Happy Friday!! On our local Christian radio station they always play this song on Friday mornings that simply says "It's Friday, Friday! It's Friday!" :) Some probably would find it annoying, but I look forward to it each and every Friday morning! Let me just warn you that tonights blog is probably going to be a casserole style serving: lots of things all mixed in together and none of them might ... Read More about Table Leaders, Book Bags, and Other Things I LOVE!
I love pumpkins! I just love everything about them. They are cute and I love using them to decorate my house for fall (cloth ones!) They are fun to carve. They taste oh so yummy in just about anything you make them into--pie, chai, bars, muffins, whoopie pies (with cream cheese frosting, of course!) And they offer SO many great options for incorporating them into the classroom! Pumpkin day is ... Read More about Pumpkin Fun!
I LOVE using songs and gestures in my classroom! I've created many songs and gestures since I started teaching first grade and am always creating new ones too. We have been hard at work learning about addition in first grade. After the first day of introducing addition, many of my kiddos were really struggling. As I was driving home I was reflecting on my math lesson and trying to think of ways to ... Read More about Addition Song, Gesture, and Posters FREEBIE!
Hello blog friends! Happy October! Am I the only one that gets to October and breathes a sigh of relief that we made it through September? The lyrics from the song "Survivor" play through my head--"I'm a survivor, I'm going to make it!" Don't get me wrong, September flew by, but what an exhausting month. Especially in first grade there are so many adjustments to be made in those first few weeks ... Read More about Volunteers are Sweet!
Who doesn't love a party? The big talk in first grade is always about going to friends' birthday parties! Well last year I decided to throw a party in honor of Fancy Y! Didn't you know that Y becomes a fancy letter when it sounds like e at the end of a two syllable word?! Of course, no party can begin without a formal invitation! So before I taught the y spelling pattern for long e I ... Read More about A Fancy Party Celebrating Y as Long E!
We are in full swing in first grade! It's hard to believe that we will already be celebrating our 10th day of school on Tuesday! The tenth day of school is the perfect time to introduce ZERO THE HERO! I don't know about you, but I love making learning engaging and fun, so when I heard about Zero the Hero (thanks to Pinterest and my wonderful grade level partner), I just knew that I had to ... Read More about Zero the Hero Freebie!
Classroom rules are so important! Rules are kind of like the flour in a cookie-without it your classroom will fall flat. Students will flourish when there are high, yet attainable expectations that are set in love and held with consistency. I love these "The 3 Be's" rules because they are, what I consider, rules for life! They are rules I want to live by, and that I want my students to live by ... Read More about Classroom Rules: The 3 Bees