Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Currently: September

Happy Monday to you all! :)
I'm linking up with Farley for her monthly currently! :)

Listening: Ahh...a quiet house.  Need I say more?
Loving: This 3 day weekend was great! :)  Took lots of naps and got lots of work done too! :)
Thinking: I am so blessed by my blogging community all the time.  I am so grateful for the relationships that blogging has afforded me over the last two years. God has been far too good to me! 
Wanting: Who WOULDN'T want another three days off?
3 Trips: I would love to visit Australia! :)  The mascot of my sorority in college was a kangaroo! :)
My favorite cousin in the whole world teaches in Japan.  I would LOVE to go see him!  He gets married in Thailand next year, so...maybe I will! :)
I've always wanted to visit Hawaii too! :)  Now that I have some bloggy buddies there...I think it would be even more fun! :)

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Peek at My Week: Week 2

Thanks for joining me for Mrs. Wills' weekly linky "Peek at my Week"! This week, we started working in our basal texts for the first time!  They are all such great readers! :)  I was so impressed with how our first week went!

This week, I was able to start using my focus wall resources to guide my instruction! 

This worked so well in my room this week, and I'm really excited about how well the students are starting to make connections to what we are learning as well.
 If you want to check this out for your classroom, please click HERE.

My writing craft turned out well! :)
It was a super quick one. The students were able to finish it up with me in their 15 minute writing center rotation! :)
If you'd like to try too, click HERE.

Something new that we are doing in our district is having a 'finished product' that relates to the reading stories of the week.  Each week, the students respond in writing to what we've read all week.  I came up with a simple rubric to help my students understand the basic expectations I have for the first few writings.

Did you want this for your own learners?  Click HERE to download it.

I taught my students how to self-monitor this week.  They used this rubric to help peer edit each other's work.  It was a successful week for writing! 

Next up....my visual plans!

If you'd like to download this for yourself, click HERE.

Last, but certainly not least...
My dear friend, Tammy from the Resourceful Apple and I are going to do a giveaway of our Wonders Resources! :)

If you'd like a chance to win, enter the rafflecopter below! :)

Friday, August 29, 2014

Five for Friday: August 29, 2014


Happy Friday to you all! :)
I'm linking up with Doodle Bugs Teaching today! :)

I haven't done it in a while, but...after a long week, it's fun to get a chance to talk about some of what I did this week with the kids! :)

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This week, I whipped out my first sentence scrambles for the kids! :)
Next week they will have their first word order test.  This station worked out really well this week to help them start processing that particular skill.

If you would like to use this free resource with your learners, please click HERE

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My intern Casey is taking over a little at a time.  This week, he started working on morning meeting! :)  It's been a great time for him to get a chance to talk with the kids informally while still reviewing content that is important for math!
He's doing fantastically!

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We did our first week in our interactive phonics notebooks! :)  It was so much fun! :)  I am so thankful to Tammy from The Resourceful Apple!

Phonics Interactive Notebook {Wonders Supplemental-Grade 1-Unit1}

If you would like to check this resource out more fully, please check out the preview in her store! :)  Click HERE to see it! :)

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Now that this is our second week of school, I've started to work on a few things with the kids-namely, pencil grip!  I've been combing pinterest for ideas!  I came up with a few that I liked, and I will start that next week.
Check out this post from the Teaching Ace to find out more about the way that she does pencil grip instruction for strugglers! :)

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Last week, I picked up a few of these from Staples! :)
They write so well and are so smooth!  They were 99 cents a piece!  I have four!  Pink, Purple, Blue and Orange!

How many of you love pens and love picking them up for cheap in Staples and Office Depot!?