Thursday, January 3, 2013

Welcome back…{say what}?!!!

Hi there! How are ya?

I woke up this morning to a real shocker! I actually HAVE to be back at work TOMORROW! Where exactly did Christmas vacation go? I can honestly say, we’ve enjoyed this break so much it completely slipped my mind that I actually have to be back at work tomorrow. Luckily, it will be a teacher workday with students returning on Monday! Whew! Because I absolutely DID NOT think of going up over the break to accomplish anything!

Thank heavens, for my principal’s email or she might’ve been calling to find me in the morning! Well, now that I’m working on getting my bahunkus….{That’s a word, right?}….in gear, here’s a little of what we’ll be diving into to start the new year!

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In Math, we’ll be reviewing concepts including coins. Our standards for money seem way too simple and are only slotted for 7 days out of the entire school year! How long do you teach coins? Our standard states to identify coins and describe the relationship among them…no counting, no comparing amounts. Well, (come in close)…..we’re going to do just a bit of it anyway {whispering, lol}. 

BUT, since TX standards concentrate on identification at our grade level, we’ll have a little fun with it using these handy dandy cubes from Lakeshore Learning. Can you say, “teacher heaven”?  I just love their stuff!

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You could also have students pull random coins from an empty tissue box or bag and match them to the marshmallow showing that same coin. If you’d like to use this little game, click the pic to grab it!
 
In other news, I finally finished working on my latest little packet of goodies for math stations! I swear it takes me forever to finish a packet! I admire those of you with hundreds of items in your stores and would love a tutorial on how to create a little faster sometime! We’ll be digging into this one in another week after we finish ringing in the new year.
 
Winter Workstations 2012

It actually feels like winter right now! Good thing I’ve got lots to do today because I’m not taking one step out of my door. It’s 48 degrees outside….in TX! Oh my! Real winter? Yikes!

You can click the pic to check it out at my TPT shop ANNNNNNND…leave your email address in the comments below. I’ll use random number generator to pick 3 friends to share this little packet of goodies with! It includes 6 activities to review math skills.
Happy New Year, bloggy buds….I’ll check back Saturday morning to name the winners!



Classroom Freebies Too

33 comments:

  1. Enjoy your first day back!
    cbartram@kitcarsonschool.com

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  2. So cool that you get a teacher day tomorrow! I go back Monday:). Your packet looks awesome! Deana
    Firstgradechatter@gmail.com

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  3. have a great first day back! rachelpape@yahoo.com

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  4. We had students today :) It is nice to begin with only a 2 day week though. wadkinssusan@gmail.com

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  5. kbogdan76 at gmail dot com

    Have a great first day back!

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  6. We had a workday yesterday (Wed) and students came back today. I'm glad we have 2 days with students - I need time to readjust too! :o)

    Cindy
    ccfirstteacher@gmail.com

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  7. I wish we had a teacher work day as a transition day. We just jump right back into it! Have a good day tomorrow!

    Sara :)
    livs14@gmail.com
    Smiling In Second Grade

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  8. Enjoy your first day back. :)
    mvelasquez_86@yahoo.com

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  9. Enjoy your first day back. :)
    mvelasquez_86@yahoo.com

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  10. Hope your first day back is great! :)

    Gladys
    teachinginhighheels@gmail.com

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  11. Hope you complete your "To do list!"

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  12. Hope you complete your "To do list!"

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  13. Happy new year!

    cheriemae@gmail.com

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  14. Today was my 2nd day back and it was a little slow. I hope your first day back is wonderful! I'd love this pack! Crossing my fingers :o)

    œKaryn
    A is for Apple B is for Blog
    Kideducator@comcast.net

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  15. We don't have an official workday before the kids come on Monday, so I was up there for several hours today trying to get it together. Hope you get a lot done tomorrow! diana.newton@gmail.com

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  16. Your blog is so cute!! I am your newest follower :) Hope you had a good first day back at work! If you get a chance, please check out my NEW blog!
    ~Jessica
    http://www.wildaboutfirsties.blogspot.com

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    1. Sure did...followed, pinned a little and FB'd about it! I love connecting with other TX bloggers! So glad you stopped by! Thanks! =)

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  17. I know what you mean about not being able to create packets faster. I'm kind of OCD about everything being correct & cute, so I tend to fret about it too much. I love your work, so it is worth the wait. :)
    Corinna
    Teaching Fabulous Firsties!
    cwoita@aol.com

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    1. Thanks, Corinna! Your comment made me feel better about my level of tortoiseness when creating. Slow and steady, right? Thanks for stopping by! =)

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  18. Love your blog. Very cute. One of these days I'm going to attempt to make something! Your's looks great!

    donnagilley1st@gmail.com

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  19. I've been looking to build up my math stations. I like the different groupings. vhair61215@gmail.com

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  20. Those money cubes are the coolest thing since sliced bread! I love them and have to have them!! Also, your cute blog will be highlighted in my 365 Blog Hop Challenge...on January 9th...check it out :) Keep up the great job!

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    1. I love those little cubes because they get some hands on practice without all the noise of the plastic coins! We use those too, but these provide a little break from all the jingle, jingle. Wow! Thanks so much! I'll be sure to check it out! You're too sweet! Thanks, again! =)

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  21. Hi, this post really tickeled me today, 48 degrees in Chicago is like a spring day a blessing in the dead of the winter. We could only wish for 48 degrees. Stay warm :)

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    1. Oh my! LOL....note to self (DO NOT move up north) LOL! =)

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  22. Thanks for the money freebie! Those dice look great too. I'm pinning them for future reference. Happy New Year!

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  23. That money cover up activity is soo cute! I head back on Monday without kids and the kiddos come on Tuesday...the break went fast but I'm gearing up to see those cute faces again. :o)
    Vicky
    Traditions, Laughter and Happily Ever After

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    1. Hi, Vicky! Oh my! Today was our first day back with kids and whooooooa, Nelly! Was it a day, lol! I THINK I survived it though....=)

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  24. I love your ideas! Right now I am teaching my first graders about coin identification too, and this activity will be fabulous. BTW 48 degrees would sure be nice to have right now, here in Wisconsin...I think I would be out in a t-shirt in that weather :)

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    1. Tshirts @ 48 degrees! I got a shiver up my spine just thinking about it, lol! I think I'd have to hibernate!=)

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  25. Your packet is fabulous!
    Amber
    www.laueslittles.blogspot.com

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  26. Looks like someone was a busy beaver! :) No wonder your firsties are A+ all the time! :) Those math stations look really good! :0) I'm much faster at literacy packets than math ones...so, I get where you are coming from! :) If I find the secret to finishing more quickly...I'll definitely write a post on it and let you know...but...really...I'm thinking it will be the other way around! :) Thanks for sharing! Stay warm this week! :) I'm struggling it out here in FLA with our 68 degree winter days! Ha ha ha! :)

    Tamara
    Mrs. Russell's Room-First Grade

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