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Back into the swing of things!
21 Aug, 2013. 11 Comments. A Day In First Grade, Back to School, First Grade, Kindergarten, Preschool. Posted By: Kristen Smith
Oh my goodness y’all. It’s Wednesday of our first week back in school and I can already tell you that I am IN LOVE with my new class. They are so sweet and kind and a group of really hard workers! We have been having a lot of fun getting to know one another and learning the routines of our first grade classroom. Here’s a quick recap of what we have been up to! 
To help us get to know one another, we played a really fun game that is found in my “I can be a pal” pack called ‘the line.’ In this “get to know you game” students approach the line if they agree with the sentence that I say. This is a really fun way for students to express their opinions in a safe format and to get to know their friends. My students LOVED this game! 
We made some delicious Jitter Juice! {a favorite from the first day of school!}
As an introduction to math bins, we reviewed patterns and learned how to use our math manipulatives. My class really enjoyed extending their patterns and using the new “math tools.”
 To help us get to know each other, we have played a lot of really fun “partner games.” This helps teach us how we work with our friends and it also sets the tone for how I run my literacy centers.
After reading a few “Pete the Cat” books, we made our *cute* Pete the Cat crafts that are now decorating my classroom walls. They were so excited to see their artwork displayed.
To say that this class LOVED playing with Magic Play Dough is an understatement.
We are also having a blast on the playground (even though it’s 98*)!
However, the highlight of these three days has been how awesome they are doing with the Daily 5! We have ROCKED “read to self.”In fact, this group has already made it to 10 minutes of reading stamina! WOO!!! {A huge thank you goes to their kinder teachers who trained them so well!!}
If you can’t tell from the pictures, we are doing GREAT and having a blast! I hope that your weeks are going well and if you are going back next week, I hope that you have a great first week back!! 

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11 Comments
  1. Your class is so darn cute! Congrats on making it to 10 minutes! I’m going to tell my class and I hope it gets them past 3! LOL! BTW, I love your Jesus rug! 😉
    Lori
    Teaching With Love and Laughter
    luvyorkies@gmail.com

  2. Love your room, your blog makeover, and those cute kids!

    Journey Of A Substitute Teacher

  3. so cute! They are lucky to have you as their teacher!

  4. WOW…high achievements already! Keep soaring! Stop by anytime!

  5. Your class is so cute!

    Becky
    Lesson Plans & Lattes

  6. Your children are so lucky to have you as a teacher. I always look forward to reading your creative, positive posts. I was wondering what partner games you had your students play. The group coming to me this year will need a lot of practice with sharing and teaming. I am up to the challenge, but need ideas. Thanks for any help/advise you have.
    Julie
    heyjbales@sbcglobal.net

    • Julie- you are so sweet!! I have a bunch of games and activities to help you build your classroom in my “I can be a pal” pack. It sounds like it might be perfect for your new group! Along with those activities in groups of two I have students put the alphabet in order, I also have them match pictures to words, put large puzzles together, put together CVC puzzles, and match beginning sounds on one of our pocket charts. All of these help students learn how to talk through problems and how to help each other. I model, model, model how we talk and interact with our friends. So far, they are doing great!! I’ll try to post some pictures of these activities tomorrow or this weekend! I hope you’re having a good night!

  7. Where did you get your rug? I love it! It was fun reading your post. It sounds like you had a fantastic week. :) What did you use for your Jitter Juice? Thanks for sharing.

    • I’m glad you enjoyed this post! The ingredients in Jitter Juice are Sprite and the green Hawaiian punch! As for my rug, my school provided me with it! All the pre K, kinder, and first grade classrooms get one of these. I’m not sure where they got them from– sorry!!

  8. Love this post! Your kids are adorable and I love your room!! I’ll be teaching kindergarten this year after 7 years in 5th grade. As I was looking at your pictures and reading your wonderful activities for the first days of school, I noticed your backpacks under the whiteboard. What a great idea!! Can you share how this is out together? Thanks so much!! Tamera ☺️

11 Comments

  • Your class is so darn cute! Congrats on making it to 10 minutes! I’m going to tell my class and I hope it gets them past 3! LOL! BTW, I love your Jesus rug! 😉
    Lori
    Teaching With Love and Laughter
    luvyorkies@gmail.com

  • Love your room, your blog makeover, and those cute kids!

    Journey Of A Substitute Teacher

  • so cute! They are lucky to have you as their teacher!

  • WOW…high achievements already! Keep soaring! Stop by anytime!

  • Your class is so cute!

    Becky
    Lesson Plans & Lattes

  • Your children are so lucky to have you as a teacher. I always look forward to reading your creative, positive posts. I was wondering what partner games you had your students play. The group coming to me this year will need a lot of practice with sharing and teaming. I am up to the challenge, but need ideas. Thanks for any help/advise you have.
    Julie
    heyjbales@sbcglobal.net

    • Julie- you are so sweet!! I have a bunch of games and activities to help you build your classroom in my “I can be a pal” pack. It sounds like it might be perfect for your new group! Along with those activities in groups of two I have students put the alphabet in order, I also have them match pictures to words, put large puzzles together, put together CVC puzzles, and match beginning sounds on one of our pocket charts. All of these help students learn how to talk through problems and how to help each other. I model, model, model how we talk and interact with our friends. So far, they are doing great!! I’ll try to post some pictures of these activities tomorrow or this weekend! I hope you’re having a good night!

  • Where did you get your rug? I love it! It was fun reading your post. It sounds like you had a fantastic week. :) What did you use for your Jitter Juice? Thanks for sharing.

    • I’m glad you enjoyed this post! The ingredients in Jitter Juice are Sprite and the green Hawaiian punch! As for my rug, my school provided me with it! All the pre K, kinder, and first grade classrooms get one of these. I’m not sure where they got them from– sorry!!

  • Love this post! Your kids are adorable and I love your room!! I’ll be teaching kindergarten this year after 7 years in 5th grade. As I was looking at your pictures and reading your wonderful activities for the first days of school, I noticed your backpacks under the whiteboard. What a great idea!! Can you share how this is out together? Thanks so much!! Tamera ☺️

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