Saturday, September 13, 2014

A couple apple Freebies

Hi Friends! 
I hope your weekend is going well. I worked on school stuff all morning while the hubby was at work. I'm finally caught up. (which is good because I guess my hubby invited guests over for dinner tomorrow night! haha)

I have to say, this year overall is proving to be a tough one. I think I've mentioned, I have a pretty difficult class. Lots of behavior issues and a couple special needs. Many are sweet hearts and even the ones that are challenges have the potential to be sweethearts, but they sometimes really test my patience and I get to thinking, why am I doing this?! It's tough. :(

Anyway, we have our Scholastic book fair this week and because of that, we don't have library. I thought I would have the kids silent read for a bit, then we'll do a couple apple activities since we don't get to do a whole lot of hands on things. I'm planning on doing a graphic organizer, showing Johnny Appleseed Brainpopjr video and then having an apple taste test and graphing our results.
I have included the graphic organizer and graphing for free. :) If you'd like to snag a copy, just click on the pics. 

I'm off to enjoy the evening and maybe sit outside with some ice cream. It's a very comfortable night out. :) Have a good rest of your weekend!

Sunday, September 7, 2014

The First Few Weeks

Hi Friends! I thought I would write a post on how things are going so far this year. Tomorrow starts week 3 of school so we haven't been in too long, but it's been a tad crazy nonetheless.
First I want to say, I have a lot of awesome cuties this year, but I also have a few challenges. I'm still positive that they'll come around but it's made for a difficult transition so far.
I completely did an overhaul on my behavior system after the first week. I did have the clip chart, but they really weren't responding to it and since kindergarten does it as well, it was really no longer effective going into first (at least for my class) So I scrapped it, and signed up for Class Dojo! I've done it before and it worked pretty good, so I emailed the parents and they are on board more so than the clip chart and the kids have loved it too this week! My little one who talks a lot and needs constant redirection even showed emotion when I took a couple points away!
Anyway, here are some pictures at what we've been up to!
They really like doing an episode of kidsyoga (on youtube) occasionally after lunch... (I almost had to cut it short however because some of my boys were getting too silly and not doing the yoga)

We talked about fiction/nonfiction books and used Scholastic flyers to sort some books in small groups. I really loved this activity and could definitely see who were understanding the concept!

I introduced another activity in word work...they get to write their words on their boards (so far they know whiteboards, rainbow write and secret code!)

I introduced Fun Friday centers and 2 of the centers included games and unifix cubes. :)

This week will be a busy one, we start standardized reading testing (we use an online program called MClass..have you heard of it?) 
And then we have a 9/11 parade on Thursday, but I will be out of the building for training so I hope they are good and listen to the sub! :)

That's all for now..enjoy your Sunday!

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Is it the weekend yet??!! and Currently

Hey friends! Whew...we started back last week and it's been a whirlwind so far. First grade as a whole has a very challenging group this year, but I feel like my class needs the most help. I've got some tough cookies this year and we are taking a bit longer getting routines and rules down, but I think we'll get there!
I wanted to share with your real quick my currently...
LISTENING--sometimes it's nice to just be on the computer when I get home and not turn on anything else. It's nice to unwind after a chaotic day! :)

LOVING-the first few weeks of school are a killer, that I really look forward to those weekends..I'm glad we're almost there!

THINKING--As soon as the hubby gets home, I'm making spaghetti...I'm starving

WANTING--I know it's a little personal, but I feel like you are my virtual family, so I like sharing..but if you'd been following, you know we started trying to conceive. No good news yet, but I'm hoping and have my fingers and toes crossed!

NEEDING--last weekend, we went to Nashville and the weekend  before that, school was starting so I am looking forward to not doing anything this weekend except catching up on relaxing and sleep!

3 TRIPS--I've always wanted to go to vegas..I'm not a gambler, (and would prob lose all my money) but I would love to see all the shops and hotels
I have always wanted to visit paris, we talked about going for our honeymoon, but that was a 7 grand trip we just did not day hopefully!
I am big into history and love beautiful southern homes, I would love to plan a trip to new orleans in the future!

That's all for now! Have a great night! :) Don't forget to link up your currently!

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Meet the Teacher Linky!

Hello! I am just taking a break from cleaning the house today in anticipation of one of my hubby's friend and his wife to come over and I thought I would link up over at Falling into First for her Meet the Teacher Linky! we go!

So I am a 27yo wife, teacher, baker, crafter, pinner and country lovin' gal! I grew up in Cleveland, Ohio and have taught for the past 3 years. When I graduated college, I got a job as a Title 1 math teacher, then when budgets were being cut, I started looking elsewhere and got a job in Asheboro, NC! The hubby (fiance at the time) packed up and we made the move that summer. I taught first grade in 2012, then moved to Greensboro and taught Kindergarten at a charter school. In October 2013, I got married!! (8 years comin!)

We just bought our first house this summer!

I wanted to be a little closer to home (the commute was 40 min) so I started looking...again, and accepted a first grade job at one of my neighborhood schools...(now the commute is less than 10!) I'm really grateful for the life I have been dealt so far, and I am excited to see what his new year will bring!

Starbucks. Art. Country music. Dresses. My cat. The color Pink. Creating teaching stuff. Polka dots. Retro clothes. Cat eyes. Funky pens. Florida Georgia Line. The countryside. Wine! Cheesecake. Tacos. The beach. Ross Clothing store. Bows.

There's no doubt, I would want to be a baker..maybe an owner of a cupcake store. I love to bake!!

Shy. Creative. Hopeful.

"I love Mondays! Said no teacher ever.

This may sound corny, but I think I would bring my best friend Becca. I haven't seen her since my wedding and we live so far apart, that we haven't been together on my birthday since I was probably in college.

The girl who Hoped, Prayed and never gave up.
That describes me perfectly....although I'll never pass up going out for good food!

Right now, I am really loving my champs posters and can't wait to use them!
Bee Themed Champs posters

Hmm..the hubby and I started trying for baby #1 a little over a month good news yet, but we're hopeful and praying every day!...Think about us friends!

Your turn...head over to Falling into First to link up and let us get to know you!


Friday, August 15, 2014

Days Poster Freebie!

Hi Friends! I've been working like mad on school stuff these past few days and trying not to get too overwhelmed. 
I made a calendar/math area where we will meet each morning after announcements to sing our songs, work with numbers, etc...I realized I always sing the days of the week song, but didn't have a poster for reference this year. I made one up real quick and wanted to share with you! Enjoy! Have a great weekend! Last one of freedom for me before it's prof development next week and then kiddos on Aug 25th! Ahh!


Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Classroom Reveal 2014-15

Hey friends! I'm stopping by bloggy world to share with you some pics I snapped yesterday while setting up the classroom. It's been very rainy here and the only way to unload my car (without asking the janitors for a cart to wheel to the back of the school each time) is to drive my car over the grass to the back...don't worry, I asked and it was long story, I've had my car loaded with things, but haven't been able to drive over the grass because I don't want to make tire marks. So yesterday, I just brought in a box with decorations and figured I'd do some of that until I could unload the big stuff. Here we go...
calendar wall

computer center with character traits along wall

student cubbies and soon to be word wall :)

my teacher desk and student work bb

view from door

front of the classroom

our little job bb

the listening center...I need to grab some books from the library

our carpet area..I didn't want to cover the windows and get as much natural light in as possible!

guided reading desk with bags ready to go on student's desk for open house

Some areas of the room, my bee theme really comes out and I love that, but I wish we could hang things from the lights...every school I've been in so far has not allowed that, and I am so jealous of you who can!

One of the teachers on my team said if I didn't want a teacher desk and guided reading table, I could get rid of the teacher desk..but I actually like having both. I want to be able to organize my things in a desk rather than keep on bookshelves near the reading table. ;)

As you can see, I organized the desks into 5 groups. I like have table provides that sense of community (Even though sometimes, it also allows for more chattiness!)

There are just a few more things on the agenda and then the room will be perfect. We don't officially start until the 25th and open house isn't until next week..the 20th, but I definitely didn't want to be scrambling at the last minute! :)

Enjoy your day friends, I'm off to relax!

Sunday, August 10, 2014

1 More Full Week!

hello friends! I hope you are having a great weekend! It's been very rainy and gloomy here..but great for relaxing and taking things slow. ;) Yesterday the hubby had a friend over all day so I was able to get caught up and create SO much school stuff!...and I am grateful I have one more full week coming up of summer break still!!
Today the only thing on my agenda is grocery shopping, finishing laundry and reading. :)
I have a freebie for you..I've been printing out a ton of posters to decorate my classroom and didn't find an "EEKK" poster that I really loved, so I made my own. Feel free to snag it if you like it as well. I know there's a lot of posters out there and this is just another choice! ;)

On a non-educational note, (and I hope this is not TMI, but after many days of low fertility on my clear blue ovulation tester, I finally got my first "high fertility" smiley face today!) The hubby and I have been TTC now for just a little over a month and a half, but it already feels like forever! Haha, I hope things go well this month and we get some good news. (keep us in your prayers friends! Thank you!) 
I'm off to get more chores done...have a great Sunday!