By the end of the year, I was not creative at all. I had ideas for next year, but didn't want to think about them. I had big plans to start things, but decided against them. I had even told myself I would wait til July 1 to think of school. Well, that lasted 2 days of being home from vacation. I was working on cleaning my office at home and started organizing some things I had lying around. I have also been on Pinterest a lot these last 2 days and that has sparked some desire to start planning for school. Again, I was going to wait, but then I got motivated and realized that I am supposed to be teaching Common Core and I need to start looking at it and getting ready! I'm not a fan of change, so it's going to take me a while to get into the groove.
I did manage to do a couple things today to get me started for next year:
* I printed out a calendar and started to fill in the dates of things I know for sure. Never too early to be prepared!
* I made my to-do list of things to try and make or find for next year!
* I started organizing my papers for my teacher binder for the year. I'm normally very organized, but this last year I was not. I was sad about it. This year, I will be more organized and back to my normal self! :)
* I did one thing on my to-do list! It was an idea I had rolling around in my head for the beginning of the year. I know that number sense has never been a strong skill that the kids have coming in from Kinder. And I know it's a biggie in Common Core. So, I figured I would make a review/teaching page for each number, 1-30. It covers writing the numeral, the word, drawing a picture for the number, making tally marks, showing the number on a 10 frame and finding the number in a group. I figure this will take them a couple minutes each day, but it will be a good review for the kids. I posted it in my TPT store. I have a new goal to post 1 item each month, hopefully more. For some, that is nothing, but for me, it's a lot! If you'd like to check it out, click on the little number guy below and head over to my store!
I will give away a packet to the first 2 people to leave a comment on my blog! Just leave me your e-mail address so I know where to send it! :)
Now I am off to have a productive night of doing who knows what!