Sunday, January 31, 2016

Peek at My Week: Week 5 2016

Happy Sunday Eve!

Well I am back after a crazy exhausting week. My house spent most of this weekend napping and laying around because of all the crazy adventures from last week. My toddler had her first spirit week and our school had their spirit week as well. My husband was gone the majority of the week with work so....napping was necessary.

To get ready for the week I am linking up with Mrs. Wills Kindergarten for her Peek at My Week linky. A great linky to help ensure that I am completely prepared for my week and that I get some great ideas from other teachers. 

Some of the excitement is carrying over to this week. On Monday we will be making our groundhog predictions. We will write out our predictions and explain why we think it will happen this way. Then we will complete a groundhog craftivity. It is super cute and will look great on our science wall. We will also do a quick study on groundhogs to become more familiar with them.

At the end of the week we will be making another big prediction. This time it will be about who wins the Super Bowl. We will write out our predictions and then make a Super Bowl buddy wearing the colors of the team we believe will win. It is always so fun to read why my firsties think different teams will win and you can definitely tell the ones who have listened to moms or dads become excited during games. They use similar vocabulary.

The rest of our week is blissfully calm after the craziness of special dress days and special events each day of last week.

The links to any packets that I will be getting materials from this week can be found beneath the image of my plans.

Groundhog Craftivity
February STEM
Thankful Thoughts
Football Buddy

Have a wonderful week!!


Sunday, January 24, 2016

Peek at My Week: Week 4 2016

Hi Everyone!

I am back this beautiful Sunday to give you a glimpse into the absolutely crazy week that I have this week. I am linking up with Mrs. Wills Kindergarten for her Peek at My Week Linky. Join if you can!

Our school participates in national event for Lutheran schools across the country called National Lutheran Schools week. It is a week packed full of all school activities, fun dress days (we are a uniform school), and so many schedule changes that you have to get creative to get any kind of teaching in.

To adapt to the craziness and schedule changes we are having some extra fun with our lessons this week. In math we need to work a little more on subtraction so we will be doing a little bowling. We use 20 cups and nerf balls for this game. We use 10 cups the first day we play and 20 cups the second. This way we can practice subtracting from larger numbers. For the end of the week we will be enjoying some 100 Day math centers and super hero math to go along with our dress like a super hero day on Friday.

Other than the math we have our Bible lessons, a science review and test, and a super hero project. The rest of my teaching time is taken up by our all school events. It will be fun and there will be many pictures to come.

Any packets I use this week can be found by clicking on the links below my plans.

1ooth Day STEM Activities
100th Day of School
Come in From the Cold Math Centers
Up Up and Away Super Hero Math Task Cards
Thankful Thoughts

Have a wonderful week!


Sunday, January 17, 2016

Peek at My Week: Week 3 2016

Good Morning!

Today I am coming to you with a peek into my upcoming week. I am linking my plans up with Mrs. Wills Kindergarten. I am so excited for the three day weekend and a four day work week. That four day week will be pretty packed though.

This week we are studying the amazing Martin Luther King Jr. in social studies. We started our studies Friday with a super cute project and videos from Reading Rainbow and Kid President. It was a great way to kick off our studies.

At the end of the week we will be using one of Brooke Brown's amazing STEM activities from her January STEM packet. My little firsties will be so excited when they find out we will be starting with the creation of several geysers and moving into some marshmallow tower building. It will definitely be an awesome afternoon.

You can find links to any of the packets I will be using below the image of my plans.

Snowman Math
Thankful Thoughts
January STEM
Martin Luther King Jr. 

Have a wonderful Monday off and a wonderful four day week!


Friday, January 15, 2016

Sharing Sunshine

Good Evening!

Happy Friday! On this happy Friday evening I am coming to you to link up with my friends at Hello Sunshine for the Sharing Sunshine linky.
My little bit of sunshine happened yesterday. I love that I am a Christian school teacher and that I get to share the Bible with my students each day. I also love those moments when you find a way to connect another activity you are doing to what you teach your students in their Bible lessons. Yesterday it came in the form of a snowman.

We teamed up with our two third grade classes for a snowman activity in the afternoon as part of our snowman day fun. We made a snowman to go along with The Meaning of a Snowman. They are now hanging on our classroom wall the meaning typed in the middle. The kids thought it was cool that our snowmen could remind us of God's love ans sacrifice for us. It was also fun tying it into our theme for the day.

Here is a link to the PDF on TpT that has The Meaning of a Snowman page already typed up and ready to use.

Have a wonderful night!


Sunday, January 10, 2016

Peek at My Week: Week 2 2016

Good Morning!

This morning I am joining Mrs. Wills Kindergarten for her Peek at My Week Linky.

This week our theme is snowmen so our math centers and several projects will be snowman themed. I actually started on Friday of last week with my math classes because I couldn't resist the adorable snowman glyph and the graphing activities that went along with it. My firsties loved it and love that they are now hanging from the ceiling of our classroom.You can find the link to the glyph at the end of this post.
Later in the week we will partner with our third grade classes to make a snowman and watch The Legend of Frosty. The kids will be so excited when they find out they get to end their day with the third graders doing a craft and watching a movie.

Throughout the week we will be working on more on Matter and beginning matter experiments and projects. Our first experiment is oobleck. We will read Bartholomew and the Oobleck and then make oobleck to experiment with. I have an observations sheet that they will fill out for this.

On Friday we end the week with our first Martin Luther King Jr. project. We will bring both first grade classes together for this project. The projects are adorable and also have a great writing component that goes with it. It will look awesome in our hallways too!

My plans for the week are below and links to any products we are using can be found below that.
Snowman Glyph
Thankful Thoughts
MLK Jr. Craft
Make A Snowman Template
Snowmen Math
Snowmen Place Value Puzzles

Have a wonderful week!


Sunday, January 3, 2016

Peek at My Week - Week 1 2016

Good Evening!

Tonight I am sad and excited. I am sad because vacation is over and I no longer get to spend all day with my sweet girl but I am also excited to return to the classroom. As exhausting, crazy, frustrating, and overwhelming teaching can be, I truly love it and have missed my firsties.

To start the week off I am linking up with Mrs. Wills Kindergarten for her Peek at My Week linky. Check it out and link up if you can. I have come across some great ideas and products from this linky.
 This week we are easing back into things as I am sure their attention spans will be pretty short. We have a New Year's Resolution craftivity that we will be making tomorrow afternoon. I love talking to my firsties about what they want their goals to be for the year. Some of them come up with some pretty good ones and some come up with some unique ones which makes it very entertaining.

My teaching partner will be doing a book study with our firsties on The Hat by Jan Brett so we will be doing a Hedgie Webquest to learn more about hedgehogs. It is such a cute and informative activity. They love it every year.

We will also be starting our unit on Matter this week. I am hoping to find something to spice up this unit a little bit and make it more exciting for the kids. For this week though we are going to cover the reading and do a few simple activities.

So all in all there isn't too much going on this week but it will be a great first week back. A link to any products I am using can be found below my plans. 

Happy New Year (Math and Literacy Activities) by Cara Carroll - freebie on her blog
My New Year's Resolution
Science Key Words
Thankful Thoughts
Second Step - First Grade
Snowman Glyph
The Hat

Have a wonderful week!


Saturday, January 2, 2016

Together We Are Better

Good Morning!

So on this beautiful January 2 I am trying to keep my goal about being better about blogging by linking up with Schroeder Shenanigans in Second and Lucky Little Learners for their Together We are Better linky. This month is all about plans and goals. Come and join us if you can!

My biggest plan for 2016 is to be more organized. Last year was a little crazy being and new mom and trying to teach so I let a lot of my organization practices go. This year I am putting all my old organization habits back in play and I am bring organization to my blogging and TpT world. I am hoping that by organizing my thoughts and ideas for my blog and TpT products that it will help me stay focused and help me grow my little blog and TpT store.

To help me with this I found this adorable binder that actually has similar colors to my blog and button. In this I have printed a a large collection of papers from Schroeder Shenanigans in Seconds amazing Blog Organization Packet. I have printed enough pages in each category to keep me accountable for all of 2016. I have pages for the blog posts I will write each week, TpT sales tracker pages for each month, product idea pages, product profile pages, and stat trackers. The pages from this packet are amazing and work perfectly for what I wanted. Hopefully this will help me stay organized and focused on growing my blog and store this year.

Thanks for letting me share! Come and link up for this awesome linky and see some amazing ideas from teacher bloggers all over.

Have a wonderful weekend!


Friday, January 1, 2016

Currently - January

Good Evening!

Tonight I am linking up with Farley over at Oh Boy Fourth Grade for her Currently Linky.

Tonight I am enjoying my first night of free time in a month. My hubby is playing his new PS4 and my sweet baby girl is sound asleep. This means that I have free time to do as I please. So I am loving my free time and using it to catch up on season 4 of Hart of Dixie. I absolutely love this series and I am so excited to finally have the chance to binge watch and catch up.

Unfortunately I am also having thoughts sneak in about how much work I should be working on instead of binge watching a tv show. If only I had a few more days of vacation. But that's what I always say. I will get around to finishing the work and the report cards that won't finish themselves. I will just get to it tomorrow.

All in all I can sum life up into one word: happy. My life is busy, crazy, messy, overwhelming and so much more but I wouldn't change any of it. This messy life makes me happy and all the family and friends that I have been blessed with make my life happy each and every day.

Have a wonderful night!