Whew! What a first week! I have a wonderful and sweet class. But boy was it a whirlwind!!! We have had major renovations taking place on our school grounds and the changes threw a new twist into recess and dismissal. We moved and changed the playground and redesigned the bus loop, so our routines had to change too. I always think it is amazing how teachers can think on their feet to avert management disaster!
Blog-land has saved my bacon this week! I have been so inspired by beautiful classroom projects as I set up my classroom this year.
We had an open house. I have a scavenger hunt as well as a great parent questionnaire that I put at each student seat. I also added the Back to School Confetti Poem (from Mrs. Lewis’ Lending Library), confetti, and pencil. The confetti was a great find at the Dollar General. My town literally has a small grocery store, a CVS, and the Dollar General, so when I’m in a pinch it is slim pickings.
I finally put up my letters to spell “read”. They are right across from the door to my classroom and they look great when you walk in.
I also made 2 signs inspired by The Inspired Apple:
My painting ability is not nearly as great as Abby’s, so I printed a banner. The only thing that drives me crazy is the hook in the wall that interrupts the red border. I LOVE how this looks in my room!
I also made banners similar to Abby’s rule banners. I actually painted these and did a decent job. The kids loved decorating them, they look nice, and fill in a space that I struggled with last year. I had hoped to hang them on either side of the banner above, but they were too long. I still need to find something for the back wall.
Sadly, before I could even take pictures of my room that was at “good enough for open house” stage, the first week whirl-wind hit and it looks like a tornado landed. I plan to go in this weekend and clean up to make it look pretty again.
I am loving the activities in Fun with Firsties, also from Abby at the Inspired Apple. We did the interviews with a new friend and the First Week of School Book.
Monsters also came to school! We used the activities from Growing Kinders Monster Fun! Teaching Manners and Expectations. Can I tell you that 2 teachers asked about it and went to download their own copies! One said it was the only thing that seemed to resonate with her students.
We also read:
Next week we are reviewing and decorating buckets!
Thank you to all of the amazing people who share their brilliance!
I have been working on my reading bags and plan to print and bind my journals this weekend. I am hoping to link some freebies now that I am working on things and hunting down my work from last year.
Happy weekend folks!!!!!