Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Fall Art and a Math Freebie

Hello Friends!
I need to start off this post by first saying that I love art.  I love teaching art, I love making art, I love looking at art.  I love everything about art!  So I am always excited to find new and exciting projects for my kids to do!  I also love fall.  I love the colours, the leaves falling, pumpkins, fall decor and pumpkin spice everything.  With my class in the fall I usually make sunflowers for our fall art project with oil pastels, but this year I decided to change it up!  Instead of making sunflowers out of oil pastels I switched the medium to chalk pastels and added a glue line!  On the first day we drew our sunflowers on black construction paper with pencil (we practiced first in our sketch books).  After sketching we took basic white glue and made a glue line over all of the pencil marks to outline our sunflower.  The next day when we got together we colored our sunflowers with chalk pastel.  Did we get a little messy with chalk pastels - absolutely! But what fun is art if you can't get a little messy sometimes!!! I think the kids did an amazing job!  They look absolutely beautiful on our bulletin board!

I whipped up a quick math freebie for you today.  You can download it at our Teachers Pay Teachers store.  It is called Line Me Up and just as the name sounds it is a one page sheet for students to cut out and order numbers from 0 to 100.  I hope some of you can find it useful!

Happy Tuesday!


Monday, September 24, 2012

Welcome to my Classroom!

Well I think it goes to say that with the lack of posts on this little blog, the start of the school year has been crazy.  Crazy in many ways - both personally and professionally.  But I'm still standing and am excited to hopefully be posting on this blog more often that I have been in the past little bit. 

My class of 1s and 2s this year are absolutely wonderful.  They are just so, so cute.  I couldn't stop saying that on the first day - and it still rings true.  They are a loving bunch full of hugs and such positive words.  They are definitely big bucket fillers and know how to absolutely make my day!

I am still getting used to the new grade one curriculum and trying to wrap my head around how I am going to integrate both curriculums as much as possible.  In the past two and half weeks we have gone full swing into the Daily 5.  Although I have to say it has been a bit of a rocky road.  We have experienced many challenges in building our stamina.  But we finally have reached a level of stamina where I am able to take small readings groups which makes me very, very happy.  And the kids are LOVING their reading time.

I have quite a wide range of learners this year.  I know that every classroom has a wide range, but I find that with the split the range is that much greater.  We have been working hard on our printing for the past little bit.  My school requires us to implement the Handwriting Without Tears Program.  So that is a focus in writing right now, as well as personal writing in our journals.

In math we have been focussing on the hundreds chart, counting, dot patterns for numbers as well as ten frames!

Here is a look at what my classroom looks like this year.  It is not the most ideal layout but it works for what I am given.  It also is quite old and excuse the mix matched tables.  I had desks my first year at this school and had to scrounge to get tables.  Therefore they are of all different sorts.  But they work!

I hope to post a math freebie soon!  I am in the process of creation.

I hope everyone had a great Monday!

Lauren :)