This is the post I originally planned for Sunday… before Columbus pushed it aside 😉 

We had some extra time on Thursday and Friday last week {as I always tend to have… do you find this to be true in your classroom??} so I decided to work on a couple hallway decorations!  The halls are lookin’ pretty bare, so I thought they needed some sprucing up!

The first thing we did was read Chicka Chicka Boom Boom and talk about the letters in our names.  We counted the letters, and since we are big first graders now, we also counted the vowels and consonants!  Then we put it all together in a cute little palm tree project, that reminds me of summer days:
That one’s mine!  Here are my students’ completed projects:
You’ll have to forgive me:  I spent a great deal of time on Photobucket, erasing all of my students’ names.  I’m a little paranoid when it comes to showing my kiddos’ names {and especially FACES… never, never}, so I just had to get rid of all traces.  Haha!  You can use your imaginations to complete the pictures 😉

I got the idea on Pinterest, and I traced it back to Mrs. Jump’s classroom website.  I made my own writing piece, and made it available on Google Docs for you to use, if you want!  You can DL it for free {HERE}.
Friday afternoon we started our second hallway project, by reading Pete the Cat Rocking in My School Shoes.  I had never read a Pete book before, and oh my, I LOVED it!!  And so did my students!  They got such a kick out of the song, and they sang it for the rest of the afternoon!

I plan on surprising my little ones with this as soon as it arrives:

Anywho, while we sang, we got to work on our own school shoes, straight from my pal Alisha’s CUTE  Steppin’ Into a New Year unit!  We ran out of time so we didn’t get to finish the projects, but here is a peek at what we have so far:
Most of our sneakers look like the pair on the left… but I couldn’t resist snapping a pic of the pair on the right!  Gosh, so cute!  Some of us need a little cutting practice, don’t ya think?? 🙂  

And since this post is all about sprucing up the halls… my neighbor Ms. C and I just received a new bulletin board that will hang between our classrooms:

We plan on sharing it… so excited!! 🙂

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