Sunday, September 21, 2014

What's happening in my classroom

It has been forever since I've blogged. I have had a hard time this year getting into a groove and remembering to take some pictures so I have something to blog about. I keep meaning to link up with Five for Friday but by the end of the week I only have a couple of pictures. So I'm going to share all the pictures I've taken and give you a little update about my class. I have 22 first graders which is more than I've ever had in first grade. There were rumors that we might get a co-teacher in first grade but our numbers didn't quite grow enough for that. So one day I got 3 new students. It was challenging to have that many new students at one time. I think we're finally getting into a groove. Of course last time I thought that, then we added our formal RTI and things had to start over again. We've had a hard time getting into an independent routine. I know that is normal for the beginning of the year but I loop with kids so 16 of my students were with me last year. But I think we're getting there.
We finally have read to self up and going. It took a while to figure out a good schedule. But we read at the end of the day and it is my favorite part of the day. I love seeing the kids engaged in reading.

I love all the great cute things I find on Tpt but sometimes simple things are the best. A few weeks ago we were working on nouns. I gave each kid a half a sheet of white paper cut longwise. I had them fold it twice so they had 4 sections in their paper. They had to draw and label a person, place, thing, and animal. 
This week I did the same thing but they had to pick four spelling words, write them and illustrate them.
There are so many ways you can use this simple idea. They could write first, next, then, and last for stories and books. You could gave them write four facts on the paper about a topic on science or social studies. The ideas are endless. 
Another simple idea but not cute we did this week was in math. We have been working on decomposing numbers and getting ready for addition. I used KinderKraze's decomposing pack the week before and it was great but I didn't have time this week to get it ready. So I took large copy paper and wrote blank addition sentences for the number 9. The kids worked with a partner and used two sided counters to come up with all the ways to make 9. I was proud of how well they worked together. 

Our unit in a Reading this past week was all about neighborhoods which tied in pretty well with our upcoming field trip to Cade's Cove to talk about communities in the past. The kids came up with a list of places in our community and then picked one to draw. I gave them a piece of white paper they had to fill up and use labels. Some of the kids worked on their own and some worked as partners. Two boys wanted to makes the streets. So they cut up white paper and glued it down on butcher paper. Overall they did a great job even though it wasn't to scale of our town. I meant to take a picture but forgot. Maybe I'll add a picture tomorrow. 
So that is a little peek into what we've been doing. Centers are finally starting to run fairly smoothly. I have to work with a group for RTI during this time and haven't been able to take pictures. Maybe this week I'll have a little time. I'm headed into week 26 of my pregnancy and things are going well. My legs and feet have been swelling and I'm exhausted. Here's my week 24 bump picture.

Today we bought this cute dress for my little one. She's not suppose to be here until after Christmas but you just never know. I found this perfect dress at Osh Kosh so of she comes early it is a little Christmassy but not too much.


I have posted a couple of things to my tpt store recently you might want to check out. One is Math task cards for comparing numbers with everyone's favorite groovey  cat.  Check it out here! 
The next is reading fluency homework for first grade that correlates with Journeys reading series. It practices spelling words, high frequency words, and fluency. It works on the first 15 lessons.Check it out here!
Check it out here!
It is what I use for homework and I think it helps a ton with their fluency. 
Until next time, whenever that might be! 

Friday, September 5, 2014

Currently

I'm finally finding time to link up with my favorite party of the month, Farley's Currently. I started a blog post on Sunday about my plans for the week but it never got finished. This week was crazy. Short weeks always are. So here's my currently!

Not only did I have the short week most of us did getting Monday off, I took today off too. My hubby had a continuing education conference this weekend so I am tagging along. One of my friends is calling it our Babymoon! The conference is in St. Simon's Island. So I'm planning on hanging out at the pool while he is in class. But the pool wasn't open yet and we couldn't check in so Starbucks it is. I'm pretty nosy and the chatter here is cracking me up. There are these older women who brought their own cake and they have been passing it to other people. 
Our state is mandating a RTI program this year and we are starting Monday. I don't feel like we're ready to start at all. We have done our universal screener but we really haven't been trained to do the scripted program we are required to do or how to analyze the data. I know who my group is and I'll meet with them Tuesday. And it will be ok! I loop with my kids so usually by now I am in a good routine. But this year has been full of changes. I have had 6 new kids added to my class and 3 of those came in one day on the 8th day of school. Then next week we are starting RTI. I've been working on the kids doing centers during this time and we are slowly getting there. It will come with some 5 day weeks.
Chris and I still have a lot of work to do on the nursery. Last weekend we hauled off a bunch of stuff to giveaway and books to sell so we're making small amounts of progress. We registered for stuff over the weekend and picked out our furniture. I am 24 weeks so we still have some time but it's getting closer.  Here's a recent bany bump picture Chris took.

My list of trips I want to go on are pretty self explanatory. I think I've wanted to go to Greece since watching The a sisterhood of the traveling pants. I love Greek food and it looks so beautiful. I want to go to Scotland because of all the books I ve read set there. I'm still working my way through The Outlander Series. Last I want to take a cross country road trip with Chris. About 5 years ago I drove to California with my bestie Katie to help her move. We had a blast and there is so much more I want to see. Plus I just love taking trips with Chris.
So that's my currently. Hopefully I can get into a groove soon and get back to blogging and creating. I  need this outlet. Be sure to head over to Farley's and check out the party.