Friday, July 12, 2013

Favorite Pins Friday

Today I'm linking with Cara Carroll at the First Grade Parade for Favorite Pins Friday.
I'm thinking "back to school" right now {only a month away}, and I know many of you are, too. So I thought I'd share some of my favorite pins for the beginning of the school year.

Back to School Favorite Pins

Back to school balloons by Monarch Madness is a first day of school activity that I'm going to try. First of all, I'm on the hunt for some polka dot balloons. Love those! If you look closely, each ballon has a name written on it. {A quick way for students to find where they sit on the first day of school.} And attached to each balloon is a first day treat for each child. These are sure to put smiles on anxious faces.
Who doesn't love Pete the Cat? Even Pete the Cat loves reading. A perfect poster for the reading center. Find it at the ALA store.

Isn't this clever? I just had to pin this. Such a cute idea from Eighteen 25.

What a wonderful idea from Once Upon a First Grade Adventure!  The Kissing Hand, by Audrey Penn, is such an ideal story for talking about first day back to school feelings - use heart in hand visual chart for recording those feelings.

Literature is such an important resource for teaching concepts. Amanda from One Extra Degree uses Prudy's Problem and How She Solved It, by Carey Armstrong-Ellis, to teach story structure - problem and solution. I'm adding it to my "Must Have Books" list.

The "David" books are always favorite reads throughout the year in my classroom. Mrs. Ayala from Mrs. Ayala's Kinderfun includes a directed drawing lesson with the book, David Goes to School, by David Shannon. I'm just fascinated by children's art. Craftivities are fun, but my favorites are the children's own drawings.

I thought I'd share one of my most popular pins. It's the book, Do Not Open This Book! by Joy Cowley. I use it at the beginning of the year to get children excited about reading and to teach making predictions. My original post about it is here.

"Kids come in all shapes and sizes" from Apex Art is a great way for students to depict acceptance of others' differences. I thought it would also make a great way for students to paint family pictures.

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Happy Friday pinning everyone. You can see more favorite pins at First Grade Parade.


  1. I love the Pete the Cat reading poster and that Do Not Open This Book looks so fun. I gotta check it out. I just found your blog with this that. Following you now. :)

    First Grade Wolves

  2. Mona,
    Your blog looks super cute! Did you change it, or has it just been a long while since I've visited? Amazing job! Love the books you highlighted up there....oh, I have so many things to add to my first week plans!
    Whimsy Workshop

  3. I've seen that balloon idea all over Pinterest. I think I'd need to get one of those little helium tanks and bring it to my room. I'm not sure how I'd drag in 20+ balloons...much less get them in my car, lol.

    You Might Be a First Grader….

  4. I love your pins! I really like the "all shapes and sizes" painting!

    I'm a new follower! :)
    A Sunny Day in First Grade

  5. Amazing art. Wish this could fill up my online dissertation writing tips essay writing with these great art.


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