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I am a first grade teacher who has rediscovered a love for firsties this year. I have taught pre-k, kindergarten, first grade and even second over the past 16 years. I have been married for 17 years to my wonderful husband and have been blessed with 2 very active boys.

Pre-K Back to School

Pre-K Back to School
Pre-K Back to School

Pre-K/Kindergarten Literacy

Pre-K/Kindergarten Literacy
Pre-K/Kindergarten Literacy

Pre-K/Kindergarten Literacy

Pre-K/Kindergarten Literacy
Pre-K/Kindergarten Literacy

Phonics Games

Phonics Games
Phonics Games
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Calendar Math for Primary Grades

Calendar Math for Primary Grades
Primary Calendar for the Year

Off and Running!

Test, Teach and Test Some More!  I feel like I am juggling so many balls at the beginning of the year!  My school and district has implemented Thinking Maps (more to follow!), Kagan Strategies, and Common Core for first grade this year. Lots of great programs I am beginning to implement:)

I have assessed kindergarten skills and high frequency words and am in the middle of FAIR testing, FAIR is the Florida reading assessment (on the computer) with high frequency words, reading passages, comprehension and vocabulary for first grade.  If a child struggles with the hfw's and/or reading passages it takes you into a phonemic awareness assessment!  Lots of great information can be attained and we use the data for classroom instruction as well as grade level intervention groups.

I have made word wall cards with the kindergarten high frequency words as a review.  You can get the FREE file at Teachers pay Teachers.  They can be used as flashcards or on a work wall.  Now that the kids have reviewed reading them, they are able to use them in their writing as well.  (For some reason, I am unable to upload the image as I am fighting with my computer!!)

Kimberly at The Learning Tree is having a 500 follower giveaway!  Check it out daily for her fabulous giveaways!  I almost didn't post this today because truth be told, I want to win today's adorable fall giveaway!

When you are done there, head over to Corrina's blog, Surfin' Through Second for her 500 follower giveaway!  Lots of great resources from creative educators:)

Good luck on the giveaways!
Mrs. Wathen
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  1. You'll really like Thinking Maps once you get used to them. We've been using them for quite a few years now and it's become second nature and there are lots of ways to use them. (You can make them cute too)


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