Greetings friends. Yes, I am still alive. I don't know about you, but man the beginning of the year is killer. We just wrapped up week four. Four weeks sounds like a long time but it really has went by fast with minimal sleep for sure. I have wholeheartedly thrown myself into the success of building my class family. I firmly believe that if you spend the first month of school earning trust, building relationships, and instilling structure…the rest of the year should be a piece of cake.
This year I have 14 boys and 8 girls. Y'all, that's a lot of boys and they are 100% boys. They want to chase each other and kick under the table. They are always looking for a party and I keep telling them that the party is on the playground. Ha! They are all good kids though. We are just experiencing a few growing pains. One day last week I wrote in 14 folders. Yes, you read that correctly, 14. I gave warnings and then they had to immediately bring me their notebooks. I won't hesitate to stop what I am doing and call a parent either. It's super important that they understand that I mean business. There is a time to work and a time to play. The next day (after writing in 14 notebooks) I invited everyone who hadn't gotten a note on their calendar to have lunch with me in our room too. I think it's important to reward those great choices immediately. Children don't have a great concept of time and need immediate feedback to make connections. Needless to say, things were much better for the remainder of the week. I don't share this because I want anyone to think I am a hard butt (because I am totally NOT) but because I don't want you to feel guilty about standing your ground. It is way easier to soften than to try and all of the sudden become strict when you lose control. My students know that I love them and want what's best for them. We have loads of fun but nothing can be accomplished if we can't maintain control and focus.
This year my parents are AH-MAZING!! I think we have enough donated snacks and Star Jar treasures to last a few months. Y'all, that never happens. I don't know what to do with myself. AND, our book order was big enough for me to get enough points to get each student THREE books…as in they get to take them home and keep them forever and ever. My teammate (who I want to be like when I grow up) does that. She tries to give each student a book each month. I didn't think it was possible but it totally is.
So much has transpired in the last month and I have tons to share, but too much for one post. I wanted to share a few pictures though.
On the 10th day, we celebrated with Zero the Hero. My kids LOVED him. I forgot to take a picture but he brought five circle puzzles and five straight whistles. Together they made the shape of the number ten. We will celebrate the 20th day tomorrow.
This last fine motor center allows students to put toothpicks in a salt shaker.
That's all I will share for today. Lots of good things to come this year and I am excited.
Oh, before I go..I have to share. My son was voted Freshman Prince for homecoming this year. We are so excited. Here is a picture of him and the Freshman Princess. They have been friends since they were four years old and he cares a lot about her. I was so happy to get to make this sweet girl a mum.
Oh, one more thing…I think this will be the last thing. Maybe.
Have you checked out my shirt shop lately? I added several spirit shirts to get us all football ready. If you use the code 2SHIP, you FREE shipping through Sept 22nd. The glitter is so pretty! Click the pictures to take you to the store!
That's all I have for now…for reals. I promise to be back soon!
Love and virtual hugs!