My class is crazy excited to be celebrating Dr. Seuss this week! I haven't quite decided if it's the pure love for his quirky little books or the simple thought of craftivities {that's an activity with a craft}and cupcakes that just take them over the edge. I have found about a GAZILLION free resources and cute ideas on the web this year, but the hardest part is deciding which ones to do. Do ya'll ever have that problem? There's just never enough time in the day to do all the creative and wonderful things out there in blogland.

...so...

I created my first FREEBIE to share with ya'll!!
{insert: crowd goes wild}

 I plan on using it during our writing block on Friday to go along with this little cutie I found on Pinterest from
The Clutter Free Classroom ...

Talk about love at first sight! I knew we HAD to use this little guy!!
Top handprint: white palm, blue fingers...bottom handprint: all red, minus the middle finger
Here's my first freebie!! Click HERE to download your copy! If you plan you use it in class, please comment or follow this blog and let me know how your little humans liked it!

Happy Leap Day!!









In the spirit of introductions, it's only fitting for me to give you a little tour of my home away from home {aka: the classroom}. I call it my home away from home for one very simple reason: I spend more waking hours within these four walls than I do in my actual home. By the time I walk in the door, I'm lucky if I'm awake for 4 more hours...and that's being generous people. It's something about 18 six year olds and the 2,000 questions they ask on a daily basis that can just tire a girl right out. But I digress...On with the tour!

As with most home tours, I must give you the general basic disclaimer: excuse the mess. Let's just be honest, things never look the same as they do on the first day of school.






...my teacher desk {aka:the kid free zone}...

...our guided reading and
 small group area...










...class bathroom, sink and student mailboxes...


...my closet and cubbies {on the back side of the shelving}...


...student library on one side and pocket centers on the other...



...sight word wall, computer and listening stations, vocabulary/focus wall for science & social studies and our Imagine It! sound/spelling alphabet cards...


...the front of our classroom...
{our reading themed board on the right, carpet area and common board on the left}
{Learning goals + objectives+ essential questions= Common Board}

Yes. You see snowflakes hanging from the ceiling. I know it's February in Florida. Don't judge.

{{DETOUR}}

...our common board features essential questions created by Anna Brantley from the A-MAZ-ING blog Crazy for First Grade. Her creations are always so cute- LOVE HER! You should check her out! If you've never visited her blog, don't walk, run there. now.
...coming full circle {viewpoint from the carpet area}...

...our writing center, synonym wall and on the right cabinet are Cara's schedule cards...

Well ladies and gentlemen, that concludes our tour of Room 6. If you've stuck around to this point- bless you. Thanks for coming along!


Welcome to The Learning Tree! I hope this is  a place where we can all grow together {pun intended}.

I've been truly inspired by all the AMAZING teachers out in blog land and the time has come for me to dive right in and join the fun! I wouldn't have ever created this blog without the inspiration and support of so many great teachers that have guided me to better myself and my craft.
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This little blog is a work in progress as I teach myself how to make my sidebars look the way I want them to, so bear with me. There's a lot for me to learn!
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This is my 3rd year teaching 1st grade and I LOVE.LOVE.LOVE everything about it. I minored in art at the University of Central Florida {Go Knights!} so I love bringing art into the classroom, especially since our sweet little school doesn't have art on the specials wheel any longer... {I know.gasp.}...darn budget cuts. So anyway, I challenge myself to approach our district adopted curriculum and state standards with a creative eye that engages my students and makes learning fun! I hope to share my ideas and gain just as many from all of you!
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