Thursday, September 18, 2014

Advice Needed!

Ok fellow bloggers, I am in need of some advice! My grade level will be receiving some money soon and it has to be spent on "instruction." So, my team is starting to look at possible PD events/small conferences that we could spend the money on. 

What's the best PD you have ever participated in? Favorite presenters?

Saturday, September 6, 2014

Apples Galore!

It feels like fall is almost here! Yesterday, it was 100 degrees when I left school. This morning, it's 63! Glorious!

Our class will be celebrating fall by starting one of my favorite units next week--apples! I added a few updates to my apples unit on TpT.
Head over and check it out! It's on sale until Monday!

Monday, September 1, 2014

September Currently

It has been forever since I have done the currently link up! I got to where I would think about it on like the 7th of the month instead of the 1st. I guess I could have joined in that late, but then I would feel like I was even less together and more scatterbrained than I usually see myself. And I like to pretend like I am somewhat together! :)

Monday, August 25, 2014

Spin a Word

I am always looking for easy, fun, no-prep centers for my kiddos. At the beginning of the year, I like to think that I will have centers prepped weeks in advance...but, of course, that never happens. It turns out to be more of a morning-of, oh-crap-I-have-5-minutes-before-the-kids-come-and-I-am-now-super-rushed situation.

One of my go-to centers is Spin a Word.
It is super easy for the kids to pick up on, and almost zero prep for me! I did actually remember to take a picture (miracle!) of my kiddos doing this the other day while we practiced Word Work procedures, but it turned out super blurry. Ugh. 

Right now, this packet includes 12 pairs of word families for the kiddos to practice with, but there's more to come soon! Pick it up now in my TpT store!

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Turn and Talk

Turn and talk is one of my favorite things to do during read alouds! You know firsties--one kid gets to share what they think, they all want to share what they think. Twice. And let's be real, I don't have time for allllll of my kiddos to share their thoughts with everyone. One read aloud would turn into an hour long event! So, we all just tell our neighbor what our thoughts are.

Another teacher introduced me to my new favorite book for practicing turn and talk procedures!
As the {precious} hamster picks out the details of his hot rod, it asks what you would choose. Perfect for telling your partner and practicing turn and talk procedures. Love it!

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Daily 5

Well the first full week of school is officially done! I would love to say that it went well...but so far my kiddos are a tough group! Hopefully I'll have them in shape soon!

We have been practicing our Daily 5 since that very first day of school (got to start building their stamina!) and they're doing fairly well with it! I am hoping to try it full out this week. 
Check out these cuties reading!

I have always done an adapted version of Daily 5 and told my kiddos which centers they were going to go to each day. This year I am actually going to try out letting them choose! Eek! I'm so nervous about it! I'm sure they will do fine, but it is not the easiest for me to give up that control...
Fingers crossed!

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Back to School Sale

What a better way to celebrate a new school year than with a sale?! Head over to my TpT store to get 28% off all items!

Happy shopping!