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.
Are you going back in-person with your students? With so many teachers vaccinated I know most of you are going back your classrooms this spring.
It is so exciting seeing the kids after so long.
We have been face to face in Spain all year. And I loved it. I mean it was scary at some times but I know kids need and deserve seeing their friends and playing together.
In Spain we have ‘bubble classrooms’. It means that we can be close to each other with our group but we cannot be close to other person from another classroom.
I have a couple of tips for you.
The first weeks are the most difficult. Kids are not used to be masked all day. And there are many new safety rules. So try to relax and focus on the new rules as you do some fun activities.
The second tip is that you teach outside as much as you can. My second graders love math centers, story telling and reading outside.
Today I am sharing with you these Spanish posters for safety rules in the classroom. In the next posts I’ll try to post some social distance ideas for your classroom.
Thanks for reading!
I shared a few weeks ago this skin tones pencils on instagram and some of you asked me to share it. So here it is. 🙂
First, let me tell you the story about these pencils…
It was Peace Day and we had to color a bunch of kids holding hands for a classroom bulletin board. Then I noticed that all the kids were using the same tone. I have very little diversity in my classroom. So I thought that it was important to make them notice about skin tones. We talked a LOT about it and we decided that we should represent them in a way. BUT they did not have that ‘rainbow of skin tones’ in their pencil pouches, so I bought a pack and took another one that I had at home and the skin tones cup of pencils was born.
If you live in Spain, the first set was bought about 5 years ago in Abacus, I could not find it this year. I found a smaller pack in Dideco.
Click on the next photo if you want the label in English or Spanish (color carne).
After a couple of weeks the kids still use it and you can see how they colored these worksheets.
If you are interested in the worksheet it is from my Months of the year craftivity. This worksheet is in Valencian (not included). Download the preview to see what you get (English & Spanish).