Happy Summer! This is day 7 of my summer break (woohoo!). I can finally sit down for a few minutes and share with you guys what I have been busy with this past week. As I mentioned in my last post, our district is no longer requiring we stick only with Reading Street and Everyday Math, and instead are telling us which CCSS to teach when on our curriculum maps. I am VERY excited to have some additional freedom to design quality lessons, but I am also someone who needs to have a plan before the school year begins.
So this week I took myself to Meijer, bought a weekly/monthly planner, some colorful pens, and began the process of planning out the language arts (I started with this since I have a copy of the curriculum map and I was a part of the team that created it for our district. I do not have a copy of the math as the district has not released it).
Currently, my focus has been on the phonics portion of language arts. I went back to an "oldie but goodie" resource that I used 4+ years ago and began matching lessons with the map in my planner. Click here for a link to Amazon if you are interested in the phonics lessons book (by Fountas and Pinnell).
Along with my mapping, I have begun to prep materials for word work centers. Earlier this spring I purchased a great product by Reagan Tunstall from TpT. It is designed to be used with both spelling words as well as sight words. It is a great word routine that can be used for multiple weeks with simply changing the popsicle sticks out. Take a look at her product here.
I also picked up something else for the classroom while at Meijer, that I plan to use to spruce up my classroom library. Last year, my wonderful PTA purchased all new bins for my classroom from Really Good Stuff. This tape matches PERFECTLY! If you look at the next photo below I'd like to cover the exposed edges of the ugly gray shelf (where there is already ripped contact paper) with the super cute tape. Think it will spruce things up?
How are you spending your summer so far?