Tuesday, September 30, 2014

I'm Coming Home...

Hello friends,
I am feeling a little nervous (like getting on a bike after many years). There was so much going on in my life-life happens- that something had to give. My life seems to have settled down quite a bit and I'm very happy to be back.

Every year I tell myself that I am going to keep the same theme for more than one year, but no matter what, I always end up changing my theme. Over the summer, I contemplated many- superheroes, jungle, and the cool blue cat. I'm not fond of real life cats, but that blue cat won me over! My 1st graders last year loved him and would hum his music ALL.THE.TIME. The other problem I encountered, was that finding decor was quite challenging. I did purchase some items, then made many of my own. So with further ado, here is my class in photos:

My classroom door.

 My Writer's Workshop Process Chart.
Teacher sample with student expectations numbered. The picture direction cards are from Miss Kindergarten.

Student sample (I was talking to my dad-that we can go to the store) with rubric. Click HERE for a copy of the rubric.

 Happy Birthday Card
student pages

 Happy Birthday Class Book--each student will write/draw to the birthday person and then I staple all the pages into a book that they get to take home to share with their families.
 Pete gets to sit with them all day and they get to have the birthday sign at their desk.

 I am loving this blue cat soooo much, that this may be the year that I finally repeat a theme. I am really happy to be back to share what is happening in my classroom. I'll be back to share more photos, my Daily 5 in Kinder,  and my struggles as well as my triumphs.


By Dorothy Law Nolte, Ph.D.

If children live with criticism, they learn to condemn.
If children live with hostility, they learn to fight.
If children live with fear, they learn to be apprehensive.
If children live with pity, they learn to feel sorry for themselves.
If children live with ridicule, they learn to feel shy.
If children live with jealousy, they learn to feel envy.
If children live with shame, they learn to feel guilty.
If children live with encouragement, they learn confidence.
If children live with tolerance, they learn patience.
If children live with praise, they learn appreciation.
If children live with acceptance, they learn to love.
If children live with approval, they learn to like themselves.
If children live with recognition, they learn it is good to have a goal.
If children live with sharing, they learn generosity.
If children live with honesty, they learn truthfulness.
If children live with fairness, they learn justice.
If children live with kindness and consideration, they learn respect.
If children live with security, they learn to have faith in themselves and in those about them.
If children live with friendliness, they learn the world is a nice place in which to live.
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