Classroom Loves Linky

Love is in the air!  Today, I'm linking up with the super girls at Primary Powers to share a few of my favorite classroom loves.

First up, is something that I love.  I love these Ticonderoga pencils!  These pencils are kept separate from the students' day to day pencils because they are publishing pencils.  Publishing pencils, you ask?  Yes, publishing pencils.  These pencils are special.  We only use them when we publish our writing.

So, why do I love these publishing pencils? Well, they help my students to write neatly.  They really, really do! The pencils aren't magical, obviously, but they are pretty fun and fancy compared to their regular yellow pencil.  Knowing that these are special pencils motivates them to focus a bit more on their special writing.  And, when it comes to neat handwriting, I'll do whatever it takes to motivate them! Side note: The silver ones are my favorite.  They are so shiny, and the wood is black! 

Next up is something the students love.  Hands down, that would be these fun little finger flashlights that they use during silent reading.  Flashlight reading is their favorite!

The little rubber bands eventually break, so instead of wearing the the flashlight like a ring, they just hold the little light. They seriously don't care, they're just excited to be using a laser flashlight!  I found these on Amazon for super cheap.  Just search for "finger flashlights" on the website.

Finally, something that we all love are these class journals.  Class journals are a great way to encourage students to write.  I put mine out as a fast finisher activity.  So, when the students have a bit of free time, they grab a journal and read what others have written and then add a new entry to the journal. The kids love to share their stories with each other.  I love that they are writing, and enjoying it!  

Every once in a while, I will add an entry to the journals.  Oh, how they love to read what their teacher has to say! 

The journal covers are from my Shared Journal Covers pack. It includes ten different themes with two versions of each theme(one with pictures, one without), as well as an editable version. Click {here} to see this product on TPT.
Don't forget to head on over to Primary Powers to visit the link up!  There are lots of fun "loves" being shared over there today. Toodles!

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  1. I love the special publishing pencil idea! What a great way to get kids to spend more time on their final drafts. I pinned the picture so I would remember it!

    1. Thanks! They really do help them to take that extra bit of time. I'm so glad you can use the idea!


  2. Super cute journals! I have those mini flashlights somewhere - I need to dig 'em out! My kids would LOVE them!

    ☘ Molly
    Lucky to Be in First

  3. Publishing pencils! I love that you called them that! We have used writing pencils in the past, but I love that you have a special for publishing! Thanks for linking up! :)

  4. I love the idea of having special pencils for publishing. I will have to try that. We use the finger flashlights too. I found them at the Dollar Store and we use them every Friday for our Flashlight Friday reading.

    Mrs. Wiley
    @ Wiley Teaching


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