July 25, 2013

Throwback Thursday {Planning Template FREEBIE}!

It's sad to say another summer Thursday has come and gone but get excited because it's time to throw-it-back! I met with my team over the past 2 days to long-term plan and look at our first few weeks. So I thought I would share a post with you about planning with a freebie!
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Original Post: September 2, 2012

What an exhausting first week, to say the least! Exhausting just might be an understatement...my blogging is proof. This year, we are starting several tons of new ideas and programs. We have a new phonics program, writing program, and I am starting the Daily 5 for the first time (eek!). We also are having to do our own lesson plans instead of writing them as a team <sigh> which means I am now writing plans weekly along with making my own class newsletter. Good thing I don't mind creating things!  This year I am realizing just how G.O.O.D I had it last year as a first year teacher. Loooong story short, adding all this into the first week of school was a doozie! This week should be nothing less than another tiring week as we implement all of our programs and dive into the curriculum.  The first week is always fun getting to know the kids, doing fun artsy activities, and getting them back into the swing of school.

Enough of me being 'Debbie Downer'...I wanted to share with you both the lesson plan and newsletter templates I created.  Last year, I typed up (in detail) what I was going to do daily.  I REALLY liked the format I used, but this year I am going to try to combine all of it into a 2 page easy to read document {I like a "big picture" view}.  I created a template I liked from  to fit my custom schedule. I have used it for the past 2 weeks now and absolutely ADORE it!!! It is so easy to read and super easy to edit week by week.



 Did I mention you can download it AND edit it for FREE!
{Click on the picture to preview/download the lesson plan template if you think it will work for you!}

On Monday of each week I send home a newsletter.  This is the main way I communicate with all my parents at once to let them know what is going on in the classroom and inform them of any upcoming events.  I find that they are more apt to look at/read it if it is sent home rather than sent through email. On it I include the skills we are working on that week, our spelling and sight words, monthly birthdays, regularly scheduled activities, our specials rotation schedule, and important event reminders. Here's a peek at the one I sent home in this week's daily folder.


Praise the Lord we had a 3 day weekend after the first week...I don't know about you but I have taken a nap just about every day this weekend. Here's to a great 4 day week back with the kiddos on Tuesday AND a better attempt at blogging this week : )

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14 comments:

  1. Love your templates! We started a new phonics program this year, and even after teaching 10 years I was freaking out! I completely understand. Best of luck, I'm sure you will be great!

    Kerry

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  2. I love your lesson plan template! Thank you SO much for sharing! :)

    Roxy

    First Grade Fancies

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  3. The template is perfect! Since I'm switching to first this year, I now have just the thing I need.Thanks!-Virginia

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  4. This template is awesome! I am homeschooling and this is exactly what I have been looking for. I can't wait to use it for my son who is going into the 3rd grade.

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  5. Thank you so much, this will really help me with my homeschooling scheduling. GodBless

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  6. Thank you so much for sharing! It was a true life saver for me tonight.

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  7. Any way you can make the newsletter as a downloadable template? I love it's simplicity and don't want to re-invent the wheel!

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    1. It already is, just click on the picture!

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  8. I am grateful for sharing heart! May the Lord be with your spirit!

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  9. how in the world do you edit the lesson plan template - it won't allow me to edit the text to fit my schedule - it is like an image... any help would be appreciated!

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    1. Click on the picture. It is a google doc. Then once it opens you will download the document and can open it on your computer from there.

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    2. I did that but for some reason it moves the entire chart when I go to edit it... it won't let me move the cursor to edit the text...

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    3. Did you save it on your computer and open the file? Make sure once you open the file you click the "enable editing" button on the bar that pops up (mine was yellow). Other than that, I'm not sure because I was just able to download, save, enable editing and change the text on my computer. Hope this helps!

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  10. I have downloaded it and saved it as a google slide even... I just want to edit the top - I will pay a small price even :)

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