That seems to be the theme for the last two weeks. I have been ON time to work, which is a good thing, but I just feel like I'm still working behind the clock.
We have been in school for two and a half weeks, and I just keep trying to catch up. I FINALLY feel like I'm getting there, but wow. Does anyone else feel that way the first few weeks of school??
Anyway, I'm here.... finally....and linking up with Doodle Bugs Teaching for her Five for Friday linky, albeit on a Sunday, but still..
So, here's my five randoms from my week...
1) The snotty-bug has bitten me early this year...
2) My sweet niece was crowned Little Miss!
3) I WON AN iPAD MINI!!!
I know I shared a while back that I had joined up with BuySellTeach... a new market for teachers to buy and sell their products. Well.... I was automatically entered into their August giveaway...and I WON!! An iPad mini!! Can you believe it??? I don't even own an iPhone (next on my "to do" list), so I don't even know how to work it, but I am so super excited, I can barely stand it. It's in the mail, as we speak...Awesome huh?? This month's giveaway is for 3 $50 gift cards....head on over there to link up your stuff, or sign up to buy, and you're automatically entered!! :)
We have been knee deep in testing for the last two weeks, and my team & I have had to come up with centers to keep the kids occupied. We do AIMSweb testing, which is similar to DIBELS. There are 8 individual tests for each kid, and it has to be done on the computer. Which means the rest of the children are left to their own devices. So.... we tried to come up with some fun things that are educational, time consuming, and able to be completed INDEPENDENTLY!! Wow, that's a hard thing to accomplish with newbie first graders.
Anyway, my brilliant teammate came up with Cut Apart Spelling...
This helps them identify each of the letters that go together to make a word.
Then, they cut them apart, and create their spelling words.
Lastly, they glue them down.
It's genius, I tell you...and the kids not only LOVE it, but have done an awesome job the last couple of weeks.
I've uploaded the first unit on TpT & you can go grab them for free right now.. Just click the picture.
5) SEPTEMBER HOMEWORK!!!
My September Homework packet is finally finished, and up on TpT!! Yay!!!
I got such awesome feedback from the August packet,and I'm so excited to get the next one out there for everyone...
This is what September looks like...
This month's Common Core skills are:
•Nouns, Proper Nouns, & Plurals
•Sentence Order & Complete Sentences
•Capitalization and Punctuation
•Long and Short Vowels
•Greater Than/Less Than
Oh, and the first THREE people to comment below? I'll send you the September homework for free.. Make sure you leave an email address, or make sure you're not a "no reply blogger". :)
Also, I have had several people asking about a TENTATIVE plan for upcoming homework packets, so I put this together...
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So, that's it for me, friends...
Now that life is finally settling down.. I PROMISE to be better at blogging. :)
I hope everyone has had a wonderful week, and this one is even better. Love to all and, as always, thanks for stopping by!!