Okay, I'll admit it. I was NOT excited about this upcoming week.
I mean, who would want to come back to reality when you've been staring at this all weekend? My husband and I along with his whole family spent the weekend at his uncle's lake house at Horseshoe Bay. We had a GREAT time and I was absolutely not ready to come home! But then, some exciting things happened.
First off, I won my first blogger giveaway! As I posted previously, I am super excited about this book! And then I got another great surprise. When we pulled up in our driveway after returning home from our trip, there was a package on the front porch. Want to know what it was? So did I! I opened it and this was in it!
Yesss! Nine new (to me) Kevin Henkes books! I am planning on using these in my Author's Spotlight that I posted about here, but I only had three of his books. I searched EBAY high and low for a great deal and found this lot for less than $20! I cannot wait to use them in my classroom! I now feel that I am ready to face the week...new books in hand!
I won! Can you believe it? Kimberly over at Funky First Grade Fun gave away three copies of her favorite back to school book Hands As Warm As Toast and I was one of the lucky winners! I'm pumped! Thanks so much Kimberly! I can't wait to receive my copy.
The time has come. Back to school. Although I don't "officially" go back until August 15th, they opened up the school! I was able to get back into my classroom to get a jump start on arranging the furniture, reorganizing, and coming up with a million more ideas to finish up before the 15th! This is what I walked into:
Every piece of furniture that ever thought about being in my room was pushed into one corner of the room. I love how clean everything is when I first get back. However, I do NOT love moving my extremely full filing cabinet across the room by myself without the help of a dollie or hand cart. Literally, from one corner to the other. In a building with no air conditioning. In Texas. In the summer. Yikes! Needless to say, that is about the only thing I got accomplished on Monday.
I got so much more done the following two days, and I can't wait to show you! Pictures to come soon!
I am getting geared up for back to school! I have gotten some great ideas from blogs and Pinterest for my class next year and I could not wait to get started on these projects! One of the great ideas I got (or was reminded of) was an Author's Spotlight. I plan on "spotlighting" a different author every month by reading different books by that author to the class.
I have also made a small poster about each author to display in the Library Station. Each poster contains photographs of the person and images of the books, as well as fun facts about the author.
Some of the authors I am spotlighting are H.A. Rey (Curious George...my class theme), Dr. Suess, Jan Brett, Stan and Jan Berenstain, Kevin Henkes, and Barbara Park. I debated doing Barbara Park, but we read several Junie B. Jones books throughout the year and most of the kids are able to read these books by themselves by May (that's when I plan to spotlight her)! They are always thrilled to be reading chapter books. I am really excited to see how this goes! Have any of you done something similar? I would love to hear about it!
A Mini Unit on...SHOES???? Can there be anything better? First Graders + Shoes = The Love of My Life! Mrs. Tabb over here has an awesome limited-time mini unit giveaway! She says "Because I want to get lucky in Vegas, I'm going to give you some luck too...
I'm going to do this. It'll be free to anyone who blogs about this mini-unit. I don't have enough energy for another giveaway...so if you want it, post it on your blog and tell your friends to snag the limited time freebie, and leave me a comment telling me you've blogged it WITH YOUR EMAIL ADDRESS so I can send it to you...for FREE!"