So what is a B.E.E. binder?
A bee binder is a great way to teach your students responsibility! It goes home with your student every night and comes back to school each morning. It gives your student academic responsibility!
How do I start using this?
B.E.E. binders DO take prep work! You will need a binder for each child and clear plastic sheet protectors. At our school, one of the items we ask students to supply is a binder and we started asking for plastic sheet protectors as well. So for me, I get these supplies the first week of school and put them together at that time. I put each sheet in a plastic protector and that way, they last all year! You’ll also need one folder put binder.
Does a binder like this really help?
I truly believe having these in my classroom have helped so much! My students learn the routine of taking them out each morning, having me check their behavior charts, checking their notes pouch, and putting them safely away. It’s also a great way at the end of the day to reflect on our learning. Not to mention, it gets parents and families involved at home! Plus, it’s a central place for practice skills and review each night!
-Practice/Review Sheets: I keep these in the back of my B.E.E. binder. I ask for my families to practice at least three of these review sheets per night. I find it’s a great way to enforce skills and practice the things a first grader needs to know!
-These include. . . Letter sounds, blend sounds, word families (I switch these out each quarter for new word families), sight words, number 1-120, adding, and subtracting.
-Communication Log: I use this sheet to keep communication open with families. They often write me questions, ask for ideas to do at home, or write something nice! I try to write something for each student at least once a month.
B.E.E. Contract: These are the rules for the B.E.E. binder and a way to tell students how to take care of it all year. I ask students to review the rules with their parents and each sign off on the contract.
Behavior Chart: Each week, I put in a new behavior chart. The students color in their star each day and when they go home, discuss their behavior with their families. I ask parents to initial each night. When students come back in the morning, I stamp next to their parents initials.
Besides all of these pieces, I describe how to put together and use the binder in the classroom. It's such an amazing piece of my classroom management and something I couldn't live without.
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