Thursday, March 29, 2012

Sixteen Hours!


This chick is really excited about Spring Break!
I love KPM Doodles!

Sixteen. More. Hours!  I think I can...I think I can...I think I can!  Sixteen more hours until Spring Break.  I could use a break.  I was feeling a little grouchy today and apologized to one of my students about being not so cheerful.  He said he hadn't noticed; bless his heart!  I was trying to cover my lack of patience, and it must have worked.  Writing their own Psalms, three children included me as something they praised God for.  When I explained to the class that I was looking forward to having a bit of a vacation. One little girl looked shocked and said, "But Mrs. Reck won't you miss us?"  I assured her I would, but that I was looking forward to sleeping in, staying up late playing board games with my children and reading 11/22/63 by Stephen King,  not to mention all the birding and shopping I'll be able to squeeze in.  Yes!  I am looking forward to Spring Break.  I admit I'll miss my Firsties and probably spend more than a few hours blog hopping and checking on Pintrest for new and exciting ways to catch their attention and make learning fun over the break!
Eggs loaded and ready to be hidden!

Family, do you remember how much I loved hunting for Easter Eggs?  I still do!!



A up and coming young reader!
Today we did have fun.  I got this great idea from  First Upon a Time.  Before class I made tiny sentence strips.  Each strip had two sentences on it.  One of the sentences stated something they had and the next asked who had something else. ( "I have tent.  Who has went?")  The sentences were placed inside plastic eggs so that the sentence showed.  Inside the egg I had also placed a foil wrapped chocolate egg.  I hid the eggs around the room, making sure that there was one egg for each student.  When they had found an egg, they waited on the Carpet Corner until  everyone was there.  I numbered only one strip with the number one so that we knew where to start.  It took a bit of practice, but when the class was able to read the entire group of sentences under one minute, we followed the directions of the last egg that read,  "I have an egg.  You have an egg.  Now open it and find the surprise."  They asked to do it again, so, after re-stuffing the egg with the candy and sentence strip, I hid them while they waited on the carpet with their eyes "closed"!  I noticed several closed eyes following me around the room!  It is a great game to build attention span, sight vocabulary and even fluency!  It could be played with numbers, too!  "I have 345.  Who has 278?"

I have Spring Break.  Who has already had their Spring Break?  (Sorry!)

Thanks for stopping by. Owl love reading your comments!

9 comments:

  1. What a fun idea. I'm a bit jealous that we never had that kind of fun. But I survived school anyway, and managed to learn a few things along the way! Hope you have a great Spring Break.

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  2. Enjoy your spring break! Mine was gone before I knew it! Have fun!!!!
    First Grade Delight
    imgoingfirst@gmail.com

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    1. Thanks! I know it's going to zoom by!
      Jenny

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  3. We already had our spring break here and I enjoyed it by resting and doing nothing at home :) it was a fabulous break! I hope that you enjoy yours :)

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    1. Thanks, Pink! It's going to fly by in a wink!!

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  4. Too cute! Love some I Have, Who Has! Just found your blog and followed! Love reading about other first grade classrooms! Happy Spring Break! Ours was two weeks ago! Come visit soon!


    Laura
    Peace, Love, and First Grade

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    1. Thanks for visiting, Laura! First grade is fun, isn't it? I can't wait to come see you...I'm on my way!
      Jenny

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  5. I'm your newest follower.

    These are adorable! I've done this for sight words, but this is a lot more fun when eggs and chocolate are involved!

    Come check out my first grade blog. I'm having a giveaway right now too!

    Liz
    Stickers, Scissors, and Smiles

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  6. Liz, welcome! It's always so exciting to have a new friend! I'm on my way to to visit you!
    Jenny

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