Adventures with Mrs. Key

Monday, September 1, 2014

September Currently

I have not linked up with Farley for a currently in a long time, so I am pretty excited to do it again this month. 

I am thankful I get to listen to my children everyday. I know some people do not have that pleasure.

I am beyond excited about being done with graduate school.  I now get to use my extra time doing other fun things. 

I can remember a time when I had to work during every holiday. It is awesome to have holidays off with my children even if we just sit at home in our pajamas and eat junk all day. 

I would love to have a cleaning fairy to come in and deep clean my house. It looks pretty clean with a quick glance. Just don't get out the white gloves. 

There is absolutely nothing I need.

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We are not big travelers. Maybe one day...If it ever happens, I would love to visit the Bahamas, Alaska, and Paris. 
I would love to visit the Bahamas because of the beautiful water, warm air, and peaceful nature. 
I watch shows on T.V. about how people live in Alaska. I would never ever want to live there because I do not like cold, but I would love to visit and leave. 
I better want to visit Paris since my ten year old daughter and her friends plan to move there when they are older. 

Go ahead: visit Farley and link up!

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Saturday, August 30, 2014

Daily 5 Posters~Freebie

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Happy Saturday! It's the day of the week that you are likely to find me creating, printing, laminating, and cutting. I absolutely love creating, printing, and laminating. However, I really really really dislike cutting the laminated stuff out! Is there something wrong with me? Maybe I need a personal cutter. :)

We have made it through two and a half weeks of school. Every year, I forget how much independence we have to build in first grade. I have to say that my new little loves are doing a great job with their stamina in Daily 5 reading and writing. I made some new Daily 5 posters and rotation cards. They're free in my TpT store. Click the picture if you'd like to use them.

This is kind of what my center rotation will look like after my kiddos learn all of the rotations. I wrote names on the Group cards. Each day, I will move the group cards down one spot so students have the opportunity to rotate through all 6 areas throughout the week since I do a computer rotation. 

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Saturday, August 2, 2014

First Grade Welcome Back Pack

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Summer has come to an end. I begin school on Monday, and students begin on the 13th. I am ready to meet my new students, but I am not ready to hear that alarm clock go off quite so early each morning. I turn into a night owl during the summer time. I stay up late and sleep late. Getting up between 5:45 and 6:00 will be hard for a little while. I told myself I was going to start going to bed earlier, but it just didn't happen. :)

In preparation for the first week and a half of school, I have created a little pack to help me assess student knowledge of alphabet, colors, numbers, addition, fine motor skills, and writing. If it's something you'd like to check out, you can click on the picture.

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Friday, August 1, 2014

Tracking Student Success with Accelerated Reader

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Hello all! It has been months since I have been a part of the blogging world. It has been so long that something crazy happened to all of my pictures on my little 'ol blog. I think it is something to do with Picasa or Google+. It's something that I didn't even realize I was using. I'm not going to sweat the small stuff. I'm going to pick up the pieces that are left and move on! :) My goal is to try to blog a little more now that I have finished getting my masters degree. I love reading everyone's ideas, and I enjoy sharing.

I have been working to get things ready for my classroom. I have a small little issue...I keep changing things. I can't seem to help myself. As I learn more and more about making things cuter, I become a bit obsessed with making new stuff.

Anyway, I wanted to share something I made this week. In my classroom, I like to keep track of Accelerated Reader points. My students get very motivated to move their jeep as they earn more points. It is so much fun to watch my students get excited about reading. I hand drew the jeeps, colored them, and cut them out. They are laminated with a magnet on the back, so they will stick to the board. At the beginning of the school year, I will take pictures of my students and print them small enough to tape them to the jeep. If you'd like to use this, I posted it to TpT for free.

Click either picture to check out this freebie! 

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