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100th Day Linky Party

I can't believe the year is officially half-way done!  My kiddos have come so far, but still have so much to learn! The 100th Day is quickly approaching for some districts!   Please link up with your favorite 100th day activity, craft, game, etc.  Grab the picture and link away!


Merry Christmas! Freebies!

Merry Christmas Everyone!
It has been an insane few weeks!  I am exhausted!  I didn't want to jinx myself by posting this last week, but my kiddos were AMAZING!  Of course it helped, that I had several darlings out each day, but they were still wonderful.  I was impressed.  

Two weeks ago the private high school adopted the first grade classes.  One dressed up as Santa and handed out presents to each child.  The rest of them made cards with our kiddos and passed out snack to each class.  It was so much fun!


We also had our music performance two weeks ago which was fun.


One little one was in the hospital because he was sick and not getting better, so I went to go see him.  Talk about hard!  He looked so tiny in that big hospital bed.  Hopefully, he will be back to school in January.
One of the highlights of my week:  A kiddo, who is normally a handful, was struggling to make a good choice.  All of the kiddos looked at each other and started chanting her name, she made the right ch…

Center Overhaul!

It was time for a center overhaul!  Our first grade team meets each week and discusses our concerns.  We were all complaining that our kids are messing around during centers.  Any work we give them turns into a game or a mess.  Nothing is being completed properly and we aren't able to meet with our groups because we are dealing with issues.  I thought it was because my kids get bored easily with the same old centers, but I didn't want to spend half of every center time on Monday explaining new centers.  I wanted to teach them once and then just change the design each month.  I want them to become experts at it.  My brain never shuts off and it was getting tired of thinking about centers.  I hated having to choose centers each week and trying to keep track of whether or not we had already done them.

My kiddos had center maps for literacy stations


However, I was making groups on the spot for math which was once again eating up time every day.
I broke down and made center maps …