Saturday, December 22, 2012

happy holidays

I just love this!
I had several cute pics to choose from...but I just loved the way this one seems to capture the spirit of these kids.  Don't you agree?

I wish you and your family the very best this Christmas Season!!

I found this somewhere and paraphrased a bit, but this so very "spot on"!

In this holiday season, I am grateful for the precious gift you have shared with me- your children.

I wish you all a peaceful and joyous season with time enough to enjoy family and friends.

I look forward to greeting you in the New Year with remewed energy and the special enthusiasm that only occurs in an atmosphere where adults are surrounded by children.

Saturday, December 15, 2012

He is close...

I wasn't at school when I heard the news.
I was on the road, on my way to pick up my daughter, to bring here home.
She had just completed her first semester in college and would be spending three weeks with us as we enjoyed the holidays.  Happiness in this mama's heart...

The radio reported a gunman in an elementary school.  Someone was shot.  As the miles passed, more stories poured in.  Each story bringing more unbelievable news.  A tragedy in a school. 
A the one where I spend my days.

Even this morning, I've had all night to process this story, even now I struggle.
I want to put this into words.  To understand, to find some comfort, to share...

A kindergarten teacher with her children going about their morning.  Maybe they were reading, or writing... or making reindeer to finally decorate their classroom for the holidays and get ready for the big party next week.  When she heard the gunshots, did she gather her children in the locker area like they had practiced?  Was she able to comfort them and remind them that she would keep them safe?  Was she able to tell them that she loved them?  Did she know her words would be the last they would hear?

I sit here in front of my computer, and I cannot make sense of any of this.  I am brokenhearted.  I ache for all the families grieving right now.   I ache for my students and thier families as they witness this tragedy unfold.   I ache for my family...I am brokenhearted.

There is fear.  There is uncertainy.  There is the awareness that tomorrow isn't a promise.

There is, also, a promise that I can hold on to...  He remains close and restores my spirit.

Thursday, December 13, 2012

introducing matter

We began to talk about matter today.
We looked specifically at water.
We found water in 3 forms:

The children worked with a partner to prepare a poster and a brief (very brief!!!) talk about what they learned.
As usual, I am blown away with what the kids can do.   Their minds amaze me...such really good thinkers!

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Saturday, November 24, 2012

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Monday, November 19, 2012

Read to Someone

We begin each morning right here.  After we finish our Morning Meeting, we make our plans for reading.  Usually, we start with a mini-lesson.  This gives us a chance to take a look at
 a mentor text, discuss a strategy that good readers can use or just enjoy a good story.  Then, we think about which of our daily literacy activities would help us to reach our reading goals.  One of these choices is "Read to Someone".  Reading to Someone helps us improve our comprehension and fluency, and it is fun!

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Read to Self

We begin everyday with literacy activites that help us to become "strong readers who love to read".   We practice each activity until we become independent and then we work to increase our stamina.

Read to Self is the first reading activity we practiced.  We've learned to choose "good fit" books, and read each day to improve comprehension.