Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Big, red, cherry nose!!

Hello Everyone!
Short and very sweet tonight!!! :)  I just wanted to quickly share our adjective study from today!  We took the song, Must Be Santa, found all the adjectives, discovered other adjectives in other books and all around us, including adjectives to describe each other!! :)  Then we took took the most fun little section of the song and created a hands on visual to remind us of adjectives, to work on organization, to practice following directions, and to publish work visually. I think they turned out great!!

(I fixed the little problem on one of the pages, if you've already looked at it.)

Tomorrow we will work on our parent gifts.  I can't wait to start!  They are going to be so cute. So check back again very soon for a tutorial on that!! That's all I'm going to say about that for now. 
(Sorry, Parents! No sneak peeks!!)
Till then, hope you are slowing down to wonder in the joys of this season with your little ones!! Can you think of a better job during this time of year??? 

Saturday, December 6, 2014

Here Comes That Jolly Fella!

Hello Everyone!
Thanks for stopping by this little Window on Wonder!  I love this time of year with my little firsties!! The wonder in their eyes is magical. I try to incorporate a lot of this magic into their learning. We started off the week reading Santa's Stuck by Rhonda Greene.  We also discovered a couple of related books to compare and contrast, Santa Gets Stuck by Campbell Books and Are You Grumpy, Santa? by Greg and Evan Spiridellis.

We brainstormed ways to help Santa if he were to get stuck in our chimney!

Love the "Call 911" as a last resort!!

Then we got busy with our written expression and hands on visual expression.  I have posted this visual in years past, (and the patterns are in our Santa's Stuck unit, but this year, because of one of the illustrations in the "Are You Grumpy, Santa?" book, we added a tush!!  :) They turned out great!!

I really think the kids are going to leave Santa a healthy snack on Christmas Eve.

Next week in writing, we are going to focus on adding adjectives to our drafts. I put together an ultra mini unit based on the song, "Must Be Santa." We will discover how adjectives make our writing more clear for our readers. We will go back into some of our older pieces and add adjectives where we can.  We will also make this cute little Santa based on the song and include some of the adjectives in the lyrics!!

I can't wait for next week!
If you would like the printable unit on adjectives,

I have so much more to share with you, but whoa! I have a ton of stuff to do to get ready for the holidays at home!!! Have a wonder-filled weekend and don't forget to stop and enjoy that wonder!!

Monday, November 24, 2014

Thanksgiving Friendship Fun and a Big Share X 4!

Hello Everyone!
I am so thankful for having today off. I got almost all of my Christmas shopping done, graduation announcements addressed and in the mail, guest room ready for family coming in, and four of my curriculum units freshened up and added to!!  Tomorrow? Cleaning and cooking!!  Can't wait! I also look forward to going unplugged for a little while, so I plan on sharing all four units tonight.  They will get our first graders through the three weeks before Christmas break and the week we come back.  
I first want to share some pics of our Thanksgiving feast from last week.  This was our 10th annual first grade feast.  Every year gets better and better.  We started the day making our Thanksgiving retelling bracelet, making butter, and telling what we were most thankful for. We set the "table" and let the kids choose if they wanted to be Pilgrims or Native Americans. The macaroni and cheese is always the biggest hit.


What a sight!!! 125 first grade friends enjoying lunch together!! 

Now, here are some pics of some of the updated units.
First up? Santa's Stuck!!

Next up? An updated unit focusing on Dr. Seuss' favorite green guy!!
Here are a few pics.

For the week before Christmas break? "If You Take a Mouse to the Movies!" Don't you love this book??? Here are a few pics of our 76 page unit!


And finally, I've had many e-mails asking if I would update my Happy New Year unit for 2015!!  That's what I have for you next!!  WOW!! Can you believe it is almost the new year already??? Here are some pics from the unit.

OK!! That is it for now. I am turning off this computer so I can focus on my family and home. 

I am so thankful for the opportunity to be an educator of young children. I am so thankful for the families who entrust their sweet children to me. I am so thankful for this little blog through which I have made so many new friends. I am so thankful for my amazing family! I am one blessed gal!! 
And with that, blessings to you all!