Thursday, 28 March 2013

Guided Reading

I recently started using Deanna Jump's Guided Reading program. I can't tell you how fantastic it is for my first graders. There is a good reason why it is one of TpT's bestsellers. It really incorporates best practice in Guided Reading and an easy to use/set-up system that you can get going in about one day. Even my higher level readers are getting great reinforcement in reading strategies. They all really like it a lot.  I recommend!!!

Sunday, 24 March 2013

Freebie for my blog followers!

I got this great idea from Melissa at First Grade Smiles. A freebie frame/writing paper just for you good folks! I hope you like it =). If you like my bunnies, they are part of my Funny Bunny set on TpT.
Click on the image to download it.

Saturday, 23 March 2013

Thursday, 21 March 2013

All About Books

We teach Writer's Workshop with mini-lessons in the style of Lucy Caulkins. We recently held an author's celebration where the children presented their "All About" books to parents. They are fantastic. The students worked really hard to be experts on a non-fiction topic. We didn't do research, but they had to choose topics that they already knew something about.

Topics included Cats, Sports, Sharks, Space, India and My Family.

Tuesday, 19 March 2013

Another first..... I made a font!


Check out my newest freebie, which is a sample from a larger product I'm working on. Let me know what you think! Just click on the image and it will take you to TpT.

Sunday, 17 March 2013

Saturday, 16 March 2013

An Author's Celebration!

We recently held an Author's Celebration to showcase the fantastic writing of our students. We sent the following invitation to parents.
The students had published some non-fiction pieces to present to parents. We had a great turn out and parents were very enthusiastic. Students sat at tables waiting for parents to sit at their table to hear their book. They looked really sweet sitting at big tables and on big chairs waiting to share. The parents were great and really went around to hear a lot of students.  We provided coffee and tea for parents as well. The event took about 40 minutes. The children also had the opportunity to wander around and listen to other children's books.  All in all, it was a success. 

I'd love to hear if other teachers do this event and how it can be done differently.

Friday, 8 March 2013

Just Watch...

Today, I just sat and watched my students as they chose books. One transition we use in our classroom is to just choose a book from a basket in the middle of our big, round carpet. This is the carpet where we always meet. If we're waiting for others to arrive from a specialist lesson, or from putting something away, the kids choose books and read quietly.
I loved the total focus of some children when they took a picture book in their hands. One little boy in my class carefully picked up one book, looked at all of the images on the cover and he tilted his head as he decided if he even wanted to open it up. Adorable, but also telling of so many things. It shows what sort of books he's interested in, it shows his appropriate treatment of books, and it shows how important a picture book cover illustration can be!
Finally, he found a book he wanted to open up and he was glued to it for the next few minutes. It was a very special thing to just sit and observe. I recommend it!


My funny bunny clipart is one of the giveaways at Tammy's blog 1,2,3 Teach With Me. Click on the image below to enter to win a bunch of great clipart!

Saturday, 2 March 2013

Spring Art Project

I found this lovely art project in this book.

Here was the sample:

The children had a great time adding their own touches. We used glue sticks, but liquid glue may be easier to use.

It took most kids, aged 6 and 7, about 40 minutes to complete these pieces.

I'll post all of their finished pieces next week.