My switch to first grade has been incredible. I was very nervous to leave Kindergarten but decided to challenge myself to something new. For someone outside of the teaching field, Kindergarten and first grade may not be much different but shout out to Kindergarten teachers who know that Kinder is its own world. I miss Kindergarten a lot, especially when I visit my best friend’s classroom (plus she’s hilarious and who doesn’t wish they were in her class.)
I now teach First Grade Accelerated. This means in my classroom my six years olds are learning second grade or beyond curriculum, based on their level. I have a very curious bunch with hilarious stories to tell daily. I love them so much already. Here is a sneak peek into my classroom this year:
Also, I found my other creative half. The teacher next door to me is very passionate about teaching and SO supportive. What happens when teachers encourage and support one another?! GREAT THINGS HAPPEN. I look forward to telling you all about our adventures as they come a long.
Switching to first grade I began to challenge myself even more. I mean new standards, new school, new class, the new school year and I was ready to begin! I immediately fell in love with my students and all that they bring and are. It’s amazing how much you can do in an environment where you can be yourself and wake up everyday eager to greet each other every morning. 😀 We began the school year getting to know each other and the importance of accepting ourselves and families. Our classroom is very diverse and we appreciate all of the perspectives we have! I adapted the Kindergarten PBL I used in Texas for my little ones and we studied the importance of self-value and acceptance.
A new favorite book I used this year:
We did the best part of me:
We studied symbols and timelines and created them about our families. They included so much detail including symbols from where their families originated from. One student’s timeline even included the year his mom got pregnant with him and included their birthdate in the next year. It was wonderful and I’m sad I didn’t capture it in picture form.
We used the app Quiver to bring the family flags, which included family symbols, to life.
I also get to have a World Cultures and Animal Art Club after school. Do you know what that means?!
Crafts with learning GALORE! 😀
Here is a snake from animal art club after learning about🐍:
Learning about the Great Barrier Reef when visiting Australia and learning about ocean life:
Finally my favorite was our lanterns when visiting China.
I also wasn’t the only one who switched to first grade! My youngest sister-in-law, Gabby entered the first grade this year as well! Isn’t she just adorable!!!