I have completely neglected the blog. Life happens…
I had a daughter 11 months ago. We are beyond happy and super tired, so creating new stuff and posting on the blog was not a priority. In fact I have started this post so many times I had to edit the age of the baby twice. 😉
After a whole year at home with the baby I feel (almost) ready to go back to school.
Before leaving the class I packed most of my personal stuff into 6 big boxes and took them home. I still left a ton of personal stuff because I was feeling tired (pregnant). I wish I didn’t take so much home, because I ended having a wonderful sub, and everything was in perfect conditions.
I loved being a teacher again. I have an awesome group this year. I loved decorating the classroom and organizing everything. And I am enjoying read aloud time more than ever. During these months I have bought many books and I can’t wait to show them to my students.
After a whole month teaching half-day I love my new situation. I have my day in the classroom but I go back early enough to enjoy the afternoons as a mom. I don’t know how this is going to work with TpT but as you can see she is already helping. 😉
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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.
This is going to be great year! I am teaching a wonderful group of 26 secondgraders. And I am also teaching ART in English during specials!!!
I have found so many cool ideas that I won’t have time to fit them all in a single school year.
I needed a simple craft to start the year and review some colors/numbers vocabulary. I found this cute one in pinterest and it worked wonders! Check it in Michelle’s blog
I loved how she arranged the bulletin board.
This craft does not need lots of preparation. But as I only get 40 minutes a week for each group I prepared it as much as I could so it would fit in only one lesson.
The craft had to be a purpose for using English language so before making anything I taped the color on the blackboard (Yes, we still use blackboards… ). Then we wrote their names and counted the letters. They quickly understood it so we moved on with the making.
At first I stood by the colored papers so every kid should ask: Can I have some ‘blue’ paper, please?
Then I had to move to help some kids with the tearing process… It can be difficult for some firstgraders. One of the kids was in charge of the paper. And when they finished they could help the kids with the longer names.
I could not be happier with the results
In my own classroom we were working with descriptions. I created a simple handout to write about themselves and a template to draw their portraits. You could use it in different ways.
We used the first paragraph to write about our face, the second one was for general appearance and the last one for our personality.
We did not write our names so we could use it as a guess who game during Open House next week.
As the kids were drawing I realized how similar their drawings are to my own clip art. This makes me feel honored.:)