August 20, 2014

Sale Day!


Teachers Pay Teachers had a HUGE Back to School Sale two weeks ago. If you missed it.. you are in LUCK! They have announced a one day SALE. Everything in MY STORE is 20% off and you can code BOOST to get an additional 10% off.


And… I have a new Back to School Pack that is perfect for those crazy first days.

Here are a few of my favorites…

Don’t forget to enter code BOOST during checkout for even MORE savings!!

August 17, 2014

A look back at last week


Last week was the first week of school and it was basically routines, routines, routines. I felt like it was information overload for my little firsties. Explaining EVERYTHING and showing EVERYTHING. I am not a huge fan of the first few weeks of school. Once, my students know the way we do things in our room and they are settled in.. then I feel like I can let out a big sigh of relief.

But, we did manage to get lots of work done in our first week of school. When my first graders come to me they are on a new campus, in a new school.. and they go all day. Our local kindergarten is only 1/2 day so they are in for a BIG shock when lunch time rolls around. There is MORE to do before it is time to go home!

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Most of my morning work last week came from my new Back to School Unit. We did mostly ABC and Counting practice each morning.  This is the time I get lunch count checked and turned in, attendance {which is super simple with 12 kids!} and homework checked.

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We also did several look and follow directions from the “board”. I would use the document camera and draw something and tell them what to do.

In the pictures above I would draw a 4 square box and write numbers in each box. I would have them copy mine, then circle the greatest number. It’s simple, quick, and no prep. All you need is paper which we used the back of our morning work. It also gives me a REALLY good idea who can listen, watch and follow directions!

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On Monday, which was our first day of school we colored these super cute first grade coloring sheets.

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You can download them HERE.

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We have also been using my Handwriting Practice Book this week.


Most of our week was centered around color words. We read Brown Bear, Brown Bear .. a LOT! And we did these little student books each day.


These are a free download in my store.


We also did our first art project/craft this week! A simple and cute little pencil. It was the perfect one to start with and they turned out pretty good! We wrote our names on a primary lined index card and I attached the name card and pencil to blue construction paper. The look cute hanging in our room.

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The pencil craft is in my Back to School Unit.

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I did not start our math program last week. So instead, I used my Back to School Math Books during our math time. They were a perfect review of kindergarten skills and showed me a good first look at their math skills. We will jump into our math program this week but these were a good fit our first week.


One of our mat activities one morning was this color word chart. It was simple and got them up and  moving.


And now is the time to do a little planning for next week. This little guy will be visiting our classroom this week. We ♥ Pete!


August 15, 2014

Five for Friday {Linky Party.. August 15th}



Five for Friday is a weekly teacher linky party where you post five random things from today or this past week and on your blog. Then, you come back and link your blog post up at the bottom of this post in the linky tool.Grab the button above and link back to this post on your blog.

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My new batch of first graders came bouncing through the door on Monday. Whew.. it has been a hard week. You forget just how hard it is to “train” a new class and how much time is spent on procedures and routines.  I hope they quickly forget how bad these first days of rules, rules, rules are and will remember the fun we have the rest of the year. The new group is chatty and a few are having a hard time adjusting. But, the positive side is they are REALLY cute, and smart and have fun little personalities. I am REALLY looking forward to getting set into a routine and settling in with this class. This first week has FLOWN by! But I am ready for the weekend!

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Here is my door and hall bulletin board for this year.

The colors are from Graphics From the Pond.


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This is a bulletin board that is inside my room. I usually use this for art projects or student work- but I always decorate it for the beginning of school. I made the apple from wrapping paper from Hobby Lobby.

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Monday morning one of my new student’s grandmother stopped by with this HUGE donation to our class. Can you believe this? She was so generous to me and the kids. Look at all these goodies! She is a retired school teacher so she understands our needs! Love love love!


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Week Overview

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Link your Five for Friday below. Remember to grab the button and link back to this post! ♥