Thursday, August 14, 2014

Back in the Swing of Things!

I've taken a three year blogging hiatus and am ready to get back in the swing of things.  I have spent the past three years teaching 2nd grade and am so excited to be bouncing back down to 1st. . .right where I belong! An updated blog and idea shares coming up next. Happy New School Year!

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Doodle Book Cover

I make each of my kids a doodle book.  I bind together this Doodle Book Cover, the idea page, a whole lot of white paper, and voila!  The kids love to doodle, and I love that they are using those little hand muscles while getting those creative juices flowing.

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Mrs. Tabb's Shoe Unit Giveaway

Mrs. Tabb is giving away a fun Shoe unit.  Jump on over and check it out at Just Another Day in First Grade!

Lesson Plan Book Template

I just started creating my 2011/2012 plan book.  I have used this format for the past several years and it works really well for me.  I use a word document and insert a table.  Super easy.  You can access the template here.

Monday, July 18, 2011

"We do. . ." Art

"We do. . ." artwork is popping up all over the place.  I love reading all of the different versions for the classrooms and homes.  This is the one I whipped up for my classroom.

I will add this copy to my back to school packet, but I also plan to paint it onto a board so that it will be permanent art in my classroom.

Friday, July 15, 2011

Pinterest really is all that!

Pinterest is as fun as everyone is saying. You can get a glimpse of the boards I've started here.  Let me know if you need an invite!

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Second Things First? First Things Second?

With a move to a new school comes a move to a new grade level.  Second graders, here I come!  While I am sad to be leaving the littles I am excited about picking up the pace and digging a little deeper.  So what is a novice blogger to do?  Change my blog?  Change the name of my blog?  I am leaning toward keeping it simple and just doing first things first, but in second ;)

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Field Trip Scrapbooks

These mini books are crazy fun for the kids.  They consist of three paper bags folded in half and stacked on top of one another.  The stack is hole punched then bound with a rubberband and a stick.  

The kids get a kick out of the built in pockets and peek-a-boo pages.  The book itself inspires creativity.  I take a ton of photos on our field trip to the zoo, then order a ton of wallet photos from Costco.   I divide up the photos making sure each child has a few common photos and a few of themselves.  Then I make all of the extra photos available to the kids so they can choose a few favorites of their own to add to their scrapbooks.  I cut up a whole lot of scrapbooking paper and let the kids get to work

.  They work on these off and on for the last week of school.  It is fun to see what they come up with and to watch them inspire one another as they share stories and ideas.

Sunday, June 5, 2011

1st Grade Classroom Photos

An opportunity arose to transfer to a school closer to my home so I've decided to go for it.
Before the boxing began I took a few pics of my classroom. . .

I have been informed I will have desks at my new school instead of tables.  Sad, sad, story!  I feel I have SO much more space, flexibility, and community building/cooperative learning opportunities with tables.  I will work with desks, but switching them out for tables will be high on my wishlist.

calendar corner

teaching area

small group teaching area

Daily 5 Book Bins.  These are ice cube bins I bought at Target.

Library corner tucked behind my teaching area.  The kids love to get cozy with a book in here.

picture books galore

I am leaving great friends, great families, and an amazing Principal.  Am I crazy?
But I love the thought of teaching closer to home so I can do a better job of
balancing working life and Mom life.
Let the adventure begin!

Friday, June 3, 2011

Mask Masking

The end of the school year means paper mache mask making.  
What a job. . .but the results always make me smile.
Step 1:  Tape a balloon to a large can.
Step 2:  Begin painting on the newspaper strips (1" x 6") with 1 part water/1 part Elmer's glue
Step 3:  Repeat step 2, 4-5 times.  Alternate newsprint with white paper so that the kids can easily tell which areas have been recovered.  This eliminates weak spots.
We use wadded up newspaper, paper cups, poster board, and a whole lot of masking tape to form the masks.  Each child chooses the animal they want to create and then parents & I help them form their masks.  
Some parents are quite talented!

And then come the smocks & acrylic paint. . .


This project is QUITE the project for first graders and every year, mid-project, I wonder what I was thinking.  But once the masks are complete, I know that I must do them again next year.