I have been completey MIA as I have been preparing for and survivning the first week of school! I have a wonderful group of students and I am so excited about this school year! I have so much to share I dont really know where to begin!
I do want to say Happy Late Birthday to Amanda at Teaching Maddeness! She has been so encouraging since I started blogging and last year when I was developing a theme I used several ideas from her former classroom theme! She has so many wonderful ideas so please check out her blog!
For Open House I put up a photo booth ( that I purchased from wal-mart in the party section) outside my classroom for parents to take picture at their leisure! It has also served a great back drop for First Day of First Gade Pictures and the students loved the props for silly pics!
I gave the students smarties as a little gift for open house and put together a goody bag for the first day of school! Both bag toppers came from Cara Carroll's Saved by the Bell Packet from Teacher Pay Teachers.
We also read Have you Filled a Bucket Today and each student has a popcorn box to respresent their bucket. Students can leave positive notes to one another through out the year!
I reinforned school rules by reading David Goes to School and discussed Peacemaker and Peacebreakers from Cara Carrols First Grade Parade Peace Makers lesson. The students created their own David and wrote a rule they learned on speech bubbles and this was a huge hit! I will have to post a pick of their finished work later!