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Camp Learned A Lot - Day 2

May 15, 2018

Today was Day 2 of Camp Learned A Lot!  The students were so excited to see what surprises laid in store today.


Camp Learned A Lot - Day 1

May 14, 2018

On the last full week of school, I transform my classroom into a camping scene called Camp Learned A Lot.  This is truly the BEST week of First Grade!  We spend the week reviewing curriculum, spending time with friends, making crafts, singing songs, and just plain having fun!

On Thursday, the week before Camp Learned A Lot, I secretly email my parents to give them a heads-up about Camp Learned A Lot.  Depending on my plans for Camp Learned A Lot, I may ask for materials I will need throughout the week.  The most important details of the email are to keep it a secret from their kiddo and to send in mail for their child.  I ask that parents write a letter to their child pretending that they are away at camp, tell them what is going on at home, and to praise them for their hard work during the school year.  Parents may send in one letter or one for every day of camp.

Like I mentioned, the students have NO idea this is happening!  After school on Friday, I transform the classroom into a camp scene.  I decorate outside our classroom, put up a tent, add a campfire, tablecloths, lanterns, and more.  Here is a look at what students see when they arrive at the classroom door on Monday:

Camp Sign came from Deanna Jump's Camping Unit

Mother's Day Freebies

May 07, 2018


Mother's Day is this Sunday. Today I want to share with you what I always do for Mother's Day in my classroom.  Best of all, these are completely free!  The gifts that we make for Mother's Day are one of my favorite throughout the entire year.  I just love creating special keepsakes that I know moms will appreciate and keep.

Math Fact Clip Cards: Addition and Subtraction to 10

January 28, 2018

As I mentioned in my previous post, addition and subtraction fact fluency is a skill my First Grade students must master by the end of the school year.  I am always researching and implementing new methods of teaching math facts.  Mastery always boils down to practice.  The more practice and exposure a student has to math facts, they better they will become.  



Shake and Roll Addition Fact Fluency Games

January 21, 2018

As a First Grade teacher, addition and subtraction fact fluency is a skill my students must master by the end of the school year.  I am always researching for and implementing new methods of teaching math facts and math fact activities.  Mastery always boils down to practice.  The more practice and exposure a student has to math facts, they better they will become.  

One way I make sure my students have ample practice to math facts is to include math fact games in my Daily 5 Math rotations.  Shake and Roll is an addition game that does just that!  I introduce this game to my students at the beginning of the year and just simply change out the game board and pieces every month.  This way students are familiar with the game and rules (and I don't have to spend time teaching a new game) but the change in the graphics and game pieces keeps things fresh and fun!



Carson Dellosa Interactive Science Notebook Review

February 15, 2016

I recently received a copy of Carson-Dellosa's Kindergarten Interactive Science Notebook to review.  I am a member of their Brand Ambassador Program and the Interactive Science Notebook was the only real option to review this month, other than bulletin board materials.  Prior to this experience, I tried to incorporate interactive notebooking earlier in the school year with math, but I found it to be a little too much for Kindergarten at the time.  It was very time-consuming for children who had emerging cutting and gluing skills.  


Custom Teacher T-Shirts

August 02, 2015




Recently, I came across TeacherShirts.com and have to share my experience with them.  Lately, the trend for teachers has been to wear super cute, trendy shirts pertaining to their school or grade they teach.  TeacherShirts.com make these, as well as custom shirts for classes (CUTE shirts with photos drawn by each student) and bloggers.  Since I'm pretty proud of my little blog that I have here, I decided to try my hand at their custom blogger shirt.  

Free Teacher Binder Cover

July 19, 2015


Lately, I've been working on organizing my teaching materials to make life a little easier for me once school starts back in a few weeks.  One of the top things on my to-do list was creating a Teaching Binder where I have class information, meeting information, and assessment documents, as well as teaching resoures and materials for myself. 

Free Summer Goals Checklist

July 13, 2015


If you're like me, you have a long to-do list during your summer break.  Whether it be lesson planning, classroom organization, Teachers Pay Teachers, household projects, or lifestyle goals, there is A LOT I want to accomplish while I am on summer vacation! 

Although I am pretty good at keeping a list in my head, it helps me to physically be able to check items off a list.  There's just something about checking off an item that makes me motivated!  Instead of making a list on a post-it note, I decided to create a goal sheet to print and hang on my refrigerator.  The result was this My Summer Goals checklist!

Free Pre-K Assessment

July 05, 2015

Are you a Pre-K or Preschool Teacher?  Or maybe a parent who wants to help their child prepare for Kindergarten?  If so, this free Pre-K assessment and data tracker will help keep you accountable for your student/child's learning! 

Free Pre-K Assessment

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