Happy Fall!

Hope your fall is off to a great start!  I am on my fourth week with my first graders and FINALLY feel like we are in a routine!  YAY!!!!  Training my kiddos on reading stations takes two weeks and now they're able to independently (with a little teacher support :) complete their stations, and I can now lead small reading groups and IRLA conference with my students.  I am really loving IRLA as an assessment tool, but it I am definitely still in the learning process since this is our first year implementing it in my school.  If you have any tips or advice, I'd love to hear them!  

I decided to change up how I do reading stations in my classroom this year.  You can read about what I did last year {HERE}.  This year my kiddos begin by reading good fit books from their book boxes, either to self or a buddy.  After reading, they can continue reading, choose one of their two station choices, or read from the classroom library which we call Library Lane.  Library Lane and many other adorable station names and cards can be found in Kickin’ it in Kindergarten’s It's Station Time cards.  I just LOVE these!  My station activities change every six days.  Since last year was my first day following this plan, I decided to keep a list of which stations I do :)  I am SO glad I did!  Planning stations has been so much easier this year.  There were days last year when creating station activities was easy and there were A LOT of times in which I spent many weekends searching for new ideas! So I thought I'd share with what I do.  I will try and share when I change stations.  If you do reading stations and are looking for some new ideas feel free to stop by and check out my list!

Here's what we're currently finishing up with:

*Listening station:  iPod shuffles-The Little Red Hen, My Daddy Snores, & 
  A Bad Case of the Stripes
*Wikki Stix: Word mats that can be found {HERE}
*Stamp a Word- Write it Stamp it can be found {HERE}
*Puzzle Place: An alphabet puzzle and environmental print puzzles.  {HERE} is an example of what the environmental print puzzles look like.  I cut them up myself and place them in baggies.  
*Dice Drive: Roll a Word (Dolch words) can be found {HERE}
*White Boards:  Kids write spelling words from word list, then write their own words.
*Magnetic Mountain:  Magnetic boards and magnetic letters
*Pocket Place:  Large pocket chart with short a pictures and words can be found {HERE}.  Also at this station are student photos and name cards.  My kiddos practice recognizing faces and names.  Great for the beginning of the year!  
*Word Way:  Write a Rainbow (Dolch words).  These can be found {HERE}.   I'm including our worksheet from this week!  Just click the picture below :)

Our classroom iPad, iPods, and computers are stations as well.  They contain various reading apps, books, and websites in which my kiddos can read & listen to stories or practice word work.  

Thanks so much for stopping by and I hope you all have a fabulous week! 

Happy Wednesday!

Hi there!  Hope you're all having a great summer!  School starts for us in just a few days and it definitely feels like it's crunch time around here!  We wanted to let you know that we've updated one of our bestsellers!  Our First Grade Common Core Math Vocabulary Cards  now come in two font choices and we just added 8 new words!  If you have already purchased them, go to your downloads folder and re-download for the newest update.
If you'd like to check them out just click on the picture below!

Syllable sets now include September-January and currently working on February!  We should have February-June added within the next few months.  I love to use these with my first graders during literacy stations.  If you'd like to read more about that you can go {HERE}.
If you'd like to check out the syllable sets, just click the picture below!

And here are a few freebies!  I just updated the cover page for my lesson plan binder and created a few additional cover pages.  You can grab these HERE or by clicking on the pages below.  
This is an editable PDF so you can change name at the top or delete the text box if you'd prefer to not have a name at the top.  All examples are in color and B & W :)

I’ve recently started to work on my lesson plans for the first few weeks of school and thought I’d share my master template with you all.  It is in Powerpoint, and can easily be edited.  Just move/delete the text boxes and lines and you can customize them however you’d like.  I like to add monthly themed clipart in the above left corner J
You can grab this freebie HERE, or click on the picture below!
The fonts I used are:

Hope you all have a wonderful day! 
Friday is almost here! 


Back to School Read Alouds & A Freebie!

Happy Sunday!  Hope you are all having a wonderful weekend!  A few weeks ago we had a contest and had our participants list their favorite back to school read alouds.  There were so many wonderful suggestions!  Thank you to everyone who participated!  Below are pictures along with a title list below each picture.  
We also created our own little picture and list of a few of our faves!  

Here are some of our favorites:

And here are some favorites mentioned by our followers!

The Kissing hand

And here's a little freebie!
I plan on putting this color by number worksheet in my first day coloring packs.  I have several coloring/counting/ABC worksheets that I copy for my first graders to work on while they get settled in on the first day of school.  If you'd like a copy, just click any of the pics below!  This freebie contains kindergarten through third grade and one that could be used at any grade level!

Here's one my daughter colored for an example!  
There are a couple of objects without numbers (apples on the tree, the boy's shirt, dots on the girl's dress)  These objects can be colored any color!

Have a great week!  

We have a winner!

Congratulations Cindy C.!
Her book recommendation was Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What do you see? 
Check your email Cindy!  Thank you to all of you that entered!  We've made a list of all of your book wonderful recommendations and will be sharing it on our blog this week.

The big back to school sale is happening now!  EVERYTHING in our store is 20% off  and Teachers Pay Teachers is offering an additional 10% off your total order price.  All you have to do is enter their promo code BESTYEAR during checkout!  Don't forget to leave feedback on your prior TPT purchases.  You'll earn credits for future purchases!
You can check out our store {HERE}!  

Have a fabulous Monday!  

Giveaway and a Sale!

Happy Sunday!  Teachers Pay Teachers is having a back to school sale that begins August 1st and runs through August 2nd, and we've got a $10 gift card that we'd LOVE to give to one of our followers!  
Our giveaway runs from 12:00 am Sunday, July 31st until 12:00 am Monday, August 1st PST.

 Since several of us are heading back to school soon, we though it'd be great if we had our followers share their favorite back to school read aloud!  We LOVE reading Pete the Cat: Rocking in My School Shoes and many of the other Pete the Cat books!  We'd love to hear your favorites!  That's all you have to do to enter the giveaway below, just comment with your favorite back to school read aloud.  
To be sure you're entered, please comment in the Raffllecopter box below.

Check back here at 7:00 am Monday, August 1st PST and we will announce our winner!  

Now more about the sale!  The big back to school site wide sale begins on Monday, August 1st! We're discounting our products at 20% off our regular prices and Teachers Pay Teachers is offering an additional 10% off your total order price.  All you have to do is enter their promo code BESTYEAR during checkout!  You can check out our store {HERE}!  

Have a wonderful day!  
We'll be back early tomorrow with our winner announced!

Looking for syllable activities?

Hope you are all having a fantastic July!  We sure have been enjoying our summer around here!  We’ve got several new products in the works and have just added a few to our store. 
Last year with my first graders I incorporated literacy centers in a whole new way and I absolutely LOVE it!  You can read about that {HERE}.  I often incorporate syllable activities and decided to create some monthly themed activities that my kiddos could easily complete while in their groups.   

Each set includes:       

*Picture/word cards

*Syllable sorting mats/headers  

*Syllable count worksheet

*Cut & glue picture cards & sorting mat worksheet

I love incorporating poly spots at my syllable stations.  These are a great tool to use for counting syllables in words. My first graders use the poly spots to hop/jump to while saying a word.   Typically my syllable sorts contain words with 1-3 syllables, so I place three poly spots at the station.  They place the poly spots in a row on the floor near the station, pick a word, and then hop it!  For example, if the word was pencil, they would say pen as they land on the first spot, and cil as they land on the second spot.   Clapping is also an option, but this is by far their favorite!

If you’d like to check out our monthly sets you can go {HERE}, or click on the pictures above. September and October are currently in our store.  November and December are in the works and should be added soon! 

If you’d like a peek at what’s inside these syllable sets, we’ve added an animal set as a freebie!  This pack contains a few of the items that are in our monthly syllable sets. 
Just click the picture below! 

Hope you all have a wonderful day!

We're back with a few freebies!

Hi everyone!  It's been a while since we've blogged!  We've both been SUPER busy!  New home projects have definitely taken up the majority of our free time.  Summer is just around the corner for both of us and we're hoping to add lots of new products to our store, so be on the lookout and follow us for updates!  
Thought we’d share with you a few lessons that could easily be added into any math curriculum or as a math lesson for a sub day!
I was in search of some measuring activities to use with my first graders during our measuring unit.  I came across THIS ACTIVITY using the book Measuring Penny from Frogs, Fairies, and Lesson Plans.  My kiddos just loved the story Measuring Penny.  I read the pages that related to length and height.  Next, I handed each of my students a large piece of construction paper.  They could draw any pet that they might have, or a pet that they would like to have.  After their drawing was complete, I attached this ½ sheet to their drawing. Then my students measured their pet with connecting links, paper clips, square tiles, and connecting cubes.  These nonstandard units of measurement were placed on tables throughout our classroom so my kiddos could move around while completing this lesson.    
You can get this freebie HERE!

At the  end of our measuring unit we did an independent measuring activity.  My first graders each had a copy of the worksheet below.  I placed four different nonstandard units of measurement at 4 large tables.  My kids could then choose which table they would go to based on what unit of measurement they chose.  Next, they needed to locate one object at a time and measure it with their chosen unit.  They had lots of fun and enjoyed choosing which unit to measure with. 

You can grab this freebie HERE!

And here’s our shape freebie.  I was in need of a math activity for my first graders and searched and searched for a fun shape lesson that my substitute could do with my kiddos.  After several minutes of searching, I decided to create one of my own!  You could use this lesson during a shapes unit, or save it for a day when you have a substitute.  Simply scoop some pattern blocks into a cup for each of your students.  I had these pre-scooped  for my substitute, and made sure there were no more than 10 of each shape.  After the cups were handed out, my kids simply sorted, counted, filled out the data table, and then graphed their results.

This freebie can be found HERE!

Hope you all have wonderful week!