Between Open House {pics coming soon}, assessments, report cards, the biggest school-wide fundraiser of the year, and our school's reading celebration, which all happened within 3 point 5 days of each other, you would think our S.O.S. Call would truly be "Save Our Souls" by this point...it's just that time of year for a lot of us. We know. We're almost there!

But, nooooo...this time it's not our souls yet because we cannot snap out of this S.TATE O.F S.HOCK that we have been in since late last week.  Truly, like rip the rug from underneath, freak us out completely, add more to our abundantly overflowing platters, might need CPR, kinda shock.

We keep trying to muster our inner cheerleaders. Keep filling our glasses half full. Telling ourselves, "It will be great!", "Bring it on!", "We can do this!", "At least we have each other!". But really we are freaking.out.people!

After 15 years unscathed in first grade, left in our bubble of innocence, content in our cozy palace in Little People Land, we got the news that we're teaching a K/1 split next year.  Gasp, gag, grunt...we know...WE KNOW!!!

Help?!? S.O.S...S.O.S... S.AVE O.UR S.OULS!!!

We cannot help but wonder if this lil' blog and our amazing TpT experience in the past few months is all happening for a reason. We are women of faith. It is funny how things work out sometimes.  So, we feel like you might understand. You might have some Aspirin advice.

 Bueller? Bueller?

Any tips, advice, best blogs (we do stalk keep up with a few), tissues, blankies, anything you can offer? 
We need you!

Leave a comment below or on our Facebook Page and let us know your the best tip for teaching K or 1...or any other grade level for that matter! Who can't use teaching tips, right?
Any hot tips on teaching a combo?  Even better! 

Thanks Friends!

Christy & Tammy
Fluttering Through First Grade


  1. I got thrown in to a K-1 split in December this year. I think it would be better starting from the beginning of the year. Good luck. All I can say is that now at the end of the year I kind-of feel like I taught 1/2 day first grade and just didn't have time to get it all in. Although my kinders who were ready for more were able to work with the firsties and the firsties who were "catching on more slowly" benefitted from the repetition of the kinder stuff.

  2. I taught a K/1 split three years ago. My question for you is, are they grouped randomly or with purpose? Will you be having low kindergartners and high first graders in the same classroom? If so, that will be very challenging. But, if you're having children with similar abilities, it won't be your worst nightmare.
    Lori (luvyorkies@gmail.com)
    Teaching With Love and Laughter

  3. You'll be absolutely amazing no matter what grade you're in! :-)

  4. Oh, I feel you... When I student-taught with Kristi (my now coteacher and blogging buddy) it was in a 1/2 combo class. I actually think a K/1 would be easier than that. Kristi had a lot of extra work in the way of planning. That said, she did an amazing job and I am SURE that you will too.

    Teaching Little Miracles

  5. Being super duper organized is key. You guys will do a fabulous job!
    ❤Dragonflies in First ❤

  6. Oh, wow....you're going to have a lot of work, especially if you're a common core state. I don't know if this will help, but I just (almost) finished my kindergarten yearly plan by week/month. Like I said, I don't know if it will help, but it might! LOL! I just emailed you a LINK to it. It should open in Google Docs. Please let me know if the link doesn't work or if you have any other questions. We (my awesome K team) just finished our curriculum maps aligned with the new common core. We still have some work to do since we are adapting a new math curriculum, but we are a lot farther along than other schools in our area!
    Good Luck!
    Kindergarten is the Best

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  8. Wow! LOVE all the pictures! Thanks for linking up!

    Mrs. Dwyer’s A+ Firsties

  9. Love, love, love your blog! Super cute ideas! I bet your classroom is a ton of fun!

    Doodle’s Daily Domain


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