Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Guided Reading

Okay.....today was our first day of Guided Reading.  I have not been able to begin it before now as I was helping out another teacher who had a difficult split class.  I've been taking her Grade ones and there have just been too many kids in the classroom.  Now that they have a routine, they are back in their own classroom.  YAY!  They were sweet kids but it was just too chaotic.  Anyways, LA was awesome today.  The stress that I was feeling is gone completely!
For my guided reading, I have 4 groups.  One group works with me; one does a listening centre story and activity; one completes a word work activity; and the last does something with sight words.
I tried Daily 5 last year and ended up with a hybrid of it this year as there were lots of things that I liked; and others that I wasn't crazy about.  We still "read to self", "read to others", do "word work", "listen to reading" and "work on writing" but I don't call it the daily 5 and I make sure that the kids do each of these rather than giving them all free reign. 
So happy to have things back on track in my classroom.

I'd like to replace Facebook with teaching blogs to be more accurate.......Can anyone relate?

Saturday, October 20, 2012

October is flying by!

I can't believe how fast this month is going!  We completed our study on spiders this past week and we're moving on to bats.  Love those two themes and lotsa blogs have goodies out there for the two topics.  I don't think I made anything for my spider unit....everything was off of the first grade blogs.  WooHoo.....gotta love that!
I've had a bit of chaos in my classroom for my Language Arts program.....I won't go into details but I'm so excited to get things back on track this week.  Starting my Guided Reading program this week.  Yay!  Love guided reading!  I've got my groups all set up and on to figuring where I'm going to go with it this week.
A freebie for today is some "caught being good" tickets.

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Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Can anyone help me with pinterest?  I pinned pictures of my pages that I posted before but can't get them to link back to this site.  Does anyone know how to do that?  I've just been copying the URL from the picture properties but it hasn't included my website address.  HELPPPPP!
Well, I'm just plugging along!  I've made up quite a few pages in the past few weeks for my LA curriculum but frankly, not sure if I should bother to share them.  I'm not sure if they would  be useful to anyone out there.  I'll put a couple on here and see if anyone uses them.  If you do find them useful, please let me know and I'll continue to add some here.  Here is the link!

Anyways, I had a wonderfully relaxing long weekend and managed to get 30 something pages of morning work (work that my kids do as they enter the classroom and get ready for the day) done.  Hoping to maybe get it onto TPT but might need to add some more to it first.
Have a great evening!