Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Doubles rap and being way too tired!

I just got this new signature and I'm loving it. I am way too tired to post anything new but I will say that we have been learning a lot this past week! I will do my best to blog tomorrow. Night everyone!

One more thing! Parents if you're out there this is a great song (rap) that we have been doing in class so your child can memorize their doubles facts. Please download it by clicking on the link below the picture.

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Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Testing..Testing..1. 2. 3

So I have decided to give Teachers pay Teachers.com a try last week (where do I find the time to do all this stuff?) anyway, I created a morning meeting activity sheet for my kiddos. Which by the way they are raving about it because it's more first grade friendly. I also love that I can change it if need be and add more things to it as we move on in the school year. So it's my first swing at this and I hope you like it (whoever you are). Here's my store http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Follow-Along-with-the-Morning-Meeting
In time, I hope I get better at it and create more files that I can sell to other teachers out there.

*Quick little update:
My students are doing so well with their reading fluency, I LOVE YOU DAILY FIVE AND CAFE!!!!!!! Sorry, just had to. I feel that I'm just enriching their lives as much as a I can with words and it's starting to click (yea I know, it's only October). But yes, life in first grade is grand. :)
Remember those pom-pom readers, well they're still great and all but I bought witch fingers at Target for a dollar last week and the kids are just loving those to follow along with their reading. Hooray for teaching little ones who appreciate silly things. Well it's time for this first grade teacher to hit the hay. I promise that I will start getting better at this blogging thing!

Oh yea, parent-teacher conferences are on Friday (cue scary music) da da daaaaaaaaaa..Just kidding! I'm looking forward to letting the parents' them know how their child is doing in my class.

This time, I'm really leaving. Night!
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Thursday, October 6, 2011

It's been a while

I apologize for being M.I.A. but this whole teaching thing keeps me pretty busy. We have been very hard at work this week doing l blends. The kids seem to have a new found love for blends as they keep pointing them out once they happen to catch their eye. I think those are the teaching moments I live for; the "ah..I get it" without having them actually tell me.
We are also working on a spider writing assignment. I created a graphic organizer for them following my four square method and did it with the students. It really worked out much better than what I normally do. The children were so very interested to learn more about spiders. I also think that the added bonus of me putting spider web by their cubbies really got them interested in the lesson. By spider web I mean the fake spider webs you can buy at Walmart for a dollar!

I ordered a few sight word poetry books (thanks to the Inspired Apple blog http://theinspiredapple.blogspot.com/). I can't wait to get them already and start using them with the kids. I find that the way I'm teaching sight words just isn't sticking with the kids so I must change that quickly.

I started using a digital picture frame and took pictures of the children's spelling words. The kids LOVE it! They are fascinated by how it moves. Totally not my idea though, the credit goes to Teacher Tipster over on YouTube. Seriously, some teachers are just so creative!

Well it's time for me to unwind and get ready to teach my little apples tomorrow. Happy Friday!

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