Friday, April 8, 2016

Five for Friday

We have been busy bees lately! I'm linking up with Kacey over at Doodle Bugs for a little linky!



I LOVE this time of year, my kiddos are SO independent and I can really dig into my reading groups! Here's a little snapshot...

I love these easy play doh mats, great fine motor and excellent sight word review!

I love using this Sight Word Checklist from Cara! It's an easy to read format and super easy to asses. 

I went to a training this week for Tapping Out with Tiles and it is amazing!  Ya'll I got so motivated to teach PHONICS!!! We are starting this program next year and I am so geeked out about it! Check it out if you are looking for a new program!


Because everyone knows your home laminator is much thicker than the school laminator.


These are my other kiddos that keep me from blogging consistently.  Now look at those faces and feel sorry for me... :)




I have been searching high and low for some ways to keep my kiddos engaged through the end of the year and Ashlyn over at The Creative Classroom definitely gave some great tips!  If you're interested in ways to keep your kids focused, check it out!

My teacher style has been graphic tees lately...
Who doesn't love a little FRI-YAY?!

This is my favorite Oliver and Otis shirt that reminds me His graces are new every day!

Have a happy weekend friends!


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Sunday, March 20, 2016

Egg-celent Job!



We're at that point in the year that we ALL have a little bit of spring fever.  My student's do a pretty good job at staying on task but I was needing that little boost of surprise to keep them on their toes.

Rachelle, over at What the Teacher Wants originally posted this fabulous idea and I love it!  I made a different template to match my student's needs (and what I had in the pantry). 

I keep this super simple!!!! I have ONE basket and about 24 eggs (21 students)  If I see a student on task I just praise them and ask them to quietly stand up and choose an egg.  They read it aloud to the class and get their reward immediately.  Since we don't have school on Friday I thought this would be better than my warm fuzzies because they won't be able to trade out for "Fun Friday."  I'll keep a class checklist at my fingertips so I can be sure every child gets chosen at least once, I'll choose 5 students a day.  It's a win-win. Everyone is happy!

Most of the rewards are intangible but the few that are I'll just keep those rewards in a small bucket behind my desk if they choose it. I "talk up" each reward so much that usually they are ecstatic but occasionally you have a child ask can I choose a different one. The answer is no. That's when the whole "You get what you get and you don't throw a fit".... or ask for something else.  Our school-wide lesson is all about being grateful for what you get, no matter what it may be so I just gently remind them of this and we move on. 

I always try to get things for my own kid's eggs that aren't candy so I purchased a few rolls of these stickers from Oriental Trading a few weeks ago and you should also check out these little stamps.  I'll just tear off 2-3 and they roll up nicely to fit in the eggs.
My basket is from Target and most of the eggs are from the Dollar Tree.

 If you like this template you can download it here

If you're looking for a few Easter themed units, check these out!







Or check out {these} freebies!

Thanks for stopping by friends! Do you have any ideas on how to spice up behavior incentives during this time of year? I'm all ears!!! <Insert bunny emoji here>
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100th Day of School in First Grade

Our 100th Day of school in pictures!





















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Sunday, August 23, 2015

Class Reveal 2015


I am so pumped about this year! There is something special about the start of a new school year; meeting new kiddos, getting to know new families and making MANY memories with each and every student! Just like every year there are a million things on my to do list, multiple "worries" and a few "can I do this?" moments.  But like every year everything comes together and ALWAYS works out.
I went up to school yesterday and did my final walk through and made sure plans were ready (for at least Monday & Tuesday) and I must say I felt a calm, peacefulness about this week. I am ready! 

Here's the view from the door.



 Reading corner and writing station

A close up of my reading corner.

I'm liking this new writing center. ;)

Mailboxes, word work drawer to the left and math station tubs below the table.

Student book boxes with my new black & bright number labels.
(They're in my shop as a freebie!)

 Calendar, Ten Frames and Odd & Even numbers from Reagan's Facebook freebie!

I'm excited to have new class jobs this year! I especially LOVE the Melonheadz :)
This product is currently marked down through the weekend.

 Family pics are a MUST.

One thing I forgot to show when I scoped about this was my outdoor flexible learning space.  Students are able to come out into the hallway during Daily 5 or math stations. It makes the classroom a LOT less crowded and gives students some independence. And an opportunity to make good choices. ;)

 Locker tags are my new favorite!

I LOVE seat sacks.  They have been a lifesaver for me this past year.  Since my students don't have desks, these are easy to grab items from and they hold a few folders and journals.

This is my teaching area, my easel (two sided), chair and doc cam.

I love having the word wall right behind me during small groups and to the right I'll be hanging my "word helpers" posters on the cabinets.

I can't wait to update you all after a few weeks once the class has been "lived in" and we have anchor charts and student work hanging, it'll be a lot cuter then!

I scoped my classroom reveal and if you'd like to see a more detailed look you can check it out here. 


Thanks for stopping by, please leave a comment I love hearing from you guys!
Good luck on your first week... and remember 
THEY MAY FORGET WHAT YOU SAID BUT THEY WILL NEVER FORGET HOW YOU MADE THEM FEEL!

Have a great school year my friends!

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