Hundreds Day Fun!

Hundreds Day was an amazing day filled with learning activities and fun! It felt like I was working in a nursing home haha!  My kiddos dressed up as old 100 year olds! They brought in walkers and canes and played the part all day. I dressed up as a crazy old cat lady and matched one of my students.
Here's what the day included:
*Dressing up as 100 year olds (almost all students participated)
*Writing 100 words
*Writing 100 reasons why we love first grade
*100 item mystery bags with clues (we tried to figure out what was in the bags)
*Building a structure using 100 blocks
*Counting to 100 several different ways using Bingo dabbers and creating gum ball machines
*Counting and sorting snacks to make 100 day snack mix
*100 day crowns- adding 100 stickers
*100 chart number puzzles

The kiddos were split up into partners and they visited each station. SO much fun! It was one of my favorite days yet! <3




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Hubby and me dressed up as old people haha!

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Piggies!!




EEEP! I am obsessed with these adorable funtivities! The kiddos have LOVED, LOVED, LOVED the Three Little Pigs portion of our Fairy Tales unit! Today, we retold the story using our retelling puppets. Then we wrote a letter to the Big Bad Wolf. To finish up, students wrote a summary of the story and then completed the the piggy craft. We've had a lot of fun! I can't wait to introduce our new fairy tale tomorrow! Check back to see what fairy we will cover next!

Click the photo link at the bottom if you are interested in any of these activities!! <3








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Fairy Tales, Freebies, Followers, oh and a little rant =)

Hi guys! So today I started brainstorming some ways as to how I could gain some more followers on my TpT store. I just feel like I've hit a wall or something. I've been feeling really defeated by the fact that I  put in so much time, energy, and love into my products and I am not seeing the turnaround that I would have thought would be happening. So, I decided to do a fun giveaway for the month of February!! Below is the advertisement I created to help promote my giveaway for February. Basically, all one has to do is follow me on Teachers Pay Teachers and at the end of February all my TpT followers will be sent a link via TpT messages. The link will allow my followers to enter the contest. One must be following me on TpT to receive the special link =)! Then, I will announce the winners through my social media platforms. I am excited to get some more followers and traffic to my store! I am hoping some of my fellow TpT friends will support me in this effort by sharing the advertisement I created!! (*wink, wink*)
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I've also been SUPER busy creating a fun fairy tales unit! We are learning about fairy tales in first grade, and what better way to teach fairy tales than to teach them with craftivities?!? YAY!! I can't wait to post photos of the kiddos completing these adorable little crafts and learning activities that go along with some of my favorite fairy tales! Check out the unit here:



Also, in the middle of what *might* seem like crazy times in our world, remember our kiddos are looking to US everyday as their role models. - please remember to be kind, calm, and composed. I know it's easy to be depressed, angry, grouchy, etc. STOP. We are teachers. We are everything and more to a lot of our students. Our kiddos have enough stuff to worry about, don't let them see you off your game. 
OK.
End of rant.
Love to you all.



It's GIVEAWAY time!!!

I've partnered up with Anne Rozell at Believe to Achieve to help her promote her new blog! I am excited to announce that we will be giving away a $75 TpT gift card!!! How exciting is that?!?! Head over to Believe to Achieve for your chance at winning this incredible prize! GOOD LUCK YA'LL!!!

FREEBIE GIVEAWAY GALORE

Happy NEW School Year friends! As a gesture to all of you and all of my teacher buddies, I've made several of my teaching products FREE! This is for a limited time, so please gather your freebies SOON! I'd appreciate it if you left me feedback on your freebies, and also followed me on TpT if you aren't currently doing so. You won't want to miss out on future freebie giveaways! I will be doing new MONTHLY freebies!! The more feedback I get the more items I will make FREE! THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT!!! <3 <3


Click the photos to access your FREEBIES
Pumpkin Math Stations and Centers *FREEBIE*


APPLE THEMED STEM Challenges
Apple Place Value Card- FREEBIE*Classroom Decor & Management System- FREEBIE*

Fabulously Loving First



I've absolutely loved getting to know my new Firsties! I was nervous about switching grade levels this year, because I was pretty comfortable with teaching second grade, but I've just decided I love teaching regardless of grade level!



- my new bulletin board 


My Firsties are out of this world adorable and innocent. 




I've also liked coming up with new materials for first grade. Today we played a new game called Gather the Apples. The students took turns spinning the spinner and gathering apples, if they landed on a worm they had to put their apples back into the pile. At the end of the game, the kiddo with the most apples  won! I loved how much laughter and counting was taking place! It was a success! Once a new game is taught and learned it will go into a station basket. I also do that with any hands on activities we do in class. Stations are such a great way to reinforce learning, and the students love them. You can purchase Gather the Apples, it's part of my Apple Themed Math Center packet. 


Apple Math Centers for Kindergarten & First Grade




I hope everyone has had a great start to their year!! 
















Flexible Seating

Hi Friends!
So last year I tried the new "hype" of flexible seating, actually I'd call it more "Flexible Seating with Options". It's not quite flexible seating where I've gotten rid of all the desks and tables. I haven't totally gotten rid of desks for the children because research shows that many children thrive from having their own "personal space", so to totally get rid of that option for children could in my opinion, be counterproductive. However, all children learn in different ways and in different environments, therefore, I truly believe in my "Flexible Seating with Options".

Here's the scoop:

Each child is assigned their own desk- they get to choose their own desk on the first day of school, maybe they like the front, maybe the back...I obviously don't know them yet and we're all a little uncomfortable on the first day, so I do whatever I can to make them more comfortable and I've noticed by giving them freedom before school even starts shows them I respect and value their wants and needs. With that being said, they have the option of being at their desk as much or as little as they please. 

During whole group lessons, I teach on the floor with the children surrounding me. I have blankets, pillows, yoga mats, butterfly chairs, and beanbag chairs for them to sit on or with(if they want to). I never force anything upon them, but instead give them a lot of freedom and choices.

During independent work time, children have the option at working at their assigned desk areas, on the couch, on the floor with clipboards, on yoga balls, in beanbag chairs, with a yoga mat, on a blanket, or on one of the many fun rugs I have placed around the room. Even with all of the seating options, many children will still find it most comfortable to work at their desks, therefore I am totally against getting rid of desks altogether.

I have enough clipboards and seating options to accommodate all students in the classroom, just in case all students would like the option to work away from their desks and on the floor.

At the beginning of the year we establish firm procedures and routines for flexible seating (I will go over those in a later post). Please feel free to ask any questions!!

<here's a photo from my room last year, you can see my couch, butterfly chair, rug, pillows, and beanbag chair. These are only a few of the options I offer for flexible seating!