Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Spelling Practice

Hi everyone! I've been looking at the various ideas out there in blogland for practicing spelling but none of them quite worked for me. I needed ten words, as our first graders learn ten spelling words weekly. So I played with the various formats and came up with what I HOPE will work. As always, I hope you will find this useful!

We are getting into the "groove" of things - the first graders are settling in and I have my parent volunteer meeting tomorrow. I'm hopeful that I'll have lots of wonderful help this year! Have you started your parent volunteering yet? What kind of things do you ask your volunteers to do?

Without further ado, here's the little spelling practice page I made. Many thanks to all the people out there with such good ideas that inspired this!
Spelling Practice Sheet PDF

Saturday, August 18, 2012

Back to School Tour

I finally took some pictures of my classroom! 

I started the year with a Pete the Cat theme, which has so far been a HUGE hit!  We took this bulletin board and added to it as a class, discussing the attributes of Pete. I talked to the children about the characters in a book. We then talked about Pete as being the important character in the book and discussed his attributes. So, for example, one of the students said that Pete had blue fur; another said he had a positive attitude. As the kids discussed this, I wrote them down and stapled them to the board. I need to take a picture of the board as it is now - it was a very successful lesson and every child has a clear understanding of the important characters in books! 

I also created a giant labeling bulletin board of Pete, along with a smaller copy of it for the children. It's a cute bulletin board and the kids had a great time creating their own Pete labeling!

Here's my combined calendar and focus wall. We use it daily.

This is my Math Wall. I add to it every time new vocabulary is introduced in math.

Here's a view of my classroom from the door. You can see the quilts that we've made throughout the years in my class hanging. In fact, there's a new one, thanks to my parents last year! They decided to make a "We love Mrs. M because..." quilt for me at the end of the year!

This is the carpet area, where we read stories, poems, and big books. We sing songs here and play games. The children LOVE to sit in the chair!

I have an adorable new class of 28! They are very sweet and I think we'll have a fun year!

I'm finally getting a chance to read all of your blogs and look at your classrooms! They look so cute! I hope you're having a good start of the school year!

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Back to School!

Well, I can’t believe it, but tomorrow I meet my new students: I’ve spent many days preparing my room and I’m pleased with the way it looks. I have my books ready, projects prepared – and all my Open House materials printed. Open House is tomorrow evening, after a minimum day with students.

Some may be horrified at the idea of Open House on the first “night” of school, but I like it: I am able to tell my parents my expectations up front and everyone starts the year off on the right foot.

I’ve only met a few of my children but I know many of the families on my class list: I have had older siblings in the past, so I’m excited about the new school year. I'm starting the year off with Pete the Cat - I've used a lot of resources from all the wonderful blogs out there and created a cute labeling Pete bulletin board. I also scanned a picture from one of the Pete books and printed it poster sized for another bulletin board. The room looks cheerful and friendly! 

When do you start back to school?