Today was a pretty exciting day! Well, lets face it, any day that I get home from school to find multiple Amazon boxes at the door is an amazing day! This past weekend I ordered a bunch of things that I have been wanting to make for our classroom. You’re probably wondering what they are….I feel like a kid on Christmas morning! The first thing that arrived today was a roll of LED lights. Stay tuned for the final product and to see how I use them for learning in our classroom. I also got asked today by a few teachers in my “Target Teachers, Target Dollar Section” Facebook groups if I would blog and share some of my favorite classroom tips and tricks with them. I will be gathering a ton of these in the next few days and will share them soon.
Today during our writing block we introduced our kiddos to Spacemen. Yes, those nifty astronauts have a busy job not only flying up to space! We use our “Spacemen” in our classroom to help with our spacing between words, or in this case right now, letters. Click on the link below from ReallyGoodStuff.com if you want to purchase some of your own.
Yesterday we had one of our first celebrations in our classroom, Left Handers Day! We have 3 sweet little friends this year in our class that are “Lefties”. It’s taking them a lot of effort and patience (especially when using whiteboards and Expo’s) to figure out the ropes but they are doing amazing and aren’t giving up!
This morning we had our first PTES Pride Assembly. 3rd Grade were awesome performers! They got into the Ohana spirit and sang for us all. Next month we will be honoring our first Students of the Month. We are looking for characteristics that follow our GROWL philosophy (Grow, Respect, Overcome, Work and Lead). Work hard and hopefully it will be you!
Last week we began working on center routines! Woot woot! We worked on fine motor skills in some fun and exciting ways! We got to practice balancing, patterns, matching, tweezer pinching pompoms and different techniques with Play-Doh. They did an incredible job for the first time! These centers are courtesy is the amazing and incredible Tara West. If you haven’t checked out her products you do not know what you are missing!!! Check out the link to these amazing activities on Teachers Pay Teachers.
On Friday we had our annual visit from Ms. Kate. Ms. Kate is one of the ladies who works in our OT (Occupational Therapy Department). Let’s just say she is AMAZING! She brought her banjolele and taught us Mat Man. Mat Man helps our kinder friends understand how to properly draw people. No one wants to have arms and legs out of their heads! She also worked on some fine motor skills with us to work those muscles in our fingers.
Our first week was scary, exciting and nervousness all wrapped into one! We started to learn about the guidelines and expectations of school, such as how we walk around campus, how we use school materials, and how we treat our new friends. We even got to eat lunch with our new friends! Change can be super scary but all our kindergartners were troopers! They looked like pro’s in no time! Due to us having more kindergartners then expected, Mrs. Longacre came back to join us. She was a part of our kinder team last year and we’re very excited to have her back. This unfortunately meant we had to send some friends to her class. The good thing is we’re right next door and we do a lot of activities through the year together so we’ll still see the new friends we made.
Here we go again! Welcome to the 2018/19 school year. I’m not too sure where the summer went, but I’m so excited to be back! Here at Peralta Trail you get that “family feel” from the moment you walk in the doors. You are instantly part of our team in one capacity or another. Our school theme for this school year encompasses just that. “Ohana” means family and that’s exactly what we are. Welcome to the 2018/19 school year, and welcome to the family! We’re so excited to have you on board!
I have no idea where the time has gone. As I sit here and reflect on 1 more year completed I can’t help but think that this has been one of my favorite classes I’ve ever had the privilege of teaching. I’m not going to lie. I was very hesitant making the move over to Peralta after SMES closed. I can honestly say we have an incredible staff here and have been very blessed to be a part of it all. You parents have been some of the most caring and supportive I’ve ever worked with. I can’t say thank you enough for helping to make this such an incredible year. We’ve had some ups and downs, tears and fits but every single kiddo that has walked foot through our classroom door has changed. They have grown, matured, learned key concepts needed to be successful in the world outside of these doors and have become fine young ladies and gentlemen ready to dive into first grade. To be honest I can’t say that I am ready to have them go. I really am not. Teaching is my absolute passion. I love it down to the tips of my toes, even through those hard trying times. Each year I come in thinking, “I’m going to do it this year. I’m not going to get attached. I’m going to come in, teach them and send them on their marry little way”. Yeah, i’m pretty horrible at that. They become like my own kids. I care about your child more then you will ever know…..Ok as a side note, I am now balling my eyes out! Haha Today we took a walk over to the first grade classes to see what it is like and to try and ease some of their anxiety. Even though your kiddo is moving on without me, please, PLEASE, PLEASE know that I will be right where I am, Room 500C. I am not going anywhere. If you need anything, advice, a question, a concern, just to talk, or to pop by and say hello, I will be here. You are more then welcome to call me, email me or stop in whenever you like. The same goes for the kids. They will be moving on, but they have touched my heart and will forever be a part of it.