Monday, February 23, 2015

A Little Ice and Birds

Well we woke up this morning to some ice and a bit of white on the roofs.  This is our first time with this weather this winter.  Can ya'll believe school is canceled?

I saw this floating around on Facebook last night and it's just funny.  This is how we operate.  We don't know how to drive in weather like this so it's best that we just all stay home! I give you permission to laugh with me. :) 

Moving on…

I have been working hard to finish up my All About Birds unit! Take a peak inside!





You find all of this and more in this mini-unit.

Right now you have a chance to win this over on my Facebook page! Be sure to hop over there and enter the giveaway!
Click the image above to go enter now!

I'm off to make lunch and enjoy the rest of this day snuggled up with my little guy!


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Saturday, February 14, 2015

Deep in the Heart of Texas Blog Hop

Welcome to the "Deep in the Heart of Texas" blog hop!  Over 40 Texas teacher bloggers have joined together to share what we love about our state as well as ideas and freebies that we love.  Be sure to read to end because you will have the chance to win some great things!! 




As you may already know, I'm Amanda! I have 6 years of teaching under my belt (I know, so many, right? ;) ), I'm a mommy to 1 sweet baby boy here and 1 sweet baby girl in the Congo who we are adopting. I am married to a lovely man who supports me in just about everything! We currently live in the Fort Worth area and previously lived in Houston. 

We LOVE our city!! We love the friendliness of the people, how there is very little traffic compared to Houston, and neat shops! 

Here are some of our favorite places to go and enjoy a sweet treat around town. 

Best little coffee shop out there! Oh, they also have an amazing brunch! 

They have THE best little ice cream sandwiches around.  They bake their cookies fresh and they use Blue Bell ice-cream. Enough said. 


I love, love, love teaching reading!! If you hang around her often, I'm sure you have read that before! 

One of my favorite lessons is teaching my little friends how to make connections.  In my class I have always taught my kids to clasp their hands together to show me silently they are making a connection during a read aloud.  Sometimes I will wink to acknowledge them and other times I will call on them to share out their connection.  

It usually is easy to find read aloud books that allow them to connect to several times.  Alexander is one character we can ALL relate to! :) 



You can read more about this HERE on my blog post. 


Are you ready to teach "making connections" to your little ones? Grab this freebie by clicking on the image below!



Now for some GIVEAWAY fun!! 



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Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Just Clip It!- Blends and a Giveaway!

Hello friends! I have been working hard at creating some little workstation or small group activities that are easy to implement and also help in the area of fine motor.  I wrote HERE about my Just Clip It! Beginning Sounds, but I wanted to pop in and share a little bit more about the blends set I just finished.



They are pretty easy to put together and store! Here is peak at how I put it together.


For the blends set, there are several cards and recording sheets.




Want to see how I used the Just Clip It!- Beginning Sounds in a one-on-one time? Read my blog post HERE. 

Ready for a giveaway?! Head on over to my Facebook Page, Mrs. Richardson's Class: A First Grade Blog to check it out! 


I'm off to enjoy this GORGEOUS afternoon!! Have a great day! 
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Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Classroom Loves!

Love is in the air!!!….or maybe not, but we all have things that we love for our classroom! Today I'm linking up with Primary Powers to share my Classroom Loves!


 The last 2 years I have gone with a Target planner by Sugar Paper.  I love it! It's less than $10 and it gets the job done.  Also, it's not super thick and heavy!

 My little friends ALWAYS love our reading rugs.  I snag them for $3 in the Target Dollar Spot.  Each season I would pick up a new one and they would always be so excited to get a new "Reading Rug". They used them during read to self.  Instant hit and affordable!

This is a lesson that my students always enjoyed and I enjoyed teaching it because so many light bulb moments are had every. single. time. 

Be sure to hop on over to Primary Powers and check out other classroom loves!! 


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Saturday, January 31, 2015

February Favorites and Weekend SALE!

Good morning!! I hope you all are enjoying your weekend!! I'm just popping in to tell you that I'm throwing a little SALE in my store this weekend!


Here are some of my classroom FAVORITES for February! 




I hope you enjoy your weekend! I'm off to get more accomplished while the little guy is napping.


Click HERE to head over to my TpT Store and get your shop on!

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Thursday, January 29, 2015

Groundhog Day Fun!

This year Groundhog Day is on a Monday.  As a classroom teacher, I always loved Groundhog Day during the week.  It's just a fun little day to talk about traditions with the kiddos!  The excitement is just grand for them.

This year I created a little Groundhog Day unit.  You can easily weave a few things in tomorrow before the big weekend or even on Monday after Groundhog Day!

You can make predictions before Groundhog Day, on Friday.

 Discuss them.

Make a little hat to celebrate.
On Monday you can discuss the outcome.  You can even make a little All About Groundhog Day book.

You can even discuss groundhog facts!


All of this can be found in my All About Groundhog Day unit.  Through tomorrow, it's on sale for 15% off!!


Have a wonderful evening!! I'm off to relax now! 
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Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Organized Guided Reading

Hi sweet friends!!

I'll never forget my first year of teaching when I had no idea what to do during that time of the day.  I was blessed with an amazing principal who saw my need for some help in that area.  Our district had a lady who came into my classroom once a week for 6 weeks and modeled all of the elements of balanced literacy for me.  I learned SO much!! Guided Reading quickly became my favorite, though. 

When I moved to a new school and had the opportunity to teach next door to a teacher who previously taught Reading Recovery and also had been a Reading Specialist, I learned more than I could have ever imagined! She was just a wealth of knowledge when it came to all things reading!! I have just been blessed to have several wonderful teachers in my life to teach me about organizing my Guided Reading time.

I'm linking up with some great gals from Primary Powers to share some organization tips!

I wanted to share with you some tips on organizing your Guided Reading groups. 



Let's start with books.  Some schools are blessed with a guided reading library.  I have always worked somewhere that has had some sort of guided reading library.  Even with that available, I used printable readers A LOT the last 3 years.  They were easy to replace if lost or torn or spilled on. Here is how I organized them in my classroom. 

Something else I always try to do at the beginning of the week is plan ahead with my groups and materials as much as possible.  I know that can't always happen because sometimes you are just in the moment and you realize you have to change teaching points or a book is WAY to hard or easy, but I did the best I could. 
I keep everything I need to know about my students and their progress inside my guided reading binder. It's the heart beat of my groups.  It's a MUST HAVE for me to stay organized. 


Here is a little peek at some of the pages inside my binder


Everyone loves freebies, so here are a few pages for you to use with your guided reading groups! 


Click HERE to download them. 


Ready for another great organizational tip, hop over to Nicole of Today, in Second Grade for another fun tip! 

Today In Second Grade
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