Monday Catch-Up

I’m feeling super productive today. Which is weird for two reasons. One, it’s Monday. Two, I had a slight meltdown this morning about not having centers prepared and a premonition that the district was coming to observe me (neither of which actually happened). So, I was basically WonderWoman during planning and for about an hour after the kids left. Here’s what today looked like:

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You know it’s going to be a good day when you get to wear a cute outfit you haven’t worn recently. Fall, I am embracing you with OPEN ARMS today. PLEASE DO NOT LEAVE ME. Seriously, though, the fact that I got to sleep with my windows open and that I could wear a scarf and not suffer from heat exhaustion makes my heart happy. So, a little #teacherstyleootd for you.

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This week, we’re starting our adjectives unit. It could be that premonition I mentioned earlier, but I had a random inspiration this morning to write different types of adjectives (colors, sizes, numbers, and emotions) on index cards and stick them under each student’s desk. They LOVED it! It was a great way to build background knowledge for them and get them moving around. I color-coded the words by what kind of adjective they are, so tomorrow we will sort them as a quick review/warmup.

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I’m not sure why that picture is so blurry. Oh well. Our classroom snapshots board is a place for hot topic anchor charts and student work. I took down our August work samples (character-building activities that went along with Chrysanthemum), and put up grammar anchor charts from the past couple of weeks along with our writing project from last week (How to Make Apple Pie booklets). I wrote my feedback for the booklets on a writing rubric (available here for free!) because I like to keep that private for each student. The kiddos worked so incredibly hard on their books, and they got to share them on Friday during our Grandparents’ Day celebration. Fun!

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Operation: Apple continues this week with a Science/Social Studies/Math integrated unit. Tomorrow, we’ll be reading Ten Apples Up on Top! and using the apples above to measure each other. Today, we talked about producers and consumers using apples. Because it is fall and apples have to be in EVERYTHING. #Ilovefirstgrade.

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And the real reason today was a good day? A student gave me this cookie. I think it’s a witch? Not sure if there is some subliminal meaning in it, but it was delicious. Probably because it was 98% sugar and 2% corn syrup and 100% adorable for her to give it to me. What other job can say that?

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Five for FRIDAY!

Can I get a TGIF? I’ve officially survived the first week of school in my new district and grade level and I couldn’t be happier. Yeah, I’m exhausted and my weekend highlights include a Netflix binge and takeout, but I am one happy camper. You know you’re in a great work environment when you’re fine with leaving at 6:15 AM every morning and staying until 4:00 every evening. That’s not to say, however, that I’m not crossing my fingers to maybe trim that back a teeny tiny bit, but I’m just fine and dandy with it all right now. Hopefully this steam will keep it going until May!

But now, it’s time for our weekly tradition sponsored by Doodle Bugs Teaching!

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“That’s all I have to say about that,” as Forrest Gump would say. If you went back to school this week, or ever, you understand.


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Actually Cooking Real Food

Despite an overwhelming desire to eat pizza, gummy worms, bagel bites, and my feelings this first week of school, I actually made dinner, as seen above. And yes, it was low-carb. I’m feeling like SuperWoman this week.



This Yearly Tradition

Last year on the first day of third grade, I used a different frame that I made to take a picture of each of my students and myself. I switched out part of the frame to do the same thing on the last day. It was so fun to see the changes in everyone over the course of one school year! I did the same thing this week with my firsties, then we made picture frames for them to take home.



This Devotional

I bought this book back in college after my roommate recommended it to me, and oh my goodness. It’s wonderful. The readings aren’t terribly long and lend so much perspective. I set aside 5-10 minutes every morning right before I leave for work or get my day started, and it makes such a huge difference in how the day goes. The passages truly put my mind in the correct focus and ground me.


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And finally, snuggling with this sweet girl at the end of every day.


  • What’s your favorite thing from this week?
  • What is your go-to weeknight meal during the first week back?
  • Do you have any first week traditions in your classroom?

I’m looking forward to reading your responses in the comments section!

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Five for Friday & A Classroom Peek!

Happy Friday! With another week of summer vacation behind us, I’m starting to get the new classroom itchies. I headed out to my new school yesterday to check out my classroom and start planning out the physical environment. Next week is my last real week of break, but I’ve got a lot of work to do for the theme I want in my room, so I’ll be headed in on Monday to get busy. I’ll be sure to give a tour once it’s complete!

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Now on to the important thing about today: Five for Friday, hosted by Doodle Bugs Teaching!! For more details, click here.


Kroger Olive Bar

Have you heard that you should never go grocery shopping when you’re hungry? Me too. Guess when I always inadvertently go grocery shopping… Yup. When I’m hungry. I can’t resist the voices compelling me to visit the olive bar in this situation. Then this happens:

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Pure bliss. Also, that roasted garlic keeps vampires away, so it’s a win-win.


Summer Reading

This week, I wrapped up The Good Girl by Mary Kubica, which many people have been comparing to Gone Girl. While I didn’t find it quite as engrossing as Gone Girl, I ended up getting pretty engrossed in it about halfway through. It was a bit jumpy, with chapters being told by different people during different time periods, alluding to a mysterious “before” and “after” of a rather implicit event. Next up: The Rumor by Elin Hilderbrand.


Would You Rather…? Teacher Edition!

If you don’t already follow WeAreTeachers on Facebook, do it. Do it now. Because then, you’re exposed to gems such as this one: another Buzzfeed quiz! I will say I was surprised by the results on the cockroach vs. rat question, which you can find here.


The Arrival of My Planner

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IT. HAS. ARRIVED. I was like a child on Christmas morning when I found the package key inside my apartment mailbox. Even the packaging this thing comes in is precious. I’m enjoying putting my sticky date dots on a little too much. My Type A is showing. Oops.

I’ll be posting a full review next week, but if you’re thinking of purchasing an Erin Condren planner (which I highly recommend), click here!


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And on top for this week… My new classroom!

I’m trying out a different theme this year, but I’m not telling what it is until I post my full classroom tour in a couple of weeks. This room has some great display areas on the walls and tons of storage. And if you didn’t catch it from the photo, it is shaped like a triangle. I’m ready to rise to the challenge!

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