Wednesday, July 29, 2015

ABCs of First Grade Linky

Link up with "1st Grade Tribe" for the ABC's of 1st Grade!! 

A new school year is the perfect time for new beginnings -- new classes, new school supplies, new experiences, and new friends. I couldn't be more happy about my new friends: Elizabeth from First Grade Stripes, Melinda from Tales of the Sassy Teacher, Kristen from Where the First Graders Are, Nicole from Beginnings with Baer, Brigid from Bits of First Grade, and Carinne from the soon to be Running with First Grade!! We began "1st Grade Tribe" to help all the fabulous first grade teachers connect and support one another! I have already loved getting to know these incredible teachers and am looking forward to much more collaboration together! (P.S. If you're a first grade teacher who'd like to join our group, find us on Facebook!!)

ABC's and 123's are every teacher's bread and butter. In line with this, we are hosting our group's first linky party on "The ABC's of 1st Grade."

To share my favorite aspects of first grade via the alphabet, here's a little poem!! Hope you enjoy!

My ABC's of 1st Grade!! 

by Danielle Allison

Each and every day in first grade,
With your lesson plans meticulously made,
A wonderful, new ADVENTURE begins,
For no two school days are ever twins.

Even amidst the craziness and BUSTLE,
Students’ CREATIVITY you cannot ruffle,
For their DETERMINATION to succeed,
Is quite impressive, yes, indeed.

And as teachers we endeavor,
To develop engaging EXPERIENCES, oh, so clever,
To make learning fabulously FUN, GOOFY, and exciting,
So that learning is always inviting.

With their precious HEARTS always willing
To be faithful in fulfilling,
The many tasks that we require,
Of hard work they never tire.

And for every project at hand,
With INITIATIVE they take command,
A serving of diligence and their JOKES,
Added with KINDNESS their success provokes.

Days filled with LAUGHTER and with fun,
Full of MEMORIES of each one.
As teachers, our students we'll forever treasure,
Our love for them knows no measure.

Our classrooms are filled with NOTEBOOKS ORDERLY and neat.
As they use glittery PENS on their answer sheet,
They inquire, think, and QUESTION,
As exploration and discovery is their profession.

Whether whole class, partner, or all alone,
READING is the cornerstone,
Of first grade learning, giggles, and joy,
So much growth by each girl and boy.

All their SILLINESS and personality,
Fills us with sentimentality,
For each one is a TREASURE so very dear,
We’ll remember from year to year.

The knowledge and UNDERSTANDING that they gain,
And the VOCABULARY they retain,
So full of WONDER and curiosity,
As they learn with velocity.

With all their XOXOs, hugs, and kisses,
We hope that none a single day misses,
For they bring us happiness, joy, and pride,
Forever in our hearts and memories they’ll reside.

Each day we watch them grow,
YARDSTICK can only show,
Their physical growth throughout the year,
Though their academic growth is crystal clear.

There is ZERO doubt in our mind,
We’re so thankful they were assigned,
To be part of our lives and class,
We’ll remember them as the days pass.

In our heats they will forever stay,
And in the memories we replay.
For first grade is a magical place,
Our lives will always be interlaced.


Hope you enjoyed the glimpse into some of my favorite parts of first grade!! Feel free to use the picture above and link up to share your first grade ABC's!!! Can't wait to read all about it!! 


Monday, July 27, 2015

Flash Freebie -- You're O-FISH-ally a K-6th Grader Treat Bag Tag

It's that time of year again. Summer is winding down. Brightly colored pens, glitter folders, and action figure lunch boxes have officially taken over every store imaginable. And I am on the hunt for the ever elusive "cute but comfortable school shoes" (honestly, I feel like I'm on a unicorn hunt or something...that's how hard it is to find shoes, but more about that later). All signs point to back to school.

If you're anything like me, your summer has been full of spending money on your classroom -- school supplies, new this, updated that, incredible resources, and much more. As a teacher, I think you deserve a break; not just a break before the hustle and bustle (aka, craziness) of a new year ensues, but also a break from all your back to school purchasing!!! So, I've linked up with the fabulous Lisa from Love and Laughter in 2nd Grade to provide teachers with some back to school freebies! Be sure to check out Lisa's awesome blog and her FB page below for more details on how you can score some incredible freebies ALL DAY both today and tomorrow. Every half hour different TPT sellers will post a back to school flash freebie!! But, they won't last long, so make sure your grab them while they're still free!

I'm posting a treat bag tag I use for our school's orientation. It's also great for the first day of school, Meet the Teacher Night, etc. I've modified it to be used for any grades K-6th grade. Simply print your grade level, cut it out, and tape onto a fish-themed treat -- I love Goldfish crackers or Swedish fish!! You're kids will love being o-FISH-ally welcomed to their new grade! My flash freebie starts at 10:00 am PT today!! Here's a link to my TPT product:

And on the unicorn hunting, I mean "cute but comfortable enough to teach all day on my feet" shoe hunting front, I found these. Admittedly not the cutest of all shoes ever created, but definitely comfy!! Plus, my mom bought them as a back to school gift for me (because she felt so bad about all the money I was already spending on my classroom)!!! A super big thanks and shoutout to my number one supporter and cheerleader -- thanks, Mommy!!! Apparently, unicorn hunting is not as impossible as I had previously thought...especially when you bring your mom along!

Cinderella says a pair of shoes can change your clearly this means I'm stepping into a life-changing school year! Can't wait to see what this year brings!!

Happy back to school prep, friends!! Don't forget to check out all the flash freebies Lisa has organized for today!!!