, Eric Carle, Kevin Henkes, Laura Numeroff, Mo Willems and MANY more!