Blog Makeover Reveal!

Oh My stars ya'll~
We are BE-YOOOOND EXCITED to share our blog makeover with you!!!

We have been working with Tenille @designsbytenille for awhile now 
and didn't want to spoil the surprise 
but we have been dying to share it with you! 
Eeeeeeek...we are in LOVE with what she created for us!

If you're in need of a little makeover yourself, 
you should definitely check out her work.
She worked so well with us and tweaked little details 
until we got it all just right!☺
Thank you Tenille~We LOVE you!!!

So last week was our first week of school and we made our first Comprehension Chart with our sweet little 1-2 multi-agers. 
We love making comprehension charts...
they're VERY multi-level and SO beneficial to our little learners!

If you're asking yourself "WHY should I make comprehension charts?"

Here are just a few reasons...

 If you've never made one 
maybe these simple steps can help you:
1. Decide on a book you want to read with your students.
2. Create a chart (butcher paper works well for this) 
with sections for your focus. 
(We always have title, author, illustrator, & usually genre!) Then we figure out what we can focus on and add those sections too ie. nouns, verbs, adjectives, vowels, problem/solution, contractions, compound words, rhyming words, punctuation, the possibilities are ENDLESS!
3. Explain to your students that you are going to create 
a comprehension chart with them. 
This will help them understand the book better and 
make good connections as they learn to be better readers.☺
4. Plan on re-reading your book for 3-5 days and 
add on new information each day.
5. Have a culminating activity at the end of the week/study! 
We usually let our students make a little craftivity 
using construction paper and then have a little writing to go with it. 

Here is what we created with our kiddies last week!

Thanks so much for stopping by!
If you have any questions about using comprehension charts in your
classroom, feel free to comment and we will get back 
with you as quick as we can.☺

First Week Fun

Our "First Week" Back at School has been FULL of fun learning 
and getting to know you activities!

We have spent much of our time learning and practicing our procedures.
But we've also had lots of fun while getting to know each other!
Our 1-2 multi-agers sit at tables together so working together, respecting one another's space, and keeping materials organized are a few VERY important parts of our classroom. 

We are SO excited about our 2nd grade leaders that were our firsties last year!!! They have come in and taken on Leadership Roles by setting great examples for our new firsties...
multi-age is truly MAGICAL! 

Our students are SUPER focused during Journal Writing!!! (even WITHOUT Copy Keepers☺)
Our Picture Dictionaries are a resource our kiddos will use all year during Work On Writing.

Our Spin & Graph Vowels activities are such a FUN way to practice phonics skills!

We work with partners often and always make sure we thank our partners before we clean up.

We often plan Partner Work to help students encourage and motivate one another.☺

A smile says 1,000 words...we LOVE our Happy Hearts Classroom.♥♥♥

We hope you are having a fun & happy first week back to school...Thanks so much for stopping by! 
TTFN~ Victoria & Tricia♥

Parent Night

It's SO hard to believe it's already the 4th Week of our Back to School BASH Linky!
And it's actually the 1st week of our 17th YEAR team teaching 1-2 multi-agers together too!
So we've been extremely busy getting prepared and time has just been flying the past few weeks.

We've LOVED linking up the past month with all of our new Bloggy Buddies! Be sure to hop around and read all of their blogs too. They have fantastic ideas and they are all so sweet!
Thank you Lindsay for all of your time and work in organizing our Linky Party...we appreciate you!!!

We had our Parent Night last Tuesday night. We had a HUGE turn out and LOVED having all of our firsties from last year running in for hugs and showing SO much joy about coming back with us as big 2nd graders this year. We AB-SO-LUTELY love looping them up with us each year...
multi-age teaching is the best~ it's SO beneficial for our kiddies and it's in our hearts.♥♥♥

This year our Back to School Extravaganza was "Come & Go" style! This worked out very well for us. As our families came in, they signed in first at a table we had set up outside our classroom. Then we asked them to find their child's locker. We had them unload their school supplies there.
 (That kept our room from looking like Target threw up everywhere. LOL) 

This year we made "You Are One Smart Cookie" treats & bookmarks for our sweeties! We set their treats, bookmarks, and paperwork for our parents at their child's table. As our parents read through our Handbook and filled out papers from the office and PTA, we visited with our students and had them put their bookmarks in a bookbox at their table. This helped us have bookboxes ready for starting Read to Self! The "Come & Go" style also gave us lots of time to visit with parents too. Then the last 20 minutes of the evening, our parents were invited to the gym for a gathering with our principle. She went over beginning of the year expectations: attendance goals, uniform policy, and Leader In Me visions.

We also made our teacher/school friends some little "Back to School" treats too!
These were inspired by the A-MAZING Rachelle Smith from What the Teacher Wants.
 We were watching her Periscope about these but we didn't get to see the whole scope. So we never saw here finished idea. But she was making little apple gifts with EOS lip balm. 
We LOVED the idea and came up with these little cards to stick ours in...
they turned out SUPER cute & were SO fun to giveaway!

Thanks so much for stopping by! We hope everyone that has already started Back to School is having a fabulous new year and all of our friends that are still on summer break...enjoy and best wishes for a great year when you go back!!!♥♥♥

Please feel free to Link Up and share your Parent Night ideas!!!☺

First Day of School

We CANNOT believe it's already the 3rd Week of our Back to School BASH Linky! 
We go back to school ourselves this Friday and our kiddos come next Thursday the 20th.
Eeeeek...we still have SO much to do!!!

We have LOVED participating in this Linky with all of our new bloggy buddies:
They each have SO much to share and we have truly enjoyed reading all of their posts.
Thank you again to Lindsay for organizing our Back to School BASH Linky Party!!!

Here are a couple of ideas we use the First Week of School with our 1-2 multi-agers...

During the first week of school, we work hard to establish procedures in our classroom/school. We use Daily Five in our room sooooo learning to follow Read to Someone procedures is VERY important for us! (Especially with 47-50 kiddos.) 
Throughout the school year, we use mini-books that our students can read in 
class together and then take home to reread and collect in their book boxes at home. 
(Post about this will be Coming Soon!)

ABC Apple Book
This is a fun & silly alphabet book that our students LOVE!!!

Click HERE to download for FREE. 

Who Are You? Book
Another fun book that we have used for YEARS during the First Week of School is our "Who Are You"? book. This book helps us as we work to create a positive classroom environment. 
Our students truly relate to this book! 
They make connections with the silly characters and their own behavior.
In this book your students will meet: Butt-In Brown, Yelling Yellow, Greedy Green, Meany Magenta, Rudy Red, Whiny White, Tattle Tan, Betty Blue, Pouty Purple, and Pokey Pink, and everyone's favorite TOMMY TRYER!!!☺
I mean who wants to be a Rudy Red when you can be a Tommy Tryer and make your teacher SO happy and have lots of friends?

Click HERE to Check out our Who Are You? book in our TPT store!

We are SO excited to be starting our new GIVEAWAY this week! We will be using our Rafflecopter to give away 2 $50 Gift Cards to TPT!!! Be sure to enter below by following our blogs:
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We would also LOVE for you to Link-Up below and share your post about YOUR First Day/Week of School. 

We hope ya'll have a FABULOUS First Day/Week of school!!! 
Thanks so much for stopping by...TTFN♥♥♥

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Hall Passes Freebie!

Do you buy or make new Hall Passes every year...and multiple times a year???
We DO~ But we've created a new style this year that will help your passes last!

The idea came to us after we made our Leader Necklaces last year. Our school became a Leader In Me School last year. So we wanted to have our leaders wear necklacess to recognize 
their strong,  positive leadership qualities. 
After we first made our necklaces, they began to break like our passes always do. Then our sweet neighbor Carla used her badge puncher to make our necklaces into badges...BRILLIANT!!! 
Thank you Carla!♥♥♥

We then borrowed Carla's badge puncher and turned our necklaces into badges too. 
And guess what???
NONE of them broke the rest of the year!!!
And so came to idea for Hall Pass Badges!
Click HERE to download our Hall Passes Freebie!

Click HERE to check out our Leadership Necklaces Badges on our TPT store.

You will need to print your Hall Passes onto cardstock and laminate them first. 
Then punch them with a badge/slot puncher. (We purchased our at Hobby Lobby but they have them on Amazon too.☺) 
Add a badge clip and you will be ready to go for the year!!!

Thanks so much for stopping by, 
we hope you enjoy using these with your kiddos and find them helpful to you.

Happy Back to School Friends♥♥♥

Meet the Teacher Ideas

Woo-Hoo it's Week 2 of our Back to School BASH!!!

We are linking up again with our super sweet Bloggy Buddies...they each have so many wonderful ideas to share! Enjoy and remember to Link Up and Enter our Rafflecopter Giveaway!!!

This week we are sharing ideas for "Meet the Teacher Night".
Oh GOODNESS, we have done SO many things over the last 16 years together for 
Meet the Teacher Night! 

We don't have a ton of pictures but we will share some ideas we have done...
1. Handbooks: We like to keep this simple because we don't want to put our parent on overload.
2. Homework Helper Bags: We made little lunch bags with sponge painted apples on the front! Inside we put a box of crayons, a pencil, eraser, scissors, glue stick, and bookmark with homework tips on it. This gave them supplies they may need at home to work on their homework.
3. Goldfish Treats: Have mini-bags of Goldfish for your sweeties with a tag that says "You're O-FISH-ally a 1-2 Multi-Ager"! (Of course whatever grade you teach.) We got this idea from Pinterest...So MANY ideas out there!!!
4. Pencil Toppers: Anything cute print onto cardstock, cut out, and tape onto fun pencils!
5, Sharing Smarboard Activities with Parents: Take time to share with your parents...We show them how we use Reading A-Z for some of our Shared Reading Lessons, Pebblego, GoNoodle, IREAD, etc...
6. Lockers: Find your name on your locker.
7. Bookmarks & Picking their Book Boxes: Take your bookmark from your table and pick which book box you want...put your bookmark in the box.
8. Wish List: Cute Ellison or Carson Dellosa cut-outs with items we need that are not provided from our school supply lists...parents pick which one(s) they want and take the cut-out with them.
9. School Supplies Area/Table: Have a specific spot ready. They pile up quickly!!! (Some teachers have them put them in their lockers...I think we may try that this year?
10. Volunteer Sign-Ups: Have sign-up sheets prepared for Paired Readers, Field Trips, Craft Day, Science Experiment Day, Career Day, etc...
11. Parent Forms: Have parent forms prepared so they can complete them in the room and not even have to take them home! (Walking Permission Slips for the year, Photo Release Permission Slips, School Volunteer Form, Lunch Forms, Fall Conference Sign-Up times, etc...

Here is our Handbook:


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Thanks SO much for stopping by...we would LOVE for you to Link Up and share your ideas with us!

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