Friday, September 27, 2013

Our amazing week! {Five for Friday}

Wow! what a week we had, I could go to bed right now, if I wasn't blogging ;)

So I'm linking up with Doodle Bugs Teaching to share just how great the week turned out to be!

We started Read to Someone on Monday and the kids were totally awesome and on task, almost as long as our Read to Self stamina, currently at about 8 minutes!

All week we learned about apples, we tasted apples, made a graph, learned about Johnny Appleseed and then we made applesauce to celebrate his birthday! We wrote the recipe to take home, apparently it was quite good cause some of my students told me they get to make it this weekend. It's super delicious, I'm gonna make some for home myself!

Here are some of the things we did...
 Writing our recipe

Coloring a Johnny Appleseed book

 My newest unit, in an apple theme, 5 math activities!

A local car dealership supplies every 1st grader in our area a "reading buddy" a stuffed lab puppy that stays at school and the students read to them everyday. It's just about the cutest thing you've ever seen! Yesterday I told the kids there would be a surprise after lunch and were they ever excited. Here's some pictures of their first read together!

and lastly...
I am just plain thankful! For everything in my life right now, and I'm just happy :)

I hope I can send a little happy your way!

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

12 days in...

Wow! It's the twelfth day of school already and it has been amazing! First graders are super busy and the day just flies by.  We are having lots of fun and doing lots of learning as well.  Here are some pictures of things we have been working on.

I used Lyndsey Kuster's pack Friends in First were my student meet the First Grade Experts and learned to be Responsible, Respectful and Safe.  The kids loved the activities.
One of my lovely parent volunteers hung up the projects, everyone loves them!
We also made "selfies" out of paper, they are quite cute, right?

I used Angie Neal's (from Fall into First) freebie  David Learns School Rules to make the shirts, heads, and arms.

Well I'm to work on my new apple math activities!

Monday, September 2, 2013

a little classroom tour!

just a day late...I spent the last real day of summer at the lake getting a nice sunburn... Anyway, I've have worked the ENTIRE summer and now (the day before school starts!) I'm ready to show you my classroom! It's pretty cute if I do say so myself...

Back of the classroom, taken from the door.

Close-up of our Gathering Spot, where I will do Morning Message, Days of the Week, Days of School, etc.
Days of the Week can be found in my

 Number Posters at the front of the room are in my decor pack too!

My cute little group baskets for pencils and crayons, I have desks in my classroom but I'm planning on using them more like tables and the kids will not have many things kept in their desks! At least I hope!

 My genius Lunch Count board made out of pizza pans from the dollar tree, magnets with a sticky back from Wal-Mart and my students numbers from my Decor pack (4 pages printed on one page is a nice way to reduced the size and super easy!) The kids will come in, hang up their stuff and make their lunch choice (choice and cold lunch pan not shown ;)  I hope it works out!

I took most of these photos last wednesday when we had 1st Grade orientation. This was the stuff they got to take home with them that night. My principal loved the little flip book I made and so did the parents! Check it out at Ashley Reed's Store it's awesome Parent Handbook Flipbook

Our classroom Library, all these books have been leveled and covered with contact paper to help them endure hours of reading by my "firsties".

Close-up of my book boxes, the locker bins (on the left and right are from the Dollar Tree, center basket from Really Good Stuff).  All my books also got a matching number sticker on the back so the kiddos would be able to put the book back in the right bin!

 Students book baskets, also from the Dollar Tree. I just love that place!

Well what to do in the last few hours of summer??? I'm both EXCITED and NERVOUS for tomorrow, I just hope I sleep later ;)

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