Happy Monday!  Did everyone have a good Monday?  One day down, four more until Friday!  I will say my class did well today.  We introduced centers for reading and math today and it went very well. I think being able to move around and being more hands on with their learning helped a lot.  We also introduced Daily 5 and the two ways to read a book!  Tomorrow we dive into Read to Self.  With all of that going on, we did well…despite no recess because of rain.

Here are a couple of pictures from some projects we did last week!  The first picture is a picture of our finished bean names!  We did these on Friday and I was finally able to get them displayed.  I display these all year long.  I just love the way they look.    The second picture is a picture of our Olympic rings that we did last week.  We watched some of the Olympics and talked about being the best at what you do.  I love that they can make a connection between being the best at something and practicing and how that works in school!   We will use that analogy every day this year!  This project was also a teamwork project because each group had 1 person who colored 1 ring.  Without their teammates, our Olympic rings would not be complete.  I love the Olympics and all of the lessons they can teach us all.  And even though the Olympic Closing Ceremony was last night, we are going to celebrate all month!!  Because we can…And I do what I want!

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  • Reply Lisa Parnello August 14, 2012 at 12:58 am

    Thanks for stopping my blog. I'm taking notes on the centers ideas you've listed! I've been teaching K-2 for 6 years and yet somehow this is the first year I'm teaching ABC's. It's amazing what my little guys with autism/asperger's teach themselves before school starts most years! I've taken my little geniuses for granted!

    The Lower Elementary Cottage

  • Reply blissfulfour August 14, 2012 at 1:03 am

    Cute ideas! I love talking about real world events with children and making it matter to them. The lego heads are awesome! It is hard to find fun activities that appeal to boys, and that girls can appreciate too.

  • Reply Sue August 14, 2012 at 1:06 am

    Cute Idea. Love the tie in to current events!

    theverybusykindergarten 🙂

  • Reply Mr. Michelbook August 14, 2012 at 1:23 am

    I also worry that I will teach the kiddos so poorly that it will not be able to be fixed. It's not my biggest “jitter” for the first day but it's up there on the list.

    Mr. Michelbook's Classroom

  • Reply Ms.M August 14, 2012 at 1:35 am

    Manic Monday is so right! I didn't even have kids today. Our first kid day is tomorrow. Wish me luck. 🙂


  • Reply Amy August 14, 2012 at 1:53 am

    I love how you had the students work as a team to make the Olympic rings! I love clip art too! Just ask my husband. Or maybe not – he's not really a fan of my clip art collection. I'm not sure why though. haha

    Mrs. Lattin's Kindergarten

  • Reply Ms. Jessica August 14, 2012 at 3:59 pm

    Love the art your kids made with the Olympic rings! Too cool! I definitely agree about being a teacher-blogger… I wouldn't trade it for the world! And I'm nervous about messing up beyond repair too, but just remember, kids are resilient!

    Thanks for linking up!

    A Turn to Learn

  • Reply Jill August 15, 2012 at 4:51 am

    I love that you are going to do Olympics all month or however long you want!! It will be interesting to find out how many of my kiddos watched the Olympics. I could totally make that work for us too! 🙂

    Marvelous Multiagers!

  • Reply Kelley Dolling August 18, 2012 at 12:07 am

    I have been so crazy with back to school prep that my stalking has been on the back burner. I am so glad I stopped in today . . . I LOVE YOUR NEW DESIGN. Great work my friend!

    Kelley Dolling
    Teacher Idea Factory

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