Receive all updates via Facebook. Just Click the Like Button Below

Powered By | Blog Gadgets Via Blogger Widgets

Followers

Follow by Email

Google +

Grab My Button

First with Franklin

Friday, August 17, 2012

We rocked out the first 2 days!

We made it through the first two days of school.  We now know each other and I feel like the kids are starting to understand my style a little better.  On our first day, one of the fun things we did was read "Pete the Cat Rockin' In My School Shoes".  The kids L.O.V.E.D. it!!!  We also listened to the free download from the Harper Collins website.  We had a talk about what they each "rocked" in to school that day.  I wore a silver sequined tank to top and told them about how I felt like a rockstar in it.  (I really wanted to drive home our classroom theme, haha)  Then, they each completed a sentence and illustration about what they were wearing that day that made them feel extra special.  Here is a picture of a few of them.
Aren't they adorable?  I let both of my groups (I teach a 1st/2nd combo class this year) do the same thing, since it was the first day.  They had so much fun sharing their special items and their awesome illustrations with the rest of the class.  I didn't even really know who/what Pete the Cat was until about a week ago... and now I'm obsessed!  I love that little kitty cat!

************************

Here are some pictures of things I've done to get my room ready for my little rockstars.  They all loved it and so do I!  
Here is a picture of our behavior board.  

The punch cards on the bottom are where students can earn punches for good behavior.  They can earn them from me, or any other adults in the building.  If I have one my kiddos that is making a not so great choice, I always try to find someone making a great choice and then ooohhh and ahhhh over their good behavior and give them a punch.  It usually stops the bad choices in record time.  
The necklaces at the top are an extra good behavior incentive.  For each week that they don't lose any PAWS (our school-wide system), they will earn a bead to add to their necklaces.  I plan to let them wear them around school every now and then.  :)



Here are my Daily 5 baskets that I'm using for my students this year.  I got the baskets at Dollar Tree for, you guessed it, a dollar.  I love the way the colors pop against my freshly painted bookcases.  I made the labels and just used silver curly ribbon to attach the tags.  I love how they turned out!


Have you started back yet?  How was your first day?
Pin It

12 comments:

  1. I love Pete the Cat. My prek kids are obsessed with him.

    ~Jenna

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. The song is so catchy and fun, we were singing it all day! haha

      Delete
  2. Lovin' this post! We start on Monday and I can't wait to do a little rockin' too :) Here's to you making it through your first week. Hooray :)

    Kelley Dolling
    Teacher Idea Factory

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thanks! Now we have to make it through an entire week! haha... baby steps, right??

      Delete
  3. Love your behavior system!! I have been in meetings for two weeks and I am ready for the students to come on Monday!!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thanks- can you believe that the kids haven't even asked about the necklaces yet? I decided not to explain them until it was time to add beads, just so I didn't overwhelm them with too much information.
      Meeting for two weeks? Holy moly! We only had one day of meetings before the first day. That would be torture!

      Delete
  4. Look at you teaching that multiage class like a pro!!! :)

    I'm happy you had a good beginning of the year!

    Marvelous Multiagers!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Haha! Not quite a pro (we only did one lesson where they were doing two different things), but it's a start! I love my kiddos and I think they're going to handle our unique classroom environment very well! Thanks for your help so far and I will be asking you more questions!

      Delete
  5. Hi....I'm your newest follower! Love your blog!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Yay! So glad you found me! I'm now following your blog, too. :)

      Delete
  6. Yeah, Erin! Sounds like you did great!

    I made it through my first two days too. This is my biggest class yet - 20 - and it feels like I have so many! Feel like I just survived...had a lot planned that we didn't get to. Every year I forget how little we can get done in a day at the beginning of school. :-)

    Crystal
    Teaching Little Miracles

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. We survived, so I consider that a successful first two days! I had 26 one year and it was too many, we barely fit in our room! I, too, always overplan, but I figure it's better than not having enough for them to do. I'm going to try to start Daily 5 with both groups Monday, so wish me luck!

      Delete