Sunday, September 16, 2012


Here a few tiny additions/changes I made to my classroom over the past week and a half...

The kids colored in feet as one of our first day of school activities. These are their "line-up spots." They are always in the same spot in line unless they are the line leader or caboose. This is the first time I've ever done this, but it seems to be helping! I have a certain little friend who really needs to be towards the front of the line, so this seemed like a good solution without singling anyone out. Plus, there isn't any arguing over who got in line first!

I added more jobs to our job list and made new pockets for them. Can you tell I love to use rainbow colors? :o)

We've been busy little bees since the beginning of school; I hope to have some pictures of the kids' work soon. Now we're into the new regional pre-assessments, so we're testing, testing, testing this week. On the plus-side, they do look fair. I just think it's a lot for 4 and 5 year-olds. Yes, I have 6 kids (out of 13) who either JUST turned 5 or won't turn 5 until November. Does anyone else think the cut-off date in NY should be August 1st?!



Oh Wow! That is a late cut-off. In Illinois the student has to be 5 by September 1st!

LeAnne Cooper

Our cut-off date is Dec. 1st. It's WAY too late in my opinion!


Our cut-off date is Dec. 1st too. I teach 1st grade and see so many young kids struggling each year. It breaks my heart.
Funky First Grade Fun

secret identity

Hi there! It looks as though you laminated the "feet" that are used for lining children up at the door. How did you fasten the feet to the floor without the janitor flipping his/her lid? I have used contact paper in the past, but it rolled up along the edges and looked pretty gross in a short amount of time. Any suggestions you have would be great! Thanks.