Saturday, July 28, 2012

Creating and Preparing

Hi everyone!

This week my first grade team and I went to Atlanta! We had a blast bonding as we went to the aquarium, IKEA (AHH--any teachers dream store!), and the mall.  I highly recommend this type of team building trip, it was so great!

This tank of sharks is so incredibly peaceful!!!
Once we came home it hit me that school starts back in 3 weeks.  I’ve begun feeling rather overwhelmed by the number of things I need to get done, but I have begun crossing things off one by one. 

Here are some of my completed projects---

One thing I always like to do for my new students is prepare little goodie bags for them.  In the goodie bag each object has a special purpose.  For example, the pixie stix is to remind the kids that in our class we "stix" together.  I have these tags as a freebie in my TpT. 


I have also been hard at work creating new "bubbles" for my kids.  Our bubbles are really blinders or shields, but during my first year of teaching the kids nick-named them bubbles and it stuck!  They would always say "time to go into our bubble," which I thought was adorable, so I have used it ever since. 

I make a writing bubble and a math bubble for my kids.  Each one has a variety of anchor chart type resources for the kids to use while they are doing their work.  They really help the kids develop independence. These are in my store for $4 each. 


I must say finishing these projects left me feeling accomplished and excited.  I can't wait to meet my students and start a brand-new year! 


  1. I love the Atlanta aquarium! I went there a couple of years ago and I would love to go back sometime.


  2. What a fabulous idea! I love your bubbles! They would be very useful during testing time also - great dividers between desks.

    Thanks for sharing!


  3. Jenna---This was my first time at the aquarium, I loved it too!

    Alison--My kids love using them for tests! :)

  4. Hi Olivia,

    Just thought I would let you know, I just tried to click on your link to Teachers Pay Teachers (button on the side) and it didn't work! I went back to one of your resource packs and that worked! I already follow you on TpT I just haven't figured out how to find a list of the stores I follow!


  5. Thanks for letting me know Alison! I fixed it! :-) To find a list of the stores you follow you click "my account" and then "favorite sellers" :-)

  6. I love the idea of your bubbles. :) I'm your newest follower, too.

    Totally Terrific Teaching