Yesterday I was finally able to get into my classroom for the first time all summer! I loaded up my van with a bunch of boxes and all of the Monday Made-It stuff I have been having so much fun creating this summer, and headed to school. My plan was to take a few pictures, paint a dividing wall that I have and arrange the furniture. I figured that would be a good start!
Luckily he had the sense to get everyone outside and he was actually calling me from the driveway. The fire department was already there, so he didn't have to call 911 or anything. My husband's office is 5 minutes away so I quickly called him and he raced home to see what was going on. By the time I got home 15 minutes later everything was pretty much over. Turns out the neighbors' back porch caught on fire (they smoke out there), and it started to climb up the outside wall. Not sure how much damage there is inside their part, but I know they went to a hotel for a few days while repairs are made. Our house was pretty smoky, but the firefighters brought a huge fan over to push the smoke out and it's fine now.
Of course, since we moved here because our old house caught on fire and was pretty much destroyed, this was very traumatic for all of us. Add that to the grade level change and it was probably one of my worst days in a long time. I self-soothed with a big plate of spaghetti for dinner (carb heaven!) and a bowl of chocolate ice cream. Then I sat down to plan.
First things first. Do I change my blog name? I won't know for sure until the 16th, bu if I do change grade levels I will more than likely change my blog name too. Which means that I need catchy blog titles because Herding Kats in 1st Grade (or 2nd!) just doesn't have the same ring to it. I love my blog design though, so I want to stay with the cowgirl/rancher theme. If you happen to be one of those witty people who can come up with cute blog names and you think of one for me, please let me know! I am drawing a complete blank so I'll need some help on this one!
Next up. Do I set up my room or wait to know for sure in case I get moved to 2nd grade? Well, possession is 9/10 of the law right?
Finally, curriculum. I have been creating kindergarten stuff all summer! I'm going to start looking over 1st grade CCSS and hopefully I can adapt most of my stuff, but I also need recommendations. If you know of any great resources for 1st grade CCSS please Rustle Up a Response below and let me know!
Alright, now that I have a plan of attack, I'm going to try to think positively and just go with the flow. I've done 1st before, I can do it even better this time around I'm sure. 2nd grade would be a challenge, but I'd get to loop with my kiddos from this year and that would be great. Kindergarten would be the bestest bestest of course, so please cross your fingers that all those little kinders come out of the woodwork before school starts and not after like last year when we had only 32 on the first day of school and 55+ within 2 weeks!