Saturday, November 17, 2012

Girl Scouts

These are my girls. Fantastic first graders! :) 
We're working on our Bug badge.
Like our mural? Girl Scouts make the world a better place!

Sunday, October 28, 2012


Apple Science:
 Experiment - What apple product do I like best?
Describe with 5 senses and compare products. 

We read a TON of apple-related fiction and nonfiction books and poetry, sang apple-related songs, and had a party! This has to be one of my favorite themes. :)

Thursday, October 11, 2012


7:45 - 8:00    Put away stuff, get name tag, use the restroom, look at a book.
8:00 - 8:05    School Announcements
8:05 - 8:20    Calendar Math
8:20 - 8:40    Morning Meeting (Greeting, Sharing, Activity, Message)
8:40 - 9:00    Whole Group Literacy
9:00 - 9:15    Whole Group Math
9:15 - 10:00  Small Group A (on MWF Reading Group) or 1 (TTh Math Group) while Group C/3 is at Learning Club and Group B/2 is at Centers
10:05 - 11:05 Specials (PE, Music, Art)
11:10 - 12:05 Enrichment (Guest Readers, Guidance Class, Library, Gardening,         Science, Social Studies, Trail, Recess)
12:10 - 12:40  Lunch
12:45 - 1:30   Small Group B/2, Learning Club A/1, Centers C/3
             1:25 - 1:55 Computer Lab on Mondays
1:35 - 1: 55   Discovery Centers and Data Conferences
2:00 - 2:30    Response to Intervention
2:35 - 3:20    Small Group C/3, Learning Club B/2, Centers A/1
3:20 - 3:30    Prepare for Dismissal

Any questions?

Fall Centers

Some of what's going on in my October Centers...

This is a math center. They must do what's in the first basket - see next picture. Then they can do something from another basket - one at a time! To the left of the shelf, is what I call a discovery center that can only be played with during a certain part of the day. 

The first grade team told us that we did not cover ten frames enough, so now we use them all the time. I spruced it up with some jack-o-lantern bottle tops. Match the flash card, count, choose the correct numeral.

Mmm, candycorn! Self-check puzzle.

More ten-frames! This time they represent the numeral on the ten-frame. 

Monday, August 6, 2012

Back to School

School started last Wednesday, August 1. The earliest we've ever started!
My new felt word wall! It's 6x6' and all my words can be put up with velcro. The headers are mini-sound cards. Names are going up this week. 

This year I decided not only to go with the stars, but also with light blue and yellow with rainbow accents. Our Family Resource Director is oh so talented and made me David anchor charts after I found some on Pinterest.  

Freshened up calendar board. 

Saturday, June 23, 2012


At our second meeting in June, we read Maisy Makes Lemonade, made fresh lemonade, learned the hand game "Lemonade Crunchy Ice," and again used watercolor!

Ocean Day

At our first summer session in June we read Swimmy and a nonfiction book about jellyfish. Then we used watercolor and streamers to make jellyfish. The older kids worked on making a book about the ocean. We had Goldfish crackers for snack and sang a song I learned from Barney (1, 2, 3, 4, 5 Once I caught a fish alive..) and My Bonnie. 

Watermelon and Carrots

I have not forgotten about my blog... :)  I'm not sure what happened to me the second semester of last year. Anyway, this summer I have been volunteering to teach English Learners 1 day a week for 2 hours at a time while their parents attend "Coffee Talk" with an Americorp volunteer who teaches them conversational English. It has been fantastic! Yesterday we read Watermelon Wishes, used watercolor to paint watermelons, and of course, ate watermelon. I had 9 kiddos ranging from upcoming kindergarteners to an upcoming fifth grader. 

After class, we headed out to our school gardens that were just started in the spring. The kids were SO excited to see everything that has grown!! 

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Valentine Bags and Book

The kids did such a cute job making their bags for all their sweet Valentine cards, candy, tattoos, stickers, pencils, etc. They were really showered with each other's love! 

AND, they were each KISSED today... by a frog! First, I read Froggy's First Kiss. Their response throughout the story was PRICELESS!! Then, I pulled out a stuffed animal frog that makes a long, loud smooching sound when you press the heart. They were hilarious! 
Happy Valentine's Day!