Welcome to Bag Ladies Online – Hands-On Education
The Bag Ladies, also known as Karen Simmons and Cindy Guinn are classroom teachers who present Make ‘n Take workshops and create hands-on projects for each of their 17 thematic units for grades K-6.
Both Karen and Cindy have been nominated for numerous educational awards. They have also published 17 thematic units and have two books: “A Bookbag of the Bag Ladies Best” and “Math, Manipulative, and Magic Wands”.
A new book is coming soon: Bags, Boxes, Buttons, and Beyond”.
Karen and Cindy teach in Palm Beach County, FL and between them they have 40 years of teaching experience and have taught grades Kindergarten through Sixth. Their Make ‘n Take workshops are energetic, enthusiastic, creative, motivational, and mostly fun.
Are you checking out the units and making models of portfolios and projects? I am!
Projects using bags, envelopes, card stock, and weaving loops; wire ties, file folders, lunch bags, and index cards; hair bands, survey tape and scrapbook paper.
It’s still thinking time…Lets think theme!!! What theme would you like your room to be? As teachers we spend a lot of time in our classroom..let’s make them FUN. After all, there’s plenty of rigor, let’s make our environment a great place to learn!!
Our theme today is Beach, one of our favorite places. If I can’t be there I bring it into the classroom. (See pics on previous blog) I use Beach Blast and A Day At The Beach
Maybe you’d like CSI and make your classroom a place for Classroom Skill Investigators…..spies, caution tape, puzzles, secret codes, and 001,002.003..well, you get it. Or…..how about Castles, or Under Construction (tool belts and tool boxes) cones. Or, stay with us….Above the Ground, On the Ground, Under the Ground. That includes everything. What a great theme!!
So….while you’re thinking of theme, start collecting things for your classroom bulletin boards, organizers, and inflatables. Look over our theme units for great projects for skills
We draw up our rooms with our visions and designs ( HGTV has nothing on us), and we make it functional, easy flow and movement, clear space use, organized, fun!!
Having a theme allows you to make good choices for: portfolios, play money/rewards, book choices.
Stay tuned for more room pics in August!!! But for now, think THEME.
Procedures….Think about your rules, ways to move in halls, and consequences. Expectations and how to teach them. What’s your reward system? Do you have a “Fun Friday”? Think about what it will be, how you’ll implement and change it up. Make 30-45 minutes reward for following procedures worth it to win it. Check out our projects that students love to create, then use it the entire next week of class for the skills you are teaching.
Portfolios…..Time to think about those interactive notebooks. Binders are just too big to carry home, composition books too small and waste of pages…our bag portfolios…just right!!!
We use them for every subject, and empty and re supply paper every trimester. Easy to carry, easy to use, and fun to make and take ownership. Check out SOS unit. Decorate to be their own….and make your own to introduce yourself and model your notebook. We suggest the whole notebook is ready to be filled in…run off….in order. Will save you work after the start date.
Parent Communication…..from Curriculum Night to Parent Conferences to weekly review of all class work and tests, we have your back!!!! Please have a curriculum night. The parents won’t remember one thing you say about curriculum but they will remember that you will be there for them and their child. They will remember that you love your job and the good news is you are always available to discuss their child. Have students make our bag backpacks for each desk filled with things that count, important papers, and wish lists for them to fill in and send back….be sure they wear their backpacks home! The first week of school we make signed paper folders. Students take this 3 bag folder home filled with all of the class work, test results, homework, parent school communication…and they sign that they received it.
Cover these important parts of your classroom sanity before you start teaching curriculum and you will have a fabulous rest of the year….
Are you thinking? Happy 4th from the Bag Ladies.