Happy Tuesday!! Well I am obviously still not in the back to school groove yet. I am finding it hard to find enough time to prepare things for my classroom, keep my house together, drive to all of the events my kids are in and blog. One of the biggest problems I am having is remembering to take pictures of what is happening in our classroom so I can share them with you. I put my camera on my desk every day and I see it there again at the end of the day. Time just keeps getting away on me - these little firsties need a lot of direct support : )

So I thought I would share a little something from our class.

We completed our first Interactive Notebook page for math!! I was really worried about the amount of cutting and pasting - but they did a fabulous job. This activity is part of a great INB unit I purchased on TPT.

We have been working on list writing during writing workshop. We made this adorable squirrels and created a list of things we are nuts about. The squirrel template is part of this pack I purchased on TPT. This was also a great time to read Scaredy Squirrely - the king of crazy lists!!

Tomorrow we are changing up our calendar cards - I am going to continue with the squirrel theme rather than something really Halloween-y!

We will be spending some time tomorrow putting the missing numbers on our calendar to help with our number sense : )

Click here to pick up a copy of the calendar cards.

Hope to see you again this weekend - honestly!

Happy Friday. Just popping in to give you an update on some of the things that have been happening in my class (I have been teaching seriously!!) So I am linking up with Five for Friday with Doodle Bugs Teaching.

When reviewing the letter sound "a" we read a lot of fun books including Splat the Cat (who I love, don't tell the other two famous cats - but Splat is my favourite!! so darn cute!!). One of our activities was making these adorable Splat the Cat paintings.

I found the idea on Pinterest of course!! I drew the outline and the students filled it in with paint. Then they used a paper comb to make the fur fuzzy. I made templates for the face and paw pads. We added googly eyes and whiskers if they wanted. On the side they cut and paste words with the "a" sound that they could read.

We celebrated International Dot Day (September 15th). This is my first time celebrating but there is so much teaching you can do with a dot. We used dot stickers to create a picture and then counted the dots. I placed coloured dots around the room and students had to find them and tally the number of dots for each colour. Students coloured a beautiful dot to decorate my desk. Next year I would like to add in some Twister games and 3D dot making and a class mural.

If you were doing it with older grades I think this book would be a great tie in!

We celebrated Talk Like a Pirate Day ( a day early - it is today!!). We made pirate scarves for our students using red plastic tablecloths from the Dollar Store and eye patches from paper and pipe cleaners. We were working on the letter "r" or in this case "argh" so they also got letter "r" hooks that I cut on my Cricut and we added to popsicle sticks.

Pirate Day included a treasure hunt in the hallway for "r" words. At the end of the treasure hunt were these adorable treasure bags (made by one of my teaching partners). Inside gold doubloons (a.k.a dollar store coins) and mini-granola bars.

Pirate day also included a math activity - students pulled a gem from the treasure box and had to model their number (tricksy teachers only included numbers 5-10 on the gems!).

It also included this cute craftivity modified from this pack from Babbling Abbey.

It also included a few books

and a few videos

and this song - only on GoNoodle

Hope you had a great week. I am looking forward to this weekend - I always think I am going to get so much done - then Sunday night comes....

I can not believe how long it has been since I blogged!! I know everyone understands what the start of a new school year is like so I will not go on and on about how busy I have been or how tired I am at the end of the day - you have been there, you know. But I really want to share some of my experiences with you, so I am sitting down to blog and I am linking up with my friend Holly at Fourth Grade Flipper for her linky party....


So, what is my tried it you may ask....I tried moving schools and changing grades!! This is huge for me. I am not a fan of change to say the least - I love knowing my students and their families and my coworkers and what to expect - LOVE it!!! I loved the feeling of community at my old school - and that is why I stayed there for all 15 years of my teaching career. But I had the chance to work at a school that is 30 minutes closer to my house and felt that I really had to go for it. Also it is a brand new school so I would not be walking into a situation where everyone else was comfortable and knowledgeable - we would all be uncomfortable together!!

This change in schools also led to a change in grades. I am now teaching Grade 1 with 19 students.

Something else I am trying is not to freak out every minute of the day : )

The school change and grade change were big enough stressors. Add to that a brand new school that was barely ready on time for opening!!!  We started school on Tuesday, September 2nd and we got into the school to set up our brand new classes on Saturday, August 29th!!!

Here a few pictures of my classroom on the Saturday morning when I arrived at 7 a.m.



Here are a few pictures of my classroom on Tuesday morning before the students arrived....

My teacher desk - arrived this weekend!!
My computer table - still no computer!!

Here is our carpet area - without carpet : )
Here are a few things we have been working on..

Our class birthday graph using monthly cards from A Burst to First

Our daily graphs from Teacher's Clubhouse and sponge idea from Teacher Tipster.

We started out our day talking about tools - it will lead into our community helpers unit.

Then we talked about tools that we need to help us learn- I gave each student a red toolbox - a basket I spray painted red - to hold some tools for learning.

Our Listen Buddy lesson.
Some of our work on Chrysanthemum

So my tried it is an ongoing adventure to say the least. I am not sure who is learning more right now, me or my students - but hey, at least some one is learning : )

I will try to keep you posted on what is happening in our classroom on a regular basis - but please forgive me if days go by without hearing from me  -  I am trying : )

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