Friday, February 17, 2017

Inspired by this lesson on Perseverance!

Happy 3 day weekend friends!  This was a milestone week for me.  I reached a very important personal goal on my teacher evaluation. Many believe it is unreachable feat, but I am the stubbornest teacher on the planet and that gave me the fuel and fire I needed to persevere. It worked!  And I feel proud and honored to be recognized for my hard work!
(very happy teacher below!!!)
Of course, we need to model that hard work and dedication to our students each and every day.  Light-bulb!!! Let's take this teachable moment and expand upon the topic of perseverance!

My incredibly-talented teaching friend, Tara West, shared a video on Perseverance that she demonstrated for her kinders.
At that moment of watching her video, back in August, I knew, without a doubt, I would find the perfect lead-in to use this lesson with my first graders.
Well here it is.  Thursday, February 16, 2017.
This week we adored Valentine's Day! Definitely feeling the Love, Friendship, Kindness, and how kids can use their passion to change the world.
It was the perfect trifecta!
I grabbed the iPad, hit record, and here it is!
Room 102's lesson on Perseverance!
What do you think?
I am still very "green" at videoing myself but the teaching message outweighed my nervous-nellies.
Never give up.
Always persevere.
They got it!

We then made a ton of great connections to our Reading topic this week~

The kids were so compassionate and responsive to making connections with Ayanna's sit-in" being an example of Perseverance! 

Then we used my unit on RUBY BRIDGES and are working on making those same "connection bridges" to model how Ruby persevered at school.
click on the image above for more details on the unit!

My heart is full friends.
It was one of those special, special weeks in teaching. Thanks for sharing it with me!!!

Sunday, January 15, 2017

Bring on the SWEETNESS from Oriental Trading!

Happy New Year Friends! 
January 2017.
Can you believe it?
This school year is going by with MAJOR lightning speed and before you know it, 
Valentine's Day will be here!
Last year was so hectic, that I missed out on so many sweet deals and great finds for Valentine's Day (insert sad face)....  But not this year!
I have just spent the last 30 minutes shopping over at one of my favorite online teaching stores (#orientaltrading) and WOWZA friends!!!  Do they have an amazing collection of Valentine's crafts, stickers, and classroom decor that will make your dear teacher heart so happy!
Are you just a tiny-bit curious as to what I put in my shopping cart?
OK, maybe just a peek......

It is a must have!  My students loved the fall-themed scratch art so this will be an extra treat on Valentine's Day!

During the days leading up to Valentine's Day, we make cards for parents, family, friends, and teachers!  I thought these self-adhesive foam sticker sets would definitely SPICE UP our card-making skills to a new level of cuteness!

Foam Heart Stickers!

Fabulous Foam Self-Adhesive Love Bug Stickers

Valentine Stamper Assortment

After a HUGE SUCCESS this year adding other holiday-themed stamper sets (from Oriental Trading) to our Word Work and Work on Writing time every day, the kids have been BEGGING for new stampers....  I think I hit the jackpot with this great find!!!

Of course, I couldn't stop there when I saw this pop up on the next page!!!
(I am putting these away until Spring!)

And with all this fabulously-fun stamping going on, I need some stamp pads that will get the job done every day!

Super Giant Tropical Color Stamp Pad Set

How amazing are these tropical colors!!!  My first graders are going to have so much fun this year  creating some super-sweet Valentines 
thanks to my friends at Oriental Trading!
Now I hope that got you motivated to get your Valentine's Day shopping started early this year!

PS: Looking for a deal at Oriental Trading? Visit their coupon page for the latest in sales.


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Sunday, October 23, 2016

FALL into some great finds this season with Oriental Trading!

Happy Fall Ya'll!
This time of year is so much fun, especially if you teach first grade.  A teacher like me is in THEME-heaven with weekly topics of Bats, Owls, Pumpkins, and Fall facts galore!
My special friends over at #OrientalTrading sent us a special care package to help us celebrate this fall season in style!
Check out our Fall Mystery Box Reveal video!
We absolutely LOVE our new Spooky Treasure Chest!
It is stocked full of fun goodies that I plan on using as prizes for our Halloween extravaganza!
We are also studying bats next week and these scratch bats look so much fun!
The kids are super-excited about these!
Getting ready for November, 
we have these awesome standing Turkey place setters that I thought we could make the day before Thanksgiving break so the kids can take them home and decorate the holiday table!
Another great find are these fall-themed stampers that I added to our Work on Writing station!
Finally, we have a really cool pumpkin weaving craft that will also be fun to work on in the next few weeks!
Now don't forget, you can still get these fabulous fall finds over at #orientaltrading!
Looking for a deal at Oriental Trading? Visit their coupon page for the latest in sales.
#oriental trading is my go-to shopping place for all things crafty in the classroom!
Happy Shopping!

Disclaimer: This post may contain sponsored content, affiliate links or review products. Regardless of this these are 100% our own opinions.

Monday, October 17, 2016

Hello Yellow!!! A new edition to Room 102!

Friends, it was certainly a fabulous day when the secretary brought down a very special package!
Our Celebrity of the Week had the honor of opening it!
A HUGE grin must mean its something awesome!
Holding it up to the class~ I think they like it!
Inspection time!
The kids couldn't believe how NEW and CLEAN our pencil sharpener looked!

How gorgeous is this new color?!?!
Room 102 would like to give a BIG THANK YOU to Classroom Friendly Supplies for providing us with this brand new pencil sharpener!
To hear that we had WON a contest was the best news all week!
Over the past few years, we have had a tremendous amount of great sharpening from using these sharpeners from Classroom Friendly Supplies!  The kids do all their own sharpening and these sharpeners save my sanity because they are SO QUIET!!!
Add a new HELLO YELLOW sharpener to your classroom by clicking on the image below!

Monday, September 5, 2016

Oriental Trading: Have you built your Teacher Wish List Yet?

The hustle and bustle of Back to School is always an exciting time for me.  Summer reflections always lead to new tweaks and changes in my classroom...  Always thinking HOW I can  make things better for a new class of fabulous firsties!
The credit card always gets a workout in August.
And my husband has gotten to know the UPS and FED EX guys really well!
One special delivery arrived and I told myself I wasn't going to open it just yet...
The next day, I took the large box to school and gave the kids a chance to make some thoughtful predictions about WHAT our special delivery could be???
I wrote their predictions down on the box-
and then we opened it!
The kids went nuts over these new dice for our Math Stations!
No more making paper dice that fall apart.
These are going to last forever!
And that's not all friends.....
Check out our new Cool Colors Reading Canopy!
Please envision my smile from ear to ear at this moment!
Talk about a magical place to do Read to Self time every day for those kids demonstrating really awesome Stamina!!!!
I think in a classroom of 25 first graders, 
we will need another one of this precious tents very soon!
My kids are in love with our new Reading Tent and with  heartfelt gratitude, we thank Oriental Trading for making some of our Wish Lists items COME TRUE in Room 102!

Teachers!  Have you checkout out Oriental Trading's TEACHER WISH LIST?
It took ten minutes for me to find some really special items, add to my wish list page, and post for my parents!  When they see our classroom doing something great, we ask that they consider picking any item off our wish list and sending it to our classroom!  
Check out my Wish List here by clicking on the image below-
Happy Wish Listing!!!

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Better yet, check out some great deals at Oriental Trading? Visit their coupon page for the latest in sales.

Disclaimer: This post may contain sponsored content, affiliate links or review products. Regardless of this these are 100% our own opinions.
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