Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

If You Take A Mouse to School! Freebie!

Absolutely love this day with the kiddos.

Writing, word work, imagination, crafts, treats all rolled into one day!
The materials I have  created also meet the diverse ability levels in my classroom:)
These are my freebie.  Vocabulary cards to accompany the story!

Mouse Craft is easy and makes a perfect bulletin board.

Even a cute snack!
Just buy the rolled cookie dough and M&M's.

Monday, August 25, 2014

First full week back and Classroom Management!

One of the toughest parts about beginning a new school year is setting up an effective Classroom Management system.  I have found Class Dojo and absolutely find it an amazing tool to reinforce expected behaviors.  I have a 10 point Award System.  Each person who earns 10 points gets to visit the classroom treasure chest.  When Mrs. Henson earns 10 points (excellent report form specials, great day, polite during assembly) the class earns a party...popcorn and movie, ice cream, technology day, pj day.  I absolutely love it.  To accompany this I have little notes I send home if needed.  I am attaching the link and the notes for a free download if you like.  Enjoy!

Saturday, August 23, 2014

LAST First Week of School!

I seem to just be enjoying every minute of being in the classroom.  Maybe because I know it is the final first week of school I will experience in this classroom.
We spent a day with First Day Jitters and then another with Froggy Goes To School.
After a day with all of these activities we sent a note to the parents with all of us smiling letting them know we may have had the "jitters" but after a day in first grade we think it is GREAT!  The parents loved the email and the photo.

After the first day we enjoyed a day with Froggy.  Their crafts turned out adorable!!  They are hanging in the classroom.  
Following the story we went on a school scavenger hunt with Froggy.  He left clues and we followed them.  They led back to our lockers and classroom where he left us a package of cookies.

We found a partner, snacked on our cookies, and played an odd and even game.
Overall the perfect ending to the first week.
I also worked hard to get our Focus Wall ready for Monday when we begin our Journeys What is a Pal?
What do you think?

And here is the packet that I created them with.

Monday, August 18, 2014

Ready, Set, Go!!!

I think most of us are racing to get everything ready for school to begin.  TpT has decided to run a one day sale to help you finish purchasing all the materials you need to make your start a valuable one for your kiddos.  I try to keep my prices very reasonable for all of you BUT how can you resist 20% off from me and even more from TpT.  Hope you will stop by!  Michele

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Pete the Cat and the New Guy by the Deans

I was so excited to see another Pete the Cat book on the shelves!  I love this character and the stories the Deans create that capture the kiddos attention.  I see there is also a link for a video.
Click here.

This book is great because it addresses issues students can relate to...being shy, moving, and that everyone has something special to share.  Although the message is new the characters are delightful including the new friend.  Think what fun you could have predicting what this new like!
So of course I put together a few activties and can't wait to share them with the kiddos.

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Hi ho, hi's back to school we go!

Long three days in the classroom but I think I may have found success.

Welcome to my room!  Almost ready for open house.

The view out the window.  Yep a parking lot but the light that comes into the room is wonderful!
My reading and math station for group work.
My chair for reading.  See the wagon next to it?  That holds my supplise needed for the daily story.
Buckets to collect class supplies.
Daily Five Rotation Chart waiting for class pictures.
My helper charts for daily leaders.
Word Wall Words and weekly poem.  Love my little magnet picture frames for graphing.
My desk which is used to collect papers...LOL I never sit there.
Word work, writing, computers!
 Beanies placed on to when student needs support.
 Cards can be removed for ABC order, spelling, grouping.
Student pictures will go here.
Oh and don't miss my piles of curriculum yet to be sorted!
Class turtles go in the corner.  I will bring them next week.
Bithdays will go on here.
 Student handbook, classroom assignment for open house, and It's Going to Be A "poppin" Good Year!

Door as student's enter.
Name tags for lockers and desk match.
I would so love to paint those ugly green lockers!
First Day Story and Craft

 These will hang outside the classroom after the first day.

Send me a link to your blogs so I can visit some of your classrooms!!