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Saturday, July 26, 2014

Happy Saturday! Want some freebies? :)

Good morning! Hope your weekend is off to a great start. Mine has been pretty productive so far. I've uploaded 3 new freebies to my store with Back to School time in mind.

The first is a set of 8 editable binder covers! You can change the text and font on each cover. Here's a little preview..



Since I am also in the midst of organizing my binders I thought it might be helpful to share the form I use to keep student info. They have a more in depth form in their records in my classroom. This shortened version is for me to have in my general teacher binder that I always have nearby.
Kinda hard to see but there is a better preview on TPT. And its a freebie, so you can just delete if it doesn't fit your needs.
The last is an activity I do with my students at the beginning of the year. Students love making these bracelets to describe themselves. Even if they don't actually "love" math or reading, they typically say they do so they can add more beads haha. Either way, a fun hands on activity to start the year! :)
P.S. Not my original activity, just tweaked it to fit my classroom :)

So click any of the pictures or the add on the right to head over to my store and check it out! And once again have a great weekend!

Monday, July 21, 2014

Monday Made It!


Does it count if I didn't make it on Monday? I finally brought them into class today! Hopefully that counts for something! But I wanted to do a quick post about these anyways...

As many of you already know, cutting your composition notebooks in half can be a lifesaver! You can get them done at some Office Max/ Office Depot stores. Might even wanna try Staples. Last year I covered them with solid blue duck tape but went with a cuter pattern this year.

I use the smaller notebooks to record our math Problem of the Day. I will add labels (once I print them!) and student numbers once I assign them.
Also working on spray painting some library baskets (read as "the boyfriend is spray painting some library baskets" lol) but that is a larger, messier project. If we have any success I'll post about them soon or mention them when I show pics of my classroom. 
Happy Monday :) 

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Back to School Goals

Time is flying by. Its already mid- July! I'm getting nervous and  excited about the year to come. I was doing some reading and came upon the following..
"It can be difficult to feel prepared—in fact, can you ever really be ready for a class of students you may never have met?"
I thought, good point! And took a deep breath. I know everything will be fine. Those little ones will be even more nervous than I will be. And just like last year we will start to build an awesome classroom community of learning.
So as I was in the BTS mindset I thought, perfect time to join in on this fun linky provided by
and blog about my goals for the upcoming year.
Personal: I've been going to Yoga lately thanks to an awesome Groupon and I am loving it! I haven't even asked how much the subscription will be after my deal! Even if I don't continue going to the class I definitely wanna keep it up at home. Its really relaxing. I've just started meditating but I'm working on it.
Organization: I keep student data in my file cabinet with their other information but I would like to keep info in a binder as well. I've been looking at some cute items on TPT. :)
Planning: ...Self explanatory lol
Professional: I went to an NEA Conference last year in Atlanta and had a blast. I want to take advantage of more of those opportunities to learn and network.

Students: ... again pretty self explanatory. Excited to use the 10 steps of Independence from Daily 5 though!
Motto: I need to remind myself where my help comes from!
Oh and one more thing! Got around to making that Facebook Page. Check me out and show some love!

Monday, July 14, 2014

Don't mind me, just enjoying my Summer!

It's been a little bit since I posted. I would apologize but ya know summer vacation is for relaxing right? So thats what I've been trying to do :). Really I've already been in my classroom twice since they've opened my hall back up (shame, shame). Making a little progress, but moving that furniture is hard work!



I debated going in today but decided I'd rather not. And soon I won't have the liberty to decide not to go (lol) so I enjoyed that thoroughly today. Instead I sat around reading Cosmo and the new Daily 5.
But I wanted to be sure and blog about my little celebration! 1000 Instagram followers! 

I cant believe it! Oh happy day! If you don't already, head on over and follow me on Instagram @firstgradelove
please && thank you
and stay tuned..Facebook page should be coming soon... :)

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Tips to Tame Em - Week 2

Well I'm a day later than planned, but better late than never right? Linking back up with...


for week 2 of Tips to Tame Em. This week she's discussing how we demonstrate and explain our expectations during learning...


She has a great idea using a "Y - Chart". You should definitely head by her blog and check it out. I can see myself using it in my classroom next year. I love how it incorporates "feels like" because I don't usually address that are in my expectations. It's a great way to get the students thinking deeper about what to expect. Genius!

In my classroom I make sure to explicitly introduce and model expectations for guided reading. It takes a lot of ground work to get students working independently so guided reading time can be purposeful. The past two years I have used a set of anchor charts I found online on TeachersPayTeachers but they come from a blogger named Mrs. Jones :)


(sorry so small! look her up, its a freebie!)

One side says "student" and the other says "teacher". We discuss what we both will be doing during each center and fill in the poster whole group.  After looking at Kelli's post I see that these expectation charts or activities can be used throughout all subjects and learning areas. I may use her "Y-Charts" to discuss math center expectations. Either way, it's got my brain going and ready  to plan.

...but that will wait until tomorrow. Yoga kicked my butt! I am sleepyyyyy! 

Have a great night guys!

Tuesday, July 1, 2014


Well hello again! Didn't expect to be blogging again so soon but I've always wanted to do one of these so here goes..

Thanks to Farley for the awesome linky! Now on to dinner!