Category Archives: Learning something new

Classroom HELPERS…How do YOU choose them? Do you WANT to??

I want my kiddos to

HELP!

I am NOT your MAMA.

I am NOT your Grandma,

AND

I AM NOT YOUR MAID!

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We ALL work & play in our classroom.

If you work here,,,you are a part of our TEAM.

AND ALL Team members HELP!

So HOW to

“Share the JOBS?”

Make it a

CHOICE!

I don’t

CHOOSE

daily helpers.

I let them choose what they would like to do each day.

Here are my helpers:

I write their names on

  a  cardstock strip.

I use a 12″ X 36″ pocket chart.

I have

2 Clean-Up Crew members,

2 Ball Handlers ( for recesses ),

and

2 Tech Teachers ( pass out / collect ipads )

1 line leader,

1 door holder,

and 1 messenger.

9 helpers each day.

My NUMBER 1 RULE!

If you are NOT quiet and  in your seat when the

BELL ¬†RINGS…..

YOU CANNOT BE A HELPER

THAT DAY!

( Don’t be Tardy…or NOISY!)

My kiddos LOVE it!

(I’m HERE & I’m QUIET!)

Hahahaha

and then…

I ask the next person on the card…

“_(susie)___ “, ¬†would you like to be _( ball handler)_ ¬†or __(tech teacher)_”

( Go straight down the pocket chart…)

Until ALL the jobs are filled for the day!

They like having a CHOICE in their day!

and then…

I don’t have to do the JOBS!

And…I LOVE THAT!

Leave me a comment.

How do YOU choose helpers?

Wendy

Using Math Data for Guided Math Groups

I teach MATH.

I “think”

I teach math well.

BUT…

HOW ¬†DO ¬†I ¬†KNOW ¬†IF ¬†THEY ¬†“GET ¬†IT”???

How do I know if they have mastered ( or internalized )

the concept,

BEFORE  THE  TESTING  BEGINS???

I mean…it’s NOT…

I REPEAT…NOT

always about 

THE  TEST!

But.. my kiddos WANT to do well!

Even in First Grade, they KNOW!

They KNOW TESTS COUNT!

Whether or not we like tests or don’t,

TESTS  COUNT!

And so…

I have a district purchased math curriculum 

I am required to teach.

We use  Expressions.

I have a¬†pacing guide¬†from my district to use as a “tool”

to
Keep ME on track.

Mostly to ensure I have taught the required concepts for 

THE TEST!

I am NOT a fan of WASTED WORKSHEETS!

SOME…I LIKE!

SOME…I DON’T!

So …now what?

I NEED DATA!

SHOW ME WHAT YOU KNOW!

And so…

THEY DO!

Here is my Lesson on

ADDITION using 3 digits:

So..  NOW  WHAT?

Now I have LOTS of DATA 

(Student information)

 to put students into

I have noted students who need scaffolding in:

number sense

subitizing

numbers beyond 10

addition

grouping numbers

writing numbers

expanding numbers

place value

shape recognition

AND ALL OF THIS…

with 2 pieces of white paper & some crayons!

But… ¬†

in the next few weeks

when we

“TEST”

My kiddos will “GET IT”!

I know they will!

If YOU need any help with 

Check out …

for  GRADE  1

See how I use it  HERE  and  HERE

AND

BUGGY  MATH

For  GRADE  2

See how I use it HERE

I also have MORE MATH Products…

Math Talk for Math Discussions

Sticks  and  Stones

Thanks for following!

Here’s a¬†FREEBIE¬†for YOUR TIME! ūüôā

ks  and  Stones

ENJOY!

Wendy

It’s National PUZZLE Day! Do YOU play GAMES??

GAMES!
 
Today is NATIONAL PUZZLE DAY!
Wahoo!
Fun times with friends.
 
Do  YOU play games in YOUR classroom?
I  HOPE  SO!
 
What a better way to practice academic skills & strategies.
The BEST way to learn social skills of sharing, taking turns, winning and losing.
AND..most importantly….
IT BUILDS YOUR CLASSROOM COMMUNITY!
Checker

Checkers

Board Games for kids

Boars Games for kids

Chutes & Ladders Board Game

Chutes & Ladders Board Game

Candy Land Board Game

Candy Land Board Game

 

I also have the children make their OWN games..
We play the “matching” game..A LOT!
 
Use spelling words, vocabulary words, math facts…whatever!
I give 1/2 the class 1 sheet of colored paper.
I give the other half  
1 sheet of colored paper, too 
BUT a different color!
 
We fold it into 8 rectangles.
EVERYONE writes the same words on their paper.
THEN…cut the cards apart!
 
When we are ready…find a partner
 WITH   DIFFERENT COLORED PAPER!
 
Turn over all of the cards. 
Pick one of YOURS,
 then choose one of your partners!
 
With different colored papers
…no mistaking whose is whose.
 
When game “time” ( set a timer ) is done
..pick up YOUR cards!
No mixing them up!
Take the cards HOME & PRACTICE!
Here WE ARE at WORK:
Kids in classroom playing learning games

Kids in classroom playing learning games

Partner students in classroom playing learning games

Partner students in classroom playing learning games

Kids in classroom playing learning games

Kids in classroom playing learning games

I hope you play games!
Have FUN!
 
Here are some MORE blog posts about
CLASSROOM  GAMES!
 
PLAY ON
 
 
 
Here are some games 
for YOUR classroom:
 
CVC Scoot Game

CVC Scoot Game

Who Am I Flapbook Game

Who Am I Flapbook Game

What's a SMORT? A SMART Sort!

What’s a SMORT? A SMART Sort!

Shelves  of Board Games

Shelves of Board Games

Check out my 
Pinterest board
for MORE fun GAMES!
 
 
Here is a FREE game..to ENJOY!
 
FREE Game CHICKEN DANCE from 1stgradefireworks

FREE Game CHICKEN DANCE from 1stgradefireworks

2020 is a New Decade | We get a “Balanced Literacy” DO-OVER – Week 2: Shared Reading

And a FREE Balanced Literacy resource to help you get STARTED

2019 is the Year of BALANCED LITERACY!

But wait! THIS IS 2020!

Did I miss it???  NO!

2020 is a new decade!

We get a BALANCED LITERACY¬† “do-Over”!

Ready to UPDATE your literacy block? 

Balanced Literacy: Here is your NEW YEAR PLAN!

The Why? The What? and The How?

Balanced literacy has been defined as¬† “an approach designed to help individual students learn how to process a variety of increasingly challenging texts with understanding and fluency.” (Fountas & Pinnell, 2001)

Fountas & Pinnell have been the guiding resource for Balanced Literacy. Today we listen.

It is an approach to teaching. NOT a curriculum. It is HOW we teach our students to be independent readers and writers. It is NOT what books we use to teach them.

Balanced Literacy has been defined in “components” or¬† “pieces” of literacy instruction.

This 8-week series will focus on the components of a complete BALANCED LITERACY program. We will focus on clear and concise definitions. Definitions that educators can discuss in collaboration.

A “common language” where we can learn from each other and with each other.

The 8 components we will focus on are:

  1. Read Alouds
  2. Shared Reading
  3. Guided Reading
  4. Independent Reading
  5. Modeled / Interactive Writing
  6. Shared Writing
  7. Guided Writing / Writer’s Workshop
  8. Word Work

Each week we will focus on one area of Balanced Literacy and share experiences,  teacher tips, and resources to support and expand our Balanced Literacy repertoire. Start 2019 with the plans to implement BALANCED LITERACY!

This week:   Shared  Reading.

Last week we discussed Read Alouds. Week 2 is about  Shared Reading.

How is shared reading different from a read-aloud?

Shared reading, involves quite a bit of pausing to teach or engage kids in practicing a skill. When doing a read-aloud,  go through the book a bit more quickly, stopping less frequently.

The other most important difference between shared reading and a read-aloud is that during shared reading, kids have their eyes on the print. During a read-aloud, you may show the pictures to students, but they are not usually able to see the words clearly. Since students can see the text during shared reading, you are able to teach things like decoding more easily.

Learning At the Primary Pond  

Shared reading is a part of the balanced reading model (read aloud, shared reading, guided reading, and independent reading).

It is a 15ish minute block of time within that model that should be practiced daily. ¬†Simply stated it‚Äôs the ‚ÄúWe do.‚ÄĚ part of the gradual release model. ¬†This element is crucial. ¬†It‚Äôs time for the teacher and students to practice¬†together.

Mrs. Richardson’s Class

The READ ALOUD is done BY the teacher FOR the students.

Shared Reading is done WITH the students.

A Poem, a Big Book, A chart. Any text where the teacher and the students can see the text, and read it together.

Shared Reading

Shared Reading vs Read Aloud

Education.com

It is important to teach what “really matters” connected to a shared text. “We always want students to leave each reading experience enriched by the language and the text because of the shared approach, so we shouldn’t find hundreds of vocabulary words and instructional opportunities in a single text.

Some of  the many benefits of shared reading

  • building vocabulary
  • developing understandings of story structure
  • demonstrating reading strategies
  • entire class reads a common text
  • all read the large text
  • high engagement

There are many types of print for Shared Reading.  Big books, charts, and poetry are some resources for teachers to read WITH students.

Here some great educators share their resources.

What is Shared Reading?

What is Shared Reading?

Learning at the Primary Pond

Shared Reading

Shared Reading

The Teaching Texan

Shared Reading

Shared Reading

Mrs. Wills Kindergarten

The main goal of shared reading is to engage students with the text. It is to share a reading experience. Everyone can read together and then participate in a rich discussion, writing, or response to the text.

In summary, a Shared Reading is a reading experience where both teacher and students read a large text, together. A chart, a poem on a smartboard, or any other BIG text, where the teacher reads WITH the students using self-question and think aloud reading strategies. The goal is to model fluent and expressive reading. The students  INTERACT with the text while reading WITH the teacher and then through discussions, writing, and/or thinking for themselves.

These literacy posts may help in YOUR Balanced Literacy journey.

Balanced Literacy

Read At Home

Flexible Seating

Read Alouds

These resource books for TEACHERS may be helpful for YOUR reading.

Shared Reading with Big Books

Shared Reading with Big Books

Shared Reading with Big Books

Shared Reading

Shared Reading

Shared Reading

Kids with Capes

Kids with Capes

HamerayPublishing

I hope YOU are prepared to practice DAILY  Shared Reading in YOUR classroom!

Stay tuned for next week… Week 2 Guided Reading.

Please share with friends.

Leave me a comment…How do YOU use Shared Reading in YOUR classroom?

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Long Vowel Picture Puzzles

Who NEEDS a Self-Checking Long Vowel Phonics CENTER? ME! (Hands UP)

 Long Vowel Picture Puzzles for Phonics Centers.

Most centers are my nemesis.

My nemesis.  Setting them up. Making sure they are running CORRECTLY. And then storing them for another year! UGH!

But. What if you had a PHONICS center that was SELF CHECKING, kids enjoyed so they did it OFTEN, and it could stay out for a longer time because KIDS WANT TO PLAY WITH IT!

Yes, please!

How about a LONG VOWEL picture PUZZLES for Phonics centers!

WINNER! WINNER!

Long Vowel Picture Puzzles

Long Vowel Picture Puzzles

The Puzzles are of one picture.

Long Vowel Picture Puzzles long a

Long Vowel Picture Puzzles long a

The kids have to build a word  AND make a picture.

It is self-checking because if the picture is not put together correctly,

they are not done. The kids can use the completed words in

journal writing, word lists, or word family word walls.

The possibilities are ENDLESS!

The best part…they LOVE IT!

Long Vowel Picture Puzzles long I & o

Long Vowel Picture Puzzles long I & o

Kids LOVE putting together puzzles!

How about picture puzzles with 4 letter LONG VOWEL words?

Most have SILENT E, but a few ( ee/ea/oa ) are included.

All of the WINTER-themed picture puzzles are ready to be

printed, laminated, and cut for easy center prep!

Great for Guided Reading, Early Finishers, and/or independent center activities!

Extension product included:

FREE Valentine Long Vowel Picture Puzzle ($2.00 value)

Long Vowel Picture Puzzles

Long Vowel Picture Puzzles

Click HERE to see this GREAT center.

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WENDY 

 

3 Steps to Sight Word Fluency

3 steps to sight word fluency.

Not exactly steps..a hop..a skip..and a JUMP!

When teaching my kiddos to read,

I use MANY tools!

Books, whiteboards, markers, pocket charts, flashcards, etc..

But… when teaching sight words

or

high-frequency words

or

FRY words, Dolch Words etc, etc, etc.

It ALL comes down to this…

IF YOU CANNOT READ  SIGHT WORDS, 

You WILL NOT read at grade level!

Scary??    YES!

 HOW  DO  WE HELP???

We research.  We try. And we try AGAIN!

There are MANY resources on Pinterest

to help you find lists, and lists, and lists of words!

27-awesome-sight-word-activities-for-kids-pin

Awesome Sight Word Activities

27 Awesome Sight Word Activities

sight-words-pin-700x1000

Sight Word Activities

Learn Sight Words Through Play

And LOTS of OTHERS!

HFW Dots from 1stgradefireworks

Awesome Sight Word Activities

HFW Dots

NOW I know what to teach…

 HOW  do  I Do  IT?

Here are your

3 steps to Sight Word FLUENCY!

steps

Step 1

Matching  Game

Each student makes their OWN word cards on colored paper.

(Practice sounding out, spelling, & writing EACH word)

I use 8 Р10  words.

Then they cut them apart.

Find a friend who has a different colored paper.

Both friends turn their word cards face down.

Rock, paper, scissors…winner goes first.

Choose one of YOUR word cards and one of your friends.

READ BOTH CARDS…friends help if needed.

If they match…keep BOTH cards. If not, turn them over and partner’s turn!

Winner has the most matches at the end of time

( or when ALL cards are  turned over)

PLAY  AGAIN!

Kids playing Sight Word Matching Game

Awesome Sight Word Activities

Great PARTNER work!

steps

STEP  2

Pocket Chart

MAKING WORDS

and

MATCHING WORDS

I use

MAKING WORDS

 GRADE  1

Making Words for Sight Words

Awesome Sight Word Activities

for my word study WORD WORK.

I make the letter cards and the word cards.

We pocket chart them ( my kiddos like to play SCHOOL during MAY DO time).

One of the Activities is

MAKING  WORDS!

Pocket Chart for Sight Words

Awesome Sight Word Activities

After MAKING WORDS

we play

MATCH IT!

Pocket Chart Match Sight Words

Awesome Sight Word Activities

Turn them over & MATCH IT!

We also invented

SPEED READER

(NOT SPEED RACER!)

I turn them over & as a class,

we read as FAST AS WE CAN!

Step 3

steps

Word Wall for Sight Word Fluency

We play

I SPY

They use their whiteboards

and I call OUT…

I SPY A WORD ON THE WORD WALL that

starts with a “_____” ¬†and RHYMES with “____”.

They find it on the all…and write it on their boards.

Sometimes I will change it up with

“A verb that starts with a “__”, etc. etc.

¬†The main theme here is PRACTICE…PRACTICE PRACTICE!

No matter how many “steps” it takes…

they need practice activities & time

to HOP, SKIP, & JUMP  into FLUENCY!

Balanced Literacy for the Primary Classroom

ALL Classrooms should be a BALANCED LITERACY Classroom!

ALWAYS  begin with BALANCED  LITERACY!

And so we begin.

Matching Words

Making Words

I Spy

To help with Sight Word Mastery
CLICK on the links for help!

Small Groups

Those Crazy Word Walls

Hi Ho Hi Ho..It’s Off to High-Frequency Work we GO

Ready to TRANSFORM your Classroom 

into a 

BALANCED LITERACY Classroom?

Here you are! 

Balanced Literacy 

If you need more help, check out my TPT Store. LOTS of goodies in there!

Wendy

We MADE IT

December…

Tough for elementary teachers.

December- We Made It

December…scrape kids off the ceiling..repeat

But…

We Made it!

Our well earned Christmas Break has ARRIVED!

Now the real “work” begins.

  1. Bake
  2. Clean
  3. Shop
  4. Wrap
  5. REPEAT

But…this work seems so MUCH BETTER!

Christmas Break Teacher Luxeries

Christmas Break Teacher Luxuries

I can’t wait to see my kids and grandkids on Christmas MORNING!

We are “empty-nesters” so Christmas is ALL ABOUT the KIDS!

 

As I left school…

Happy Elf

Happy Elf

I RAN to my car & sang Christmas Songs all the way HOME!

And so… I am ready.

When Can I Put Up MY Christmas TREE?

Flexible Seating

Independent Reading

I MADE IT!

Before I left school, I made sure I was ready for JANUARY.

Who wants to come back to COMPLETE CHAOS? NOT ME!

It will be crazy enough, I did not want to ADD to it!

So I prepared for JANUARY!

Here is my newest LOVE…

When Snowmen Go To SCHOOL

When Snowmen go to School COVER

When Snowmen go to School COVER

When Snowmen Go To School Table of Contents

When Snowmen Go To School Table of Contents

When Snowmen Go To School Sight Word GAME

When Snowmen Go To School Sight Word GAME

When Snowmen Go To School Letter Cards for Making Words

When Snowmen Go To School Letter Cards for Making Words

When Snowmen Go To School Spelling & Writing Worksheets

When Snowmen Go To School Spelling & Writing Worksheets

When Snowmen Go To School Math Worksheets

When Snowmen Go To School Math Worksheets

And so…

I am ready for January. Well sort of. I am tired. I want to see the SPARKLE in my Grandkid’s eyes on Christmas morning. I NEED some rest & relaxation.

After? I need a BEACH FIX! ( My HAPPY PLACE!)

The beach...My HAPPY PLACE!

The beach…My HAPPY PLACE!

WE MADE IT!

Merry Christmas to YOU and YOURS from our family!

Wendy

If you need MORE for January, CHECK THIS OUT!

 

Are YOU ready for DECEMBER?

Holiday Literacy\Math Games and Activities and a FREEBIE

Are YOU planning for December?

Are YOU ready for DECEMBER?

Get your first-grade math games & activities ready for DECEMBER!

Are you ready for holiday first-grade math games and activities?

Do you have your holiday reading and writing centers ready for December?

Do you need help finding them?

Easy Prep?  High student Engagement?

I have HELP FOR YOU!

This ROUND-UP is to help YOU get organized,

NOW!!!!

The FREEBIE is at the BOTTOM! 

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Get your guided math centers ready to go!

Math games and printables prepped, organized, sorted.

¬†Students can’t wait

for the exciting activities

to help them get through DECEMBER!

Place Value Ture or False Sorting

Do your kids need extra help with place value? How about a sorting activity?

Place Value Sorting Cards True or False?

 

Greater then Less Than Holiday Edition

How to help your students practice greater than and less than with game activity.

Greater Than Less Than Holiday Edition 

 

December Fact Families

Math Fact practice activities for December

December Fact Families

10 more and 10 less for math centers

10 more and 10 less task cards for math games using the hundreds chart! Fun game!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This Elf is NOT on the Shelf

Now  it is time for those literacy

( reading, writing, phonics, word) 

centers! 

Are YOU ready? 

The Elves are Working OVERTIME!

Literacy activities and games for reading, writing, and grammar for December.

The Elves are Working Overtime

Reading Word Trees for Fluency

Helping students read using Word Trees. Reading activity for fluency practice.

Sight Word Trees Holiday Edition

And for a FUN combination of Literacy and MATH…

The Winter Wonderland BUNDLE!

More games and fun activities to help your students practice grade-level standards in a highly energizing way! What a fun way to support learning through the HOLIDAY season!

Winter Wonderland Holiday Literacy & Math BUNDLE

Reading, writing, phonics, grammar, sight words, place value, task cards, and student practice pages to support learning through DECEMBER!

Winter Wonderland HOLIDAY BUNDLE

Do not forget to take care of YOURSELF! 

Get planned and prepped for December

and then enjoy the season!

Laugh, giggle, give hugs & high-fives.

The holidays are for making memories.

MAKE YOURS!

Here are some posts that can help YOU, too! ūüôā

When do YOU put up YOUR Christmas Tree?

What Does Read At Home Really Look Like?

Don’t Blink!

Balanced Literacy

Happy December!  Take Care of Yourself and ENJOY IT!

THANK YOU for hanging in for this LONG POST!

Here is a FREEBIE for YOU!

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Holiday NOUN, VERB, & ADJECTIVES

Wendy

Charlie Brown Christmas

When Do YOU put up YOUR Christmas TREE?

Happy Holidays, my friends!

I just spent 2 1/2 HOURS…yes, hours…

putting up our

CHRISTMAS  TREE!

Crank up the Christmas MUSIC!

 

Wendy…

WHY SO LONG?

Because.  

My Christmas tree is NOT a 

MARTHA STEWART tree.

It doesn’t match.

It doesn’t have a “theme”.

It is MY ¬†family’s legacy.

It is a timeline of our life.

AND I CHERISH EVERY MOMENT!

I cried.

I giggled.

I remembered moments from years past.

My hubby kept coming into the living room

wondering what was taking so long.

Then…he would look¬†at an¬†ornament¬†and say..

“Do you remember…?”

Yes!  I DO!

As I look through the ornament box,

my heart swells with happiness.

THAT, my friends, is what 

CHRISTMAS is ALL about.

I collect ornaments! 

I search them out EVERYWHERE we go!

I buy them for MY kids and MY grandkids!

ALWAYS…date the back!¬†

Doesn’t seem important now…IT WILL BE LATER!

If you can’t find ornaments…key chains¬†work fantastic!

Scavenge the “AFTER CHRISTMAS” sales!

Christmas boutiques, & craft sales!

It’s about a memory.

I never want to FORGET!

IN ¬†LIFE…there is NO “DO OVER”.

There are “second chances”…but they are

DIFFERENT!

Here is a little “smattering” of my¬†

Christmas Tree!

A cruise hubby & I took to the Caribbean.

The first ship I had ever been on!

After 10 months on fertility drugs…BABY on the way!

This was the first ornament I ever bought with a baby on it!

We didn’t know if it was a boy or girl.

Ended up being twin boys! 

32 years ago & still cry at this one!

Happy tears!

Yes…I have the first 5 years for ALL of my kids!

We are blessed with 4 kids & 5 grandchildren.

Hubby’s FAVORITE!

JAWS FAN!

A trip to EUROPE with my mom & sisters!

4 California girls to England, Ireland, & Scotland!

We found our ancestor’s farm!

My auntie ( now 90 ) made this for me

when I was 5. ( 49 yrs ago ).

Very precious.

At the TOP of our tree.

The last remaining ornament HANDMADE by my grandmother.

My¬†parents’¬†house burned to the ground 30 years ago.

In the attic were ALL of my MOM’s Christmas ornaments!

GONE!  Luckily, I had one from MY grandma.

Sniff…sniff…memories!

You think those little strings of popcorn won’t last?

Hubby’s from PRESCHOOL!

1965!

(It used to be much longer…I wrap it in tissue every year!)

For your kids…

If they play sports…get them a sports ornament

EVERY  YEAR!

There will come a day…when they won’t play!

Remember all the fun times!

KEY  CHAINS   MAKE  ORNAMENTS!

My little sis got remarried on the beach in HAWAII!  

The WHOLE family went!

We went snorkeling and saw the SEA TURTLES!

FUN TIMES!

My son’s favorite sport ( He wrote this when he was 10 ).

He is now in the US NAVY!

I wonder if ALL the practices & games helped him get ready for LIFE?

YES!

My first trip to the EAST COAST!

We toured from NEW YORK to NEW HAMPSHIRE.

Stayed at the BEST B&B in Plymouth BAY!

TEACHERS!!!!

Yes…those ¬†“SILLY” ¬†classroom ornaments¬†

DO MAKE A DIFFERENCE!

AND…GLITTER ¬†MATTERS!

A plastic lid…some glitter…and ¬†a picture!

Circa  1992.

This year we are adding AUSTIN, Texas & ALASKA!

My new ornaments will add to the happy memories

we have as a family!

So here is a “SMATTERING”

of 

MY LIFE!

It’s ¬†PERFECT for ME!

I  just had to update with my 

NEWEST  LOVES!!!

KEYCHAINS!

I would collect Christmas ornaments on our travels.

BUT…they are HARD TO FIND IN JULY!

So…I¬† started collecting

KEYCHAINS!

They are the newest additions to my Christmas tree.

After our recent trip to¬†VIRGINIA…

I came home with 8 new keychains!

I¬† write the date & any “memories” I can on the back!

My new TEXAS key chains will be perfect!

When I hung them on the tree…

those wonderful memories came back…with tears.

 Happy Tears. 

Remember…

IN LIFE…there is NO “DO OVER!”

Live, LAUGH, Love!

Merry Christmas & Happy Holidays

from

1stgradefireworks 

Making Memories

Change Your MINDSET

Elf on the Shelf- FAIL!

I Failed at ELF ON THE SHELF!

I admit it…I failed..

I tried the ELF thing…FAILED!

I forgot to move it.

I didn’t want to spend the time moving it to who knows where.

My kiddos didn’t find it!

OH…exhausting!

I went to PINTEREST and saw ALL of these AMAZING ELF activities.

I GIVE UP! 

And so…I QUIT!¬† I am NOT¬† “ELFABLE!”¬†¬†

Change..inevitable
THINK POSITIVE!

Change my mindset.  Change is good. Change is necessary!

So maybe I don’t ELF this year. Maybe I will “ELF” a different way.¬†

Maybe I focus on a DIFFERENT type of KINDNESS. I think I might look at…

Sharing ORNAMENTS!  Or presents, or smiles!  Or handshakes, or time. 

 
Maybe my “LESSON” to my students isn’t about THINGS…¬† ¬†¬†

So I think I will focus on content.

I will share the GOODWILL of the ELF ideals,  through lesson content.

I hope my students’ families will give them the “warm fuzzies” they deserve. I do EVERY DAY.¬†

But for now, we will focus on learning.

Are YOU a HELPER ELF?

( BORING I KNOW…BUT NECESSARY!)

So…next in my list…MATH!

UGH! I know. HOW CAN THE ELF HELP US IN MATH?

THIS ELF IS NOT ON THE SHELF

1 more..1 less…10 more..10 less

So…to help with my “ELF FAILURE”

AND

to maximize my math time…

This ELF is NOT on the SHELF!
This Elf is NOT on the SHELF

This can be made into a booklet, used as math centers, individual practice, assessments…

ENDLESS possibilities!

It may NOT be as EXCITING as finding the ELF each day.

The ELVES are WORKING OVERTIME!

The Elves are Working OVERTIME!

The Elves are Working OVERTIME!

BUT…my students won’t be confused or saddened because they think the ELF doesn’t care.

They know I care. And that’s better than ANY ELF!

And so my friends, I admit it. I am an ELF on the Shelf failure. 

But…my student’s did REALLY WELL on their math assessments and we¬†

giggled, grinned, hugged, & gave high-fives all through the year.

Now…where did I leave that ELF?¬† ¬†ūüôā¬†¬†

Elf on the Shelf taped to classroom clock.
HELP ME!

Holiday HELPERS for YOU! ūüôā

Classroom Literacy

Data Collecting

Guided Reading

Leave me a comment…help me be an “ELF” convert. How do YOU use the “ELF”???¬† ¬†There must be a support group SOMEWHERE! ūüôā¬† Happy Holidays!