Sunday, March 1, 2015

The Sunday Scoop! {March 1}

I am linking up with the ladies at Teaching Trio for my Sunday Scoop!

Here it is!

Stay tuned for a blog hop later in the week!

Happy Sunday!

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

It's Penguin Time!

Happy Wednesday!

My fellow VA blogger and friend, Carla, from Comprehension Connection, has a linky on Thursdays to focus on sharing ideas for different themes.  This week's theme ... penguins and Arctic animals!

I LOVE our penguin unit each winter!  Here's the link to my penguin post from last year.  

I found these adorable stuffed animals to bring in for penguins and polar bears.  The kids loved having them!
Here's a fun things for your penguin unit.
"Cool Compound Penguins" freebie - a fun craftivity for compound words!
Cool Compound Penguins
And here's my Penguin Pals task card packet.  It includes 6 math centers perfect for first graders!  It's in the giveaway on Carla's blog, so be sure to check it out!
Penguin Pals: 1st Grade Math Centers


Sunday, January 11, 2015

Spelling Homework

What kind of homework assignments do you give your children?  Especially with younger students?  Our reading curriculum, SuperKids, has high expectations for primary learners.  When we started the curriculum a year and a half ago, our first graders were not successful on the spelling tests.  The tests included 5 or 6 memory (sight) words and 4-6 spelling pattern words.  The only assignments and practice were from the book we completed together in class.  We knew that since the group did not have SuperKids in kindergarten, they were a bit "behind" in the requirements of the curriculum.  So I worked like crazy all year to create assignments for the children to complete at home to practice the memory words and understanding the pattern words.

The first semester homework packet included 4-5 printables, along with a reading activity to practice with mom or dad to read the pattern words.

The second semester homework is a tic-tac-toe board.  The child chooses 3 in a row and is to complete the assignments and return to school.

A bit of a rabbit trail ... this fall my husband and I became foster parents to 2 girls.  Sorry, can't resist not sharing a pic of us from our Christmas trip to Indianapolis!
Back on track ... the younger one is in first grade.  Well, let me tell you, it's very strange getting my homework assignments in her Monday Folder each week!  We are finishing the first unit in the second semester this week and this has been happening at our dining room table the past few nights!

I am giving you two of my tic-tac-toe boards.  Just attach the words to the board and send it home!  Click HERE or on the images below to download.


We have a two hour delay for tomorrow, as ice is expected overnight, so we are staying up a little later to watch a movie!  Have a great week!

Classroom Freebies Manic Monday

Thursday, November 20, 2014

All Things Geometry

We are finishing up our geometry unit this week.  This is one of my favorite units to teach in math because it is so hands on!  Here's a look into some of our work.

One of our centers had containers of shapes.  The kiddos had the chance to play and see what they could create using the shapes.
 This is one of my favorite printables to use in centers for Thanksgiving.  It works out perfectly that we are doing our geometry unit at the same time!  This is a freebie from Pink Cat Studio on Teachers pay Teachers.  Click here to go to her store!
 I LoVe clip cards! I am adding clip cards to many of my math units to have ready for math centers.  These new clip cards have just been added to my geometry unit.  All of the words at the bottom of the cards are the same for each.  Click here to go to my geometry unit.
 Because the past few weeks have been so busy, we haven't had time to make anything!  That was remedied this week when we made our shape people.  

I have to include a picture with our girls!  We went to the last Liberty University home game on Saturday.  It was so cold that we only lasted until half time, but we had fun!

Have a great weekend!


Friday, November 7, 2014

It's Been a While ...

Happy Friday!  I am linking up with Kacey for my Five for Friday!

It's been a long while since I last blogged because ...
we have two foster girls!




We've been reviewing subtraction.  Love these printables from Deanna Jump & From the Pond!
 Finished our equal and not equal unit!

 Summer after one of the stations in our Fire Safety Day.
 We are creating status sheets for our first graders in both reading and math.  I met with more than half of my kiddos this morning to talk about their progress and have them color in what they can do.
This week we have been skip counting and here's my picture before I left school yesterday of my prep for our math groups.  Unfortunately, Summer got sick during the day and I had to leave school before math.  I'll share a freebie with you on Monday from this math lesson!

Have a great weekend!

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Getting Festive for Fall with the Virginia Bloggers

Thanks for stopping by!  Welcome to the Getting Festive for Fall with the Virginia Bloggers Blog Hop!

Your freebie is a Halloween subtraction unit.

We have student choice math centers on Fridays.  One of my new favorite activities are clip cards.  I have some support during my math lessons, so when clip cards come out, any adult walking into my room knows exactly how to help!
There are 6 pages of clip cards (one page is shown below), totaling 36 cards.
 I have also included 2 subtraction I Spy printables.  Just print and go!  Provide the children with a magnifying glass and they will be set!  Answer keys are included.
Ready for another great freebie?  Check out what my friend Andrea, from Reading Towards the Stars! has for y
ou!



Friday, September 19, 2014

a peek into our week ...

We have been busy!

I'm linking up with Kacey from Doodle Bugs Teaching for my


Here's a look into our week ...
 Our reading series, SuperKids, comes with nonfiction magazines for each unit.  My kids jumped right in on the first magazine and loved to read about different kinds of shoes!
 I am loving math centers this year!
 We jumped into reading groups this week, too!
 One of my reading groups was reading about different seasons.  We are writing about the different seasons in the blank books from Target's dollar section.
 We are adding using beads ...
... and number lines.
Yesterday at recess I realized that with the 4 adults outside, we had five radios!  Just made me laugh!
 This weekend is our second weekend for The Way's production of "Trapped: Human Beings Are Not Objects."  This is a 90 minute walk through drama.  The picture above is a peek into the Heaven scene.

Have a great weekend!