Centers, A Freebie and A Thanksgiving Sale!

Do you have those days when you think Wow! Just wow!  I wish I could erase that day from my life.  I had one of those days this week and it just happened to be on a very windy day following a full moon/lunar eclipse.  Anyone else notice this?  I knew that my day was going to be difficult the moment my lovely little firsties walked through the door.   Windy days and full moons send children spinning!   I am happy to report that the next day was sooo much better.  No wind AND no full moon made for a far calmer day.  Thank goodness.  That is definitely a reason to be thankful.

This week I fully launched my centers in Math and Literacy.  We are really working hard at following the expectations that we all agreed on.  This is our expectations chart for our Word Work time which is part of my evolving Daily 5. I love the concept of the Daily 5 but I have molded it to work for me.  More about that in another post.  I would normally do two rotations but right now we are just working at one and trying our best to do our best. 

We are reviewing short vowel sounds so the kids are loving using my short vowel picture cards for my Read and Write the Room - I Can Spell Short Vowel Words.   I created it as a read the room activity but the cards are so versatile you can use them in many ways.  Right now I sorted out the short 'a' and short 'e' cards and the students sort through the cards and put them on the sorting mat and then they write them on the recording sheet.  Click on the image below if you want this FREEBIE to use with these cards.  

Besides this, we are using vowel sticks and magnets and a syllable center to practice all the things we are working on.   Next week I will start to pull away my support to see how they handle things without me.  This is the time that I would be running my guided reading groups.  As you might have notice on our expectations chart, I don’t want to be interrupted during groups. 

Math centers are going even better but we are still only doing just one each day as well.  Those darn transitions between centers are hard to manage for kids.  We are FINALLY using my patterning centers and the kids LOVE the cards.  They love using the pattern blocks to work on the cards although a few bragged today that they don’t “need” the blocks.  They can figure them out in their head such smarties J 

Thanksgiving is this weekend in Canada so we got to do a little math in our art too.  I love doing handprint turkeys with the kids.  Tracing their hand and cutting it out is great fine motor practice and I think it is a sweet keepsake for parents.  I always saved those crafts for my own children who are now 11 and 14.  Everyone had to decide on a colour pattern using warm colours (we are learning about colours in Art) to make their feathers and then decide how many hands they needed to cut and trace to make the pattern repeat.  This really caused them to think.  Gluing it down presented some challenges for a few but I think they turned out awesome.  To finish them off we glued our Turkey poem on the tummy and wrote about our pattern.  They sure make a colourful display in our classroom. 

With Thanksgiving this weekend I would like to say how thankful I am that I am able to share my love of teaching and my ideas with you.  I hope that you enjoy reading my blog and find some inspiration in here somewhere.  I love reading blogs and getting to peak into classrooms. I am also grateful for the opportunity to sell my products on Teachers Pay Teachers.  Speaking of which a group of us are having a sale this weekend.  Click my picture below or any other seller for that matter to go straight to the store.  Be sure to check out all of the great deals. 
I am linking up with Erin again at Mrs. Beattie's Classroom to share my awesome.

I am looking forward to some R&R this weekend at our cottage as well as turkey and homemade pumpkin pie.  If you are celebrating this weekend have a Happy Thankgiving!  


  1. LOVE your turkeys!! I didn't see them when I left! :)

    Have a great long weekend!

    Mrs. Beattie's Classroom

  2. Check them out on Tuesday but you will have to come into the classroom :)