Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Back to School Student Forms & My First Grade Parent Handbook

Welcome Students, Parents & Family Members to this very special classroom introduction for the 2017-2018 School Year!
You will soon be getting a very important manila envelope in the mail.
Enclosed is a special welcome back letter from me!

Also enclosed, is our Open House Night directions letter, printed front & back:

Along with our technology release form that you can fill out at home and return to school either at Open House or on the first day of school.
I can always use additional help and HANDS in the classroom!  Please fill this form out too!
If you have the means to ever donate to our classroom supplies, here are some items that we could use:
The Party Supplies Form is also important to fill out and return.  This is a front & back form.

Here is our back to school supply list just in case you need it!
You will receive the Homework Explanation Packet the first week of school.  Please read it over and the templates are yours to keep at home.

The most important item to pick up at our annual Open House Night is my First Grade Handbook!
You will be getting a copy of this during your visit, but you can also download a PDF file at the end of this post.
Here is a preview of our 23 page handbook.  Please make time to read this handbook over with your child.  Everything you could want to know about our first grade year is covered in this handbook.  Please keep it in a handy spot for quick reference!

To download a copy of our First Grade Handbook, click here or on the image below.
To download any of the parent forms, click here or on the image below.
To download the Homework Explanation packet, click here or on the image below.
I can't wait to begin our school year together!
It is going to be a great ADVENTURE!

Sunday, August 6, 2017

Lesson Planning Binder and My Scope & Sequence Curriculum Map for the 2017-2018 School Year!

It may have taken 16 years, but I feel EXTREMELY organized heading back into a brand-new school year in First Grade!  I was inspired by several teachers in Tara West's Facebook Group to design and create a lesson planning system that would "house" all the nuts & bolts of my teaching curriculum into ONE, (yes, ONE)  easy-reference binder.  Teachers, let me just say IT CAN BE DONE!!!  
I made a short video to share with you on what my binder looks like and what major items are found in each tab.  Take a look!! :)

Tab 1 in binder is my pacing guide which I am happy to share with you today!  I have mapped out everything except Science/STEM.  I plan on recording that as I go this year since I have purchased new materials so I will add that in each week.  The rest of my year is laid out and I feel super-excited to share our first grade learning adventures with you!

If you would like to download my 2017-2018 Curriculum Scope & Sequence Pacing Calendar, click on the image above or click here.

If you would like to download my monthly theme-based calendar, click here or on the image below.

Stay tuned for a new blog post on my updated front-loading lessons for The Daily 5 Launch!

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