Join me in my adventures of teaching the first grade through many pictures and stories!

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Happy 4th of July!

Happy 4th of July!
We're spending the day in the backyard in the baby pool, grilling out and spending time with one another in celebration of this fabulous holiday. Feeling very thankful today!

💙 Leigh

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Bright Neon Classroom Loot

Bright Colored Classroom Loot


This year I have found the best deals on brightly colored classroom supplies! I'm not a big fan of spending a lot of money on the items in my classroom. All of the supplies get a lot of use (as they should) so I like to shop for deals.

Michaels already has their neon colored summer items on clearance for 60% off. Some cute items found their way into my cart! The rainbow 10-drawer rolling cart is also only $30 right now! I've been eyeing these for a few years.

Michaels Outdoor Pillows: $6 each
These are the perfect pillows for a class library because they are made for outdoors so they're extra durable. First graders are not always so gentle on cushions in the library.

Michael's 100 Sheet Neon Cardstock: $9 (with coupon)
I love creating banners and signs for my classroom and door. This will be perfect for my star themed back to school door and bulletin board this upcoming school year!

Michael's Rainbow 10-drawer Rolling Cart: $30
I don't really even have a plan for this yet but I'm sure it will be the perfect storage piece for my classroom!

Michael's 3-Pack Neon Lanterns: $4
I think these will look great hanging above my classroom library with black and white striped ribbon.

Target Chalkboard & Paper Rolls: $3 Each
So I've been wanting to initiate a question of the day. I can't wait to hang one of these and write a question each day for students to write their answers as they finish their morning work or complete work early.

Target Addition Books: $1 Each
I love that these are laminated books. I bought 6 of them.These will be perfect for centers. Students can use dry erase markers to practice their addition by skill and erase when they are finished!
 

Target Phonics Practice: $1 Each
I love that these match so many of the common core standards we use in the first grade. I plan to copy pages out of this book to use for morning work or extra practice!
 

I'm sure there are even more brightly colored goodies that will be coming up throughout the rest of the summer!

 -Leigh-

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Classroom Rules Flipbook

Looking at my beginning of the year activities. I love using this Classroom Rules Flip Book. I teach the first grade so we illustrate each rule as we talk about them! I think this would be a great incorporation into an interactive notebook. I know we review rules all throughout the school year.



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Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Family Vacation

Enjoying a family vacation this week!
We're spending the week exploring and introducing the beach to our daughter. It's been so fun to watch her enjoy the sand, splash, and play in the water. I hope you're all enjoying your summer vacation with your families!


Tuesday, June 13, 2017

You Are Someone Special

Brainstorming the perfect quote for my classroom door next year.
I love this one so far...

Leigh ♡

Monday, June 12, 2017

Stripes and Flowers Classroom Decor

I'm so excited about my new classroom decor set. I love stripes and flowers together. What better way to start a new school year than with fancy new classroom decorations! I love that they're stylish and cute. Here is the preview for my table signs. I love posting table signs above the table groups as well as on the board. It's a great way to group students and encourage collaboration and good classroom behavior at the same time!
Check out the Stripes and Flowers Collection ->Here<-

Leigh 

Thursday, June 8, 2017

I'm Back...

I have been absent for a long time...

I'm thrilled to announce the birth of my daughter, Emma, she was born in November. We are just loving life with our sweet baby girl! She is the happiest little thing and we're loving our life with her.


Also, I have completed my master's degree. After two years of teaching full time, having a baby and taking online and night classes, I'm thrilled to take a break. Now, time to focus on family and hobbies. Well, until I start master's degree round two!

Lots of love! -Leigh

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Snow Day Slow Down

With snow days already starting up we've been doing a lot of rule reviews in class. The students are doing a great job at staying focused but when our schedules are thrown off they can get antsy!!

Friday, November 28, 2014

Christmas is almost here...

I love all of the fun winter writing activities that we do at school. Not to mention that Polar Express day is one of my favorite days of the year.

I'm constantly amazed at how creative first graders are in their writing. I can't wait to use some winter themed writing activities this school year!! The flipbook craftivities are a lot of fun!

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Behavior Charts...

Behavior charts are a great way to help those students that need a little extra motivation to follow the rules and learn appropriate classroom and school behavior. Tie in a learning target to help your students relate following the rules to learning in school! You can personalize the behavior chart by choosing different awards pictures and different award activities.

Friday, October 10, 2014

Flower Clock Writing..

I figured what better way to discuss the parts of a clock, the minutes, and time then match the flower clock in my classroom with a flower clock writing craft...

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Telling Time Craftivity...

I can't wait to use this telling time craftivity from my telling time unit with my students... I think they will enjoy the wristwatch!

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Writing Center in Action

We've started using our writing center and I'm finding that my students love the freedom of choosing what they're going to write about and the format they want to write it in. They especially like the idea of writing emails and reminders. I like having many options for them to mix it up each week!

Saturday, October 4, 2014

How To Be A Team Player

I used the football helmet writing craftivity to discuss how to be a team player with my class. I enjoyed discussing with my students ways that we can work together and help each other out. They really got into it. I was impressed with their creativity with the football helmet designs.. a lot of Cincinnati Bengals helmets. Fall makes me think of football and the football unit and football flipbook really brought in the spirit of football season!