We Are Incredible!

Yes we are, all teachers!! 😄 Back to school is well on its way in Texas. Teachers return next week. My heart is content to say I’ve started! 😄 I was here…

…to my Teacher’s spot, here…

I try and keep things the kids make me, cards, and they go on my teacher’s corner. I have more, but that’s enough. 😊 I keep important things and schedules at eyes-view because I will need to see something quick. 

My student work bulletin board changed. I love the Hulk idea but made this below instead. 

I found some adoreable clothes pins with little chalkboards on them to write names. 

Super excited to get started! Wishing everyone a great start of year! 

New Beginnings

 

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I love this quote. It’s so perfect for me right now. This year I’ll be venturing into Dual Language Kindergarten, new school, new district– I’m excited!  It’s that time in the summer to begin planning, arranging, cleaning out boxes, restocking on name badges and birthday certificates! Also shopping for this years theme. The theme at my new campus will be superheroes. This is what I have in mind:


I think I’d say, “We are incredible!  Somos increibles!” 😉😉

A Day in July


This July has been somewhat surreal compared to other Julys.  These days past we would be planning summer trips to Florida or California with images of Mickey and the Golden Gate Bridge in our heads. But today there is a sense of uneasiness with incidents of senseless violence in Orlando, now Dallas that is still echoing in my ears. 

As I reminisce about my classroom, I wonder what do we tell the kids? Nothing. We do what we’ve been doing for decades in this profession and something much better, we give them our heart, our ears, our prayers. We show them what peace is in our classrooms with the love of reading, writing and rationalizing. We read stories of kindness and friendship, teach them about rules, consequences and sweet rewards. We remind them that saying “I’m sorry”, “I’ll do better next time”, and “I won’t quit” is always better then giving up or getting angry and holding resentment. 

I mourn for those who lost their lives this summer. But we as a society can definitely do something to plant seeds of kindness and courtesy in our children, students and community. Images of Mickey are more proper to the little lives in our town then images of mothers crying. Never give up on the children. They are the future.

What has happened?

What To Do, Summer Things

Still in the classroom…

That time of the year is here where there is rustle and bustle to finish up report cards, pack up teacher things, keep kids engaged…Still! All in a years work of teaching! Bittersweet feelings of not seeing these kiddos next year in my class.  They will be off to second grade! Watch out 2nd grade!

Beginning to think of summer things too. Planning trips for June, July and August. Finding sun screen, summer reading, and cool shades! 😎 Summer sports for my kids with basketball and volleyball! Look forward to that and spending time with friends– the kids and our own.

What to do! So much to think about, so much on this teacher’s mind. That time of the year, whirlwind of such.

End of the year excitement.

Thinking about Starting Back

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Well, I am beginning to think of going back.  We are at the end of July.  I will be going to first grade.  I was in first grade a year ago and some things have changed.  The team has implemented Daily 5.  I have spent some time today reading up on this online after finding the book is $22!  So I decided to just read to “get the gist” until I can get the book from school.  My main focus was to begin making some new learning stations which I will do also before the day is done.  I have found some great activities.

Please share any Daily 5 activities for the beginning of the year that has worked for you.  My plan is to begin the year with some recursive review from kinder.

Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!

Summer So Far

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It is summer break. Here is a little snip of our break so far. We have had a little baseball, softball, beach time, 4th of July and a NBA Championship for our San Antonio Spurs! Amazing! It is not over yet! I am hoping you are having a great time with your family. We will be making a trip to the west coast in about a week. The whole family is excited! It will be a first for us. I will be checking in! Thanks for stopping by!