Welcome to the first day of Maggie's First Grade year!https://docs.google.com/file/d/0B6zC45cAimWuMzcyMmFhMmMtNTYxZC00MTg1LTk1MjMtNWJjNmQ5ODA5OTA5/edit?hl=en_US&pli=1 and I thought they would be perfect for us to have for this year's grade binder! Here are Maggie's completed sheets.
And for her journal entry (which we'll be doing twice, weekly), she said she was most looking forward to reading books in first grade. (The picture is of her, with a book open in front of her, and a stack of them, waiting to be read.) That's my girl! :)
Writing out the days of the week in her Calendar Notebook. (Some of you may remember all the seasonal tablecloths I put out for us to do our work on. This one, with the sunflowers, is in honor of my late Aunt Wendy. Sunflowers were her favorite flower. She was a great teacher and I want to remember her on our first day.)
... Changing Seasons by Bobbie Kalman ...
... and A Busy Year by Leo Lionni. She enjoyed every one of these books!
http://theartofteachingut.blogspot.com/2012/03/seasons-tree.html, featuring a "Seasons Tree." What you will need to make your own is a large, 18-inch piece of white construction paper, a black marker, crayons, tissue paper in pink, light green, orange, yellow, dark green, and red (you can also use brown), cotton balls, and glue. First, divide your 18-inch piece of paper into four equal, vertical sections (each should be 4.5 inches wide) with your marker. Then, draw a large tree, that stretches from one end of the paper to the other, like I did below. Finally, label each of your sections with the seasons, with Winter in the far left, and graduating all the way to the right, in order.
And the next four seasons craft I found was at http://www.redtedart.com/2011/10/26/kids-crafts-4-seasons-autumn/, using a 12-inch square piece of black cardstock, 6-inch squares of white cardstock, paints, brown paper (for your tree trunks), glue, a black marker, and bubble wrap. (To prep the craft, I went ahead and cut the pieces the night before.)
First, we painted our white squares to look like the same landscape in Winter, Spring, Summer, and Fall. (Here, Mags is painting the Spring scene, with light green grass.)
Then, once they were again dry, it was time for some real fun -- painting with bubble wrap! I cut four small circles of bubble wrap to fit over the trees' branches, which we then painted in seasonal colors (Summer got deep green, Winter got white, Fall got orange, yellow, and red, and Spring got spring green and pink). (Be sure to paint the bubbled side!) Then, we pressed those onto the appropriate backgrounds. Here, Maggie is adding to the Fall scene.
How cute are these trees?!
Once the trees' branches were done, we added embellishments to our picture using our fingers, dipped in paint, and a black marker (cardinals to our Winter scene, Fall leaves to our Fall scene, sunflowers and butterflies to our Summer scene, and grazing sheep to our Spring scene). Once our seasonal scenes were complete, we glued them to our black cardstock. Adorable!
Maggie's Masterpiece! CUTE, CUTE, CUTE!
In Geography, soon, we will be studying landforms. We will introduce those after this week, when we do a study on the poles and cold regions. This is a great resource that we use often, the Usborne: Children's Picture Atlas. This has great maps of both polar regions, which I snapped a picture of, below.
Here, Mags is showing me an iceberg on her "Geography Terms" poster. (We will be using this over the next several weeks.)
It was a wonderful first day! We both had fun! See you again tomorrow!