Saturday, February 16, 2013

Showin’ Some Love

Howdy sweet folks. I finally made some time to get a quick post in. I admire those who can keep up with bloggin’. It's been an epic fail for me. I made a promise to my family we would spend way more quality time any spare time I have is spent with them. It's still a win for me!

We finally moved into our new home... gettin' organized has been top priority! We couldn't be more thrilled to be in our home. Now the fun part starts...DECORATING! Now on to our school happenings!

We started this week with "How do we write a friendly letter". I had my firsties do a Brace Map (it shows "Whole to Part" relationship). 

We did a "Parts of A Letter" brace map activity. I love how they turned out! I used Ms. Stanford's freebie "Learing to Love Letters" because it worked perfect for this activity! My firsties are "Thinking Map Pros" now!


Last week we worked on contractions...I thought I would share our love contractions with y'all! 

For math we did a little Valentine box of chocolates word problems and graphing to stay in the theme of things!

I get really stressed out when it comes to class parties (havin' to top legendary parties from the past)! Over the years... I have become known to the school as the BEST party planner. HA! 

I have felt my parties have been a little cray, cray in the past so this year I wanted to have a little bit more control over what my firsties would be doing durin' party time. 

So I went on a hunt for new ideas. 

I have never done stations because I felt that was way to much work for an hour long party. Sooooo this year I tried it...I found this really fun packet on TPT by Sarah Cooley and I heart it so much! 

I have to say I really enjoyed havin' stations and I felt I had more control over what my sweethearts would be doing during the party! 

We had...
1. Creation Station: Love Bugs, "Looking for Love" Heart Glasses, and
Bling Rings (Pipe Cleaner Creations)
2. Win It In A Minute: Games from Sarah's packet
3. Love Letters: Word Scramble and Search Activities(Packet) 
4. Showin' Some Love & Stuck on Sweets Station:Taste Testing Graphing and passing out your Valentines(Packet)
5. Love Potion Floats

It worked out really great and they had TONS of FUN! 

Jaxzers came down to my class to show me his Olivia Party goodies...his teacher (Ms. Sarah Haynes) did a cute Olivia themed party for her 
kinder dual group!

I LOVE how our dual kinder team incorporates literacy/book characters into their parties for those sweet kiddos to make connections! 

How AWESOME is that! Check out her fun creations! 

I just love this character board! I adore the idea of some learning still going on BUT it's a celebration too!

I got to spend Valentine's Day with my BESTIE... we surprised our hubbies with a "Fly Fishin' Trip" for Valentine's Day!

My oldest is a senior this year it's hard to believe that she was once Jax's age...last week was her Operation Graduation Themed dinner! It hit me like a ton of bricks that she is graduating soon! I wish I had a magic wand to freeze time...I know selfish of me BUT it's hard to let go!

I love you Savannah... I am VERY PROUD of you and your decisions! 

 Our HOME sweet HOME!

So there you have it...  the happenins' over at Glitzy In 1st Grade!


Mrs Cupcake said...

Tons of Valentines fun! Great pics!
A Cupcake for the Teacher

Beth Tinseth said...

We are working on letter writing, as well. I have 29 DL 1st graders from Oregon. Penpals?

Glitzy In First Grade said...

Sure thing! Let's exchange info :)

Tamera said...

Love the Colors and stripes! Looks like they had loads of fun!

Stop by and check out my Give Away and my Vocabulary Activities for Skippyjon Jones in my TPT store!


Amber said...

Just stumbled across your blog. :-) I love how you are sharing yours and other's thinking maps. I'm a learning coach for 5 students and prior to this adventure, our local school had just started into using thinking maps and I loved the concept. The program we are with now does not do them all that often and I would like to incorporate them more often on my own. You gave me a bunch of ideas for next school year! Thanks! :-)

Leah Carpenter said...

Love your party!! Wow! I really love love love the black paper as chalkboard table tops!! You are very talented! I just started a blog- . I am sure I will not be able to keep up either!

Glitzy In First Grade said...

Bahahaha! Thank you so much Leah!!! As much as I lovvvveeee teaching....I'm taking a break for a bit to try a new opportunity!! I will follow your blog :)

Best of luck!!! The black paper was our construction paper provided by the chalk! BAM! Tablecloths for the party :)

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