I love creating in my classroom. I'm a crafter! When I decided to become an elementary teacher, this is what I was most excited to be able to do. I quickly learned that with the academic expectations for students these days, there's not a whole lot of time for it. Unless you make the time! That's why I find the blogging circle and idea sharing so valuable. My fabulous teammates and I have made such an effort to come up with creative activities for our first graders that still meet the expectations of our district curriculum. You already know how time consuming that is. Being able to get ideas and ready made activities from other teachers has been priceless! One day in the middle of craftivity madness I looked across one of my tables at the amount of creating going on. I had to stop and take a picture! I shared the photo with classroom parents and titled it "A Wonderful Mess!" (giggles)
You can see that we are working on projects from Abby's Let's Get Poppin with Adjectives unit and Safari Poems inspired by Kim Jordano. Popcorn and jungle...what a combo!
After all of the madness, here are the final products..
My name is Marisa Curtis. I've been teaching First Grade for 7 years. I love it! I enjoy creating, crafting, and all things fabulous. I adore children's books. I have a beautiful daughter and very supportive husband. My life is very blessed.