Rough Patch!

It’s been a rough couple of weeks at the Tunstall house.  For the last two weeks I have been fighting fever, infection, and now bronchitis!  Thankfully I am finally on the mend even though my voice and lungs beg to differ.  I have never taken a steroid before this week and let me tell you they are beautiful little magic pills.  What a difference!

Also at the same time our 20 year old cat passed away and it has been a bit more difficult than I imagined.  Sorry for the bloggy bummer.  I know you didn’t come here to read about this stuff!

Here’s what we have been up to in this beautiful new fresh week of school.  Isn’t it a wonderful distraction to spend your day with the innocence of 6 year olds?

We are transitioning from shapes to fractions in math.

In this discovery we have been working through brace maps in small group.  It’s been a great avenue to understanding the parts that make up the whole.


Grab these free shape maps HERE 🙂

We have also been working through fair shares and partitioning shapes and numbers into equal parts.


 Fair Shares comes from my winter math journal
Tomorrow we will start this activity below!
Students will share the cookies among the number of friends!

Meanwhile in spelling and reading, we have conquered the long vowel silent e pattern and have moved on to bossy R.  Last week we did AR and OR.

  This week we are doing ER, IR, UR

Our morning messages are reflecting our new reading abilities these days. It’s so fun to have big time readers and writers!

Just for fun, check our our weather unit display!  The students begged me to mail their post cards off.  I didn’t post them here with their research post cards because they are supposed to be in the mail.   AHEM…. we must never speak of this.

We will wrap up this week with our biographies on MLK.  This year I printed each student’s face so we could develop our dreams and impact we want for the world.  We will write about MLK Jr. as well as write about our own footprint on this world.

 craft from winter art and writing

I am looking forward to meeting some of you next week at the Texas First Grade Conference! Just a few more days! 🙂 Click the picture for more info!



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  1. Hope this week and the weeks to come are much more cheery and bright.
    I saw these shape brace maps on your instagram and was wanting them! They're free. This has made my day.
    Thanks Reagan I can always count on you for the best maths ideas.
    Sheri 🙂

  2. I feel you girl! I have bronchitis right now too. I'm so miserable! I stayed home yesterday but went to school today to benchmark test each of my students. I was so glad I was able to sit all day and not have to stand up and teach. I came straight home and took a nap and am now lounging on my bed. I have an extra long day to put in tomorrow and hoping I can make all day and throughout the evening. Get lots of rest girl!
    Karen Rowland

    Adventures With Firsties

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  3. Glad to hear that you are feeling better! Be sure to rest and take care of yourself! And, I have lost a few furry companions – it is always harder than you think it will be:(. They do have a way of working their way in to your hearts.

  4. Hey Reagan!
    I was wondering if you were going to add or and ar to your phonics bundle. I didn't see them in there and my students love working with these activities all week!