Sunday, July 27, 2014


When I found out I was moving to a new state, and was going to get a new job I was worried about something. What if I have to teach a different reading program?! I LOVE the Journey's program that Houghton Mifflin has. As many of you know I have created many units based off of the sequencing of Journey's. Well I won't have Journey's next year, and honestly it seems like I will have to be really diving into my own curriculum skills. So I am taking some of my Journeys craft and making it so they can be used with ANY BOOK. My mom is really excited too as she will be able to use as well (she doesn't have that reading program wither. The fabulous thing is these pack REALLY lay everything out for you with whatever it's focus is. My first focus I have compiled is the reading comprehension strategy: STORY STRUCTURE!
Teaching story structure has always been something I enjoyed. I have packed this full with posters, a poem, graphic organizers, interactive journal pages, worksheets, AND SIX CRAFTS!!!
CHECK IT OUT! I am really pumped about this! I know it is going to make me an even BETTER TEACHER!


Friday, July 25, 2014

First Grade!

I don't think I ever announced it on my blog... Next year I will be teaching first grade in the Seattle area. The school is going to be VASTLY different then my last school. I'm talking 80% Free and reduced lunch. Yeah... craziness! But I know I will make a difference there. I posted the below picture a few weeks ago on my instagram ( #emilyeducation ). This is what I came into. LOTS of paper covering the walls... in a room that has been a 4th grade classroom for 23 years!!! WHAT!? Yeah now it is going to be for first grade! So lots of changes in this room.

I dared the other day to begin going though my many boxes for my classroom... CAN we say hoarder? Yeah I am one. Anyways, I began unpacking the boxes I dropped of almost a month ago. My boxes are not pictured the picture above. Anyway as I was unloading I was feeling overwhelmed. Where do I put all this junk. Luckily a trash can was near by. I loaded a drawer down with my OOOooodles of yarn. My secret to yarn is one trip to the second hand store a LONG time ago. I went in one day and there was a huge bag filled with yarn for $2.00. I was like "Heck Yes I want this". This yarn is still helping me out two years later. Why do I love yarn... well if you have purchased some of my journey's units you might have gotten one with a mobile. Yeah gotta have yarn for those. Or measuring activities!!

 My mom made the comment to me the other day that is always feels better when you start to get something up on the wall of your classroom that is your own. It is so true. As I glanced at my leveled library spread about the floor I was feeling very discouraged. So in my unpacking I came across some cute light polka dot fabric and found this border in my new classroom. I thought hmmm.... interactive alphabet here we go! I have been hearing about these and have been wanting to try one in my classroom. I am going to do my own version so I will keep you posted how it goes. Day 1 of school it will begin! Anyway it really did feel good getting it up. Also there is just something powerful about using that staple gun ;).

Well thats all for now... more coming soon!!! 


Friday, July 18, 2014

Animal Research

I finally finished compiling my Animal Research project that I do with my kids over the last couple years. My students always LOVE doing this. It is an absolute blast. It is also something they are so proud of to take home at the end of the year. I have supplied you will all you need to do this unit. All you need to add is the non-fiction text. I even have examples of the different pages! If you are worried about doing the "Keyword Outline" (a way to get them note taking) with firsties don't fear! It works! I have watched my mom do it in her own first grade classroom year after year. Mind you she is at a Title 1 school so you know she doesn't have it all that easy ;). Anyway to check more of it out click the below picture it will take you to my store.