First of all, thanks for the awesome support on my attempts at blogging! Your positive comments and questions have been a blessing and an inspiration!
I have had a few questions about how I fit everything in to our wonderfilled day. I figured the best way to help you would be to show you my weekly lesson plan template. I know when I first started teaching I wished someone would have helped me get organized and help me plan out the day. Going in to my 30th year of teaching I have learned that I should have a plan, but if we don't finish one activity, it is okay to float over into the next time slot. Flexibility is the name of the game when it comes to first graders, but you should always have a starting place! :)
I also know from experience that having books in the hands of my kiddos is one of the most important ways to increase literacy. Since I started doing the "Daily 5," I find that priority addressed. I don't think I will ever go back to just reading groups and "stuff" to just keep the other kids busy. I find that it helps me to work smarter, not harder.
I am linking you to an "editable" lesson plan template so you can customize for your needs. Hopefully it will get some of you started! Here are some quick pics.
Click here if you are interested in the template! :)
Let me know if there's anything else you want or need! I'm here to share!!