4.15.2012

6 and counting

Yep...6 weeks until I am on summer vacation!  And I can't wait!  I am ready for some R&R, some me time and time to recharge myself.  My spring break didn't do that for me this year.  With my daughter in school and hubby opening his own office, I didn't have any down time.  And it's been getting busier ever since!  My daughter is in basketball and we just started Girl Scouts on Tuesday.  Yesterday was my first real day with nothing in the afternoon, so I slept.  For like 2 hours, on the couch, by myself with no cares in the world!  It was great (and it was cold outside, so who wanted to be out there!).  But now I am paying the price for it.  I have a lot to do (or a lot I should do, but won't do, let's be honest) and not a lot of time to do it in! 

We have 30 days left of school.  30 days to impart all the wisdom on my kids I can.  30 days to keep them occupied with interesting things.  30 days to have some fun.  30 days to get them ready for second grade!  I can't wait for it to be over, yet I can.  I am not ready to let this group go.  It went by so quickly.  With the cold, rainy weather of the week, it still feels like February.  But, this week will feel like June now, so it's OK.  I will get spring fever now and not want to go to work at all!  But, I have to.  I have 30 days left to enjoy my kids and teach them what they need to know.  When I think about it, I have 27 1/2 days...I am gone for 2 1/2 days in May for various things - an out of town trip (that I take once a year!), a 1/2 day training for "new" language arts program (which is just an upgraded version of what we already have!) and a day off for my daughter's Kinder promotion (which is the day before my last day of school - UGH!).  Now I feel even more stressed!  YIKES!

We are going to start learning about plants this week.  My all time favorite unit.  I have really wanted to update it and spruce it up, but I haven't.  And I'm starting tomorrow.  Uh-oh!  I checked out some great looking units on TpT, but I am too cheap to buy them.  I guess I need to get busy tonight making some things up for my kids to use!  I have 4 weeks to teach this unit (by my own planning, I can go to 5, but then we are done the next week!) and have it all ready for Open House.  Yep...my Open House is 8 days before the last day of school.  Great planning, huh?  And, the fire marshall is making a return visit on May 8th, so all my stuff is piling up for Open House.  Good-bye organized room, hello mass chaos!  I will have a week to get it all ready for Open House and then it will all come dow the day after.  What a mess! 

To go along with planting/plants, I made this little math problem solving mini unit.  I wanted to make it bigger, but my brain was not cooperating today!  I had a brain fart and couldn't think anymore.  As the weeks go on, maybe I will get something else down on paper for ya!  For now, you can use this with your kids if you desire!  Click here for the free download. 

We are finished learning about all the animal groups.  It was a lot of fun, but I am glad it's over.  I need to make a little test for my kids to make sure they remembered all the important stuff!  I need to get on that, too.  One thing I was pleased with myself for was adding more art to this unit.  Each week after we learned about the animal group, we did a writing about what we learned about that group.  Then, we did a painted paper project.  I was insipred by this project, and then just kept creating my own as we went on.  We have done all our projects except for our turtles/tortoises that we will do this week.  Here is a look at all we have done!
 Sponge painted birds and then we added the roof and ledge for the birdhouses with the left over paper.  Love this project!
 Thumb print giraffes!  We put brown thumbprints all over yellow paper, cut it out to make the body and then added some yellow yard for the tails! 
 Marble painted frogs.  A little different, but so much fun to do.  The kids had a blast and I like the way they turned out.  I have a new fascination with wiggly eyes, too!

 Painted symmetrical butterflies!  We folded our paper, put paint on one side, then squished it all over.  I know butterflies don't smile like this, but they are too cute! 


 Sponge painted fish!  This was the project this week.  The kids were able to sponge paint whatever colors they wished, however they wished.  Then they traced the pattern, cut it out and added a little fin for a 3-D effect.  Again, love the wiggly eye!   


This next week we will do our turtles.  I hope to have pics, but my batteries are dead and I didn't get any at Sam's Club today! 

Well, I guess I should go and get prepared for the week.  I found a new way I am going to do my lesson plans from now on.  My principal doesn't check them,  and they are for us anyway, so this I think will be perfect.  I found it on Pinterest, but you can see it here.  I am going to try it this week and see how I like it before I make my lesson plan book for next year !

Have a great week!  Here's to hoping the weather is perfect in every state for the whole week!  Happy Sunday!

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