Thursday, December 29, 2011

Christmas Projects

Well I certainly thought I would have a lot more time over Christmas break to get caught up. I have so many new ideas that I just don't know where to start. I plan to do Penguins and Polar bears this month as well as begin my weather unit, but maybe that is too much. We'll see. Of course the weather today was in the 70's and I'm cutting out snowflakes. It's so hard to teach winter in southern California!

I am posting some of the things we did during Christmas, a little late, but it might give ideas for something else. We are also finishing up our Gingerbread Theme. Our Gingerbread Baby hasn't made to everyones desk yet, so my kiddos pleaded that he would come back after Christmas. They are so cute as they cover up his ears and tell the class that they are being to loud. And I bet you have never seen a Gingerbread Baby do a backflip in the air because he is so excited.  I love 1st graders.

We read the book the Candy Cane and talked about all the things that it stood for. We then made candy cane posters with labels explaining the purpose for each color. 

Our Candy Cane Poster explaining its colors

Saturday, November 12, 2011

        I want to thank all you bloggers out in blog-ville. You have inspired me with your ideas, reassured me with your discussions on difficult kiddos, and helped me keep up by sharing many of your ideas. I am using Jodi's The Bossy-R unit (Fun-in-First) as a part of my observation on Monday. I will be my first at this school so I am really nervous. I also want to thank Babbling Abby at The Inspired Apple. Her Apple Diagrams inspired my Pumpkin diagrams after our pumpkin field trip. I also used her idea, Highlight a Word, for a worksheet  on er. ir. ur words.

My Sample

Class Samples

       If I ever have time to figure out this blogging thing I will share pictures and worksheets too. Meanwhile, I just keep using my website for my classroom communication and pictures. Maybe over Thanksgiving break and Christmas I'll have time to play.
Again Thank you everybody!

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Over whelmed

So how do a teacher get ready for a grade she has taught for 10 years after not even having a class for the past 2? It's like starting over in a good way. So after pulling almost everything out and being totally overwhelmed this is what I did.

* Start with a box, or drawer or pile.
* Break it down into 3 piles: Keep, Not Keep (trash or recycle bin), and Donate (but have a plan in mind)
* Immediately get the "Not Keep"  out of the house! Box up "Donate" and label with who, or grade level or something so you don't have to go back through it.
* Now go back through your "Keep" pile and separate into sub piles; Math, Language Arts, Reading, etc.
Okay so that's where  I am right now, but I have gotten rid of a lot.

Meanwhile I am so thankful for all the bloggers that post ideas and share their stuff. I don't have time right now to make stuff but hopefully soon I can and I will share back.Im already working on curriculum plans, and figuring out my class layout. It will be a couple of weeks before I can get into my room.They are painting and laying new tile down. Yippee!

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

New year, New school, New blog!

Well I have been so impressed with all you Teacher Bloggers that I had to jump in too. I have no idea what I am doing but here goes. I am starting this fall at a new school and in 1st grade which I have not done for a very long time. First grade was and is my favorite grade so I am so excited to be returning. But it is like starting "new" again. So I will try to document my journey toward the first day of school and share both things learned as well as things re-learned.

I thought I would begin with a theme and decided that first grade is all about exploring their world. I'm trying to decide which way to go Jungle or Savannah. So that's where I am now. Tomorrow I am picking up curriculum and seeing my classroom. I've been reading Debbie Diller's, Spaces and Places, to get some organization ideas. Reducing Stuff will be my BIG hurdle.

So stay tuned, my fellow teachers.