Nine days in... I am EXHAUSTED!!  I am hoping to get back into a routine of blogging more... once I find out where I left my energy.

We have been busy, busy in our classroom!  Check out the pictures to see what we were up to last week.

Hoping to have some goodies to share soon  :-)

Our Whole Brain teaching is well under way.  Class/Yes was a hit from day one.  Today I introduced the Mirror routine.  So fun!  Once again, if you haven't checked out Whole Brain Teaching, GET ON IT!!!  Seriously people.  You won't regret it.  ((My posters are a FREEBIE from 3rd Grade Thoughts.))

We have started Daily 5 by introducing Read to Self.  We have been working on our stamina all week and tracking it on the white board... we made it (just barely) to 20 minutes on Friday!  ((My CAFE and Daily 5 signs are a FREEBIE from Ginger Snaps.)) 

Those empty bulletin boards are starting to fill up!  In Writing Workshop we learned how to draw a boy and a girl (woohoo, no more heads with arms and legs sticking out!).  ((The posters for drawing a boy and girl are a FREEBIE from Kindergarten Smiles.))

Math Workshop has begun!!  This is something new I am trying this year.  I plan to blog more about it once I assess how it's working in my classroom and get all the kinks worked out.  We practiced "Math by Myself" and "Math with a Buddy" this past week.

Friday we played Top-It... one of my favorite math games!

And, of course, I have to mention the BEST pencil sharpener EVER!!  My teammate found this at the end of last year, so each of the first grade teachers bought one.  I have seen them on countless blogs since then and the reviews are all accurate.  This thing ROCKS!!

It's super quiet and easy to use.  My first graders caught on very quickly after a short tutorial.

Perfect point, EVERY TIME!!!  Want one?  Check out Classroom Friendly Supplies.  It looks as though they are all sold out at the moment, but keep checking back.  It is SO worth it!!!

Oh-my-word.  This week has been a whirlwind!  Thank goodness tomorrow is FRIDAY!

Yesterday was the first day with the kids and I had great intentions of posting my final classroom pics... and of course I didn't take into account the exhaustion that comes at the end of the first day of first grade.  Oh well, better late than never!

I am happy to report that I have a fantastic new bunch of 23 firsties!  They came in all smiles yesterday morning and NO TEARS!!  Not ONE parent came into the classroom.  My kids came straight off the bus or their parents dropped them quickly at the door.  Hooray for their families for building that independence right from the start!  They will be making my job much easier this year.

The day went by in a flash!  My first grade frame was a hit and I can't wait for their parents to see their adorable lil faces in the pictures at Curriculum Night next week.  Play dough on the desks as an opening activity when the kids arrive is GENIUS.  They were engaged and the kinesthetic aspect helped to channel any first day jitters.  Thanks Clutter-Free Classroom for the idea!  {Click HERE for the original post on CFC's blog}

Below are the final pics of my classroom set-up.  I've very pleased at how the room turned out this year.  It's very open and spacious, and there is A LOT of blank bulletin/wall space to hang our anchor charts and amazing first grade work.











My classroom is READY!!  Tomorrow we officially go back (meetings and such) and the kids arrive on Wednesday.  I took some pics of the finished classroom on Friday, but I'm not happy with how some of them came out... so hopefully I can get some better ones and post them tomorrow.

When I was setting up my room last week I was so excited to put up my new Daily Schedule cards.  And then, the unthinkable happened.  They were TOO SMALL for my pocket chart!!!!  Not cool.  I thought I had measured, but apparently I was WAY OFF!

So, of course, I had to update them.  Now they fit PERFECTLY and I am very, very pleased.  I posted the new version in my TPT store.  If you previously bought the first set, and found they were too small for your needs, leave me a comment with your TPT username and email address and I'll send you the updated version for free!





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