Friday, September 28, 2012

Weekly Rewind & We Have a Winner!

I think we're really starting to find our groove!  I think we're beyond the testing phase, I think they've figured me out and I'm now able to work on figuring out their individual needs and I KNOW they are a whole bunch of sweethearts. I'm even willing to ignore the fact that one little one asked me if T.V's were invented when I was little.  In his defense, I had just whipped out the record player and watched their eyes turn as big as saucers when they saw the MASSIVELY huge record {that they kept referring to as a CD} with "Free to Be You and Me" on the cover...

Anybody remember this oldie!?
A little recap of our week...

Daily 5 is going wonderfully.  We're up to 13 minutes with Read to Self and we're up to 15 minutes for Word Work.  We've opened up our book nooks...

Cozy places around our room to do Read to Self

...and the kids are loving making words with pipe cleaners and clay!  I'm absolutely amazed at how quickly they picked up on how to use IPICK when shopping for books to place in their independent reading bookshelves.  Such BIG kids!

Are you familiar with the FOSS kits for teaching science?  I hear mixed reviews - but I'm somebody who LOVES them!  Right now we're hot and heavy into solids/liquids and we played around on the FOSS website this week on our Mimio...

Click on the picture to head over to the games section of the FOSS website!
We've launched our writer's workshop and the kiddos are working hard to build their writing muscles!  This is always tricky at the beginning of the year - but I'm usually amazed at how quickly they build their stamina!

One way that I encourage quiet writing time {or "hot pencil" time as we refer to it} is by hanging a large wooden pencil onto the middle of our white board to serve as a visual reminder.  Ours looks something like this:

I can't remember where I got mine - but if you click on the picture it will take you to the website for this pencil!
I also play "quiet thinking music".  A favorite CD of our is:

In math we're hot and heavy into math Workplaces.  We've created our own picture problems, graphed, counted money, sorted bugs, created numbers sentences using ten name it, we've done it.  A class favorite this week was a Bridges Math game "Which Numeral Will Win 1-4"

In Social Studies we've been learning about families.  Our focus this week was exploring the past, present and future.  A great book that is part of our curriculum:

It explores this little guy's life when he was "younger"{past}, now that he's a bit older {present} and what he wants to be when he grows up {future}.  We worked on these today too...

Click {HERE} to pick up your own!

Crazy to think that's just a snippet of our week...we moved mountains!!!!!!

And the winner of the trimmer/cutter giveaway through is...

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Congrats, Debbie - I'll be emailing you shortly!!!!!

Happy weekend all!  It's a whole lotta football for this family.  One boy Saturday the other Sunday!


  1. SO many awesome ideas! Love all of them!

    Just Diving In

  2. Thanks for sharing your awesome week! I have never heard of FOSS - it looks like a great website - thanks for shairng it! :)
    Crayons and Curls

  3. I do remember Free to Be You and Me, my mom got it for us when they banned it at our school in the 70's. PS I also got suspended over it but that is a whole other story.

  4. Thanks for the Social Studies book idea and the freebie. I always find it hard to locate good primary social studeies materials! Your writing post made me go dig out my enya CD's. (We are jim Brickman listeners in my class). Sound like your school year is off to a great start!

    Lori @
    Bee the Change
    Mrs. Faas’ First Grade

  5. LOOOVVEE Free to Be You and Me!! Seeing that brought back a LOT of memories. Thanks for the smile!
    We do FOSS science in our district - currently we are doing the Insects unit for first grade so we have mealworms in our room (the kids are in love), next is Solids & Liquids, last is Pebbles, Sand and Silt.

    I am giving away some copies of my new Writing Workshop unit on Personal Narratives for 1st and 2nd graders...come take a peek if it sounds helpful: Growing Firsties

  6. I have missed you too Holly!! I just wrote a pretty long post about the Daily should check it out!! I love your idea of a book nook. I think I might keep it in my stash for next year! Happy Sunday!

  7. I remember Free to Be You and Me!! Shel Silverstein wrote this before he was very famous and Tom Smothers sang it....I can still hear it today in my old brain!
    Agatha Fry, she made a pie
    And Christopher John helped bake it
    Christopher John, he mowed the lawn
    And Agatha Fry helped rake it
    Now, Zachary Zugg took out the rug
    And Jennifer Joy helped shake it
    Then Jennifer Joy, she made a toy
    And Zachary Zugg helped break it

    And some kind of help is the kind of help
    That helping's all about
    And some kind of help is the kind of help
    We all can do without!

    I think about the last part every time someone in my room 'helps' and breaks something!!

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  8. Congratulations on your bloggy birthday!! I still use my Free to Be You and Me! I dubbed it on to a cd...such a classic!



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