The First Week of First Grade

The first week of school is officially under my belt this year! It was a great one, but of course EXHAUSTING too! I wanted to pop in today and give you a quick peek at our week. : )

The week of course started with my traditional First Day of First Grade picture and photo booth!

I just LOVE their sweet pictures and I know parents do too!

Our week was full of books! I think our favorite book of the week was A Tiger Tail. The kids absolutely LOVED it! I even heard them pretending to have tiger tails and tiger hands at recess!

After reading the story, we brainstormed some kind things that the other kids could have said to make the main character feel better about her tiger tail. We had a great discussion about how kind words can change other people. 

(Sorry, nothing fancy here... #keepinitreal)

Next, everyone wrote four kind things you can say to be a friend and created a craft to go with the story. 

Disclaimer: The kids had the choice to cut out and create their own hair..."Normal" hair is included with the craft. 

We also used our imagination and created a class book! 

I create class books by just gluing a cover on the front of a three-prong-folder and hole punching the pages. EASY! 

I just loved their ideas and they loved hearing me read the book aloud to the class. The kids smile from ear to ear when we get to the page they created. 

All of these activities and many more are available HERE.

Chrysanthemum is also a first week favorite! 

We did lots of name activities and drew Chrysanthemum in our Reading Response Journal. We also added words to describe Chrysanthemum, I just didn't get a picture!

Aren't their drawings precious?

Of course we read, Lacey Walker Nonstop Talker too! This is another must read during the first few days of school.

We created these cute Cara Carroll inspired owls and added writing about how we can be a good listener.

I hung them up on our Meet the Authors Board in the hallway. Sorry I had to blur out their pictures and biography! : ( 

We worked daily on our My First Week of First Grade Journal. I think these are a great keepsake and fun for the kids to look back later and see how much they have grown and changed.

This is always my favorite page to see! This little cutie is in luck! Learning to tell time is part of first grade!

 Go Noodle also got us through the week! It's a life saver and really helps keep my kids focused all day. They sent me a fun pack of stickers and handouts.

We also loved exploring math manipulatives. 

This weekend I have been working on my positive notes to parents. It is so important to build those relationships with your students and their families.I like to write each parent a little personal note about their child and include some of the positive things I notice about them in the classroom. I think the power of a handwritten note is HUGE! It's so fun to receive something besides bills and junk in the mail too. Yes, it's time consuming and yes, it takes a lot of thought, but it is so worth it! Take some time out of your week to make sure and reach out to parents and let them know how much you love their baby!


2016-2017 Classroom Reveal

It's hard to believe that tomorrow this classroom will be filled with 18 precious first graders!It's also hard to believe that I will be kicking off my fifth year of teaching! Where does the time go? I have been working like crazy to get everything ready, but I wanted to pop in and share a few photos of my classroom! Enjoy! : )

I love how my door and entry turned out! The sign on my door can be purchased and customized here. The bright colored tickets were (of course) printed on Astrobright paper. 

 Right outside of my door, I have this bulletin board set up for pictures. There is a tiny little step stool for the kids to stand on for their picture. The bucket has different photo props for the first day of school. Again, Astrobrights paper for the win!

I love the tissue pom pom balls above my small group table. They come in every color imaginable to match your classroom! 

This wall included my word wall, circus number posters, thinking maps and literacy station choices. The polkadot flags came from here, here, here and here. I bought a pack in each color and then glued them to a ribbon. 

On my easel, I have my "1st Grade" page from my Teacher Autobiography. I love reading it on the first day of school! My students love to see me when I was in the first grade too!

The days of the week and month posters can be found here. The reading connection posters can be found here.

I met most of my sweet students last week at Meet the Teacher and handed out these little gifts. Read more about them here. The cotton candy was a hit!

I love this circus themed cupcake stand for displaying my wish list!

I wish you a great first day of school! Don't forget about one day only Teachers Pay Teachers Sale happening TOMORROW! It's the perfect time to load up your cart with amazing resources for the new school year.


Make Your Students Feel Like Superheros with the Teacher Rewards Kit

It's officially August, which means back to school season is underway! I'm popping in today to share one of my favorite back to school finds and how I will be using it in my classroom.

I love this Teacher Rewards Kit from Walmart! It is around $10 and contains everything you need to make your students feel like SUPERHEROES! It is so important to me to create a happy, positive classroom environment where all of my kids feel loved and valued. This kit makes it so easy for me to make students feel extra special and excited about their accomplishments. 

 Here are three ways to (easily) make your students feel like superheroes...

I still remember in First Grade when I was chosen to be the Star Student for the week #lifechanging! Seriously, it was the highlight of the school year and made me feel so happy to be me. I want my students to feel the same way in my classroom! How about having a hero of the week? 

This certificate would be perfect to give your students to let them know that they are the hero of the week. 

The secret to great centers is keeping them new and fun! My students love to write special notes to their friends at the writing center. This superhero stationary would encourage students to practice their super writing skills.

My students also love writing sticker stories! What is a sticker story you ask? Students get to choose three stickers to incorporate into an illustration and they write a story to match. THEY LOVE IT! I am always on the look out for interesting stickers to inspire my students. How perfect are these? 

I am already imagining the fun, superhero themed stories my students will be writing with these stickers. I know my little boys will especially love them. BOOM! BANG!

Our kids are always displaying super powers! Take the time to recognize their accomplishments. I love that these certificates can be personalized without using an ounce of your color printer ink. 

Parents also love hearing about their little hero's accomplishments. I love these cute little notepads to write parents a quick note. They only take a few sentences to fill, but would mean the world to a parent. Kids also love having a special note to share with their parents. 

One of the biggest accomplishments of a young reader is reading chapter books. My students are SO proud of themselves when they need a bookmark. Seriously, reading chapter books is a super power! These bookmarks would be a perfect little reward for a superstar little reader.

They are SO adorable! 

Let your students personalize their bookmark with a Sharpie for an extra reward. 

The best part about all of these materials is that they are ready to grab and go! The box even has dividers for each of the materials to keep everything organized. Make your students feel like superheroes this school year with the Teacher Rewards Kit from Walmart! They will definitely think you are a super teacher. : )