It is a little late to post about Halloween. I still have more posts about Xmas and winter coming soon.
I got married in October and I totally neglected the blog for two months.
First let me show you the wedding stuff:
I do not have the photos yet, this is an instagram pic. It was a lovely day with friends and family. Then we went for the Honey Moon to Australia!!! We had lots of fun. Australia had been in my list for a very long time. We also had some time to visit some Australian friends. We attended a TPT meet up and finally met Melanie From the Pond.
Back to work again. It was hard but it really helps that I love my job and my school. And I had bought little gifts for the kiddos that I was excited to give them. 😉
It was time for Halloween stuff. When you have little or none time to prepare Halloween you have pinterest. I did this awesome craft with the kiddos. We used it last year too. Thanks to my coworker who sent me this photo because I forgot taking a photo of my classroom.
We used the Monster craft to review our number lines. I found the idea on Teacher Bits and Bobs.
We also did the classical bat hats. Nothing special, but the kids love using white crayons on black paper.
So this was all we did in Halloween , or at list what I can remember looking through my phone photos. Coming soon with some Christmas fun.
I finally found some time to share our first week in the classroom.
If you have been following for a while you know that last year I was teaching secondgrade. This year I am back to first and loving every minute.
I will be teaching Art to first and second grade too.
So our first week went superfast as always. I spent most of the time working on transitions and expectations. And I can see some of that now.
We started with a small game/chant to know each other and then we made a minibook about our first day in first grade. You can find a similar one here.
We did first day crowns too. I forgot taking pictures so I am sharing them for free. Click on the picture to download the freebie with English and Spanish crowns (only first and second grade available).
During the next days we worked on more rules and expectations, our favorite book was David goes to School or David va al colegio. We read the book and we had a discussion about classroom rules. Lots of don’t pee on the table, or don’t spit in your friend’s schoolbag… I have a funny bunch this year.
When we could make a decision I wrote the on an anchor chart and drew David. By the time I was drawing it the kids where drawing it too on their desks. They had never done a directed drawing so I gave them a little help. Feel free to use it with your kids.
I just love GoNoodle! My kids love it too. And it is free!
What else can you ask for?
Some of my teacher friends don’t use it because it is not in Spanish. But this it can be easily adapted.
Here you can see a screenshot I took of my computer.
My kids do not understand most of the brain breaks. They find them funny but they just don’t understand. So what I do is that I use the dance/run ones. They even catch some of the lyrics. Zumba is easy but their favorite is Koo Koo Kagaroo.
One of the things that I like about GoNoodle is Maximo or the other relaxing videos. My kids don’t understand them at all. They just can’t follow.
What can you do? Just click on the YouTube icon and add what you need. We all have our favorite Spanish songs, chants… I added some relaxing ones and the times tables songs. So worth it!
Once you have the videos that you like you just use them in the classroom.
As soon as we started GoNoodling in the classroom parents asked me about it. You can invite them to use it at home by sending a letter home.
I have created some Spanish posters. Feel free to use them There are some great printables on the GoNoodle blog too.
Another great thing about GoNoodle is that you can buy lots of goodies on their GoNoodle store. My kids went crazy when I gave them tattoos last year. I may get some pencil for my new firsties.
Remember to use the Back to School code if you want to get some goodies.
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