Whoo hoo for surviving the first week of school! Last year was my first year at this school and I was a HOT MESS all year long!! The goal was always survival. BUT…dun dun dunnnnn, this year is totally different. I feel like I can bring my “A Game” now that I have been down this road before. I don’t think it matters if you have taught forever or are just starting out, going to a new school is a whole new world and it is great to be somewhere that I can plant myself and grow!
So, here are my favorite things from week one!
Okay, here is a funny. A friend of mine posted this pic on facebook and I think it was how most of us felt, but now I am excited about being back. I just need a nap! J
As soon as we get the rules on paper, we start word work with our names. We will make a name chart that we will reference all year. When I am teaching sounds, I will say what sound does ‘a’ make? ‘A’ as in Alice. This chart will be on the wall and I will make a mini version for the writing center and the group carpet location. It becomes an asset in teaching. J
I was trying to find a new way to teach my students how to walk quietly in the hall when I found this cute poem on teachers pay teachers from Castles and Crayons. I love her blog! I took the poem and added a foot so my kids could glue on marshmallow toes. The loved it! I try to keep a few marshmallows in a baggie in my pocket or on my clipboard so when we are in the hall, I can give one to the student with the quietest toes. J
On Friday, we reread The Kissing Hand and Chester left us a note in the back. We went on a Chester Hunt and it was so much fun. We followed the clues around the school and his paw prints too! The Chester Hunt cards are available in my Kissing Hand Unit too! J
Thanks for reading. I love your comments!! More to come soon. Have a wonderful day! J