Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Busy Season

I have been incredibly busy and overwhelmed this past month!  I completed report cards, had 21 conferences, celebrated the 50th day of school, had our Jog-a-thon fundraiser, did many fun Thanksgiving activities, and attended the ACSI Conference.  I haven't even had much of a chance to clean my house!  But finally today has come!  I am busily cleaning my home while I stew in my thoughts of how I can be a better teacher!  I am so excited to introduce some of my new found tools.  I will be posting pictures of some of our activities...asap. 

*One tool that I have used in the past was reintroduced to me, and I am floored to introduce it to my class.  This is using sign language...our speaker was Rick Morris.  Energetic is the best way to describe him!  If you are interested in learning non-verbal communication solutions visit his website at newmanagement.com

*Our guest speaker for the convention was an amazing speaker to share how positive ways of handling our classrooms is always the best way.  DON'T LET THEM PUSH OUR BUTTONS-BETTER YET, DON'T LET THEM KNOW WE HAVE BUTTONS!  We are their role models!  We need to set clear procedures versus rules and be consistent.  Even though I know this, it was great to simply be reminded.  It is very easy to slip without a refresher.

*I attended one seminar on reading assessment and another on helping my students use dynamic vocabulary and sentence building.  Both seminars offered great strategies and templates to help quickly begin implementing within my own room!

*A good reminder for me this convention was that student's are all different!  We all learn differently and have a variety of gifts.

A verse to remind me of this was shared in a differentiating curriculum seminar: There are       different kinds of gifts, but the same Spirit.  There are different kinds of service, but the same Lord.  There are different kinds of working, but the same God works all of them in all men. ...All these are the work of one and the same Spirit, and he gives them to each one, just as he determines. 1 Corinthians 12:4-6, 11

I got a lot of ideas that I can't wait to use!  I will be sure to post anything that I try :)

Saturday, October 29, 2011


The last two weeks have been so busy!  I am enjoying my Saturday morning, now afternoon, by doing nothing!  We have been jammed these last two weeks with fun activities, jog-a-thon incentives, and Red Ribbon Week.  Each day this week we dressed up!  Which also made for a crazy week!

These boys were practicing their memory verse together, PRECIOUS!!!
This noun activity was a great find from the teacher wife on tpt.  My kiddos have loved all the activities and seem to really understand what nouns are!

Next week will also be another crazy week!  Jog-A-Thon, field trip, and not to mention...HALLOWEEN!  Monday will be intense to say the least.


Some fun things from these past two weeks have been learning all about Noah and the Ark, playing fun games like math doubles, and making bird feeders to wrap up our bird chapter.

Have a great week, and a safe Halloween night!

Friday, October 14, 2011


Hello all!!!

Even though we had Monday off this week felt super long!  On Thursday we had a great night at Fresh and Easy.  We had a school fundraiser; I ran around to take pictures.  The kids loved the fact that the teachers were the ones bagging the groceries.  I love how close knit our school staff and families are.

Today our classroom highlight was making bats with our buddies.  Since we have been focused on mammals in science and our library time was put aside for an assembly, my reading buddy teacher and I decided on a project that the kids could do together.  BATS!!!!  Such a cute idea.  The kiddos made cutie bats with white hand-printed wings and googly eyes.  It was super chaotic, but the end result was adorable.  Earlier, during language time I pulled small groups to read mini books about bats.  The kids loved them!

I have been using lots of things that I have found through other bloggers sites and tpt.  I am super excited to use Mrs. Jump's Insect unit materials.  Such a wonderful and creative product!  If you are interested check her site out on tpt and locate Deana Jump.  I also found great sources for noun work.  My kids are loving the activities!  My favorite was having to list people, and the kiddos were all asking how to spell each others names.  Such sweeties!

Here is a pic of a wonderful buy at Fresh and Easy, a pumpkin
tree...very festive!

 Other highlights for this weekend: my iphone has arrived and I am seeing Lord of the Rings in concert.  My husband is a geek, which translates into me being a geek :)

Hope you have a wonderful weekend!

Monday, October 10, 2011

Columbus Day

Today was a wonderful day!  I slept in, ran some quick errands, got a mani/pedi with one of my favorite people, got lunch with her, grocery shopping, and made dinner and dessert. 

If you shop by budget you will understand.  I was going along doing my shopping and must have gotten carried away.  I definitely went over budget.  I kindly asked the check out girl to take stuff off.  She did, but was kinda rude.  Making comments in front of me.  I don't think I will be going back to that grocery store...I was trying it out to see if I liked it...nope! 

Anyways, this past week was pretty great.  I am loving my class more and more, and am finding what works best for us. 

We started science this week.  The first day we talked about the scientific method and how our five senses are used to help us every step of the way.  The week before I read The Five Senses by Aliki just to set us up for our science kick off. 

I used Mrs. Carroll's idea again.  I have found that laminating my anchor charts helps me with time.  Next year I won't have to make another one!  The kids had a  sample to look at, and they were able to get as creative as they liked!  Their scientists turned out wonderfully.  The hair was the best!

It was a great week!  Back to it tomorrow!!!!

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Wet N Wild

Our first full day rainy day, and I survived.  Luckily we are not trapped in our room together all day.  They still had art, recess, lunch, and p.e. out of the room.  If not I think I would have gone insane!

On a very random note I love my "Deliciously Wonderful Behavior Catalog" and so do my kids.  Their favorite pick so far has been lunch with me.  I love sitting in the lunch room with them to eat, and then they make their way upstairs for recess so I still have a little adult time.  I want to share it, but I don't know how...so if anyone can tell me how, please feel free!

Monday, October 3, 2011

Late on the Update

This last week was SUPER busy!  We had picture day on Wednesday, and then on Friday we had Hawaiian dress up day and In N Out family lunch day.  We were movin' non-stop, but it was so much fun!  I am loving my group of kiddos...they are helpful and loving.  They truly want to show Jesus' love to everyone.  They will clap after someone prays or for correct answers (or for just trying).  They will help to push each others chairs in or putting them up.  Can I just say they are precious and melt my heart.

This week I used Mrs. Carroll's peacemaker idea (if you haven't noticed I love following her).  I used this as an extension lesson for our social studies unit.  The kiddos really enjoyed David, and all of his antics.  I am not an artist, but if I have something to copy :) I can be successful!  So thank you Mrs. Carroll!!!  If I look at some of her amazing artistic posters I can create it too!
Of course I had to tie in a Bible verse, which helped things click a little bit more...

"Blessed are the peacemakers because they will be called sons of God"  -Matthew 5:9

When I read this and saw their faces they seemed to understand that being a peacemaker is more than me and them, but God.  I love making those connections.

The kiddos have also been enjoying centers.  Their favorite center is writing their spelling words in sand!  Yes, I am that person.  I trust them with sand.
Well, I am going to tune out for now and get back to some fun home projects...here is the latest one!
Mrs. Kroeze

Saturday, September 24, 2011


This was a fun-filled week.  We started writing journals, made cute apples, made helping hands for our social studies unit, I was the celebrity for the week, worked alongside our 5th grade buddies, and visited Mrs. Clemetson in the library.  I am starting to really feel comfortable and gettin' in a groove.  Since it is my first year I am feeling like I have a million things to do and definitely not enough time.  This week Mr. Kroeze was out of town, so I used that time to try and get ahead.

I love hearing my little kiddos walking in a line while singing or saying their Bible verse for the week.  I especially like when they ASK to say their verse.

                               I finally got the pictures up on my birthday wall!!!
 I am also loving the manners.  They are definitely building each other up with not only bucket fillers, but with their actions throughout the day!  I LOVE it!  Pushing chairs in for others, excited when others try their best at something, and having fun showing Jesus' love!

Lastly, I needed to point out that the people I work with are definitely amazing and encouraging.  I am thankful for them!!!

Saturday, September 17, 2011


So yesterday finished my first full week of being a first grade teacher.  I have to say I am getting the hang of it!

Earlier this week we created framed pictures of something our families love to do together.  They turned out very cute :)

The one thing that I LOVED yesterday was working on our heart project.  I got this fantastic idea from Mrs. Carroll, I will be posting some pics of some completed hearts soon.  These hearts are full of things they love or enjoy doing.  I am going to back them on a fun color and laminate!  This will be a writing helper, if they ever "have nothing to write about!"  LOVE!

The best part of this time was the worship!  Yes, that's right!  I turned on Christian contemporary and worship music, if they knew the song they were singing right along!  I even had Z raise his hand to share with me that the current song was from "his church" he was stoked!  This totally made my day!!!!

This week we also started our "Celebrity of the Week".  Our first one was Mrs. Fender, our classroom aid...whom I LOVE!  She is amazing!  This fun idea of creating stars at the end of each week also came from Mrs. Carroll.  So CUTE!!!

Saturday, September 10, 2011

First Week...Check!

This week was definitely a new experience.  But I survived.  I am getting to know all of my kiddos and learning how to manage a first grade room.

Cute story...I asked the kiddos if they knew what happened on September 11th ten years ago...the two answers the stood out were: The Civil War and Jesus died on the cross.  I had to hold back the laughing out loud desire.

Question: when is the right/appropriate time to start using textbooks????

I absolutely love my behavior management!  I have taken and made the "How I Act" fit my personal style and needs.  I used the catalog idea I found out there in blog land (will post another time) and created a punch card...when they fill the punch card they get to pick something from our catalog!  The kiddos are all over it! 

Now that the first week is over I need to plan for week 2!  Yeah, my plan book is blank :)  Wish me luck!

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

It has begun!

HOORAY!  I survived my very first day of first grade :)  I had a an amazing day.  Could not believe how cute these little kiddos are.  Some were shy, others were super excited, and they all were entering my class.  We got through our fun first day of school pictures with April (Pictured below), we discussed why manners are so very important, read "Have You Filled A Bucket Today" and colored our buckets (idea is out there, I found it through First Grade Parade), practiced walking in a line while singing some fun songs, completed our time capsules, and became familiar with our H.O.O.T Binders.  Such an amazing Day!!!  I can't wait until I get to use so many of the amazingly cute and creative ideas that I have found out here in Blogland!
April, our class mascot

Love these manners posters...found them online on one of the teacher store websites.
Here is a before the bucket picture.  The kiddos colored their buckets today.
Time Capsule Idea...LOVE!
This was a fantastic idea that I made fit my needs.