Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Owl Calendar Cards {FREEBIE} Update!

Hi, guys! Back from day 2 of social studies curriculum writing and we are done!  Last summer, we realigned to the standards, articulated across grade levels to see what was repeated or missing, etc. We were pretty lucky in first grade that we didn't have any major changes other than trying to add in some Common Core ELA crossover and adding in some skills and concepts that most of us already cover anyway (like verbalizing/writing their address, which was a skill we always worked on but was not in the written curriculum). Now I am feeling like it is much more complete and specific without adding a lot of new things to teach. Plus it looks like we are getting new social studies materials, which as you know often go by the wayside when money is needed for math or ELA. Yippee!
Last night after I went to bed (after watching the first few episodes of Orange is the New Black on Netflix), something kept nagging me about the September owl calendar cards I posted.  I decided I didn't like the color (I don't think the gray was cute or energetic enough for starting the year!), so I changed the cards from green and gray to green and blue. Also, since not everyone starts in September like us, I added August so they could be used in other places for the first month of school.  I am much happier with them now! :)  Next up... calendar cards for the rest of the year!

Of course, it's a teacher trait to be a perfectionist... what things in your classroom have to be perfect (or at least start out that way)?
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Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Social Studies, Setup, and Spacey SMART Board Attendance

It's hard to believe that we're coming to the end of July already. Our school year here in NJ doesn't begin until September but I spent today working on my district social studies curriculum committee (and will be back at it tomorrow), so I'm feeling in the thick of it right now.  It's actually a good thing, though - reviewing and updating curriculum is getting me energized to get back in the classroom. 
Speaking of my classroom... I can't wait for you to see the next issue of Scholastic Instructor Magazine! They came into my classroom for a segment on classroom setup. I think it will be part of an article in their August issue, as well as a video segment on the Scholastic Instructor website. I'm excited but a little nervous, too!  I will be doing a blog feature on my classroom setup soon with lots of pictures.  Here's a sneak peek:
From last year, before it was all packed away for summer!
What is your favorite part of your classroom?
Ok, one last thing before go catch something on Netflix with Handsome Hubs - I just added a new SMARTboard attendance file to TpT with a fun astronaut/space theme. Click the pic to check it out!  See ya!
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FREEBIE: September Owl Calendar Cards and Header

Well, I have jumped in to the exciting world of Teachers Pay Teachers! You can visit my brand new store here: Forever First Grade TpT Store
To celebrate, I am giving away my very first creation FREE: September Owl Calendar Cards and Header! Check them out! Click on one of the pics below to grab them from my store. I will get better at posting pics here. :)  Let me know what you think!

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Sunday, July 28, 2013

New beginnings - coming soon!

Hello!  My name is Lindsey Brooks and I have been teaching first grade for a wonderful 17 years. I am just getting my blog up and running so please excuse the construction and come back soon! :) Thanks!
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