Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Is it something in the air!!!!

My firsties aren't acting the same after winter break, they have become more chatty and I am having more behavior issues. Is this usual? Are they becoming second graders? What is happening to those cute little darlings I met in August, (their still really cute), but WHAT IS HAPPENING. If I click my heels a few times will they go back to how they were. I am exhausted............. I guess I am going to have to pump up more incentives. I have not really done much in that are, because they were so gooooooood. If you have some inexpensive incentives that work for firsties, please share, so I can get through to June with all my hair intact.

Sunday, January 29, 2012

Centers in Action!!!

I am so thankful to my bloggy world for helping with my learning curve from 4th to 1st. All the post you share has truly help with my implementation of centers. Here they are in action (still a work in progress). 
                                                             Subtraction cut and paste!
                                             reading is best with a pointer they are much more engaged!!!
                                             thanks Primary Perspective :) 
                                                                rhyming words!!!!!
                                                                 Place Value!!!!
                                                 I learned that I should also put out the real base ten blocks too!
                                                  abc order, they completed 4 list :)
                                                  I will put the real coins out too, still learning!

                                                             thinking it through :)

Sunday, January 22, 2012

Woo, hoo!!!! The Super Bowl is in 2 weeks!!!!

In honor of the biggest football game of the year I created a Super Bowl Math & Literacy Centers , and it is now 20%!!!!! I am throwing a sale in my little TpT store, everything is 20 percent off. My firsties really love the super bowl centers, I'll share pics this week of them in action.

Valentine Cards Giveaway/Pencil Sharpener Preview

Happy Sunday everyone, go check out click here she is giving away the cutest little valentine cards, to help her reach her followers goal of 100. They are really cute!
Also checkout teaching in flip flops she has previewed a great pencil sharpener that is quiet and she is just raving about it. If you click on the link on her page it will take you to the site, and you can possibly get one for Free!!! if your blog meets certain requirements. Good Luck

Thursday, January 19, 2012

When firsties say they have to Pee, they have to Pee

I made a huge mistake today, by telling one of my firsties to wait for the restroom, because we were leaving out in 5 min and they could use it then. Well before one minute had passed he had already soiled his pants. OMG, I felt awful. I have to remember when firsties have to go they have to go, I worked with fourth graders previously. However, I love, love first grade :). What a day!

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Doodle Bugs Teaching give away

Is giving away a laminated set of Valentine Number Match, she is actually going to mail it to you. So, please go check it out, and enter to win this fabulous give away!

Monday, January 16, 2012

Super Bowl Math & Literacy Centers

Hi Yall in my Paula Dean voice, I created some literacy and math centers based on the Super Bowl, thought our boys would appreciate that. The cards have cute little helmets and footballs on them. Please check it out on TpT just click here. This Super Bowl pack will sure get our little guys fired up about the biggest football event of the year!!!!!!

Saturday, January 14, 2012

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Everyday Math!!!! Help

I am having such a hard time with the Math Journals for Everyday Math. My students do well in math centers, they do well with calendar, but when its time for math journals and math boxes chaos erupts with cries of I can't do this, I don't understand this and so on..., and it is just me and 25 of them. I tried the overhead with guided them along, but some can keep up but many get lost. I am really lost at what to do with this. If anyone can suggest how they do it, I would greatly appreciate it.

Sunday, January 8, 2012

Snowflake addition math freebie

Here is a cute little snowflake addition sums up to 10 center actvity.
click here to receive a copy 

Thursday, January 5, 2012


Well I am very fortunate to be at a school that gives us 3 weeks off for winter break! I return Monday. I like three weeks, because you always feel like you need a few extra days after a two week break. Today I plan to plan and grade. My son attends a Charter School, and he returned to school on Monday. I love that I had this week off to, because it allowed me to volunteer in his class yesterday, which I absolutely loved, and he loved me being there. However, I realized that I am too relaxed to teach right now. During his class I found myself yawning and getting tired. So, for the next few days I am going to be a bit more active, so I am ready for my 28 first graders. The thought of 28 first graders who will be super excited after being home for three weeks makes me tired already, lol. However, I am thinking that since we've been off for a while on Monday I should go back over rules and expectations. I also just remembered before break my first graders were becoming Huge Tattle Tellers!!!!, to the point that it was driving me insane. Does anyone have any suggestions? They were also have issues with line spots and not having room ect, I think I better also plan new line spots!, oh, boy :)Here I go!!!

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Black History Month

Please check out Amy at Step into second grade, she has a great black history unit. I just love it!!! Spring break is after Black History Month, should I even be thinking about spring break....

Sunday, January 1, 2012

Struggling with Stations is Over/Now Accountability

I had struggled with implementing stations for my first graders,  because of my learning curve. Coming from 4th fourth to first was a huge learning curve. I implemented Daily 5 before winter break, and my students loved, loved, loved working in stations.  However, my admin was concerned with accountability. So, I am currently creating some strategy sheets for each rotation. Which I'll post soon. If you have any suggestions please let me know.