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. 😉
Don’t forget to grab this awesome freebie.
I loved this year Christmas celebration in our school. We did Polar Express on our last day before winter break. It was not a lot of work and the kids were superexcited. If you haven’t heard about it I highly recommend you doing a pinterest search for next year.
We decorated the classroom as a train and gave the students jingle bells in the end. It was magical.
We did some crafts too… So many I do not have photos of all of them:
The first one is this cute little elf by First grade Blue Skies:
We used foam instead of paper and it turned out ever cuter. 😉
We also did the snowman buddies we did last year but I totally let them to choose eyes, noses, hats… I love that they turned out so unique.
We did this awesome little craft too. This was pretty easy. Just print the body on light brown paper and decorate with crayons.
You can get a free pattern here:
This Christmas ball was a hit. We decorated them with the families.
In my school we always ask parents to come and help for a day. The kids love creating a family craft with them. This year we did Christmas balls.
First we gave them the white ornament and asked them to add Mod Podge and colored tissue paper. When they finished they could add
some all the glitter.
The next day we did tags to wrte their names and take them home.
And now that Christmas is over I can’t wait to get ready for the Next year! See you in 2016!
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.