Friday, May 22, 2015

School BIrthdays

I wish someone had started this initiative earlier in the year, but this past month they started posting the birthdays of the week by the library. Awesome. Kids love being recognized for something, even if it's only being born.

Thursday, May 21, 2015


Remember when I showed you my set up for report card day?

Well, here is a display in our hallway of the pink hearts filled out by the teachers and the purple hearts filled out by the families. My kiddos LOVE looking at their hearts and having their compliments read to them.

I HIGHLY recommend this project for your next parent teacher night.

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Dental Health Month 2015

I'm much more in love with my bulletin board this year than what I did last year, even though last year we won a prize for it.

This is my classes contribution to the contest. Each student coloured a germ and I stapled all to the giant mouth. The mouth has 20 teeth, which is the number 5 year olds typically have.

As proud of mine as I am, I ADORE the contribution of the other grade one class. Their teacher took a picture of each student brushing their teeth, and printed in the middle the lyrics for a cute little tooth brushing song.
I'm glad they won!

Friday, May 1, 2015

Sight Word activities

My class has a new favourite activity.

Sight Word Bingo!

I found this awesome freebie online from A Wellspring on Teachers Pay Teachers.

I like to save paper as much as possible, so I printed in two to a page instead of the full page in the freebie file. I also changed to black ink since I used red card stock.

The first day we used them, we used these blocks as our markers, but students were building towels and swords with them, so we've since returned to using beans.

This is just one part of our regular Sight word practice.
We also usually watch this video on YouTube, repeating the words after the dude.

On top of these, during our morning message I include the weeks five words and have students raise their hands to circle the words on the smart board, and to point to on our word wall. The love using my Finger pointers to find words.

Do a search for sight words or Dolch to find my popular slap hands and my worksheets we use for bellwork.

How do you teach Dolch?

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Report Card Preparations.

Does anybody else both look forward to and dread report card day?

We had our third quarter report cards last week. Can you tell I like to be organized?

Each pile you see in the picture includes the report card for each student in the pile, and their sight word checklist. 

The small strip above the pile is their door prize raffle ticket.

The envelope is the parents order form for the book we're publishing with Student Treasures.

On top of the report cards is a compliment heart for each student from me, and a smaller heart for each parent to fill out. the plan is to collect the hearts and put them all on display in the hallway.

The book is the reading level each student in that pile is at. We wanted the parents to get a more concrete concept of what their students reading level means, So we showed them a book at the reading level they're in, and the end goal for the year as well. It was eye opening for most parents.

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Teacher Appreciation Week at Educents!

Happy Teacher Appreciation Week!

I've wanted to be a teacher ever since I first met Mrs. Rathbun when I was in grade Primary (Kindergarten to most of you).

I can remember every elementary teacher I ever had, and they all taught me important life lessons.

My grade one teacher was Mrs. Maxwell. I LOVED her. She hatched chicks in our class, it was awesome. I'll never forget seeing her hold the eggs up to the projector light so we could see the growth of the chicks inside the eggs.

What was truly surreal was during my first year as a certified teacher I got to be a substitute teacher in her class. It was SOO weird to be in her room not as a student but as a colleague. 

Here are three reasons why I am thankful for educators:
  1. Teachers made me want to follow in their footsteps.
  2. Teachers are some of the most loving and knowledgeable people I know.
  3. Teachers love to share ideas to make each other better!
Education has such an impact on ourselves and our little ones. Educents is here to help you pay it forward. In honor of Teacher Appreciation week, Educents & Peekapak have teamed up to provide your favorite educators with a gift basket worth over $40, which includes a FREE $10 Educents Gift Card & 3 months of Peekapak lesson plans (3 digital storybooks, 12 in-class lessons & 12 at-home activities) that teach Character Education and Language Arts.
So, whether it's your mom, your classroom teacher, your neighbors, or another special human being who taught you important lessons, thank them by giving them a FREE gift basket, on Educents!

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Notebook Scribbles

I was just going through my students notebooks last week to finish off our third quarter report cards. Keep in mind that I teach first grade...

I found this sketch of a dude in the back of a boys scribbler.

Is it just me.... or does it look a bit like Fidel Castro? lol

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