What I've Learned

As I started my 25th year of teaching this January, I began to reflect about ALL of the students I have taught. ( I think it's around 1,000 little learners, due to the years of multi-age/team teaching I did.) I dug through old drawings, letters, & photos I have saved and really wished that I had more. Then I switched my thinking and thought about everything I have learned from my students. I have truly learned SO MUCH from them and I am still learning everyday! Here is my list of the Top 25 Things I Have Learned From My Students In The Last 25 Years.
After reflecting these past few months, I still CANNOT believe I have been teaching for 25 years! Everyday isn't always the best or the happiest but I can truly say that I love my students and I am proud to be a teacher...it takes a special heart.  I got my "teacher heart" from my mom, dad, and my own elementary teachers...so blessed & thankful for these people & the experiences I have had!❤️

Ice, Ice Go AWAY...We Want Snow To Come Our Way!

We've been reading SO many snow, winter, and snowman books for our Shared Reading Block and our Read Alouds this month! So what better way to try and persuade Mother Nature than by making these fun, bright snowmen? We were hoping to get SNOW instead of ICE because we had an awful weather prediction of a 3 day Ice Storm during our extra long MLK Day weekend...insert sad face. 

As I introduce a new craft to my students, I always review specific procedures and show them little tips on cutting and gluing
1. Cut bigger shapes first because you can always make them smaller but you can't go back and make them bigger.
2. Lay all of your pieces out before gluing.
3. Fold paper in half to make 2 shapes the same. We review the word congruent every time;)
4. If you want to draw your shapes before cutting them, that is okay...just turn them over before gluing them down. (So we don't see the pencil marks.)
5. Discuss and make connections to simple shapes as you go through the steps of making the different parts.

Then I give them certain guidelines to follow but also offer them choices too.

These were their choices this time:
1. which colors to use for the hat, scarf, and buttons
2. how many snowballs to use
3. which kind of mouth or cheeks to make
4. how to make their white snowflakes & swirls
5. fringe the scarf or not fringe the scarf

 I want them to work on following multi-step directions while using their creativity too!!!

It always amazes me how their art is so unique...I LOVE IT! It makes my teacher heart so full and happy!!!

Thanks so much for stopping by!❤️

Fall Fun

I can NOT believe it is almost November!!! It seems like I was just setting up my new classroom and meeting all of my sweet little firsties. As they say...don't blink! Time is certainly flying!!!

I have been SO busy learning about how things work in my new school and district, I haven't taken the time to blog. So I'm going to share some activities and just some fun stuff that we have been learning & doing the past few months in our classroom.

Decorating Portfolios
I always have my students decorate Portfolios (malina folders) the first day of school. We collect various work samples and projects in them. My students share their Portfolios at our Fall Student-Led Conferences!

Read To Self
Practicing Read To Self procedures and building stamina takes a lot of time. My students each have their own book  box with leveled books that are "JUST RIGHT" for them. They trade out their books independently once a week. We also pull a name stick out of our special baggy each day for a friend to get TEEPEE TIME!

My students keep these bookmarks in their Book Boxes and use them during Read to Self. Click the Pic to grab this FREEBIE from my TPT Shop!

Handwriting Literacy Station...Thank You Target Dollar Spot!!!

Class Thematic Writing Journals

Snack & Work
We have snack everyday in our classroom! My parents send in a bulk snack items for us to share. I purchased these little plastic cups at Wal-Mart. My students keep them stored in the top shelf of their lockers. When it's snack time, they get their cups and I simply pass out snack as they work or sometimes we sit on the rug and snack and have a read aloud!

Weekly Word Sort~Funky Phonics

Stretchy Snake Literacy Station

Click the Pic to check out this fun station!

Remembering 911...We Will Never Forget

 Hands-On Math FUN!!! 
Thank you Kim Adist & Michele Scannell...we LOVE your new Math Packets!!!

Beginning Sounds Match Literacy Station

Sight Word Literacy Station

Thanks SO much for stopping by!!! I hope you are having a great Fall Break!
Love & Hugs sweet friends❤️

First Week Fun!

I can't believe the "First Week of School" has come on gone...we've been having SO much fun!!!

We have been learning and practicing some MAJOR beginning of the year procedures:
Line Order
Group Time Procedures
Leader Jobs
Transition Procedures
Organizing Our Chair Pockets
Snack Time
Lunch Procedures
Literacy Stations
Math Tubs
Stack & Pack
Calendar/Morning Meeting...just to name a few;)

Read To Self

Our First Day Feelings...THANK YOU Ashley Reed!
We read First Day Jitters and then graphed our feelings. We LOVED this activity!!!
You can click my pic to grab Ashley's Apple Emojis FREEBIE.

Happy Birthday To You!🎶

Journaling Outside~ SO FUN!!!

Our First Day Picture...CHEESE!!!❤️

There's so much to learn for little ones...we practice building our "Stamina" every day and each day we work longer and stronger!

I absolutely LOVE teaching firsties!!!
Thanks so much for stopping by.❤️

Classroom Tour 2016

Welcome to my new classroom! 
Over the summer I moved to a new school in a new district. My new school/districy is MUCH closer to home (no more morning commute) and is also where my sons have gone to school the past 9 years. This change has been hard and amazing, all at the same time...hard because I miss my teacher friends, students, and families from my old school SO MUCH and amazing because I LOVE my new teacher friends, students, & families! 
They say change makes you wiser and I definitely feel like I have learned A LOT already!!! (And we've only been in school one week.)
Here are a few pictures of my classroom. I hope you enjoy and would love to answer any questions you may have!

Thanks so much for stopping by! Check back soon to see all the fun learning I will be doing with my new firsties this year. I hope you have an amazing school year!!!