Sunday, July 29, 2012

Mural

Well, I've gotten started on my reading corner makeover.  Yesterday, I began my fabric mural for the area and I finished it up this morning (I'm putting off doing my 2nd tree because I remember how much work it was last year...ha, ha).  Anyways, wanted to show a photo. 
Don't mind the background....it's my garage!  Anyways, I'll show you what it looks like in the classroom when I get it all set up.


Friday, July 27, 2012

I don't know about you but for me, this summer is flying by.  I spent the first few weeks scrapbooking to catch up on the fun that I didn't have time for during the school year.  Now it's time to start thinking about school.  It sounds like our classrooms should be ready sometime next week.  I want to make my reading corner a bit more elaborate this year (that's where my "tree" is).  Anyways, I'm looking forward to begin setting it up.
I have tables in my classroom.  Does anyone else out there in First Grade use tables?  If so, how do you manage supplies?  Each of my students had a bin on the back bookshelf this year but I'm trying to think of other ways to manage it?  Any ideas?

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Getting to know new people

It's exciting to see how many fellow teachers I am meeting through this linky party!  Jenny from Mrs. Brown's Blog was kind enough to award me the Liebster Award.
Here is what I need to do now:
1. Link back to the person who gave you the award. DONE!
2. Post the award to your blog. DONE!
3. Give the award to at least 5 bloggers with fewer than 200 followers.
Here are the blogs that I would like to give this award to:
Moore News
An Apple for the Teacher
Adventures in Third Grade
Tales from Rm. 17
Starring in First Grade
Great blogs, ladies!
I was excited to receive an award this morning when I got up but as I'm so new to the blogging world, it has taken me all day to find other blogs to award it to......ha, ha!  I'm hoping that this becomes easier with time.  Anyways, thank you to Catherine at Kinder Cuties

Anyways, here is what I needed to do:
  1. Follow the person who gave me the award.
  2. Link back to the person that gave me the award. ✓
  3. Pass to 5 new bloggers and let them know they have received the award.
I chose the following blogs:
Mrs. Kelly's Klass
PJ Jots
Craft of Teaching
Mrs. Brown's Blog
Polka Dot Firsties

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Hi everyone!  I'm a real newbie at this blog thing as I have just started mine!  This newbie linky party was started by Janis over at Grade Three is the Place for Me.  I'm excited to see so many others just beginning this adventure like me and hopefully, I'll be able to make some new connections this way!
We are supposed to answer the following questions:

1. what state you are in
I actually live in British Columbia, Canada   
2. your current teaching position
I teach Grade 1.  After having a split Kindergarten and Grade 1 class last year, I'm really looking forward to having a straight class.



3. your teaching experience
I have been teaching a variety of Grades over the past 16 years. I've been a Teacher on Call, learning assistance teacher, and have taught at every Grade level from Kindergarten to Grade Five.
4. when you started blogging
I've had a personal blog in the past but just started this blog yesterday.
 5. share a blogging tip / blogging resource
There are some amazing blogs out there with tons of remarkable information.....STALK!  



Shout out!

While I'm at it, I need to do a shout out to Nikki at Melonheadz.  I have been using her clipart on my teaching papers for the past year and think they are adorable!  If you haven't seen them, check it out.  Her button is under the Blogs I Stalk!

This past year

This past year I had a Kindergarten/Grade 1 classroom.  It was the district's first year of full day kindergarten and it was challenging to combine the two levels.  We all had a great year but it was a lot more work on my part.  This upcoming year, I am excited to be teaching a straight one class.  I chose to keep my Ks for their Grade one year (there are only 7 of them) so my plan for the next month is to come up with some fun-filled new themes that they won't have seen!
Last year, some of our large themes were plants, oceans, butterflies, Canada, beavers and snow.  Any ideas out there for some exciting new themes?  I'm thinking dinosaurs (was on my list for this year but I ran out of time) and pirates.

I'm going to begin working on another paper mache tree for my classroom.  The one I made last year was a huge success so I think I should have a pair.  Here is a photo:
This was taken in the spring when we had blossoms on the tree.  In the winter we took out the umbrellas so that we had a "naked" tree.  It was neat to discuss how trees look different in the varying seasons when we could look at ours to compare.
Anyways, have a great day!

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

A New Beginning

Hi everyone!  I've been wanting to start my own teaching blog for quite a while but in the meantime, have made myself happy by stalking other blogs!  But......here it is!  Thank you to the wonderful ladies at The Honey Bunch for creating my beautiful blog!