Thursday, August 21, 2014

Back to School Night, Organization & First Week of School!

Hey all! It's been a busy and fun week in my classroom! I've been coming home late and zonking out every night this week! I wanted to share a few things I did for our Back to School Night. 

My classroom ready for the kiddos and families.
My adorable hallway display. Got the bird templates and idea from one of my FAVORITES: Life in First Grade!
And I had this cute little tour made by Katie over at Little Warriors for the kids to get familiar to our room. It was a hit!

I found this ADORABLE freebie on Crazy for First Grade and had to use it! All the goodies listed were inside the bag and each kiddo got to take one home. They loved it!
Ever year, on first 1/2 day I go over a powerpoint presentation with the families and talk about the kindergarten/school expectatations. I gave the ppt a new look and LOVE how it turned out!

Last week I promised that I would post a few more organizational things I do in my classroom....

My bestie/next door neighbor at school had this great idea of using scrapbook paper to "pretty-up" my drawers! These help keep me organized and sit right next to my teacher station.

Updated the backgrounds for how I post my standards. (Frames are from the Dollar Tree)

My version of the teacher toolbox! I LOVE it! I made a smaller one for my office and made it pink. =)

And finally, here a few ADORABLE crafts we made during our first week of school! We did these during our small group/guided reading time since they need a lot of assistance. All of these crafts can be found in Deanna Jump's Literacy and Math Fun with Names unit.

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Peek at my Week: First Week of Kindergarten '14

Today I am linking up with Mrs. Wills' Kindergarten to share my plans for our first full week of school! You'll notice that I have weekly skills that I post in my classroom. This is required by my school. So we decide what we want our kids to be able to do independently (having "the end in mind") and create our lesson plans/activities to help them get there for the week. I do question the kids on several different skills (even though I'm assessing them on author/illustrator, I will still ask questions as we read on key details, discuss unknown words, etc.)  I'm not fancy and have all the fun clipart, but if you have any questions, feel free to ask!

I will try and post pictures later this week of the activities we are doing! Most of the name activities are from Deanna Jump's unit: Math & Literacy Fun with Names. Also, I should note that we will not start RTI in kindergarten until middle of September, which is why I have some fun name activities in it's place for now!

Saturday, August 16, 2014

New school year, new degree, new hair, new blog design

Hey y'all! Im so excited! I am officially done with grad school and can spend more time on school... For now anyways. ;) I've been missing this ol blog and trying to catch up on all that I have missed. So with a fresh new start I wanted to have a new blog design. I just love it! If you're looking for a good designer, go check out Megan at:
A Bird in Hand Designs

I was so glad to find her! She totally read my mind for what I wanted. 

Onto school stuff... My k team and I had our first day with all our kiddos yesterday. So we had to take our annual first day of school pic! One of my teammates' best friend works at her family's local sporting goods store and they've made a few shirts we wanted. These ones are my fav! Our initials are on the front and formed into the shape of an apple. So cute and so soft! 
(Side note: I'm a brunette now! It's not the best pic but you can def tell how dark it is now! I'm still getting used to it.)
On the back we have our school initials and grade level.  We're dorks and made muscle arms to show we were ready for the kinders!

I had to show you these cute activities my classroom neighbor, Bethany did....

Aren't they precious? She made a smaller version of the No David craft. It's too cute!

I believe she found this idea on a blog through Pinterest. I'm totally doing this next week in small groups when we're working on names.

Last week we read The Kissing Hand and made their handprints to go with the story.

The poem I used was found in a oldie from First Grade Blue Skies. I tried to look it up, but I think  she's updated the packet to make it even better and sells it on TPT now!


Later I got out a mystery bag filled with school supplies and introduced them one by one. As I pulled each item out of the bag we would go over the rules of what to do and not to do with them. Then I'd model how to use them with the activity page below. We did it step by step and I gave them about 10 minutes to do each and they were so engaged. They did a great job too! 

You can find the activity page on kindertrips' blog under her freebies called "back to school worksheets".

I wrote out the morning message so we could practice echo reading as I tracked the words.

And we wrote our first predictable chart out.

Everything else I did was teach them rules and procedures! It was a great first week and am excited for all the fun activities planned next week. We'll be working on our names, the sight words I & am, identifying the author and illustrator of a story and naming the roles of each, and more rules and procedures!