Thursday, July 12, 2012

I'm back! (Freebie and random post..)

I feel like I'm in a whirlwind or in the middle of the ocean, without a boat....  I have felt more stressed this week, coming back from vacation, than I did during the school year!   I'm not sure what is going on.  Well, I have ideas-such as, during the school year, my kids have early bedtimes and I have more time at night to unwind and do some work.... during the summer, I don't get that.  My oldest doesn't nap and my youngest will not sleep unless it's in my bed, with me....  thankfully he falls asleep and does still nap, but it would be nice if it were in HIS room---so that I can have a little time too!  Other part is that I'm taking some grad classes (at home/computer ones) that I need to finish by a certain time-for personal reasons.  AND of course, I had some great ideas for back to school so I started (and finished) a Back to School unit!  (I'll talk more about that later) ;)

Anyway-enough about all that.  First, I'll be going through my FB posts and picking a few winners from last week's game.  I'll update the blog with those names, since there are rules on FB now about contests and if I don't follow them, then they could just up and delete my page!  (Not that I have a lot of followers---they probably wouldn't even notice, but JUST in case---the winners will be announced on my blog)

Another thing I wanted to put out there is how thankful I am of blogging and for my lil' Teachers Pay Teachers store.  Why?  Up until this year, my mind never shut off---it still doesn't, but now I have an outlet to let it go.  My brain keeps me up ALL the time.  I'm constantly thinking about how to do things and what kind of games to play.  I run through my days in my head and think about how I could do it differently.  Some people write it down.  I've tried that----but I STILL stay up thinking and remembering things just as clearly.  Now that I have this outlet, I feel like my thoughts are more focused.  I feel like I am helping others, while not sleeping or relaxing.  THAT makes me feel good.  I still can't believe how much my thinking and life has changed and how many people come here to read things each day/week.  The sweet emails and comments bring smiles to my face.  Especially knowing how difficult it is becoming in education recently.  (And, of course personal/family things go on too---for example, we've been home from Disney for 5 days now, and I'm already trying to figure out a way to get back there again NEXT summer!  I totally want to stay at the new Art of Animation Resort... we walked through it on our last day----we were staying next door at Pop Century---and it was SO incredibly awesome!!!  This year, we totally went fairly cheap with signing up for deals and all kinds of bargain things.. Maybe I'll post about those another time.....  But, I'm not sure that I can do it all again for next year..............  and figuring out how to persuade the hubby to go again too---that's a task in itself) ;)

Freebie alert!  If you read this to this point-thank you.  If you skimmed---that's okay too! :)  Click on the picture below to grab a copy of a cute little recording sheet for students to fill out during the first few days/week of school.  You could also have this completed at home for homework, or sent home before the first day of school to have them bring in on the first day to share! 

If you happen to reread this----download this again.  I fixed the typo (that you see in the picture...)  I took the period that was supposed to be a comma out.  (One thing I've found with my new adventure is that not all fonts that look nice and cute, have capital letters, punctuation, etc.  This one has been fixed by the person who made it, but I can't get it to work on my computer now....) :(

If you are interested in more-click on the picture below to read about my Back to School packet.  It is 115 pages of reading, writing, math and get-to-know-you activities.  Ideas have been swirling in my head for weeks and I have finally finished it.  I am planning on using the ideas/worksheets with my kiddos during our first 3 days of school (my kids come on a Wednesday).  I'm sure I'll be carrying over a few to the next week.


(Here's the table of contents)

Answer this question (and make sure you are a follower to be fair!) and I'll choose someone at random to get a copy of my Back to School Unit! 
(I'll close the contest on Saturday morning (EST)---whenever I can break away from my little ones to choose!!!!!) 
Question-----What is/was your biggest challenge for the first day/days of school?  Have you found a way to conquer it?

11 comments :

  1. My biggest challenge will be trying to fit in/learn the ropes of my new school. I'm moving to Boston at the end of the month to a school I've never seen...to work with people I've never met. I'm leaving my home/school where I've been for the pass 6 years. So although I am very excited...I'm also very scared. I'm sure it will all work out but that's my biggest challenge.

    Vera
    aBLTadventure@gmail.com
    A BLT adventure

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  2. Angie, I love the All About Me sheet! Thanks so much for sharing. Can you email me? I want to tell you something and I can't find your email. Thanks!

    Ѽ Lori
    Teaching With Love and Laughter
    luvyorkies@gmail.com

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    1. Never mind! I just found it! Sorry!

      Ѽ Lori
      Teaching With Love and Laughter
      luvyorkies@gmail.com

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  3. My biggest challenge was actually preparing for the first day. There is so much to do on that day and there is so much I want to do on that day. Sometimes I get so fustrated that I am so all over the place. I need help in this area especially since I am going to another grade.

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  4. First day challenges? Probably my own stamina. I feel like I always have so much energy and then I just crash. Also, there is so much to be done, so many plans and ideas that I have swirling through my head that I get overwhelmed trying to get them all accomplished with no parent help (yet).

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  5. I think one of the challenges of the first day is getting the routine down. Finding time to do everything I have planned never happens. I would rather be over prepared than underprepared.
    ❀Beth Ann❀
    Taming My Flock of Firsties
    bakteach16@gmail.com

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  6. First day challenge... hmmm.... I used to have a really hard time with my firsties making through a full day of first grade, but since we changed to full day kindergarten a few years ago, it's made a HUGE difference! :o)

    Cindy
    ccfirstteacher@gmail.com

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  7. My biggest first day challenge is going to be getting into the swing of having my own classroom!

    Ashley
    arclark2012@gmail.com

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  8. My biggest surprise was how to handle all of the "stuff", and that you really do need to repeat, repeat, repeat the routines that you want to establish. (Learning this one the heard way, unfortunately!) This year will be my 2nd, and I am already planning for how to better manage supplies and how I am really going to practice my routines over and over those first few weeks! :)

    - Katy
    firstgradekate@gmail.com

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  9. My biggest challenge every year, is all the stuff at the beginning of the school year. All the supplies, papers and forms that just keep coming, it seems until October! It is overwhelming to me. I have systems in place for forms, and some of our forms can only go to the office when the office manager is there and not some other time. The kids remember bring papers in at all times of day, since they can't seem to get the back school routine until after a month in school! I always seem to have piles, which drives me cRaZy!!!!

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  10. My biggest challenge is wanting to do everything, and not having the time for it. There are still so many things I want to do/make for that first week of school, and I honestly don't think it's going to happen.

    Learning With Susie Q

    susieqsclass@gmail.com

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