First Day Fun!

Today was the first day with my new nuggets. Man, they are cute! I think this might be one of those groups I just super fall in love with. Of course, this was just day one, so we'll re-evaluate after the honeymoon phase is over. I do tend to fall in love fast and hard, but usually it sticks, so I'm feeling pretty good!

I have an interesting schedule this year:
See that pink spot there, that's pretty much all the learnin' time I have for my new nuggets. I'm not sure how exactly I'm going to squeeze it all in, but here are a couple of things we did today. First we played the name game. We made a big circle and the kids had to describe themselves with an alliterative adjective. Then we tossed the ball and the kids had to say all the kids who came before them and then add their name. We helped each other out, it's kind of hard to remember all those names in a row! They were all giggly and silly and it got them out of their seats for a bit. Really though, that game is kind of for me. It really helps me remember their names! We had Fun Francisco, Difficult Daniel, Active Alyssa, Lazy Luca just to name a few...

Next up -  Get Ready for Second Grade Amber Brown balloon pop! I read the book and then we each took turns popping a balloon that had a comprehension question rolled up inside. (I recruited a parent to do the balloon blowing and stuffing at our Sneak a Peek on Friday). I don't have the questions to share with you all. I was just given a printed copy by one of my teamies. I'll try to scan it to share in the next few days, but really you can just type up some easy-peasy questions and cut them up. It was seriously nothing fancy - but the kids L-O-V-E-D it! Turns out their little booties were not really big enough to pop the balloons, so I may have helped them along with secretive swipe of a push pin...

The only other thing we really got to was our first day handprint puzzle. I really have no idea where this originally came from. I don't think it's anything anyone was selling, but if it is - someone please tell me! Until I'm arrested by the copyright police you can download it from GoogleDocs {HERE}.

I ordered blank puzzles from Amazon which you can find {HERE} and then we each traced our handprint and colored in the whole thing, glued the poem onto an envelope and took the puzzle apart and put it inside, sealed it up and sent it home! 

All in all, a pretty fun day. We also listened to the Indie Children's station on Pandora most of the day and they really seemed to dig it. That made me happy happy because last year's kids did NOT dig the whole music thing. They preferred to talk loudly OVER the music which just annoyed me to no end so eventually I just stopped trying. It was so nice to play it today and have the kids actually like it and listen to it and giggle to the silliness of some of the songs. Like I said, I think I'm falling in love...


  1. I really like the balloon pop idea! I just started school today too and teach 2nd grade!

  2. Love this! Looks like you're off to a successful year! Thank you for sharing :)

  3. You start at 8am and get out at 1:40pm? What state do you teach in?

    1. I teach in Florida :)
      Kids actually come in the door at 7:50 and we start dismissal at 1:40, but they don't actually leave campus until 2:00. We have about 1200 kids in our school, so dismissal takes a while!
      Teacher hours are 7:30-3:00.

  4. Sounds like a very fun day, ALMOST makes me want to go back :). So nice when you just hit it off with a certain bunch, I love to play music and my class last year just got louder and louder too. Love the ballon pop idea, really everything you did sounds like so much fun, thanks for sharing !

  5. Our 2nd graders have the exact opposite schedule of you, and I am SCARED. We have almost no instructional time in the morning, but somehow have to hold their attention all afternoon without a break. I don't know how we're gonna do it.

    On a better note...thanks for sharing the puzzle activity. It's adorable!

    Across the Hall in 2nd Grade

  6. I love reading your blog and just wanted to let you know that I've awarded you with the Versatile Blogger Award! :)


  7. These are such cute ideas! I definitely will keep the balloon pop one for next year, I always like to read that book the first week. Your schedule is intense! Its crazy how early you guys get out of school!


    Second Grade is Sweet!

  8. We started today too! I sent the first day's homework home in balloons. We'll see how many make it back tomorrow. ;-) My district wanted me to give a math pre-test today. But...I also snuck in a little craftivity to go with our theme. Thanks for sharing about your day.

  9. I'm stealing the name game from you!! I'm glad you had a great first day!
    A Cupcake for the Teacher

  10. Wow!I don't know how you do it. I am in complete awe in the differences between the American and Canadian educational system. Up here in Canada we start school at 9:00 and end at 3:30. Our days are completely balanced with a recess in the morning, a lunch recess and another one in the afternoon. This breaks up the day nicely. We have schedules that allow for the kids to have gym or music daily for 30 mins. This is where we get our prep time. Everything left over is teaching time. Again,I don't know how you do it! I would crumble after the first day!

  11. I can't wait to use the balloon popping idea! We did the balloon popping for end of year fun activities last year and the kids loved it, so I know this will be a winner!

  12. Wow! I love the idea of an hour for teachers to work after dismissal. Our teacher hours are 8 - 4 with students from 8:35 - 3:45. Someone in Florida is smart!

  13. I love playing music in the classroom, but my kids tend to be silly when it's "fun" music... so I stick to classical stuff... WE aren't allowed to play pandora at school... it makes the network lag (shhh, don't tell anyone that we're all using it this week as we prep our classrooms! lol). Looks like a fun first day!!

  14. Just curious because I haven't read "Get Ready for Second Grade Amanda Brown" ... does the balloon popping go with the story? or was it just a fun way to ask the comprehension questions? Either way, I am totally borrowing the idea.

  15. Wow. I am jealous. We are 8 to 3. I have 8 to 12:30 with them!!! Omg! I have to squeeze in pack up/ homework time due to the fact that we have to teach "bell to bell". Our hours are over at 3:20 but we have to stay and wait with kids until they are picked up. Glad you are having a good year. :)

  16. Wow. Our 2nds have from 12-3:00 with only a 10 min. break! Imagine having to hold little kids' attention for 2 hours and 50 minutes every afternoon!

  17. we had a LONG morning like thatt kids couldn't handle it, so I asked if i could do recess after reading and before math and move the extra math time to after day is much better now - ha!

  18. LOVE THIS!!! Thanks for sharing!


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