My teammate found this adorable elf at Target. We decided to have a Kindness Elf instead of the Elf on a Shelf this year as our district mandates not to celebrate specific holidays unless we celebrate them all.
One of the reasons I love teaching first grade is how they are constantly changing. When they begin the year, most are babies. They need help with everything. But, by November, they are on their way to independence. First graders aren't kindies anymore. They are more confident, knowledgeable and proud.
By November, most first graders have developed automaticity with letters, sounds, numbers and sight words. They are ready to apply what they know. It is so exciting!
We are 17 days into school and I finally feel as if I can catch my breath! There are so many procedures to teach, model, practice, give feedback, re-teach, model, practice . . . WHEW! I feel like we are finally getting it.
Why is summer break the fastest time of year? Ten weeks flew by and we are back into the swing of things. What better time to share my classroom? I rearranged the room and am loving the new floor plan. This is right outside my classroom. It is in the main hall of our pod and the cubbies on the left lead to the door.