Saturday, August 30, 2014

First week Back to School

Share your highs and lows for the week with my High/Low Linky!





It was my first week back to school this week! I survived the first two days of professional development meetings and the kiddos started on Wednesday.  We have a new assistant principal this year who ran day 2 of our professional development and I really, really like her!  Here is a very brief look at our first week of school.



For more details on what we did for the first week of school you can see this post.


 Apparently, I have started grinding my teeth in my sleep.  What?!  This is something new because I have never done this before.  The pain in my jaw and in my ear is seriously uncomfortable.  So I took a trip to then local pharmacy to pick up one of these lovely things.



Isn't this sexy?  Ugh!  I hate it!  It took me about 3 nights to actually be able to tolerate it but it does make my jaw hurt less.  Not to mention, that I don't want to go to the dentist to get fitted for one that will cost over $500 since insurance won't cover it.  Oh the joys of getting older! 

Are you back to school yet? How was your first week? I love hearing from you!  Link up and share your highs and lows for the week.




Friday, August 29, 2014

The First Week

Wahoo!  It's Friday peeps!  I'm linking up once again with DoodleBugs Teaching for Five for Friday.



 As we all know, there is no tired like teacher tired.  This was my first week back and holy moly....my feet are aching, my back is aching and I could sleep anytime, anywhere. But...it was a great week and I'm really enjoying my new class of "firsties." Here's a snapshot of our week:


        I used this packet from A Grace Filled Classroom throughout the week for early finishers.  It worked out really well at keeping the kiddos engaged and it was also a great informal assessment.









    I LOVE reading this book at the beginning of the year as a precursor to formulating our classroom rules. The repeated quote "What if everybody did that?" is such a great reminder.  A few times this week if I needed to correct a behavior I said that exact quote "What if everybody did that?" It made a nice connection to the story and helped the kiddos to think about their behavior too.

    After talking about why we have rule and listing and posting our classroom rules, I introduced my card system that I use for behavior management.




There were quite a few ooh's and ahhh's when I introduced the reward coupons!



We also did some fun activities with Babbling Abby's Fun with Firstie's Back to School product too!



We made this fun backpack craftivity!


   We talked about what we thought a first grader needs to be successful.  I brought in a backpack with a few things in it and we talked about whether the things inside would make good tools/supplies to help us be successful in first grade.  We brainstormed a list to add to our backpacks which are now hanging proudly in the hall!


We also made adorable lunch paper bag books this week.  These are by Alissa Mannine-Telisak


I found this for free while searching for back to school activities!





I have been working at getting these writing offices put together this week for my students.

 
First graders are obsessed with clipboards and mini offices so when I found this writing office product on Teachers Pay Teachers by Amy Labrasciano I just had to get it.


Adorable right?  Now my firstie's can feel "all grown up" when using their office while they write and they also have a resource to access at the same time. Important skills such as high frequency words, compound words, short vowels, vowel teams, capitalization, etc!  I love how adorable these look when they are up and the kiddos are all writing.  I also love that they fold up really easily and can get tucked away when not in use.

Have you gone back to school? What was your favorite back to school activity that you did with your class these week.  I love hearing your comments!

 

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

It's the First Day!


I can't believe it's already Wednesday!  Which means it's time to link up with the lovely Miss Decarbo at Sugar and Spicefor Wordless Wednesday.




   Today is my first day of school!  I have clay set out at each spot at the table so that I can collect supplies and the kiddos are entertained.  Normally, they will have morning work but just this week will be clay and tomorrow is coloring. Do you do morning work?  What is your morning work like?

Monday, August 25, 2014

Monday Made It!


Today is my first day back to school. Well actually, it's Professional Development for the next two days.  But there is something to be happy about and that's Monday Made It with Tara from 4th Grade Frolics.



I found this adorable idea on Pinterest. I made these for the ladies on my grade level team.  It's a bottle of soda, a small bottle of antibacterial lotion, and a bag of M&M's.  I printed out the tag that looks like this:


 and threaded it together with ribbon. You can get the tag for free at Five Heart Home.

 I"m so happy to have created another product to add to my store!


And another....


And another!


This behavior bundle is a compilation of my best sellers, which are behavior management tools.

I think I sensed the end was coming near this past week, and with school starting back up I will have less time to create.  I sure love doing it though!

I hope you all have a wonderful school year!

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Last Tips and Tools for Back to School

Well folks, this is our last Tips and tools for Back to School.  I am heading back to school tomorrow!


The sweet and lovely Laura from A Grace Filled Classroom has an amazing post for you this week on ways you can create a great relationship with parents. This is so important as teachers and parents who work together, truly help to make a wonderful school year for children.  Laura has not only shared her fabulous tips, but she has also shared an incredible freebie!  Oh wait....not just one. Two!  She is sharing two incredible freebies....


What parent doesn't love hearing great news about their child?



Last, by certainly not least, she is sharing individual goal setting sheets!  I love these! In my district, the first conference of the school year is a goal setting conference. These will be perfect! I can't wait to use them!

I hope you have enjoyed the Tips and Tools for Back to School series brought to you by The Primary Peeps!


We always have something up our sleeve. I can't wait to see what we will collaborate on next!

Until then...be well and have a wonderful school year!

Saturday, August 23, 2014

It was the best of times....

It's time for another week of High/Low.  Each week, we share our highs and lows for the week.  There is no set number that you need to share- just whatever works for you each week. 



I'm super excited to be participating in a giveaway with some amazing ladies!  Carol, of   and Jen of   are celebrating their move from second grade to first grade with a great giveaway.  If you are a first or second grade teacher you don't want to miss this!  Just click on the pic to enter.  Good luck!



 The family and I enjoyed a week on Cape Cod (in Orleans, MA) as our last "hurrah" for the summer.



The kids had a blast surfing the waves at Nauset Beach and skimboarding at Skaket.  They loved the Inflatable Water Park that had both indoor and outdoor inflatables.


Can I get one of these for our home?  It could make my life a whole lot easier!

They are finally at the age where they can entertain themselves for a bit.  That is....when they are not arguing!


You know that expression...."it was the best of times, it was the worst of times."  For the love of God and all things Holy, why do these kids have to argue so much?!  I have 3 boys (ages 11, 9, and 8) and oh.my.word.  They never stop.

"Stop it!"
"I was using that!"
"Give that back!"
"You always get to...."


And my favorite "Mooooooooom!"  All week long my husband and I listened to these boys argue one minute and then love each other so deeply the next.  I'm exhausted.  I need a vacation from the vacation!

And every year my husband I say "This is the last time we are coming to the Cape." Then somehow, we do it all over again the next summer.  Funny thing is, at almost every table at every restaurant, and at every spot on each beach we heard families saying the same things we were. I'm told I'll look back on these years and miss it.  My husband and I plan to move to the Cape when we retire. I still haven't decided if we'll share our address with the kids.  I guess I have plenty of time to decide. 

Now it's your turn.  Link up and share your highs and lows for the week.  I love hearing from you!