Tag Archives: Year 1

School in August

23 Aug

Hello and welcome to my first Five for Friday for August!

  1. Maps: This week we started our Geography unit. We are looking at maps. Our excursion to the Empire Theatre gave us the perfect reason to look at google earth and follow a map. We even attempted to draw our own.IMG_5127IMG_5129

  2. Healthy Harold: Anyone remember visiting the Healthy Harrod Van as a kid? Well the van has been parked at our school for the past week and Tuesday was our day to go!IMG_5107

  3. Parent Readers – This week as part of Book Week I invited parents to stop by and read us a story.  I had a few brave Mums and even a Dad come to read.  The favourite story was Stone Soup – which a boy in my class picked for his Mum to read to us as it was his Dads favourite story from when he was a kid (how cute is that?). No one in the class had read it before and they were really intrigued by the storyline!lucky

  4. Mystery Substance – A student bought this interesting substance in for Show and Share.  She didn’t know what it was called and I am clueless as to what it is. It’s not cloud dough or goop? Any ideas?

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  5.  New Door – we had a very exciting day on Thursday.  My classroom door came off its rollers.  While I was on the phone with the office arranging to get it fixed – 2 little inquisitive boys headed on over and the next thing bang – broken glass and all!IMG_5122

 Well that’s another week done and dusted! Not many weeks now until I take some long service leave and head off to India!

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Handwriting Nazi’s

15 Aug

I’ve created handwriting nazi’s in my class.

When you teach Prep and Year 1 a lot of time is spent teaching the students the correct way to form their letters and numerals.

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Every week we have a handwriting “letter of week” that we focus on.  We do fun handwriting rotations where the students spend 1 min at each activity practicing writing the letter in a different medium (read about them here and here).  The year 1 students also have a formal handwriting text-book to practice their writing (not that I’m much of fan of this one).

 I’m starting to think I’ve been overdoing it a bit!

In the past week or 2 the students have been on my case! Whenever I write on the whiteboard in front on them they have been pretty quick to correct me if I incorrectly form a letter, pick up my pen in the wrong place or start my letter in the wrong place (I admit that today I did do a lazy capital A although most of the time I think I’m pretty right).

Don’t you love it when these type of things come back to bite you!

100th Day

17 Jul


Yesterday marked the 100th day of school this year! All year we have been counting down to this day.  Each day we have added apples to our number tree, added a paddle pop stick to our Place Value Chart and added a number to our 100 board.

We started the day by counting to 100 and doing our 100 floor mat.

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and singing our favourite counting to 100 song.

This is how else we celebrated the milstone.

  1. Hats: We made and wore these 100 day of school hats.100 hats
  2. Cake: We made a cake in the shape of the number 100 and put 100 SMARTies on it !cake
  3. Necklaces – We made Cheerio necklaces with 100 Cheerio’s (FYI this took forever!).IMG_4758
  4. 100 Cup Structure – This was the FAV activity of the day.  I gave the students 100 plastic cups and each group had to make a structure.cups
  5.  Name Race – Students raced each other to see who could write their name the most amount of times in 100 seconds.IMG_4777

The students had a great day celebrating being 100 days smarter!

Well that’s my 100 day of school Five for Friday post and because it’s Friday I am also linking up with FLOG YOUR BLOG FRIDAY

The Olden Days

12 Jun

This term our hisory unit is titled ‘What was school like for Grandma?”

We have been researching the question and wrote questionaires to our Grandparents asking them a few questions about their school days.

This week we held a “School in the Olden Days” morning.  The students helped me plan the morning using all the information that we had discovered throughout our unit.

For this weeks  Five for Friday teacher post I’m going to show you what we got up to on our “Olden Day” morning.

  1. We sat in rows: Nearly every Grandparent told us that their desks were arranged in rows facing the front. The students were so excited when we moved our round tables into rows (there were a few unimpressed students sitting in the front row – as we had learnt that the naughty kids sat up the front).IMG_4343
  2. Desk Work: We sat at our desk for over an hour straight (which is something we never do) doing book work, making sure we sat up straight, didn’t call out or talk! We did sneak in watching a short BTN movie about school in The Olden Days on our Interactive Whiteboard!IMG_4344

  3. SchoolYard Games – Our Grandparents provided us with an extensive list of schoolyard games to play.  We choose 3 – Drop the Hankie, Elastics and Red Rover.  The Drop the Hankie game did lead to some interesting discussion on what exactly is a Hankie!!IMG_4345 IMG_4346
  4. Artifacts – As part of the students Show and Share students bought in items that Grandma/Grandpa had when they were young.  We had a pretty impressive collection to examin.  The Chamber Pot was an interesting discussion!!IMG_4348 IMG_4349
  5. Fun Rotations – We finished the morning with activity rotations that included writing on a slate, olden day dress ups, playing marbles and an artefact study.  The students spent about 6 mins at each station before moving on.IMG_4356 IMG_4354

Well that’s a wrap……….until next week when we have our Grandparent morning!

Because it’s Friday I am linking up with FLOG YOUR BLOG FRIDAY

New Stuff in Prep/Year 1

29 May


Hello again…..it’s time to showcase a few new things that have been happening in my classroom over the past few weeks.

Here is myFive for Friday teacher post…

  1. Number Lines: We have been doing number lines to death in maths over the past few weeks. Lucky there are lots of fun hands on activities around to help us with this concept. The students love using the hanging geckos!gecko
  2. Cloud Dough: This week our  sensory activity for outside time was cloud dough.  They love playing with this stuff.IMG_1376
  3. Grandparent Letters – This term our history unit is titled “What was School Like for Grandma?”  This week we wrote letters to our Grandparents asking them some questions about their school days.  In return we are inviting our Grandparents to visit our classroom so we can show them what school is like in 2014.  In 12 years of teaching I have never had a Grandparent day before………..so we will see how it goes!IMG_2736
  4. Laser maze – This week we turned our stage area into a lazer maze! The kids had more fun making it than they did playing in it!IMG_4268
  5. Chinese Finger Traps – I purchased a class set of Chinese Finger Traps to help my kiddies sit still during meditation.  They have been a huge hit although to date, not hugely successful!IMG_4156 

So there you go…..another week in Prep/Year 1.  I have a weekend full of writing report cards ahead of me…….yes you can feel sorry for me if you like 🙂

Because it’s Friday I am linking up with FLOG YOUR BLOG FRIDAY

Outside Time

16 May

For this weeks  Five for Friday teacher post I thought I would showcase what “Outside Time” looks like for my class.  We have outside time 3 times a week (I wish we had it everyday but with the introduction of ACARA life in Prep/Year 1 is all about balance!).

 On the days we don’t have outside time we participate in PMP (perceptual motor program) activities.  I like to have my outside time/PMP activities first up in the mornings.  An OT once told me it best to get kids outside first up to get the sunlight on their faces to help clear the melatonin left over from the night before.

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  1. Obstacle Course: We start every outside time off with the obstacle course.  We always start off with some type of animal walk on the gym mats.  We are getting good at finding the word Start and finish!IMG_4119
  2. Sensory Activity: Each week I put out a sensory activity for the students.  This could be water play, cloud dough, rice or goop.  This week it was slime!! Oh…….they had great fun with this!IMG_4114
  3. Art – I also put out some type of art experience for the students.  Last week we taped butchers paper to a picnic table and gave the students crayons.  The boys loved colouring on it as the table have small grooves in it and gave an interesting texture.  This week I put out the paint easels.  It’s interesting listening to the students talk as they paint.  The other day we had a very interesting conversation about seasons going on!IMG_4117
  4. Stage – Each week we set up something different on the stage.  Last week it was a doctors – this week a police station.  I forgot to take a photo of this but I did take a photo of a student who numbered each of the pavers around the stage in an attempt to work out how many there were!IMG_4125
  5. Everyday Stuff – Each week we have stock standard equipment that we put out for the students.  These include sandpit toys, big blocks, skipping ropes, waffle blocks, scooter boards etc. IMG_3425

So there you go…..a peep into our outside time 🙂

Because it’s Friday I am linking up with FLOG YOUR BLOG FRIDAY

It’s Mother’s Day in Prep/Year 1

9 May

This week we have been busy preparing for Mother’s Day.

Here are 5 things we’ve done to get ready for the BIG day.

  1. Mother’s Day Cards with matching gift wrap – This year we started by making our Mother’s Day cards and gift wrap. We used string paintings to create these masterpieces.IMG_4053
  2. Mum Portraits: The students each painted a a portrait of their mothers and wrote a sentence telling us what they love about them.IMG_4059
  3. Candle Holders – We made wooden T-Light candle holders for our mums.  We painted and used buttons to decorate them.  I had to get my husband to help me put them together first – it’s times like this he really loves being married to a teacher!!IMG_4048IMG_4057
  4. Mother’s Challenge – We invited our Mother’s to our classroom to particpate in the marshmallow/pasta tower challenge.  Each student prepared a Challenge bag…….The Mother/Child team that built the tallest tower won a box of chocolates.IMG_4052
  5. Mum Stories – We have been reading “Mum” stories this week to help remind us just how wonderful our Mums are!Mum_stories

 I hope all Mums have a wonderful day on Sunday.  My sister and I are taking my Mum out for high tea!

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