Tuesday, September 4, 2012

New School Year Tour


A new school year begins...
 I must say... as soon as the stores start selling school supplies my heart skips a beat.   The excitement, the new-ness, the starting over is so great.
I tend to purchase too many boxes of markers, colored pencils and crayons (for myself ;)   I love checking off the items for my own kiddo's classes and purchasing their supplies...   it just makes me happy!!

This year we are beginning a few new changes at school.
We're focusing on the Common Core and beginning the Daily 5.
Although my team has been teaching together for 15 years... we have all felt a bit 'green' with our new curriculum and opportunities. Lucky for me green is my favorite color :)
We've been stressed, but we are all so excited!!

My classroom was finally put together.  After putting together a new house, I was a bit slow in the classroom... I told Mr. E that I was getting old ;)
It's amazing how things work out... the kids arrived this morning, happy, fresh and excited.  Here are a few pics of what they arrived to...

Our faculty reading for the year... I'm way excited!!
My new Daily 5 book boxes from Target

Our new easel for the Daily 5 from Ikea... there is a hidden roll of paper to create our charts attached to the easel itself!!
my 2 desks...

student desks
My math manips for the kids to take home to use while completing homework.  I started with shoebox size boxes and have worked my way down to a simple ziploc bag with 3 dice, 30 transparent chips and a transparent spinner. They check them out at Back to School and return to me the final week of school!
Math tools and games
Math station rotation chart and boxes.  I plan to take their pictures this first week and place them on their card for the math station rotation chart... they're a bit naked right now.
I have recently become nausiated by the feel of popsicle sticks.  I can't touch them... so I had to come up with another way to randomly call on my students.  Each child has a 'special number' 1-28... abc order...
I created these little pebbles with the numbers and modge podged the back with cute paper... similiar to many magnets we've all made... just without the magnets.  Much better to my fingers ;)
We are so fortunate to not have to write detailed lesson plans for our principal.  We all have created a system that works for our teaching styles... thus creating personal plan books... this year however... with the new CC and Daily 5 I chose to have my plan book be rather 'vanilla' and fill in the details as I plan for the upcoming week.  Hopefully next year, my plan book with start out much more detailed.
Science materials


Word family board... we began the year with our 'at' family...
love Splat the Cat books ;)
Skittle Math... a fun, tasty math activity for the first week.
It has been so much fun blog hopping and 'visiting' classrooms all over the country.
I have learned so much from so many of you... thank you!!!
I wish you all a fabulous new school year with your kiddos!!

10 comments:

Oceans of First Grade Fun said...

Your room looks so good! Have a wonderful school year!
Ms. A

The Hands-On Teacher said...

Your room looks very organized! LOVE IT! :)

We do Skittles math every year on the first week too :)

Marie
The Hands-On Teacher in First!

Mrs. Parker said...

Your room looks fabulous. I love the colors; so bright and cheerful! Hope you have a great year. :)

Mrs. Parker said...

Your room looks fabulous. I love the colors; so bright and cheerful! Hope you have a great year. :)

Mrs. Parker said...

Your room looks fabulous. I love the colors; so bright and cheerful! Hope you have a great year. :)

Mrs. Parker said...

Your room looks fabulous. I love the colors; so bright and cheerful! Hope you have a great year. :)

Mrs. Parker said...

Your room looks fabulous. I love the colors; so bright and cheerful! Hope you have a great year. :)

Mike said...

Your classroom is beautiful. It's so nice and organized.

Joy said...

Can you put a copy of your lesson plans up? I love them!

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