Teachers are givers.
Kids are TOO!
We want EVERYONE to have
ALL of their WISHES come true!
How can we teach curriculum, maintain sanity,
and MAKE WISHES COME TRUE?
GIVE FROM THE HEART!
In our classroom we make ornaments.
NOT all of the ornaments are for CHRISTMAS.
Some of my kiddos don’t celebrate Christmas.
They create. They inspire. They give.
From the Heart.
My favorite things are HANDMADE.
( Sniff… from the heart) 🙂
Where do we get our ” inspirations” ?
(You can follow me here…)
No stress…pictures…some directions…Ahhhhh.
My happy place!
Here are some of MY favorite ideas!
Glue! Paint! Decor!
Let the imagination go!
NOT ALL OF MY KIDS MAKE THE SAME ORNAMENTS!
Let them have choice!
I show them the pictures.
I share the BASICS.
I let them GO!
MY choices and their choices MAY BE DIFFERENT!
Different is good!
Give from YOUR heart!
Who doesn’t like DOUGH?
Squishy, squeezy balls of FUN?
I LOVE handprint ornaments.
(GMA HERE) 🙂
Our kiddos are small for such a short time.
Make those MEMORIES!
I bring out ALL the cookie cutters I can find, borrow, beg for.
Don’t let them be too THICK.
Let them dry FOR A LONG TIME ( 3-4 days )
Hot glue string on the back after dry,
Poke a hole on the dough with a straw BEFORE drying.
MY newest LOVE!
ALL of MY kiddos make this one!
I make these in small groups
( I can only do 3-4 kiddos at a time)
If you have a PARENT HELPER…
this is a PERFECT craft for them!)
Paint on day 1.
DRY day 2.
Faces ( I suggest BLACK SHARPIES ) Day 3
Scarves ( felt, material/ paper scraps…srapbook paper works great!) Day 4
Let EVERYTHING DRY
add a string for a hanger!
BE SUPER CAREFUL when sending these home!
( No dropping )
Place in a gift bag
( we use hand decorated lunch bags)
with LOTS, LOTS, LOTS
of tissue !
So…we GIVE FROM THE HEART!
It’s not about the $$ amount
It’s about the thought, the effort, and the LOVE
that goes into it!
Here is another gift I do FOR my kiddos.
See the blog POST here.
I hope you have a WONDERFUL Holiday SEASON!
Share the LOVE.
Give From the HEART!
Are you starting to get that…
“I’ll never get EVERYTHING done!”
RELAX! BREATHE! Close your eyes! Find your HAPPY PLACE!
I can’t help you make turkey dinner..
or deal with grocery lists, family, cleaning house, etc.
I can help with
to help relieve SOME of the stress!
For the next 3 days.. Nov. 14-18, 2016
I am having a
THANKS TO YOU
will receive their CHOICE
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You can CHOOSE
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Good LUCK! 🙂
from our house
Have I mentioned…
I LOVE FALL
I live in NORCAL.
We don’t have the TRADITIONAL
DID YOU KNOW THERE ARE 4 ????
Summer ( 90-100 degrees )
Fall ( 80-90 degrees)
Winter ( foggy… 60-70 degrees…sometimes cooler )
Spring ( 70-90 degrees )
It’sOK…I LOVE my HOMETOWN.
And so on.
SO now that it’s 80 degrees & FALL..
What’s UP in ROOM 3??
We use Brag Tags on rings during the month.
They earn BRAG TAGS
following classroom / school rules
At the end of each month…
They transfer their earned BRAG TAGS from RINGS..
To string necklaces.
They get to wear their necklaces ALL DAY AT SCHOOL
( Parents are told at BTS night
to REWARD their kids for necklaces
at the end of the month!) 🙂
English Language Arts
Word Sorts…NO GLUE!
Pick 3 crayons.
Color the words according to the KEY!
Back from 2 week vacation.
TEACHER…..CLEAN YOUR TABLE!
I don’t have a teacher desk. #bestdecisionever
Reading ROCKERS! #alternativeseating
On each student’s brthday ( or close to ),
We make a class BIRTHDAY BOOK!
We do these during MUST DO TIME!
We have a “FRAME” style we use.
Everyone makes a page.
We STAPLE together and VOILA!
CLASS BIRTHDAY PRESENT!
We sing and dance as we PRESENT ( haha ) it to the birthday student!
LAST..( whew..what a week !)
My newest & favorite time of the day!
We are doing
MATH MUST DO’s & MAY Do’s
( Same format as ELA centers in the AM )
KEEP YOUR ROUTINES THE SAME!
We go the the MATH Calendar ( next to ELA Calendar )
After we go through the “math board”…
We NOW ( Quarter 2) do MATH MUST DO’S.
( Approx. 45 minutes )
#1 MATH JOURNAL
Story Problem with illustrations & number sentence.
#2 Math Paper
A Workbook Page FROM YESTERDAY ( review )
#3 MATH TUB (center) with a PARTNER
I do the whole class MATH lesson BEFORE centers.
SOMETIMES we do the workbook page together…sometimes they do.
Depends on the Lesson. We have a district curriculum to follow.
( Approx. time 45 minutes )
What am I doing?
GUIDED MATH GROUPS!
I meet with 2-3 kids at a time.
We work on a STRATEGY.
They need to have independent strategies to do ON THEIR OWN!
I can’t take the assessments FOR THEM!
Here is what’s UP in room 3!
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I can’t believe this is year 26!
MY own twins were in first grade MY first year of teaching!
( NOT in my class…TG…)
Each year things CHANGE!
CHANGE is NOT a BAD thing!
It can make you rethink, reevaluate, redo, remake, revitalize!
After 26 years…I can HONESTLY say..
I will NOT throw out the BABY with the BATHWATER!
OK…We have a new curriculum. AGAIN!
EVERY 7 YEARS..
Whether you want it …or NOT!
And so, here we go again.
It really doesn’t matter what “program” you give me.
My “STRESS” level rises when I try to plan .
HOW TO FIT IT ALL IN?
Some days I can…some days I can’t.
Life won’t end if you don’t do it ALL!
Let’s start with
I start my day with a READ ALOUD.
I end my day with a READ ALOUD!
( I try to make ONE of those Read Alouds
a SCIENCE,SOCIAL STUDIES, or HOLIDAY story)
INTEGRATE whenever YOU can!
After EVERY story…WE Discuss.
EVERY Read Aloud.
Discuss for 10 minutes …MAX!
When students THINK about a story, “turn & talk”
about it, use the “academic language” from the story they are engaged!
They might NOT take it on for themselves the first time…..
but…over time, they will!
This week I heard some “reading partners”
discussing our anthology
I heard “MAIN CHARACTER”, “Beginning, Middle, END”,
“How did they SOLVE that Problem?”
Teacher Happy DANCE!
If you need suggeastions for Read Alouds…PINTEREST!
I use ANY Science Books,
MY Classroom Library,
MAGAZINES ( use Non-Fiction also ),
and One Week a MONTH…
We read a chapter book!
Their current FAVORITE!
How do we ask kids to “SEE THE PICTURES IN YOUR MIND”…
If we never teach them HOW TO?
Chapter books are GREAT!
LOTS of dicussion. Review what you read.
Change YOUR Speed &TONE as you read.
Remember…this generation is VISUAL & ACTIVE!
( Think Video games & Movies…)
So …draw them in with your VOICE, FACIAL EXPRESSIONS, & Reading SPEED!
THEY will LOVE IT!
They ask if it’s a chapter Book week on MONDAYS!
Read Alouds bring children into the WORLD of Imagination!
It allows them to go outside of their daily world,
into new & exciting places!
Think of reading on MOMMY & DADDY’s lap.
NOT all kids get to do that!
May be the ONLY one who does that!
And do it WELL!
Your kids WILL LOVE YOU for it!
If you need a BALANCED LITEREACY RESOURCE…
This 154 page resource binder is AMAZING!
It has ALL of the resources you will need to
Happy Fall ‘YALL!
From NorCal 🙂
FIRSTIES get into the FALL SPIRIT…
Reading Response Printables
Vocabulary Pocket Chart Cards
Poem ( And Cut a part printable )
Spelling List Forms
Word Family Charts
Journal Pages & Covers
Interactive Journal Pages
Flap Book Graphic Organizer
Grade 1 / 2