So, the first day of school came and went---well faster than ever this year. I never made it! I was carrying in my adorable "first day of school" frame, when a letter blew off.... I bent down to get it, in my heels and dress... stood up and completely lost balance! I tried to beat it, but down I went, spraining my ankle and bruising my other knee.... (and possibly spraining the other ankle too---but we won't talk about that...)
I was back for day 2 and 3--and then it was the weekend. Woke up Monday AM ready to go, feeling like I got hit by a bus.... doctor's after school---sinus infection. Neither were beating me down-and I was still having the BEST beginning of the year ever. Friday came.... You know, the first FULL week of school with first graders who aren't used to a full day. 2:00 rolls by and guess what I get. My first "walk through" observation!!??!?!? AHHH! Last 20 minutes of school of the first full week of school---well, I know I am LESS than perfect. I'm just hoping to get all my babies home on the right bus, not to mention packed up and ready... So we write in our journals. The did fine. However, my plans were less than desirable for the Friday of the first full week. :( I'm not going to lie. (I wasn't even going to put this out there, but I wanted y'all to know, things aren't always perfect.) Tears were shed Monday morning when I got my feedback. I don't know about you, but that first week to us is getting into routines, tweaking lesson plan set ups, etc... I also spent a LOT of time preparing things. You've seen pics of my plans... of course, those are when we are actually diving into curriculum.
Fast forward through a few more doctor's appointments and my 3 year old getting an ear infection---oh and not to mention his LONG adjustment to going to a new daycare and being away from me.......... Back to School Night was this week! I was super excited about it. I think it's all the experience and ideas I have gotten here and by my adventures on TPT. Here's some pics of what I did.
I was in LOVE with my PP this year! I was just so pretty (thanks to Nikki's wonderful graphics!)....
Since I wasn't there on the first day, my lovely substitute did take my kiddos pictures. I couldn't use the poem that is out there, so I just whipped up on that could be used in my situation. It could be used anytime. And could be wonderful parent gifts too! Click on the picture to grab a copy for yourself. I made a boy and a girl version. Glue their pics on the clothespin. Add magnets to the other side. I added a fun button on the front to give it a little more "cuteness" but it wasn't necessary!
I'll be back soon with some more freebies of the beginning of year stuff I've done. Of course my lesson planning writing is now taking me a good 2-3 or more hours.... that's really eating away at my time. I didn't need to sleep, right?!?! ;) (I know that some are spending that or more---so I am thankful I can still make them "my own" but finding that more efficient way, so I can spend more time on creating resources, etc...... I wish that would come a little bit faster. :)
PS-I've been sharing a lot more pics from the classroom on instagram! It's just much more easier to click and share. Make sure to check it out! http://instagram.com/rulintheroost