Happy Saturday! It was thundering here earlier but no rain yet. I would LOVE some rain right about now.
Yesterday was our Patriotic Assembly. Lots of parents, police officers, firefighters, and women and men of the military. We sang, listened to poems recited by upper graders, had a moment of silence, and sang some more. I really wish I could tell you that it was moving and meaningful. But to be completely honest . . . it was hard to feel all of the emotions that I needed to when I had 30 kiddos telling me that they were hot and thirsty about 30 times each. I also got a lot of "When is it over?" "Is it almost over?" We had made cute headbands to wear and these headbands barely resembled anything but trash about halfway through. Between me spraying them down with a spray bottle and their own sweaty brows, they basically disintegrated!
As you can see, it's a big deal. It lasted right up until about recess time. And believe you me, we were all fired up about possibly not getting it . . . since we had sat outside in the sun for almost two hours already. TIME TO PLAY! The powers that be let us play all day!!! (well, at least we had every recess)
Our church is having a big thing tomorrow to remember 9/11 so that will make up for yesterday. I DID feel bad for the kids - it WAS really hot. And meanwhile, I had parents standing in the shade behind us AND hanging out in MY air conditioned classroom drinking all kinds of cold drinks. I was jealous. And a little annoyed with myself that I had not locked my door. I didn't even know some of the parents in there. FOR REAL. Which reminds me that a couple of years ago during this assembly, one of my parents took her toddler into my room. I didn't know until she came out and asked me if I had a stapler. Hmmm. A stapler. In my classroom. Pretty sure that's a yes. However, she needed the stapler because her toddler tore some borders down off of my bulletin boards. You know, the border that I used a LEVEL to staple up on the wall????!! As I type this, I am just now thinking that I am a bonehead. You think THAT would have taught me to lock my door. DUH.
To combat inclement weather schedules, Reagan over at Tunstall's Teaching Tidbits told me about a TV program called Adventure to Fitness. It is perfect for Indoor Recess! I'm on board! I'm excited! I google. I search. I find. I begin to create my account and guess what? California is not on the list of states to choose from. There are only 43 states listed. I do NOT get this. I am about to say that I am from Texas and use my sister's school. She is not a teacher there but her kids go there. I mean, honestly! Do they think Californians only exercise outside? I just do NOT get it. If you know anything about this, please help me. Poor Reagan. I've already emailed her about this - I don't know what I expected her to do but I just needed to vent to someone. This is now my new obsession. I need this program. I MUST HAVE THIS. I even want it for regular old PE. We don't have PE teachers so this program could be my PE teacher. SIGH SIGH SIGH.
My agenda for today is to stay in my pjs and blog and stalk and eat and maybe nap and watch a movie. Husband's on board, too. :) I made some cute mini bookmarks for my AR sign ups in the classroom. This is a fantastic management idea from my friend Heather (Hi Heather!) who just went on maternity leave. She had her 4th baby boy on Thursday!! I am happy for her but I am going to miss her while she is gone. She is promising lots of lunches so that is making me feel better. Anyways, when my kids are ready to take a test, I have them sign up on the whiteboard under the sign "AR Sign Up". Pretty clear. But it's not that easy. First, they really have to dwell and agonize over which color expo marker to use to write their name. Second, they have to try to write their name in cursive. And then rewrite it. Third, they have to argue with the person behind them or in front of them that they are next. YES, they ARE. And on and on. So Heather made some mini bookmarks, stuck a magnet on them, and passed them out to the kids. Now they grab their magnetic mini bookmark from their pencil box, slap it up on the whiteboard and only argue about whether or not they were next. So I had to copy Heather and I'm trying this out on MONDAY. :) I couldn't copy Heather exactly, though, because she's at home with a cute little baby so I made my own. AND I found OWLS! I don't know if you know this but I love owls! Although if a live one were to come within two feet of me, I'd freak out and probably throw my purse at it. They freak me out in real life, as do pretty much anything else that flies around and could poop on you from above and/or make a nest in your hair.
But these owls are pretty darn cute!
I am off to stalk some of your blogs now! :)