Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Peek at My Week: Thanksgiving and Centers

Hey Ya'll! 
I realize that I've been a bit out of the loop lately, but I've been creating a TON lately and wrapping up my time with my intern.  It's been a good time, but a busy one.
One of the things that I do to help myself unwind is that I unplug.
I love working on things for school, but sometimes, I can work for really long time and forget what time it is...just because I'm enjoying myself.
Problem is...people who love me...don't get to talk to me. :(  So...I've been working on spending quality time with friends and family away from my phone and computer!  It's been lots of fun! :)
I started my break on Friday.  Friday night, I went and had a girls night with my pals Tiff and Beth! :)  They've been so wonderfully supportive! :)  Love these girls!

Now, I'm off to see my bestie in Nashville! :)
I'm so excited to see her sweet babies! :)

Currently, I'm writing this post in the Charlotte Airport!  The flight from Orlando was so bumpy, I almost lost what was in my tummy.  Luckily, we got up over the rain and here safely! :)

Lunch was super good! :)  I had a lobster bisque and salad! :)  Thanksgiving vacation is starting off well! :)
As always, thanks Dee Dee for hosting this weekly linky!  I wanted to change things up a bit and talk a bit about my small group time! :)
Teacher Talk time is my favorite part of the day.  It's an hour where the children get to meet with me, or work with each other to practice skills that they've been taught.
This is the most important tip I can give you.
Know where you want your kids to be when you're done with a unit of study.
We use a basal for reading.  It goes in six week bands.  The first five weeks are content, the last week is review.  I wrote our team's scope last year and that really helped me understand how I could use the resource I was given to support the Common Core Standards.
Long range planning--even for small groups can be overwhelming.  Just jot down information that you can't live without.
These are my long range plans.  I use this to help me figure out what resources I'll need for my teacher talk time.  Sometimes, I'll make them myself, or other times, I just scope TPT for something! :0)
In my other stations, I model the behavior I'm expecting a lot at the beginning of the year.  The goal is for them to be on auto pilot with what needs to be done so that I can focus on teacher talk time.
Expect your kids to do a great job!
Keep your expectations for proper behavior high...especially at the beginning.
When your kids do a great job...praise them...even for the smallest things! :)  Especially do this for your 'squirly' ones and you'll see a big difference in what they are able to do independently over time.

Here is my small group schedule when it's all done.

Small group is my favorite part of the day! :)
I love working with my students on phonemic awareness and phonics! :0)  It's so foundational for the kids! :) 
If you are interested in either of the sheets I posted, you can download a pdf version of it HERE.

Monday, November 10, 2014

Peek at My Week: Veteran's Day & Mo Willems

I am super excited about this week! :)
Every sixth week, we go 'off the reservation' as it were and do our own reading curriculum to review previously taught skills.  This week, we are doing an author/illustrator study on...
Click HERE to see a post from Susan about this unit!
I LOVE Mo...and I was so thrilled to find this comprehensive study from Susan on TPT! :)

Oh my goodness...this. face! :) <3
This is what my kids look like when they find out I've purchased yet ANOTHER new Mo Willems book!  They LOVE them so much! :)  We've been reading for AR and they are the perfect level for several of my more reluctant readers.  They've been a God-send! :)

We also worked on the first part of our writing on Veterans! :)  The kids read a fluency passage on Veterans with my intern and then they completed the graphic organizer together.

We are going to do one step at a time this week to build up to a finished piece.
Would you like this page for your students?

It's in the freebie section of my blog! :)
Just look under November! :)

I shared a free copy of a Veteran's Day passage on my last post.

I'm part of a blog hop for November and there are tons of freebies available for the month.  You'll want to check the hop out and snag some really neat things! :)

This week, we are also working on telling time.
We're using my Telling Time Unit.  Click HERE for a blog post all about it! :)
It's Time for Telling Time: Time to the Hour & Half Hour f
Click HERE for a link to the product on TPT.

Our school is having a book fair this week, and the kids are so excited about getting new books and reading at every available moment! :)

Since we're doing a review...I don't have actual lesson plans on this post.  We'll go back to that NEXT week!

Sunday, November 9, 2014

Take A Closer Look: November

Hi everyone!
I'm super excited to be teaming up with some wonderful friends to bring you another installment of the 'Take a Closer Look' blog hop! :)
This time around, I'll be sharing some of my November products and you can get the chance to pick up a freebie from me...and check out the other girls fantastic products too! )

I wanted to give you a closer look at my
November Fluency for Seconds
Bridge the Gap for Firsties {FALL EDITION}

I've gotten rave reviews on this from so many different teachers! :)  My standardized testing scores were amazing last year...and I could see so much growth in my kids! :)
My advanced readers really responded to this and their parents love it too! :)
This is what I suggest parents do nightly with their kids....super simple...

Like it? Love it?

Gotta have it?

How about a freebie then?!?

Click HERE to have this freebie for your class!

Click HERE for a video of one of my sweeties answering questions on this passage!
Just in time for Veteran's Day studies!

We are throwing our stores 15% for the next two days to celebrate! 

And now, I'm sending you off to another amazing freebie! 

I can't wait for you to see what my gal pal Rebecca has for you over at Teaching First! :)  Love this lady and her ideas! :)


Click on her button to go over to her blog and learn more about what she's featuring this weekend! :)