First Day 2015!

 

An Apple A Day!

An Apple A Day!

You know what they say about apples right? One a day keeps the doctor away! Well, does that still count if it’s an apple cookie? 😉

Our first day of 2015 and already come and gone.

 

Here’s what we did on our first day….

 

The Kissing Hand

The Kissing Hand

We spent much of the first day reading the book “The Kissing Hand”. It’s such a sweet book and helps the kids get over their first day jitters. We also used the book to intro a Daily 5 lesson- the 3 ways to read a book. We read the book by reading the words, later by reading the pictures, and at the end of the day, we retold the story.

We also had quite a hard time finding Pete the Cat! That sly little animal ran away from us and we had to go around the school looking for him!

Looking for Pete!

Looking for Pete!

Pete wasn’t in the library….

Looking for Pete!

Looking for Pete!

or in the gym…..

Looking for Pete!

Looking for Pete!

or in their old Kindergarten classroom!

(BY THE WAY- Isn’t it nice that on our search for Pete, we got to tour the school? We are so lucky that Pete ran away, because we got to visit different places in our school) 🙂

So where was Pete?

Wow!

Wow!

That sneaky CAT! He was hiding back in our room the whole time! The kids were so excited to find him!

Pete

Pete

Afterwards, we got to make our own Pete’s. These couldn’t run away 🙂

Wall of Petes

Wall of Petes

Oh- we also were introduced to Circle Maps {we use the Thinking Maps program in our school}. The Circle Map is a way for the kids to write the main idea in the middle and everything they know about that idea on the outside of the circle.

We used the circle map on the first day by having the kids write their own names in the middle.

Circle Map

Circle Map

Then in the outside, they wrote and a drew things they liked or special things about themselves!

Circle Maps

Circle Maps

It was a really fun way for the kids to learn more about each other!

Wall of Circle Maps

Wall of Circle Maps

So there you have it! Our first day in a nutshell. This group of kids are great and I can’t wait to see what adventures lay ahead of us!

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What things did you do/are you going to do on your first day?

Thanks for checking in on our new adventure!

Summer, Sales, Sneak-Peek…. oh my!

It’s August 3rd! Here’s what my summer’s been like so far….

 

Summer

Summer

Summer

Summer

Summer

Summer

Summer

Summer

Summer

Summer

Summer

Summer

Summer

Summer

Summer

Summer

Summer

Summer

Summer

Summer

But since I’m insane excited, I’m always thinking about the next school year. Which means, I’ve already been in my classroom four times. I like to do things little by little when I have lots of time, instead of trying the mad-dash-school-is-starting-in-two-days route 🙂

I know some people who can do that {and their rooms always look amazing!}, but I am just not one of those people.

For starters, I had the husband help me hang a few more brown banners on the ceiling.

Banners

Banners

I’ve had the two along the back windows up for a couple of years, but wanted to add a couple more to really add a special touch. If you get closer to the two banners along the windows, it looks like this…

Windows

Windows

My student library, my teaching books, the iPad charging cart, and computers run along this back wall.

Calendar/Focus wall

Calendar/Focus wall

Herei s my re-done calendar and focus wall. Towards the end of last year I moved my calendar over to this wall {mainly because I wanted my carpet area over here} and really liked it. I also added my main focus walls to this area. It’s great because it’s the perfect amount of room for anchor charts and a great location for kids to see. These three are for math, grammar, and reading. I have one for writing, science, and social studies on the other side of the room.

I’m not really sure what I’ll put along the bottom of the wall yet…. but it’ll stay empty until school starts. Maybe kids work for each of those subject areas? Time will tell 🙂

Along the top, right under the letters, I’ll have student generated art that matches the letter above it. As we begin the year, the kids will review all the letters and as part of this, draw pictures to make a class “art alphabet”.

 

Objectives

Objectives

Do you post daily objectives for subject areas? One of the best decisions I’ve ever made is to have these pre-written on my board. I’ve seen really cute things on Pinterest for objective walls, but they require you to change them/re-write them as you change subjects.

Big deal! How long can it possibly take to write a new objective, 45 seconds? Hmm… well have you been in a first grade classroom when the teacher has their back to the room for 45 seconds? I’m sure you have no idea what I’m talking about because your class would have three kids throwing pencils, someone standing on a chair, five kids asking to go to the bathroom, someone coloring inside their desk, screaming voices, and at least two children crawling somewhere along the floor to deliver a note to a friend  be sitting silently in their seats the whole time 🙂 🙂 🙂

ANYWAYS- that’s my way to say that having all of my objectives written ahead of time IS A LIFE SAVER. I use the blue paw-print magnet to indicate what we are currently working on. So, if we are doing math, the magnet is next to the math objective. It’s great, plus the kids learn the schedule/routine quickly AND learn to read the objectives themselves to see what we’re doing that day.

Rules

Rules

The other side of my board is where I have my MAPS posted and rules. We’ll make an anchor chart with rules/pledges when school starts, but this is where it’ll go.

iPad

iPad

If you’re new to this blog, a HUGE part of my classroom is technology. I’ve fortunate enough to be a 1:1 classroom, meaning all my kids have their own iPad. Here you’ll see the SAMR model shown for the kids, along with the apps we use in my room and where they fit on that continuum {btw- some of these apps fit into more than one level, plus you can use them in different ways to fit multiple places}

Word wall

Word wall

And here’s my word wall. I need to get around to taking down these words from last year, but I LOVED how well this Word Wall worked for me. Last year I did this and won’t be changing it. I just used gold tape strung across my cabinets and attached the letters. Then, I used mini wooden clips to attach the words to the tape. Voila!

AND HERE….. THE MAIN EVENT…. IS MY NEW PROJECT/OBSESSION……

Burlap border

Burlap border

Burlap border

Burlap border

I’ve been looking all over Pinterest at classroom pictures and the one I keep pinning over and over is burlap borders. I’m slightly obsessed with burlap {cue wedding picture……}

Wedding!

Wedding!

Ah our wedding! A little over a year ago 🙂

It’s only fitting it should sneak into my classroom too 🙂

Burlap

Burlap

I got a giant roll of burlap from Uline and then cut strips. I just bunched and twisted, then glued. I used hot glue {which peels off clean} This area took me about an hour :/ Which wasn’t so much fun- but I think it turned out great! I’m going to keep doing this around the room in different places.

TpT Back to School Sale!

If anyone else is starting to think about back to school, today and tomorrow are the perfect days to cruise TpT to get extra savings. Take a look at some of the packs I’ve uploaded lately….

Fairy Tale Pack

Fairy Tale Pack

This fairy tale pack has everything you’d need for passages, organizers, and more for Red Riding Hood, Jack and the Beanstalk, and Goldilocks

First Day Pack

First Day Pack

My first day of school pack is full of games, activities, and worksheets that help you get to know your kids!

Class Pet Pack

Class Pet Pack

Do you have a class “pet”? {ours is a stuffed animal dog!}

This pack takes you through your pets arrival, has journals, behavior help, and much more.

CLICK ON ANY OF THE LINKS ABOVE TO GO RIGHT TO THAT PRODUCT.

These are just three things that are great to help you start off the year right! Click on this link to go right to my TpT store to see it all!

Remember, it’s the big sale only for the next two days. Use the code BTW15 for additional savings. My store is ALL 20% already, the code will give you even more savings 🙂

Thanks for much for reading and I hope your summer adventure is bright, sunny, and fun!