Monday, August 31, 2015

Teacher Week -- Five Facts

Welcome to Teacher Week 2015 with Blog Hoppin.  
Today is Monday and I have FIVE Fun Facts to share with you about myself.  

1.  I am addicted to graphics.  I love graphics.  I think I own a million.  I think I am the best customer of the graphic designers.  I use graphics for everything and I think I purchase graphics weekly. Doodles First is the newest designer I found and in love with these designs.  (I secretly wish I had a talent for drawing because I would love to design my own graphics.)

2.  I enjoy bike riding.  I don't get to ride as much as I would like because of health reasons but I try to ride as much as possible.

3.  Decorating is another passion of mine.  This year my youngest two children moved out and I turned one of the bedrooms into an office/craftroom for myself.  I use the word craft room loosely because more of the things I make are for my classroom.
The other bedroom I turned into a large walk in closet for myself.

4. Family is everything!   I enjoy my family very much.  Not a day goes by when one of my children stops by and I love every minute of it.  I try real hard to get my school and house work done when no one is around so when they stop by I can sit and talk to them.

5.  I am a hooked on Starbucks Iced Passion Tea Lemonades.  It is about the only other thing I can really drink besides water.  I can only drink it once a week.  So it is my Friday treat after work.  

Friday, August 28, 2015

Five For Friday -- August 28th

I survived my first two days of school. 
 I have to say I have a wonderful class of fifteen children.  They are so well behaved.  It is so hard to start re-training a new class.  

1.  The first thing that I was excited about was finishing my classroom.  It sure takes a long time to put together a classroom.  Each detail it so important.  

2.  I also decided to go "old school" again with teaching poetry.  For years I had my poems on the smart board.  I found that as a class we only read the poems once or twice a week.  When I had the poems on chart paper the class and I read the poems a lot more.  So I am printing all my poems on chart paper this year.
3.  I put together a photo collage of my granddaughter "reading books" for the reading center.  I love looking at it throughout the day.
4.  I finally put the finishing touches on my classroom door.  I thought it was funny of my students said "I know what our classroom theme is.......ladybugs."
5.  Once again I did my favorite first day of school activity.  I had my students draw a self-portrait and made mosaic rainbow names.  The kids loved the project and it looks amazing in the classroom.  I leave it all the whole school year.  It is so cheerful to look at the cute faces.    

Thank you Kacey at Doodle Bugs for hosting the linky party.  

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

My Classroom Tour 2015

Today is Open House day at my school.   That is the day all the children come to the classroom and meet their new teacher and drop off all their school supplies.  

When you first walk into my classroom you will see the reading center.

Right behind the reading center in the Religion Table.  I use the term Religion Table loosely because it really is two small file cabinets.

The front white space of the file cabinets I plan on putting a prayer and kid pictures.  

My Science Center and Word Center are right next to each other.  I put my little table in the area so the kiddos have room to spread out and explore.  

My Writing Center is an area I put a lot of thought and money into this year.  First I move the center over by the Word Wall and I put all the supplies up against the wall.  

Last year the children were constantly writing at the small table so I purchased a large table for the area.  

I am hoping it will encourage the children to write and draw more at the table.  

This is my desk area.  My binders are on a little shelf in front of my desk.  The little baskets on the white file cabinets are for picking up and turning in work.  I even made some cute signs.

Here is the view of my classroom from the back of the classroom....

And here is the view from the front of the classroom.....

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

My Classroom.....The Reading Center

 I have spent two weeks cleaning and fussing in my classroom.  The first thing I want to share with you is the focus of my classroom....The Reading Center.  It takes up a good chunk of space in my classroom.  I changed the way I organized my reading center two years ago after I read the book, The Book Whisper.  The reading center is the favorite area of the children.  
 Just like most primary teachers I have labeled my books so that the students are able to find and put away books on their own. 
 I love the book display cart I purchased last year.  I am able to display theme books throughout the year.  On the back side I like to  display class books.  

 My reading center is broken into to parts.  This is what the back side of the reading center looks like.  It also includes a larger round table.  I have all my take home leveled books in one area.  

I have worked really hard to create an inviting, fun, bright and cozy space for my first graders to curl up with a good book. 

Friday, August 14, 2015

Five for Friday -- August 14

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I am sure many of you are in the same place as me.....this is the time to get ready....rewash everything and put it all back where it belongs for the new students.  Most of my time this week was getting the classroom ready for the children.

I have my classroom ready for the new children.  Just a couple final details and I am ready to begin my lesson planning.

2.  Speaking of lesson planning I found this at A Place Called Kindergarten....I already downloaded it and I am very excited.  I think this is a great idea. I had a hard time getting my first graders to focus their sentences on what I meant as Character Traits.  I think this will help. 
3.  I hit a big milestone on my bike this week. Sorry it is a bad photo it was hard to get a good picture at the right milage in the sun on a bike.  

4.  I am excited about this space.  I have a plan for here to hopefully build confidence in my students and incorporate some selfies.  
5.  I have most of my welcome bulletin board complete.  I am almost ready.  

Thank you Kacey for hosting the link party.  
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