Hey everyone! As 2015 comes to a close, I wanted to take the chance to look back on the year and my TPT journey as a whole, and share some of the blessings that came out of opening my store - blessings that I never expected. The turn of the year always makes me feel a little "reflect-y," and I shared my personal reflections on Instagram (@mme.andrea) , but wanted to document some TPT-specifics in this space. This month marks my one year TPT-iversary, and I can't believe how much my little store has given me! So here we go (in no particular order): 1. Pride in my students I have always been proud of my students and all of their accomplishments, of course. But there is something about taking pictures of their hard work throughout the day and putting those photos together for a blog post or inside a new product that just makes my heart sing. I can literally feel myself swelling with pride and love for them as I reflect back on how far they have come and all t...
Hi guys! Happy Friday :) I actually had a great Friday today. The beginning of this week was tricky, with me returning from Cuba and everyone readjusting to a return to routine. Also, December is always crazy! #amirite?! But our Elf on the Shelf left us a little reminder note, and today and yesterday's behaviours were much improved! Plus, Friday is popcorn day and I can wear jeans... Since it's Friday, I am linking up with Doodle Bugs Teaching for my favourite Five for Friday! Five for Friday is a linky party where teachers can post about five random things from their week. We got back from Cuba on Sunday, and I still am missing the sunshine! Usually I don't like a change in routine (may or may not be why I thrive in Kindergarten, ha!), but this vacation was so much fun. One of my childhood friends got married on the beach, and it was just gorgeous. Although, I must say... I was weirded out by all of the tourists on the beach who crept up on the wedding (like...
Hi! I am back from Cuba, where I spent a fantastic week laying on the beach, drinking copious amounts of frozen coffee beverages, and watching an old friend get married. It was a great little break - but of course I missed my students! We just got back on Sunday, so I was a little frazzled on Monday, but today was nice and smooth and we are settling back into our routine - sort of ;). Because, guys - only a week and a half until Christmas break! Woo!! I LOVE Christmas (in fact, after getting home from the airport at 3pm on Sunday, I immediately went out and bought and decorated my tree haha), and so I thought it would be fun to do a little blog post about what Christmas looks like in my classroom so far this year. I am fortunate enough to work in a school where we are free to celebrate and recognize whichever holidays we like, and once November 25th hits, all bets are off and it is as Christmasy as possible dans la classe de Mme Andrea! As I am sure everyone agrees, two wee...
Has this ever happened to you? You're sitting at your guided reading table, with a group of sweet students who are gung-ho and eager to learn to read. You spend 10-15 minutes painstakingly teaching them a new strategy to help them read new words on their own (look at the picture, look at the first letter, slide your fingers under the tricky word and say all the sounds, etc.) , and they all nod their heads when you ask if they understand and can try it on their own. You pass them a book, tell them the title, and they get started. Things start out well, as they start reading the sight words that they know and get through the first sentence or two. Then - along comes a new word! You're so excited to see them try the new strategy that you taught them... this is the moment ! Your student arrives at the new word, you hold your breath expectantly, and then... Nothing. Your student lifts their eyes from the page and stares at you expectantly, waitin...
Youpi, youpi!! Last week, my brand new pocket chart arrived. It's my fourth year teaching, and I have never splurged on a NICE pocket chart until now! I bought a couple of little cheap ones from Michael's, but always balked at the prices at Scholar's Choice and Scholastic, and was too nervous about ordering online. Nothing worse than a pocket chart whose pockets stretch out and don't hold the cards! Anyways, I had some Scholastic Bonus Bank dollars left over from last year, and an activity that I really wanted to try out, so I took the plunge and ordered one from their Classroom Essentials catalogue. And let me tell you, I am SO glad I did!! I LOVE IT. It is huge - wider than my easel - but still hooks onto my easel nicely. We can fit so many words in there! The picture above is the one I purchased. It may say 24.99, but with taxes and shipping, it came out to 35$. Ouch! I'm sorry, but I think that is too much for a piece of fabric with plastic pockets. Bu...
Hi! It's Friday, and I have a few minutes to myself, so I am linking up with Doodle Bugs Teaching for my favourite, Five for Friday! Five for Friday is a linky party where teachers post about five random things from their week. We had a GREAT week this week. Having Wednesday off probably helped a bit (we didn't have our usual Friday fatigue today), and my class is in that sweet spot of just being all around lovely, engaged, excited, and pretty well-behaved. I am feeling so excited about teaching, and so pleased with some of the things we have been accomplishing lately! My happiness began this week when Ben, my favourite human, finally caved and decided to give making clip art a try! He is SO SO talented, and I have been trying to convince him for ages to give it a go. How amazing would it be to have my own, personal clip artist in the house? ;) He is starting out with some superheroes. Aren't they adorable?! I just can't wait to see them when they are ...
Hi! Long time, no post! I have been in big-time new resource creating mode for the past month. My students this year are so different than last year when I had the combined class, that I have been finding that I have needed to create more for them than I anticipated! I am also a different teacher than I was two years ago (the last time I had a straight K class), so I have been changing things up a lot. Things are going really well in my classroom though, and I wanted to pop in and share with you a quick post about what we made for our school-wide Remembrance Day ceremony tomorrow! These were super simple and quick to make, but are very pretty! We are singing the song Un beau coquelicot during the assembly tomorrow, so I wanted everyone to have a poppy for the song. I had made this type of flower with a whole bunch of colours with previous students for Mother's Day the year before, so I knew I still had some coffee filters in my art cupboards (they come in a pack of 250 ...