Rejuvenate Your Room: Turning Over a New Leaf

This break has been SO needed, both personally and professionally. It’s frustrating when I hear how “easy” it must be to be a teacher, because we all know that isn’t true. We earned this break! As much as I needed this break for personal reasons, all of us teachers know…

Letter Larry

Writing letters is a huge staple in our first grade classroom, not to mention one of the most FUN activities we do! This year, I have really focused on upping the fun factor in my classroom–not to say it hasn’t ALWAYS been fun ;). I am really into creating songs…

Currently…

…it is December 1st, which means another link-up with Farley! Check out my current musings via her fabulous “Currently” link-up image: Also, speaking of December, just a reminder to visit the TPT sale tomorrow and Tuesday (12/2 and 12/3!) to load up on some SUPER sales. TPT will be giving…

Fresh Baked Fractions: A Sweet Math Treat!

Teaching fractions–to first graders?! You heard me correctly. I am always up for a challenge, so when fractions were added to our teaching standards a couple of years ago, I knew I had to get the creative juices flowing. As it turns out, the kids fall in LOVE with fractions…

Meet Star Sentence Sam

Hands down, my favorite thing to teach in 1st grade is reading and writing. Perhaps this is because I enjoy it so much personally, but there also is such an abundance of ways to make reading and writing fun for the little ones! One of my new favorite things is…

Veterans Day: First Grade Style (And a Freebie!)

Three years ago, my husband and I moved from Ohio to Virginia to pursue teaching jobs. We teach 20 miles outside of D.C. and three years later, I am still amazed at the military presence in our area. A lot of (if not the majority) of our students have parents…

Wonderfully Wicked Witches’ Brew

Yikes! Talk about a blogging break! I am so impressed with the regular updates my favorite bloggers do. I am going to try to improve, I promise 🙂 Although it’s a couple days late, I HAVE to share about our Halloween celebration in first grade last week. At our school,…