I have been a bad blogger, and can't believe it's been almost a week since I've posted. I always forget how exhausting the first few weeks of school can be and then WHAM! it hits me square in the face every August. Three weeks in and sometimes it feels like a thousand years . . .
This year has been even tougher. One of my favorite people & fellow first grade teacher was transferred to another school just two weeks after school started. She spent all summer getting her room ready and last Friday, she was told our numbers were too low and she had to move to another school and be ready to teach . . . wait for it . . . on Tuesday. In 2nd grade. At another school. That gave her one full day to pack up, move a gazillion loads, set up a room, learn the new standards & be bright-eyed and bushy-tailed for her new bunch of kiddies. Wow. I can't tell you how much it hurt me to see her go through it, or how much I wish I could change it. She's doing ok, but like she said, she feels like she's just barely above water. I'm sure she'll be great, but it's been a rough week losing her.
So. .. because of that, we had to split her kids & we each got some newbies. Which means going BACK over all the routines & procedures we had pretty much mastered and all that good stuff. Needless to say, I'm pooped ! But, I ended up with some really sweet kids and am happy they are now part of my little first grade family :) I really hope that I don't sound like a big ole complainer, because I truly LOVE my job, but sometimes I get overwhelmed...don't we all?!
Anyway, on to the GOOD STUFF ! It's almost Football Time in the South (and everywhere I assume), but I am just so excited about it, I could pop. Seriously.. I look forward to this every year, and have even had a countdown going. I . Love . It ! I grew up watching every SEC game with my dad & have always been a huge football fan. My family are all Tennessee fans, even though I have lived in either Alabama or Georgia since I was 6. Not easy being a Tennessee fan in those two states, but I've survived, and learned to take a lot of ribbing for it. So, in honor of my Vols and the upcoming season (which I pray is even a little bit better than last year), I made this for my door !
Anyway, all my kiddos are already talking about football as it is a HUGE deal around here. This week, my school is already celebrating the "Wear your Team Colors" day on Friday, and even at 6, my little ones know & love their teams.
I decided to make a short vowel game for our pocket chart & centers to go with our love of football. We are also reading a couple books about sportsmanship which is a character word we study. Thought I would share the sort with you!
HERE & download it for free. It has 2 pages of each vowel and a sheet for headings a, e, i, o, and u. Hope you like it !!
Also, Miss Nelson over at Run! Miss Nelson's Got the Camera is having this awesome giveaway for a gameday scarf.
I'm linking up again with Tara at 4th Grade Frolics for Monday Made It, too! I love this every week :)
So, that's it for me. For those who have asked about my Teacher Handbook, I am working on trying to come up with a way to send you a template. Right now, it's all DJ Inkers & in a format I can't send out. Plus, it's all very school specific. I PROMISE I am working on it & will get with all of you via email ASAP so you can use it if you want :)
As always, thanks for stopping by !