September 5, 2011

Getting Ready : 4th week


Top 10 TBA
First, of al I want to thank these sweet teachers who awarded me with a “Top Ten” award this weekend. You all rock .. and you all are in my favorite teaching blog list too!

So many of you are starting school tomorrow..I will be thinking and praying for a fun, organized and stress free day for you. And, I hope you get a little sleep tonight. I never sleep the night before school starts! HA! My mind won’t shut down long enough to rest!!

We are starting week #4 tomorrow.. I “finally” believe that are settling into a routine and they know what is expected now. I really hope I did not jinx myself by saying that…


This is Clifford Week.. and I love that Big Red Dog! I usually require my students to do a family book report on a Clifford book.. but I choose to skip it this year.  We will still read tons of Clifford books this week and I have several Clifford centers that they will work on. I also really hope we can squeeze in a Clifford art project.. but I feel like I can not fit everything into our schedule that I want to do. My students go to art 3x a week- so skipping a classroom art project makes the most sense. Even if it makes this creative teacher sad….


I also made a new door display to go up tomorrow. Our school’s homecoming is coming up later this month.. so this is perfect. I plan to leave it up until October then put something Halloween on my door.. which is crazy. Halloween? All ready?


I have a question for you..

I had a reader ask me for chapter book suggestions.. and I gave her my list of ones I recommend. But I would love to hear what you read to your students. We are currently reading Junie B.. and I also enjoy the Mouse and the Motorcyle, Charlotte’s Web, and Freckle Juice. Please share some other fun ones with me!

Well, the good news is that Monday is behind us and it we enjoyed a LONG weekend!!! The bad news is that I will be a day behind all week because it feels like a Sunday to me!




  1. My firsties love some Magic Tree House! We read alot of Junie B. as well, and my students also like Cam Jansen mysteries. Happy 4-day week!
    A Day in First Grade

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  3. We love Cam Jansen & Magic Tree House books--in my Kinder room!!

    I LOVE your football graphics!! Where did you get those!!??

    Love that you get to jump into 1 theme for a week!! Kinda sounds like a great way to center all the attention around 1 goal! LOVE IT! We are starting week 2 ish!! We had 1.5 done before the weekend?! How does that work?! I LOVE week 4 ...its always soo much more relaxing!! Enjoy!!

    Thanks for sharing your great ideas!!
    Sarah Hetrick

  4. Read these two chapter books "Toys Go Out" and "Toy Dance Party" with your kids. The prequel to these two "Toys Come Home" is supposed to come out this month. You won't regret reading them at all!!

  5. Oh and they're written by Emily Jenkins.

  6. I am a HUGE Junie B fan and started reading book one earlier than I ever have in previous years. :) I just couldn't wait!!! My friend who teaches second grade loves The Bailey School Kids series. She says her kids can't get enough. Here is a link:

    Hope that helps!
    A Teeny Tiny Teacher

  7. I also have started with Magic Tree House! Because of the earthquake a few weeks ago, I jumped right into the Earthquake in the Early Morning one. It really helped them understand how scary and damaging earthquakes can be!

    Marvelous Multiagers!

  8. You have to read the chapter book "My Father's Dragon!" It's a great book to talk about sequencing!!!! My kiddos loved it!!!

  9. Just wanted to let you know that I passed on an Award to you.. it is called the Versatile Blogger Award. Please see my site for information! Thank you for being such a wonderful inspiration to me!


  10. Love your door display! So cute!
    Tunstall's Teaching Tidbits

  11. I love the Clifford things you created. Will you sell it on Teachers pay teachers?
    One of my favorite read alouds is Toad for Tuesday.

  12. Just letting you know, you are one of my Top 10 too =)
    You can check out my post at Kinder Kraziness


  13. My students last year really enjoyed the Holly Webb adorable animal chapter books. Their favorite was Lost in the Snow.

  14. You made my blogging Top 10 list!!! Check out the post here:

  15. Hi! I just wanted to let you know that I chose you for the Versatile Blogger award! Come on over to my blog and check it out! :)

  16. Can you tell me what font you used for the First Grade that you used on your homecoming door decorations (which are adorable, by the way! I especially love Emma Claire's, as two of my girls are Emma and Claire!)

  17. LOVE all your cute Clifford stuff!!!
    Do you have this for sale somewhere??


  18. My kids love Junie B. and Magic Tree House, too. I also like to read Otis Spofford by Beverly Cleary, the first Boxcar Children, and Gooney Bird Greene. Those are just a few of my favorites!

  19. I love to read Junie B.

    I also LOVE the Clifford things you posted. Do you have them for sale?

  20. Question - where did you get the adorable stick figure chidlren for your homecoming theme??!!

  21. How cute is that Clifford stuff! Love it!

  22. I also was wondering where you got your cute homecoming kiddos or if you will sell it on TPT??

  23. I, too, would love to know where you got the stick figures...they look similar to some clipart I have from PC Crafter, but mine are not sports themed...can you let me know where you got it at? Thank you!

  24. I am also interested in the clifford numbers. :)

    My 2nd grader likes the Series of Unfortunate Events books, Magic Tree House, and Holes.

  25. GOOOOOOOD HEEAAAAAVEEENNNNSSSS! I am in LOOOOOOOOOOVVVVVVVVVVVEEEEEE with all of your CUTE fonts and images and homemade stuff! I LOVE it! Please, tell me your secret. I recognize most fonts as PC and CK. Do you have specific CD Roms? Do you download from a website???? I need to know. I hate all the pre fab stuff. I love the home made feel and all of yours is over the top adorable! Do you have links somewhere on this blog to some of your great stuff????? I appreciate alll of your free downloads. I currently teach preschool. Have taught Kindergarten and First Grade too. This is my 14th year. I just wish you were teaching down the hall from me so I could be a fly on your wall! Please, fill me in on a secret or two. I would like to be able to make customized name tags, bulletin boards etc. with all that great TYPOGRAPHY and adorable images! Your firsties are LUCKKKKYYY!