I apologize for not blogging for so long! I am finally feeling back into the swing of things at school and feel a sense of “normalcy” returning. 🙂 Procedures and routines are falling into place and small groups are up and running. First grade for Room 108 is officially underway!
It’s important to me that my kiddos write every day in my classroom. Sometimes this varies from writing in our journal, our writer’s workshop notebook, or completing a writing project. Either way, the important thing is that my students are learning how to express their thoughts, ideas, and opinions on paper.
This year, I’ve done away with the traditional “grammar book” for my students. I want to make sure my grammar is part of my whole writing experience and integrate it in that way. Since we are first graders and still learning how to write a full sentence, my students will be studying nouns this week within our writing block. They will then use that knowledge of nouns to practice writing complete sentences by the end of the week.
I’m in the middle of working on a mini-unit on nouns and want to share a freebie with you from the pack. I will be using this as part of my introduction to nouns this week with my firsties. I hope you can use and enjoy. 🙂 I hope to have the entire mini-pack available for you by the end of the week! I first want to make sure this mini-unit is “kid-tested” for you. 🙂
Just click the picture to download the freebie from Google Docs.
In “non-school” news, I had an exciting weekend! For the past five months or so, I have been looking for a Volkswagen Eos Convertible in light blue. I’ve wanted one forever and figured I might as well go for it before I have kids. This was way harder than I thought it was going to be! Obviously, I needed a used one since the new ones are w-a-y too much, and it had to be blue. We found tons of black, red, and silver ones on the market but every time we went to look at a blue one, it had been sold by the time we reached the dealership.
On Thursday night, we got lucky. 🙂 My husband found a 2010 light blue one about an hour from our house. We drove up to look at it and I was in love at first sight. We just picked it up Saturday morning. Isn’t she beautiful?
Of course, I have a story to go with my good news (like always). This time, though, it’s not kidney stones or even a deceased laminator. The night before we traded my car in, it hailed the size of dimes and nickels outside the school. No one was in my hallway at the time except myself and my friend Rachel. So, there I go, with my lesson binder over my head, running through the hail and school parking lot, yelling “My trade-in! My trade-in!” like a crazy person. Luckily, no hail damage and all was well. 🙂
I’m off to lunch with a friend. Tomorrow is a professional development day which means we get to wear jeans to school, get a break from routine, and get to wear jeans to school. (Hey, sometimes you just don’t want to dress up in the morning.)