Oh, How I LOVE my RED SOLO CUPS!
( I hear the Toby Keith song in my head!)
ALL mixed up. YUCK!
RED SOLO CUP!
ME? or my students?
I Love Calendar Time.
I Love reading through the MONTH.
What’s happening THIS week
It keeps my “getting older” brain…
It helps my kiddos stay on top of events for this week and this month.
This week we are discussing:
My calendar is next to my focus board.
After vocabulary discussions, calendar,
days of the week ,months of the year, HFW cards..
Working on reading strategies!
All of this in about 15-20 minutes!
My calendar is in PLACE VALUE numbers!
I got it HERE.
I also have MELONHEADZ Holiday cards.
LOVE THEM TOO!
I try to “release” the CALENDAR instruction to my students as the year progresses.
By the end of the yer, THEY lead the calendar time.
But , I still get to do the READ ALOUD!
I LOVE IT!
Just a quick shout out to
Krista@Creative Clips Papers Collection
I use it every DAY!
My Preps, meetings, Notes, appointments, etc.
AND I GET TO USE MY FLAIR PENS! 🙂
One PAD lasts 2 years!
I LOVE MINE!
We go back to number of days in school, place value, etc.
This begins my REVIEW of math concepts BEFORE we begin anything new!
We count to 120 by 5’s & 10’s ..2’s to 50 at the end of the year.
This is my FAVORITE!
I admit it.
I AM TIRED!
I am counting the days until vacation.
I am counting the days until I don’t have to leave the house by 7:15 AM.
I am counting the days…until I can have coffee at 8:00AM.
Ah…I Am READY!
My teacher BRAIN won’t
I want to start getting ready for
I know…relax, breathe…ENJOY YOUR SUMMER!
I can’t STOP! I want to plan!
We are getting a new reading program next year.
CA JOURNEYS here we come!
And so…I have begun. counting.
MY day, my month, my year!
I am starting my new projects today!
Here’s a PREVIEW!
Focus Wall Printables
The BEST PART???
These Packets can be used with ANY program!
( Just because it follows CA Journeys…doesn’t mean it will ONLY work with
Here is the FREE Focus Wall Headers… 🙂
More on the WAY!
Keep checking back!
I’m counting on it!
All available HERE.
Now…Where is my beach chair? 🙂
Time to relax! 🙂
5.5 days to go… 🙂
Their faces “light up” when they “GET IT!”
They giggle at illustrations.
They laugh OUT LOUD,
when things are FUNNY!
They squint with their eyebrows touching when they can’t figure something out.
And then..we ask them to
Share the excitement of reading with ANOTHER!
It’s like I have asked them to “give a kidney!”
NO! NO! Don’t make me give away my LOVE of reading!
I didn’t ask you to give it away…just spread the LOVE!
And so..we share.
We PARTNER read!
We share a lot..and we share WELL!
I LOVE Daily 5
( no affiliation or permission from 2sisters…just LOVE their stuff!)
I am sooooo excited!
Today I took the legs OFF of one of my tables!
I have NEVER done ANYTHING like this BEFORE!
My kiddos LOVE it!
I told them it was a “WORK PLACE” and only students who are
“WORKING” can be there!
Here they are:
Later in the day…there were 10 students on ipads with headphones
We use chairs facing each other.
We use chairs NEXT to each other.
We sit on the floor and read.
And we lay down and read.
And HOW do I choose PARTNERS?
I use popsicle sticks with their names on it,
if they are rereading text we have read together.
That way, the partners reading level is NOT an issue.
Just a reread.
I choose the PARTNERS if the story is a “LEVELED” read.
That way I can be assured both partners
have the necessary skills to comprehend the text.
We do MUST DO’s and MAY DO’s
for guided reading.
My class has a list of centers they MUST DO
before they MAY DO their choices.
They can choose a partner who can “help” them.
Or they can choose to “work by themselves”.
Last, It’s their CHOICE.
They look for the PARTNER symbol on the MUST DO board.
I like the discussions and the community that comes from a busy classroom.
They learn from me and from each other.
So more partners can work together.
How do YOU group students for working in YOUR classroom?
WHAT ARE YOU
PACKING IN BOXES
FOR THE END
OF THE SCHOOL YEAR??
Here is my list:
It’s ALL about ME!
What will I need the first week?
My TE’s…Sticky notes inside to remind my “aging” brain…what I INTEND to do!
What MATERIALS will I need to accomplish this?
You will NOT remember months from now… what you are thinking about TODAY!
Use the next few weeks to make your NOTES!
Don’t forget…hide a few
water bottles, mints, chocolate, and Tylenol
for the first week back…FOR YOU!
Never know how that FIRST WEEK will go!
Student materials ( packets, papers, journals, etc ).
( Nothing feels better than pulling out MUCH NEEDED
I ran off ALL papers I would need for the first two weeks, before the end of the year.
Beginning of the year..all prepped!
THEY WILL NOT BE INDEPENDENT!
Have a few things ready so they can have “down time”…
while YOU are doing ONE-TO-ONE assessing!
You know you will HAVE TO…prepare for IT!
Last….MANY BOXES for centers, games, things you need to go through
I know you NEED these..
You will “SURVIVE” looking at them LATER!
( YEAH, right!)
after a RELAXING Summer…
the thought of coming back
and redoing everything in a day or two is
Breathe…relax…make your lists…stick to them…and PREP AWAY!
The payoff is HUGE!
Now…where did I pack that STAPLER?
Time to PURGE!
I think I need a LOT MORE BOXES!
Hi HO..HI HO…It’s off to pack I go!
Here is a little FREEBIE to help you get ready!
My hubby is a gardener.
We have raised garden beds.
A few of them.
And we have PRODUCE!
One week’s harvest!
Check out these posts for more about MY
FARMER – Without – A- Farm!
Get Your Hands Dirty!
Secret of Life
Meet the “Little Ones”
I need to APOLOGIZE…
Me? Not “love” to garden.
I love to HARVEST.
I love to eat.
I don’t like to WEED.
I don’t like to sweat.
Fingers dirty? It’s OK.
As long as I can WASH THEM…SOON!
Love my new GLOVES!
We grow seeds on our kitchen table.
We start them indoors,
so we can move them
He reads OLD FARMERS ALMANAC.
Planting and Learning About a Garden.
I am a VETERAN teacher.
I have NOT fought in a WAR.
I have taught in GRADE 1
( exclusively )
for over 27 years!
I have changed my “VIEW” on teacher appreciation.
We want to be recognized for
we have done!
things can get a little …
OUT OF HAND!
I believe there are
those who are
and those who
WISH THEY WERE!
I will say this ONE TIME..
The teacher’s with the SUPER highest test scores
are NOT, always,
the teachers who are
APPRECIATED the MOST!
Now…disclaimer…teachers work WAY TOO hard!
I got that!
Some are SOOOOOO focused on the “data”..
they forget, or can’t “document” the traits of the child the “data”came from!
No where is there a box to check that says:
___ Didn’t have breakfast ( or dinner the night before ).
___ Couldn’t sleep because parents were arguing LOUDLY!
___ No one would help with homework/reading ( for the past two weeks!)
___ not in a good “mind set” today.
these are kids!
This is life!
To attach a “number” to a student based on “today’s testing module”
what teaching is all about!
( Ok sorry..OFF my soapbox!)
Where? How? When?
Please ..I don’t need a new pen with my school name on it.
If YOU really want to show me your appreciation…
HAVE MY BACK during an IEP
when ‘the team” says
I NEED TO DO MORE!
By the time I have gotten to his stage..
I HAVE DONE ALL I CAN DO!
Take the stand that I AM DONE!
SEND ME SOME HELP!
Now I have great admin’s…
I know they have my back!
…TAKE MY RECESS DUTY!
…Take my class for an hour at the end of the day, if MY child is home sick!
… Come in and do reading groups once in a while
( an extra adult doing centers is ALWAYS appreciated).
You see…it’s NOT about the “things”
it’s about WHAT you DO!
Do you “share”?
Do you “follow through?”
Do you “care” about each other?
My “teaching partner”..
( I said “partner” one time..it took on a WHOLE DIFFERENT meaning!)
and I have taught next to each other
( rooms 3 & 4)
for 21 years!
We are going to retire together
the same year…in 5 years.
( We “pinky sweared”…
..as long as nothing catastrophic happens before then).
Her mom works in her room.
I call her MOM!
Our student’s think we are
See the family “resemblance”?
In my heart..
We run homework for each other.
We share our students.
We are NOT the ONLY grade 1 teachers.
We have 1-2 others who teach with us.
( Depending on the year and student numbers).
We ALWAYS include them!
This is NOT a
CLOSE YOUR DOOR & DO YOUR THING!
Feel appreciated? YEP! Daily.
( I could have transfered to another school in MY district..many times!)
CRAZY TITLE 1 school!
Is it when you are passing out report cards?
Is it when they forgot their homework?
Is it when they have interuupted you for the 1000th time that day?
It’s when that SAME little girl walks in EVERY morning
“Can I have a HUG?”
When the little boy who STUTTERS ( severely )…
asks if he can READ his newest story
TO THE CLASS!
( And EVERYONE cheers for him!)
The “behavior problem” child
who knows ( his MAMA tells him a lot )
that he is a PROBLEM..
and he hands me a heart he made with a picture of me & him!
( Melts my heart..right before he hits another student!)
the “older students” who come back..
just to say HI!
“I got my driver’s license & I promise to be safe..just like you said!”
“I got a full-ride scholarship…to HARVARD!”..yes it did happen!
“I want to be back in first grade so I can PAINT!”
“Thank you , Mrs. McCarty, for listening to me!”
Giggles, Grins, Hugs, & High Fives to
ALL of YOU!
YOU ARE APPRECIATED! By ALL of US!
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MOST..not all..but MOST have enough English to communicate
everyday NEEDS to me.
BATHROOM, Recess, and When is LUNCH?
We are OK.
WOWZA! Another WORLD!
We begin…BEGIN…with Phonemic Awareness.
Letter Sounds, Vocabulary Words, Rhymes, Alliterations,,
and LOTS OF THEM!
Alphabet, HFW, Word Families, emergent readers, etc.
For those who make READING a priority…
For those who don’t have a LOT of support at home..
It can take LONGER…
We write well and we write A LOT!
The problem occurs when they don’t have an ENGLISH word to attach to the “word” in their head!
We use Step Up to Writing…
Click HERE to see it…
We use my
papers because they have
My kids are doing GREAT!
(Most could only write their names at first!)
Daily PROGRESS! 🙂
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