Sunday, January 13, 2013

Preparing for Back To School Day 1


I thought I'd share my planning for the first week back.  Because of the Australia Day public holiday on Monday, I'll share the first 4 days. 

My plans might change once I talk with the other teachers on my year level during our teacher days. Also, since I haven't taught Year 1 before, I might have to adjust things throughout the day. I've got no idea with timing with these littlies as well. I've generally put a chunk of time to do a couple of things (e.g. read a book, do a whole class activity and an individual activity) because I was unsure how long they'll take to get things done. But this is what I'm thinking of for Day 1 so far.

 
I haven't written them out word for word (whose got time for that?!) but it does just give a general overview. I've included links to documents as well including a few freebies. Since I'm in Australia, things like announcements and the pledge aren't included.

28 comments:

  1. Thank you for sharing your plans! This will be my first year of teaching and I am also on year 1 so of course every little bit helps!

    Enjoy the rest of your holidays, we will back at school before we know it!

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    1. Thanks for popping by Hayley! Good luck with your first teaching job, you must be very excited!

      Counting down the days now...

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  2. Thanks for sharing! I love seeing what other teacher's schedules are like. I teach in the States. I was surprised that you don't have any specials (art, music, library, PE) and that you only have 20 minutes for lunch/play! When do you get your planning time? When our students go to specials that's our planning each day and our students get 50 minutes for recess/lunch.

    Ali

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    1. Hi Ali! I am so envious of you having planning time every day! My kids have 2 sessions of music and 2 of PE each week for 30mins each. They are generally clumped together so that we can 2 one hour blocks per week (less the time it takes to walk them there and pick them up..). We have to take our kids and supervise them at library and teach art outselves (no specialist). We actually have 2 lunch breaks, the 20min one is the short one in the afternoon, we have a longer 45min one earlier in the day.

      I also like seeing what other techer's schedules are like. I love how you guys get 3 month off over Summer, when we only get about 6 weeks (but 3 lots of 2 week breaks between terms during the year).

      Kylie

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  3. Looks like you are off to a great start Kylie! Your kids will love you :) I have definitely seen some books I am going to have to buy before the start of the year :)
    Brooke

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    1. Thanks Brooke! I just hope I receive all my new books in time! I ordered a heap from The Nile and Fishpond and they've said that estimated delivery is between the 17-28th for most of them - and I ordered them about 2 weeks ago :(

      I hope all is going well with your prep for the new year!

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  4. Hi! Thanks for the peek! I totally forgot about first day jitters (might have to be the first I do under my new document camera). I have 3/4 this year but I think they will still like it. I'd like to see how your planning changes over time and how you differentiate learning (especally since you haven't had the tiny ones before). Also, thanks for using Google Docs, you've inspired me to test it out too!

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    1. This year is going to be a learning curve for sure! Google Docs/Drive is great for uploading things, let me know if you need any help with it!

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    2. Cool... I might hold you up to that!

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    3. Hey Kylie, I uploaded my first file! Here's the link (hope you don't mind, I have linked to your blog as my inspiration!) http://ahappylittletime.blogspot.com.au/2013/01/freebie-end-of-year-quick-notes-testing.html

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    4. Hi Imogen, thanks for the shout out. The quick notes will come in handy at the end of the year!

      I couldn't leave a message on your blog because the verification box (to type in the verification code) wasn't showing so I couldn't type it in. It wouldn't work on all the posts I tried. I'm not sure how to fix that!

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    5. Thanks for letting me know... I've changed some settings, hopefully it will behave now!

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  5. Love your blog, so cute! I teach in North Carolina at an International School where each grade studies a different country and has a teacher from that country. I teach second and we study Australia. I just started a blog and would love to stay in touch with you for ideas to use in my classroom!!
    Tiffany
    crazyaboutsecond.blogspot.com

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    1. Hi Tiffany, your blog design is really cute! I look forward to following along with you to see what teaching at an international school is like. I've always had it in the back of my mind that I'd like to teachs somewhere overseas in an international school.

      Kylie

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  6. You are so organised Kylie. I regularly do yoga with my class. It is especially good for those days when the children need to come down down down!!! Yoga really settles them. I have a very good Yoga CD I purchased many years ago~ I don't need to do much at all as the CD talks the children through the moves. I am always on the look out for something new. I am going to check out the yoga CD.
    Enjoy the rest of your holidays.

    Rhonda
    Classroom Fun

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    1. Hi Rhonda, that's what I'm hoping for - that it will settle them down, calm them and help them focus. I'm really looking forward to it now that you've said it works for you. I thought doing it in the morning when I'm talking with parents etc would be good to help focus them for the day and because it's a DVD, I won't really have to do much at all once they know what to do. Fingers crossed!

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  7. Hi, I too am a Qld'er and in one breath am clinging to my last moments of holidays but in the next breath totally enthusiastic about a new school year. I am moving from grade 3 to grade 2 and have moved schools and am super excited about the change. Thanks for sharing your first week of planning. You are very organised!

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    1. Michelle, I feel exactly the same way - both looking forward to the start of a new school year but wanting the holidays to last as long as possible! I'm working on days 2-4 now of my planning but am having trouble fitting everything I want to do in! There's just too many great ideas out there!

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  8. Hi, I am loving your planning. A great first day planned. I teach a Prep/1 class and I am loving the behaviour management CD you use. I was wondering if you purchased it from overseas or if you were able to source it within Australia. The postage is huge on the item. Great work and all the very best for your first day.

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    1. Hi Bel, I did purchase it overseas from Heidi Songs as I couldn't find anywhere here to purchase it. I actually thought the postage was very reasonable (about $15) but I also bought 9 DVDs. Perhaps the postage isn't so good for just 1 dvd/cd. I bought the 5 Sing and Spell DVDs which also came with a resources CD, Musical Math, Little Songs for Language Arts, Sounds Fun Phoncs as well as the Behaviour Management DVD. It took about a week to arrive which was great.

      All the best to you too for the first week back!

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  9. Hi Kylie, Last year I did First Day Jitters and we made the Jitter Juice using Babbling Abby's unit. I've seen in some big tins of fruit punch in some Woolies stores if you want to use that as an ingredient (obviously I don't know what your school's policy is on that sort of thing)
    My kids often talked about it as being one of their fav things that we did.
    Sadly I can't do it this year as I have a 1/2 again and all the Year 2s did it last year when they were in Year 1.
    I'm going to do Chrysanthemum by Kevin Henkes and do the creasing heart activity. I did it 2 years ago when I had a straight Year one and it was a huge success.

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    1. Thanks for the tip about the tins of fruit punch, I haven't looked that far ahead to how I was going to make it! Too bad you can't do it again! Have you seen the 'Don't be a Bad Banana' idea? I just saw it today when I was looking for ideas. It's at Fun in First Grade - Jodi's second day plans.

      http://fun-in-first.blogspot.com.au/2011/08/1st-and-2nd-day-of-school.html

      Might be a good alternative to the Jitter Juice.

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  10. Thanks Kylie I'll have a look. Spent some time im my classroom today having a very big sort and tidy...the kind of clean that you need uninterrupted time for.
    Could do more but also want to enjoy the rest of my holiday.

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    1. I spent about 7 hours yesterday just cleaning - the last teacher left the room a complete mess. The white walls looks black, I had to scrape off handfulls of blu-tac from around the room, the bookshelves were dirty and had dried spills (of something...) on them. A sort and tidy sounds good though. I'm sure your feeling great and organised!!

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  11. Hi Kylie

    You seem to have some great ideas! I was a first year last year and it was so different to doing pracs while studying - there was so much more to teaching than a prac ever showed!

    Your first day plan looks brilliant. I had year 1 last year but only got called in in the middle of week 3. Having not had any early years experience, I found it very difficult but settled in well. I found I spent a lot of time preparing hands-on resources for counting, sorting, adding etc, as well as gathering enough of each coin for every child in the class when doing coins. I also found some of the kids took a long time to get anything done whilst others were pretty good. That was largely due to the range in their writing abilities at this age though. I wish I had a year 1 again this year, but unfortunately I'm without work at this stage. Hopefully some relief work will come my way, or I will get another "day 8" call.

    One thing I did find is that many teachers seem reluctant to share resources. I really don't understand why given I see major benefits in sharing, so I am really grateful that you see how helpful it is too.

    Good luck, and have loads of fun with them because they are a beautiful age!

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    1. I hope you enjoyed your first year teaching - it sure is different to pracs! Thanks for the feedback about year 1. I've never seen myself as an early years teacher (I've always preferred middle to late) but it's where I've been since after my first year of teaching!

      I really hope you get another day 8 call in, we need more teachers who are willing to give feedback, advice and share with others and that sounds like you!

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  12. Hi Kylie!
    I love your blog! I am also a Grade 1 teacher in QLD. I was wondering if you could tell me where you got the welcome to grade one colouring sheet? I would love to use something like that on our first day back! Cheers, Lauren

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    1. Hi Lauren, I'm glad you like the sheet, I made it up quickly thinking it would be good for the kids to do while I'm chatting with parents. If you click on the plans in this post and then click on the pic of the Welcome to Grade 1 sheet it will take you to Google Drive to download it. If you don't have a google account, just email me and I'll email the file to you. Good luck next week with your new batch of kiddies!

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