Just had my 4th day of school. It was another great day!!! I love my kids! :) I feel so blessed - I'm holding my breath waiting for . . . actually, I'm not sure what I'm waiting for. I honestly don't think any of these cuties will throw a chair. :) I also can NOT get over how sweet my boys are. Out of all 31, if I HAD to pick a stinker (and that's stretching it), my stinker is a GIRL. But she has some . . . issues and it's not her fault. Picture Pippi Longstocking. That's her. Cute as a button, hair every which way, mismatched this and that . . . beats to her own drum. Which is why she might stink up the place every once in awhile. But not in a bad way! :)
Anyways, we have our PIN (parent information night) this Thursday! I put out volunteer sign ups then. I always have TONS of parent volunteers. It's hard to fit them all in and still get a bit of just "me" time. I mean, I'm with the kids, but sometimes I just want it to be "me". And the kids. Do you ever feel like that? Or do you love volunteers? I have found that some are better than others. I can't stand it when they talk loud. Really? REALLY? Can't you see from our noise level chart (thank you, Katie at Little Warriors!) that we are on Level 2??
How do you utilize your parent volunteers? Here are some of the opportunites I offer my parents.
Homework helper - every Friday (puts together packets, empties the folders, stuffs folders, etc)
Library helper - every Tuesday (helps kids find a choice book and an AR book)
Parent Readers - every day but Friday (pulls kids one on one to hear them read their guided reading book or AR book)
Special Events - parties, teddy bear day, painting t-shirts, making banana bread, etc.
Workbook help - tearing out the pages from all of our workbooks, sorting them, etc. TEDIOUS
AR help - helping kids log on to the computer, etc.
I feel like that is A LOT of opportunities. But maybe not. What do you do???
I also feel like blogging is MUCH HARDER to do now that I'm back at school. All I want to do is read all of your blogs but I have to go write my professional goals (yep - they're due this Thursday because my principal believes piling on all things at once. Makes us stronger. You should see my biceps), half day sub plans for Friday morning (oh yeah - we have our First Grade planning meeting with our principal about our new extended forever long Houghton Mifflin curriculum block aka "INTEGRITY TO THE CORE"), and polish up my PIN packet because, like I said, it's THIS THURSDAY. I have a lot to do. But I know all of you do, too!!! I hope I get to teach somewhere in there.
OH and I have to watch Bachelor Pad!!!!! :) :) :) :) :)