Saturday, July 30, 2011


After wondering why there weren't many downloads of my free Favorite Apple Graph, I went to my TpT store to see what was going on.  I clicked to download the graph and it didn't work.  So I uploaded it again.  I'm pretty sure it is working now.  I'm so sorry for sending so many of you to the site and having it not work.  Here is the link again:


                                                            My Teachers Pay Teachers Store

Again, I'm very sorry,

Sue Lattea

Friday, July 29, 2011

CHICAGO!!! Here we come!!!!

My daughter and I are taking a mini-vacation/girls' only trip this weekend.  We are heading to Chicago to visit my sister.  Besides doing some Back-to-School shopping with my teenager (always fun, especially since she doesn't have to wear uniforms for the 1st time), I'm hoping to go to my favorite place in Chicago.  It is a used book store called Open Books.  They have a HUGE selection of books, I've never left there without a pile of books for my classroom (and a couple for myself). I am also hoping to go the Container Store for the first time.  I need a "treasure box" for my class and I am thinking they might have a cool one there.   I will share with you "my finds" on Monday.  

Have a Wonderful Weekend,

Sue Lattea

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

TpT Store

Well, I finally did it!!  I was able to publish two items on the Teachers Pay Teachers website.  There are two graphing activities.  My "Favorite Apple Graph" is a free download.  There is also a "Favorite Color Graph".  Please visit my TpT store and grab my free download.

Thank you for visiting my blog,

Sue Lattea

A Facebook Mixer

Do you know how many teacher bloggers also have Facebook pages?  Well Kinder FuN is going to find out.  Go to her blog to post a link to your Facebook page!  Get ready to share lots and lots of fantastic ideas.


                                                                 Here is the link to her blog!

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Dino-Mite Organizational Binders

Can you believe that it almost August?  Teachers are sharing all over the blogs.  Now its my turn.  Last year, my classroom's theme was dinosaurs.  So each student had a Dino Organizational Binder.  There were 3 two-pocket folders in the binder.  I have found that the more flexible folders seem to last longer than the ones that have a sturdier (cardboard) front.  The flexible folders are $.60 at Walmart.

Here is the letter I included in the front of the binder (in a page protector) and the labels I used to label each folder.

I hope there is someone who can use these labels.  Please let me know if any of the links don't work, this is the first time I have used Scribd, so I hope I was able to do it correctly.  Thank you for stopping by my blog.

Sue Lattea

ABC Center Idea

In my last post, I promised to share ideas about what I do at my centers.  One of my students' favorite centers at the beginning of last year was one that I use at the ABC center.  It was fairly inexpensive and simple to make.  I was able to get paint sticks for free from Lowe's (or actually I sent my husband).  Then I wrote each of my students' names on a paint stick.  Then I bought lots of clothespins from the Dollar Store.  I wrote one letter from the student's name on a clothespin.  Since, I teach Kindergarten I also taped a picture of each student to the end of the paint stick, so the students could begin to learn each other's names and how to spell them. This is the best part. I was pleasantly surprised last year when I ordered my students' 1st day of school pictures from Shutterfly.  (I used the pictures for my word wall.)  Shutterfly also sends a "proof" of your pictures that are very small.  They were just the right size to fit on the end of the paint stick.  To begin with, I place each student's paint stick and clothespins in separate Ziploc bags to make it easier for each of them to find the letters they needed to match.  By the end of the first month of school I was able to have a container with the clothespins and paint sticks and the students were able to search for the letters they needed.

Below is a picture of my paint sticks:

Thank you for visiting my blog,

Sue Lattea

Wednesday, July 20, 2011


I thought I would share how I organize my center board in my classroom. My centers are loosely based on Debbie Diller's work stations. I don't think my centers are always as hands-on as they should be, but my goal this year is to make them even more hands-on. My students go to 12 language arts centers and 12 math centers each week. They complete 3 language arts centers on each day (Mon.-Thurs.) and 3 math centers each day (Tues. Fri.).

Above is a picture of my pocket chart with my center signs.  I have a pocket chart with pictures of each of the 12 centers so the students know what 3 centers to go to each day. Each of the tables my students sat at was labeled with a dinosaur. I had the same dinosaur on the pocket chart. The students at that table then went to the 3 centers that were next to their dinosaur on the pocket chart.  The students spend about 20 minutes at each center.

I hope to share ideas of what I have my students do at each center in other posts.

See you soon,

Sue Lattea

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Give Away at Teaching Heart

Teaching Heart ( ) is hosting their annual back to school party on July 24th till July 30th.  Each Day a new prize!  Gift cards, Books, Teaching Heart Products, and more!!!  Plus a free printable will be posted during the week.  You need to visit the blog at; 
daily to check out the prizes each day and enter for the ones you want to win!!!

My First Blog Post

I have decided to join the wide world of teacher's blogs.  I had a classroom blog last year, where I had information for my students and their parents.  But, this is my first time blogging for teachers.  There are lots of ideas that I hope to share with others through my blog.  I am still learning about how to make my blog look better, like many of the others that I have seen.  If I wait until it is perfect I may never blog, though.  Hopefully, I will have help in making my blog look better this weekend.  I will be adding more information soon, like center ideas and things that I do in my classroom.  Hope to see you back here soon.