Friday, August 29, 2014

All about me theme and some things from the week............

Week two of school was completed. 
I have to say I have some pretty awesome kiddos this year (I know I say that every year, cannot help it, I LOVE my job)

This week we did letter A. We made an Alligator with an A, practice rainbow writing the letter A, and looked at things that start with A. I decided to put them on the wall and every week I will put the letter we do on top, I thought it was a good way to keep all of their work together in one place :), lets hope it works...



We also made our paper bag kids. Tuesday we painted the bags, Wednesday we stuffed them and put the eyes and drew a mouth, Thursday we added the legs/shoes and arms/hands. They came out super super cute an they look great on top of the counter. I think the parents will enjoy looking at the for back to school night in a few weeks, I will bring them down and put them somewhere lower so the parents can see them. We have a kiddo with glasses so we made sure his lunch bag kiddo had glasses too. 


We also talked about our hair color and our eyes, making a portrait of our selves. they look pretty nice. 


 I had a super busy week planning not only the ten IEPs i need to hold next month but planning ALL the IEPs for the school year. This is something I have been wanting to do for the past few years but was never able to. Dates are tentative but as for now all IEPs are planned. I love my planner, is fantastic if you would like to get one, go to easy.com and search plum paper, she has super cute ones. I have the one with the anchors (of course). She also has teacher planners, student planners, meal planners, wedding planners, etc....Here is the link as well  https://www.etsy.com/shop/PlumPaperDesigns?ref=l2-shopheader-name

This is my second year with one and to be honest I am already looking at the one I want for next year, they are just that great!!!

 
I got a new toy, lol, my craft teacher brain love this. Is a small paper cutter. I have an even smaller one but this one is great it cuts two sheets of paper, and one construction paper. It is extremely helpful for all the small stuff. So I can cute into big squares at work or with scissors and trim with this one, is super light, and is purple. 


I decided to do something with food once a week. So this week we made faces with graham crackers, marshmallow spread, red vines, and chocolates. Not all the kiddos eat it, one did not even want to touch it, but we worked on spreading. I figured something super yummy the first few weeks so then they will be willing to try when we do juices or things with fruits and veggies. 



I found this idea on pinterest and I love it. Great way to present things for center time. 


I send home thank you notes, to my amazing parents that donated to the class...... they are so generous. 


I did not have a mouse pad, so of course I had to get an anchor one. 


You can never have too many cute post its, specially if they are from the $1 bin at Target. 



Well that was my week. My 10 min commute in the freeway or 15 in the street is so fantastic, I just need to remember not to leave when the HS students get out or take the alternative route. My early intervention kiddos are doing good, and I am so thankful for understanding parents as this month was crazy with fixing the class and starting work and the boys starting school, I am lucky that they are willing to work with me and my crazy schedule (which will be crazier this coming month), one of them turned 3 (tears) but I will get a new kiddo in October. I hope everyone has a fantastic three day weekend. Happy Labor Day!!!!

Saturday, August 23, 2014

First week went by too fast....

I cannot believe that the first week of school is over already. It went by really fast. The kiddos did great. I have one new students (first time ever at school) and he didn't do as bad as we were expecting. Next week SLP, OT, and ABA services will start, and with all pull put services I am sure the day will go by faster than last week. 
I have to say that I am loving the people I work with, my classroom staff is amazing and they provide such good support to the kids, I still miss you Alma and Melissa :)
The parents are amazing, we got so many donations this past week, I am so thankful!!!

These are some picture of the room. 
I will start collecting pictures of the crafts and activities this coming week. 

Hope everyone that started already is having a great time and good luck to those that will start in the next few weeks!!!
Happy 2014-2015 school year.













Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Welcome to the 2014 - 2015 school year!!!

Hope everyone had an fantastic summer. I sure did, however it did feel like it flew by this year. Between teaching ESY for five weeks and not having a break between the school year and ESY (I changed districts and this is how things worked out). Then we went on vacation right after ESY and with birthday, wedding, and concerts time just went by too too fast. But it was a GREAT summer and I am SUPER excited to be starting a new school year at a new district/school.

The past couple of days have been busy with new teacher training and orientation. There is just so much information given to us in two days it makes my bairn hurt. But they were both very informative and I got to meet some great people.

Today it was the first day for ALL teachers to be back to work. We had a welcome rally and a site meeting. This was the first chance I got to meet all the wonderful teachers and staff I will be working with this coming year (general education and special education). They are all wonderful and I know I will learn so much from all of them.

Today I also finish, or keep working on getting the classroom ready. Deep breaths and one things at a time right. If you know me I like to do five things at a time. I start to do something and get side track and do something else and when I realized it I have started doing four or five different things and nothing is fully completed. So this time I made a list of everything and I wanted to do and started from there. I was able to accomplish most of everything. I am still trying to decide what to do abut circle time. I would love to buy new things rather than make things but we will see That I can do Friday.

Some of the things I would like to get are:
A drying rack
today's activities fro circle time 
a classroom carry all fro crayons and markers so two of them 
hold a ring walker rope 

I will started with the All About Me and Family theme. Here are some ideas from my pinterest board:
http://www.pinterest.com/loremaldo14/all-about-me/
Some of these I have done some I have not and I am looking forward to see how they will turn out.

Here are also some great ideas for the classroom:  http://www.pinterest.com/loremaldo14/work-school/

And some thing that can be done with kiddos at any time:   http://www.pinterest.com/loremaldo14/for-kids/

Hope everyone has a FANTASTIC year!!!
To all new teachers YAY don't stress out, deep breaths and one things at a time!!

Good Luck !!!