Sunday, September 14, 2014

Creating a classroom family, small moments, and a little on the oil front :)

Every year one of my top priorities is to create a classroom where everyone feels loved and cared for. I have been taking a few minutes every couple of days to write a letter to a student. I just love the look on their face when they see their "mail".  I had a last years student's mother tell me at back to school night that their child still had the letters.  It made my heart melt!  

This month we are working on small moments in writing. It is always hard to get a child to go from a huge mega moment scaled down to a small moment!  I started out with a Froggy book. Using the big moment (learning to swim) then scaling it down to the moment Froggy hit the water!  We then made a list of moments that were special to us!  Take a look at our charts, stories, and a freebie at the end!!

Using pictures to show a series of events!  
Big moment-birthday party!
Small moment-blowing out your candles! 

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Last but for sure not least.... Oils!!!

So I am totally in love with Young Living Oils!!  My lovely half human dog Ginger has had a bad run with big bug bites this year :(. My poor baby!!  I decided to do some research on essentail oils and dogs!  I found a great list of oils and treatments!! 

I have been using coconut oil and lavender on her belly and look at the results!!! I am so thankful they are clearing up :)  

One Happy Pooch!

Happy Sunday! 

Friday, September 5, 2014

Saturday Sale :)

I am joining up with Laura - Where the Magic Happens- for a super Saturday sale!  I have put four products on sale for 50% off!  Check out my products and be sure to hop over to her blog to see all the other great sales!

Where the Magic Happens

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

First Two Weeks, A Glimpse Into Room 6, And Do You Use Oils?!?!

Oh my the first two weeks have flown by. Each night I was determine to sit down and wrote a post..... You can see how that went!  

This is my sixth year teaching at an urban title 1 school. I have 21 students in my class (as of Friday) lol!  By far this is my smallest class to date!  I am so excited to see all I can do with such a manageable number. 

Here is a glimpse of my classroom this year!

Standards Board

Classroom reading corner

Focus wall 

Layered boarder!!!

A first grade favorite :)

Writing center

Classroom window garden 

Here are some of the activities we did the first week!

I introduced centers on the third day, call me crazy but it went really well!  I needed to start testing my kiddos on DIBELS and our new reading assessment Amplified.  Here are pictures of the kids in their centers and a link to the set :)

During the first week we read lots of back to school reads!  The first grade favorite was The Pout Pout Fish!!

I used The Inspired Apple's Fun with Firsties set for some great writing activities and class activities. 

Do any of you use essential oils?!?!  I am new to the oil world and LOVING it!  Every year I end up having to take a few days off the first few weeks due to my mold allergy.  This year I searched for a new remedy..... I found one!!  I have been using oils to help control the pressure and congestion!  Here is the recipe :)

On top of using the oils for my allergies I have been supplementing them for just about everything!  Peppermint for my headaches, lavenders and cedarwood for 
help at night with sleeping, and diffusing tons of different combinations!  You much check out Young Living Essential Oils :). I love using Pinterest to look up different ways to use the oils to replace everyday health items!!  

Thanks for stopping in!