Throwback Thursday {the first week of school}

I'm linking up with Freebielicious today for Throwback Thursday!
One of my favorite posts I shared a few years ago is all about our first week of school. I love being able to look back at it over the summer and remember all the things we did and tweak what I need to for my new batch of students! Here's my post from 2 years ago {can't believe it's been that long!}
 
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We did it! I survived the first week of school! I am so lucky to be working with the best partner teacher on the planet :) And we absolutely have the best class in the whole entire world! Here's a peek at our room and some first week of school fun!
 
 
We are so lucky to have such a nice sized room!
 


Here is one of our bulletin boards. We used "beachy" scrapbook paper and attached paper clips along the top so we can easily slide work in and out. I'm also thoroughly obsessed with the chevron/polka dot double layered border! All of my borders are from MPM School Supplies!

Our calendar wall:

This year we are going to count the days in school using base ten blocks. When I saw this idea on Pinterest all I could think was GENIUS!!!! I mean really, this makes so much more sense than counting with straws, and it ties directly to how we teach making 10's in math! I just threw some blocks in the pocket chart so you can see what I mean ;)


 Here's our word wall. We add words as we teach them!
 Another look at my class jobs!

We set up a supply station for the first day of school. This really helped organize the supplies that were donated to our classroom. It was so easy to put them away in the supply closet at the end of the day!
  
The super adorable labels are from Laura Martin's TpT store. Next year, I'm just going to pin the labels directly onto the bag...they weren't sturdy enough taped on like that!
And I made these sweet treats for my teammates to celebrate our first day!
We met our adorable class on Tuesday; they were so eager and ready to learn! I just love it!

We took our first day pictures with the cute little "K" {huge thanks to Michelle from Apples and ABCs for this adorable idea and tutorial!! As you can see, I pretty much copied her exactly ;)}


Then we read Miss Bindergarten Gets Ready for Kindergarten and then brainstormed some ideas on how we get ready for kindergarten! We completed this readers response and drew pictures to match.


  This will be the first page of our memory book!
We also worked together in groups to illustrate our classroom rules and they turned out SO cute but I 
forgot to snap a picture!
We read Brown Bear Brown Bear and made these super cute puppets. {Thanks Mrs. Ricca!} We practiced identifying colors and following step-by-step directions. We even sang some color songs! My class did such a fabulous job! 
We busted out some common core and used our puppets to retell the story to a partner. It was absolutely adorable!
 
During our math block we made our September calendars.

We used "4 corners, 8 corners" to make our apples {you can find more easy crafts here!} and practiced tracing numbers.
 
We also met some new friends!
https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B3B03q630QYLdnRqLWNnYVk2TXM/edit?usp=sharing
  {clip art from Love Two Teach
borders from Teaching in a Small Town}
 
My class absolutely loved these! We learned each poem and talked about the characteristic of each shape. We even learned that Sandy Square has a booooyfriend ;)
https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B3B03q630QYLdnRqLWNnYVk2TXM/edit?usp=sharing
{Download the shape poems here and ignore the fact that I clearly need more ink ;) I copied 2 to a page so that they printed out smaller than a regular sheet of paper.}
 
We also played this super fun shape game!
After we met our new friends and talked all about the shapes, we sat in a big circle {applying what we learned about circles!}. Then I walked around with a bunch of shapes in a bag and had each student pull out one shape. They told their neighbor what shape they pulled out {to practice identifying and to help their neighbor if they weren't sure} and then we played the Shape Game!
After everyone had a chance to stand up, we switched our shapes and played again. It was a lot of fun :)
 
This was definitely a long, but very fun-filled first week of school!

1 comment

  1. What a fabulous throwback post! I love how your classroom looked - AMAZING! Especially the K - that looks adorable! I love how bright, colourful and inviting it all looked!

    Teaching Autism

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