Sunday, September 28, 2014

Peek at my Week- Back to the Basics

Wow!  I haven't been on here since September 1!!  Back when I didn't know my students yet and had so much hope for the year... Well my friends, the first 19 days of school have been trying, difficult, stressful, etc, etc, etc.... It has taken a Herculean effort, and maybe one minor breakdown in the back of my classroom, (and maybe a lot of adult beverages on the weekends) to get through the first four weeks!  

So, in hopes of being out of this funk and on to better times, I am linking up with Deedee from Mrs. Will's Kindergarten for a Peek at my Week!
 So my troubles mentioned above have stemmed from 1 student.  And the actions of this 1 student have effected how the rest of my class has done with our classroom rules and routines.  My assistant principal even commented on how it must be killing me back at the beginning of the 2nd week of school, because she knows how much of a stickler I am for routine and having them set and ready to learn.  WELL, now is the time to reset it all!  We are going to review everything like it is the first week of school.  Expectations will be high and I KNOW things will get better!

In other news we are starting Apples this week, but are catching up on so many other things that we will start apples this week but will really hit it hard next week!  I do have positive things to share, but I'll save it for another day.  AND maybe I'll even have energy for a 5 for Friday post this week!  

Here are the plans:

Here's to a good week friends!  Make sure you jump back over to Mrs. Will's Kindergarten for more plans.  Happy Teaching!

Monday, September 1, 2014

Peek at my Week- Back at it!

WHAT?!  It's time to start posting lesson plans again???  Nooooo.... Where did summer go??  I can't believe it's already here friends!  But I do have to say, I enjoy lesson planning (nerd alert!) and I also enjoy linking up with Deedee from Mrs. Will's Kindergarten for a Peek at my Week!
 I was VERY happy with my first few weeks of school last year so I have decided to pretty much stick with them this year.  Had to make a few modifications based on changes in our team math and language arts plans, but overall I was able to roll with them!  I have changed them to make them visual of course, which I have fallen in love with.  So, I'll keep this short and sweet:

On the first day I switch math and reader's workshop because I like to read The Kissing Hand earlier in the day.  Centers for the first week are pretty much just to practice using materials (nothing super hard) and practicing moving from center to center.  We have rest time for the first month, if the kids need it.  I always plan on doing it the first 2 weeks and then go from there.  I've stopped after the first 2 weeks the last couple years because they weren't actually napping.  Here are the plans:

While I'm not excited to get up early to get into the room and make sure everything is ready (because I haven't been in my room since wednesday due to training and a wedding!! AHHH!!) I am very excited to meet all my new students!!  Hope you have, or are having, a wonderful year!  Good luck everyone!

Happy Teaching!