Saturday, 15 November 2014

A Year of Awesome - Poppies, Bears and a Sparkling Read to Self

Hi there, hope your November is rolling right along and if you are celebrating American Thanksgiving, it'll be here before you know it. If I forget to tell you, enjoy your break. I need a little American Thanksgiving right about now.
I'm linking up this week with my friend Erin at Mrs. Beattie's Classroom for

We spent a lot of time on Monday making our poppies for Remembrance Day. This takes a little bit of red tissue paper, a little bit of green tissue paper, some liquid glue,  a popsicle stick, concentration and perseverance. My kids did a beautiful job.

Then, in keeping with the poppy theme, we had our Remembrance Day ceremony on Tuesday. We had talked at length about the Veterans in the weeks leading up to this, and my kids were so happy to see "real" Veterans. 

It has started to get colder out and that of course makes me think about Winter, which makes me think about hibernation, not for the animals exactly, but more for myself. Hibernation = Winter Survival. Anyway, all this leads me to think about this sweet story, which we started to work on.
I Love this story so much. The characters are the sweetest ever and year after year, kids respond so well to it. We started by voting for our favourite character and then drawing it.

May I just say that by Thursday, I needed a nap. I fell asleep on the couch after school for like 2 hours. Talk to me Teddy. As always, I had my faithful nap buddy by my side.

We ended our week with an amazing, awesome Read to Self. It was the first time this year that my kids were totally on task and everyone stayed in their reading bubble for a whooping 15 minutes!!! I am so happy about this. We have worked so hard to get to get to this point and it was a great feeling to see it work so well today.

That's it for my week of awesome! If you like those Read to Self posters, just click on them for the free download.  Hope you link up with Mrs.Beattie's class so I can read all about your awesome week.

Thursday, 30 October 2014

Line Up - Single File

If you are at all like me, you've noticed that some things work really really well in your classroom, while other things just don't. I spend a lot of time self evaluating, not just my teaching, but all that goes with that - classroom management, housekeeping around the room, logistics, you get my drift I'm sure. And I am constantly making lists. I make so many lists that I actually bought myself this semi huge Post-it pad (it's like bigger than letter size I swear) and I fill it up with stuff to do, check em all off, rip the page off and start again with yet another To Do list. Every time a new idea pops into my head, I write it on the post-it list otherwise it may never pop into my head again.

So, one thing that was just not working in my class was the line up. I don't mean the line-up to go to recess or lunch, I mean the LINE UP, the one kids make when they have rushed through finished their work and just can't wait to show you. For me, this line up is my enemy. It starts out straight, then it takes a right curve, then a left, then the talking starts, there's touching, some poking, it's anarchy. And as this line begins to snake across my room, it blocks my sight lines and what was, 2 minutes before, a very quiet class working diligently has now turned into Happy Hour at The Keg.

I needed to fix this once and for all. So I put it on my list, gave it some thought and came up with this.
I know, I'm really fortunate I can write right on the floor with a Sharpie! Now the LINE UP has some order (no pun intended). You stand on a face and wait your turn. Rules - only 4 kids at any given time. No touching - how could you anyway the reach is too far now. Wait quietly so that the person who is with the teacher can concentrate. And I am happy to say it works like a charm. 

Just wanted to end by saying Happy Halloween. My kids took this sweet little book home for homework today.

It's on sale and so is everything else in my store. 

Whatever you're up to tomorrow night, have fun!

Thursday, 16 October 2014

Catching Up With October

I just checked the date of my last blog post and all I will say is that the last time I checked in, it was still summer. My bad. That's what a new school year will do to ya. I have an awesome class this year though, they are so spongey and ready to learn, I have been able to move at a much quicker pace than I am used to. We've been in school for 31 days and I've already covered the short vowels. That's a record for me, truly.
October is a great month for picture books and there are so many good ones. Here are just a few of my favourites.
Even though October is half over, I still want to share my Smart Board Math Problems. We do one of these problems every day to get Math class started, then we work on another problem from my 200 set in our binders.  My kids love using the Board to interact and solve each one. Here are just a few.

You can have a better look at the preview here. If you'd like to win a copy, leave me a comment and I'll choose a winner tomorrow.
This month has been so busy that when it was time for my daughter's 21st birthday and I was shopping for candles for her cake, they were all out of 2's and 1's, so instead of going somewhere else to find them, I bought three 7's instead. Teach much!? Aren't we always thinking of numbers differently?
But, she loved it just the same. This cake is awesome BTW, for the recipe click here.
Have a great weekend.

Tuesday, 9 September 2014

Pete the ShowStopper Cat

School started for me about a week or so ago. I have been in a First grade haze since then. I love them, they are incredibly cute, but oh my, I am wiped! I sound like a broken record all day long. Get your laces tied…quick like a bunny…good job…Is your name on it?…Well, where did you lose it?…What a smart class…Do you know your bus number?…Can you think of something else that begins with that sound?…Do you need to pee?…Try to choose a healthy snack…Criss cross…it needs a bit more glue…not too much!!! Help!

Anyway I needed to be rescued. And there was seriously only one thing that could save me. Meow.
He saves me every year. I haven't met a kid yet who doesn't love Pete the Cat. They are just mesmerized listening to the story and even more so when I play the song. I LOVE him. So I've been riding this Pete the Cat wave all week. They are hooked. Just click on any of the pics to download this Pete related stuff.

Despite my 1st grade haze, I have managed to update my Rules. They are a little bit Whole Brain Teaching, but not quite cause I haven't fully taken the plunge. But, if you think you can use them just click, there are 5 in total.
Even with my haze and general numbness all over, I love my Firsties. I put a smelly sticker on their Math work the other day and a little cutie said to me "I can't stop smelling my sticker Miss, I just can't control myself." Love that and totally get it!
Have a great week. Hope you found something here that you could use.

Wednesday, 20 August 2014

Wordless Wednesday - Bonus Sale Linky!

I'm linking up with Miss DeCarbo for Wordless Wednesday.
This is a special Wednesday cause there is a 1 day sale at TPT and it is Today!! You can grab anything in my store today at 28% off with the Promo code BOOST. Just click on the covers to take you there.

What are you saving on today?

Thursday, 14 August 2014

Back to School, Some Freebies and a Little Pete the Cat

Well Back to School is fast approaching and I'm dreading getting ready for it. To get ready, I have been staying up extra late and sleeping in even later. Not sure how this is gonna help me in the long run, but I am really enjoying it right now. I am also trying not to worry about how early I will eventually have to get up. That is too scary to think about right now.
In the meantime, I have actually been working a bit. I re-vamped my Daily 5 posters to include an EEKK and I Pick poster.

Just click on either image for the download. 

I started making these sight words during the school year and never finished, so my word wall ended up being about half full. Bad I know. Anyway, I finally finished the first 100!

If you'd like to use them , just click on the cover below for the google doc.
Last but not least, I always start my year off with Pete the Cat. We read all his books, talk about how cute he is and do fun Pete stuff. This year, we're going to Write the Room - Pete style.

This pack is on sale in my TPT store right now. Leave me a comment with your e-mail and tell me what you love best about Pete, I'll chose a winner tomorrow.

Happy Back to School.