8.19.2012

I didn't disappear...I just started school!

Oh my word!  It's been forever since I have written here!  I have checked other blogs out, but I haven't made the time or had the energy to actually sit down and write.  A lot has happened in the last 2 weeks, notably I started school!

We started on Monday.  We haven't started on a Monday in a long time.  It was a loooooooooong week.  I don't want to start on a Monday again.  It was a hot week.  Like 105+ every single day.  Horrible.  The kids couldn't go out and play, we were sweaty messes by 9:15.  It was icky.  Luckily my A/C was working, since it has trouble the week before.  My A/C guys fixed it up good, so that was nice.  Here is my room all done before the kids came on Monday.






The kids came on Monday and it was a weird day.  I can't explain it, really, but it was a very weird day.  I didn't feel nervous or excited about the day and then the whole day was just weird.  I had a kid throw up within 5 minutes of being inside.  All over my nice, clean carpet.  Lovely.  The custodian came and cleaned it up, but he didn't really clean it.  So it stayed there all day time the night custodian came and really cleaned it up.  Again, lovely.  

We made it through the day and through the week.  It was a long week with Back to School night on Thursday.  I had 13 parents show up out of 22.  And most of them came at 5:45 - 5:50 when it was over at 6:00.  I had my daughter's BTSN at 6:45, so I rushed out of mine to make it to hers.  We had to blow off soccer practice to make it to BTSN, too!  Crazy week!  

I don't feel like we accomplished much this week, but we got some things done.  I tell ya, it was a weird week.  We started our "regular" work on Tuesday, so not a lot of time for "fun" as the kids let me know.  Here's a little of what we did:
Uppercase vs lowercase.  We needed to review this, as many of the kids didn't know what they were or that they were different.  

Owls...we made owls by sharing.  The kids were supposed to share the paper to have all different colored owls.  It was harder than I thought!

We read Leo the Late Bloomer (3 times) and talked about what it means to bloom and that it is OK to not know something.  Then we made out own Leo's.  

In math, we were working on numbers to 12.  I let the kids pick a number and glue the fish into the "tank".  They had to complete the sentence "I see ______ fish in the tank." and write the number word.  


All in all, it was an OK week.  I have my work cut out for me this year.  I have a fairly low class, which is way different than last year.  It's going to be a lot of work, but I think they are teachable and need some time to remember all they learned in Kindergarten.  In the meantime, I am going to look for my Superhero cape and a magic wand to give me a little help!  

Week one is done, now it's on to week 2!  Still reviewing and assessing, but the "teaching" will start soon enough!  Here is too a great week where it's supposed to cool down to the high 90's and a great week of getting to know my kids even more!  

And here is a picture I took just a bit ago from my patio.  These are the clouds over the mountains...I'm glad they're further away today!  I hate humidity!  Happy Sunday!




8.01.2012

Slowly coming together

Well, it's time for the inevitable.  Time to start thinking about going back to work.  I have left myself in quite a pickle with the amount of stuff I want to get done.  And I don't know if there is time to get it all done in all honesty.  I enjoyed my time off and didn't want to think about school.  And when I did, I did something and got it out of my system!  Now I am paying the price for it!

I've gone to school the last 2 days (Tuesday and Wednesday) and I will go again tomorrow.  I am feeling much better about my room, as I have changed a lot of things on the wall.  I have a ways to go, but it should be pretty quick once I get to it.  The hard part is done for the most part, now it's the little things that I want to do that won't really matter if they get done or not.  I took some pics today to show the progress of the room and the area that I worked on today.  Mind you, I was having printer issues left and right, so it's amazing I got done and didn't go nuts!


Labels for the "fun" stuff.  I have had them in the past, but I am changing up the color scheme to go with more neon colors.  80's anyone?


This will be either my focus wall or my comprehension wall or my author study wall.  I haven't figured it out yet!  I am leaning towards author study, so we will see!  :)  


Word Wall...it was too much work to take down the yellow paper, and it helped brighten the room!  I had half yellow half black, but then all are black except this one and another small one that I forgot!  I did put up new boarder...owls - SURPRISE!  


My calendar/poem/math board area.  It's where we sit for a good portion of the morning and afternoon.  


My calendar part - Printed and laminated - use a dry erase marker and it saves time and paper!  This is why I went with black...it can make a mess and no one sees it!  :)


My math board - lots of stuff we will do *most* days!  


My new wall for my rules.  We will focus on the main 3, but write out what each one looks like on color coordinating sentence strips!  


My clip chart...same as last year


My writing wall...I love this so much!  I have done it for 6 years now.  I put up their writing each Friday and keep it up all year.  For Open House, I put it together to show the parents how far their writing came.  It's a good reminder for me, too, for those kids who aren't quite where they  need to be.  


And, the view as I was leaving.  There is still a lot to be done, but it's getting there.  I have tomorrow to go in, and then I won't be back til Wednesday n ext week.  My baby starts 1st grade on Wednesday, so I want to spend Monday and Tuesday with her.  

In the meantime, I have a million things to do or that I want to get done.  At least the Olympics are there to keep me company!  Happy Wednesday!