We use our notebooks a lot in my classroom. I thought I could share with you some tips to make them work in your classroom too.
TIP 1: Make your students excited about the notebook. I make a big deal when I give my firsties their notebook. They don’t use it in Kinder so it is a big kids’ notebook.
TIP 2: Set expectations in the beginning. We work with lined paper first to practice the handwriting rules.
TIP 3: Model, model, model. This is a must in the classroom.
TIP 4: Don’t go crazy correcting every mistake. It won’t make them better writers.
TIP 5: Improve their writing little by little. Focus on the little things that will make their writting better. Try not to overwhelm them.
I am sharing with you a couple of freebies that you can use in the classroom. If you click HERE you will get a handwriting Diploma and a sticker chart for your notebooks.
If you are looking for writing prompts in Spanish you can visit my Teachers Pay Teachers store to use our morning writing. You’ll find lots of writing prompts for first/second grade. Just project them on the board and you are ready to go.
I shared a little craft a couple of days ago on Instagram and some of you contacted me to get the pattern. So, better late than never. Get your pattern and enjoy the craft!
I recognize this is not the cutest craft I have ever made (check out the blog/store for better examples). But it is quick and cheap because you do not need colored paper and you won’t spend a lot of your time coloring.
For the scarves I used cute colored paper I bought from Target a couple of years ago.
If you want to create a the big letters just use big fonts on power point and have lots of patience to cut them out.
Do you all feel as exhausted as I do? I need this Christmas break more than ever!
We have been working really hard.
I already explained everything about this buntings in the previous post
. But I wanted to give big shout out: IKEA has this great red hangers half price now that Christmas is almost here. I will be buying more as they saved me some time.
I also got more double side wrapping paper. I cannot pass a deal 😉
We also created beautiful Christmas trees. I love this cute idea. Here is the pinspiration: KROKOTAG TREES
The best part is that they can stick it into a flowerpot to decorate.
We were studying arctic animals and I could not pass the opportunity to create this cute penguins. The idea is from For the Love of Art. Thanks!
I am linking with the great Amy Lemons for this part:
We decorated the whole school this year. This is my classroom door.
But my favorite part are this First Grade Blue Skies Elfs. I purchased this craftivity long time ago and it is my favorite so far.
The kids wrote elf stories and the hanged them. They are so proud!
Here is the link to the craft: ELF CRAFTIVITY.
SO WORTH IT!