Amber is having a linky!
Well....A LOT worked!!! I was able to FINALLY figure out how I wanted to do center, both Reading and Math, in my room - it took a lot of trial and error, but I figured it out.
AND I was able to get back into my creative mojo - thanks, in part, to y'all!!
Speaking of centers....
I have to tell you.
No, not physically sick.
But sick, as in, I can't make my mind turn off. ahhh!!!
Planning for next year already.
I'm doing a pirate theme - (or should I do a beach theme!?! You KNOW how much I love the beach and those colors - but my kids don't really relate to the beach AND I already have a lot of things that are black/white/red.....what do you think?!?! Help me!!!)
Anyway, assuming I'm doing pirate theme - I've made some desk pockets for my behavior cards and some name tags and center labels to go with them...
I have lots of different versions of the desk pockets and name tags..
And I'm getting ready my pirate A.R. pack...
like the bookmarks and logs and such...
NOW....I'm seriously debating the beach theme - I'm having a HORRIBLE time deciding....
and if I do, then that means I have to redo my stuff - including my A.R. pack, which is fine. I don't mind doing that - but I just can't make up my mind!!!
What else worked??
I fell in love with teaching ALL OVER AGAIN!!!
But that also leads me to my what didn't work.....
trying to cram all the theme teaching into ONE week!!
I just CAN NOT do that with 2nd graders - my 3rd graders?? sure...but I have learned that I need 2 weeks for my littles..
That's where you come in!!
What are your favorite themes to teach???
So far, I have:
(side note: I DO follow the standards, pacing guides, and skills in the reading and math series - I make a scope and sequence and make my themes match the skills I should be teaching. Same with Science and Social Studies - I usually tie those in AS the themes throughout the year.)
(kids come back the 8th)
beach (the first 3 days - TOTALLY doing Corinne's Surfer craft!!)
Back to school theme
Goldilocks (she helps me teach just right books!)
Author for the month - Kevin Henkes
Cynthia Rylant (Henry and Mudge)
Charlotte's Web and Farm Theme
Apples (Johnny Appleseed)
and possibly football
Pirates (National Talk like a pirate day)
Authors for the month - Doreen Cronin (goes with farm)
Marc Brown (Arthur)
Authors for the month: Mercy Meyer
Author for the month:
Franklin (book series)
Somewhere in there is the 50th day too...
Christmas around the World
Chinese New Year
Author for the month: Jan Brett
Vday (although, I'd really like to just skip this one- ha!)
Author Study: Laura Numeroff
Basketball (march madness)
St. Patty's day
3 Billy Goats
3 Little Pigs
Beach theme (it's a circle! start and end with the beach - ha!)
And those aren't all my themes I want to do -
I want to do:
Jack and the Beanstalk (I can fit that in with plants)
and that's only what I can think of right now!
but again, I have one theme per week, and that is NOT going to work....
Ok - so do you have any favorites for those months????
Or, better yet - what are your favorite themes to teach??