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 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).
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.