Writing and I Don't Know My Kids

We had our annual Patriot's Day Assembly today.  The weather really cooperated and was practically overcast and cool we didn't feel like we were laying out on top of the ACTUAL BLAZING SUN.  So instead of listening to my kids say that they're hot and tired and thirsty, we actually all listened to the choir sing.  And then we actually had a moment of silence.

We practiced having a moment of silence yesterday.

Just for fun, we practiced multiple times.  It was a lovely lesson.  Quite peaceful.

I meant to send home Jodi's September 11 letter (Fun in First), but I forgot.  Dang it.  So I'm FOR SURE doing it next year.  I wonder why I forgot?  I had the most relaxing day.  No one had a nose bleed.  Everyone's hair was intact and the same length that they came to school with when they left for the day.  And I got my afternoon nap when one of them went on and on and on and on and on about his mom who was going to have surgery because she has too much fat on her legs and no matter what she does, it won't go away, and so they are going to cut it off.  CUT IT OFF.  


So apparently, progress reports are due THIS FRIDAY.


No, they're not, I said.

That's crazy, I said.

Cut it out, I said.  (I had just had this strange dream about cutting stuff out.)

But nope.  It's true.  We have been in school for 6 weeks already.  

Do I know my kids?

Sort of.

I mean I know that a couple of them are lefties.  And a couple of them are twins.  And a lot of them are super cute.  And most of them seem to like me a lot.  

But do I know them?


That's a toughie.

Especially when it comes to writing because I've been guiding them.  You know.  Helping.  Sound it out, I say.  And then I sound it out.  I'm really good at sounding out.

So we are going to have a Writing Assessment tomorrow.  

I shared this last year, but maybe you weren't around.

So feel free to grab it.

It helped me last year.

And I'm hoping it helps me this year.

Click {HERE} to grab it.

I am not going to help my kids with this assessment.


I'm not.

And I'm only tying THREE pairs of shoes tomorrow.  

Okay, maybe FIVE, but that's all.

PS  I almost forgot!  Did you watch Bachelor Pad????  Can you believe the ending?!?!  I was DYING with flabbergastedness.  I was all alone (hubby downstairs does not understand my need for this show) in my bed and I thought to myself, "Self!  Why didn't you have a VIEWING PARTY"?  I was talking to myself and the TV and Nick and Michael - and then there were Blakely and Tony . . . I mean, I think Chris Harrison finally nailed it when he said "the most dramatic season finale ever!"  NAILED IT!

Now I'm wishing I'd Talked About It Tuesdays . . . :(


  1. We have a moment of silence during the pledges everyday but I think it would be an excellent idea to practice tomorrow....several times. =)

    In my district K and 1st don't have any progress reports the first 9 weeks and I am so happy about that. Complete Sadsville for you. =(

    I don't think I have tied a single pair of shoes since school started. Maybe you can try the idea of the Yellow Pages and have friends they can call to help them. =)

    Heather's Heart

  2. I wish more of my kids wore velcro...can I ask for that on my supply list? I love the assessment! Thanks for sharing.

    Terri Izatt

  3. You are so hilarious! I love the cutting off the fat! That's a perk of teaching- all the hilarious stories we get to hear (wouldn't their parents die!).

  4. Hysterical. You crack me up! I can't wait to read more from you!! You are a real hoot!! So glad I visited! I am a new follower!
    Amy Howbert
    Little Miss Organized

  5. You are the funniest lady ever! I just laughed and laughed at your post. :)

    I wish I could have SEVERAL moments of silence everyday and all I'm teaching is writing to our firsties! But it's three leveled classes, so by the time our "green(low) chimps" get to me... they and I are tuckered out. Perfect time for a moment of silence. :)

    Thanks for making me laugh! I'm off to check out your assessment.

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  6. Sometimes I conveniently "ignore" untied shoelaces while kids are playing with them. It saves me from having to do it for them! I'm not a huge fan of tying shoes.

    Congrats on the moments of silence practice! I feel like sometimes I wish I knew my kids a bit better too. It's normal!

    Miss A's Kindergarten

  7. Practicing a moment of silence could become a daily ritual. You need to have an army of children to tie shoes for you. They are in first grade, there has to be at least one who can tie all 30+ pairs of shoes. Thanks for re-sharing the freebie! I love it. Can't wait to hear how it goes without your help. Hope it goes well!

    Pixy Stix and Teacher Tricks

  8. I miss your class!! I'm going to come visit again soon!

  9. I put a little laminated poster up that is titled Shoe Tying Experts. During a recess students prove that they can tie their shoes (quickly) and then sign their name to the poster. When a shoe needs tying I tell them to ask an expert. :)

    Loved Bachelor Pad.......cah-ra-zeeeeeeee!

    ~ Christy

  10. I am only posting to talk about Bachelor Pad.... because it was totally crazy... and I could not believe it. I literally was stunned. I had guessed the proposal.
    But Nick pulled a fast one... I kinda thought he might have picked keep when they showed a preview of Rachel freaking out. Can you imagine Rachel's shock! First she gets dumped my Michael then she gets zero dollars.
    I wonder what this all says about Nick's character? I wonder if he will ever be able to show up to any Bachelor/Bachelorette reunions/parties?
    Did you hear that there won't be another season until January? Chris said it really quickly at the end. I am bummed. No talk about it tuesdays for a long time.

  11. I'm happy to hear you say you don't necessarily know all about your kids at week six yet because a week from today we have our first parent teacher conferences. And it will only be- wait for it- week FOUR of school!! Day 15 with the kids to be exact. I think it's absurd! In any case -this writing assessment will give me SOMETHING to talk about with them other than their beginning of the year DRA and their overall cuteness factor. So thank you times a million for posting!

    ❤ -Stephanie
    Falling Into First

  12. Okay,
    1.We did red white and blue today for Patriot's Day. Very nice.:-)
    2. None of my kids' moms would have lipo; I hear more about tattoos... statistically... :-)
    3. I was glad Rachel didn't get the money! She balked at Nick the whole time! And whats-her-bucket who is with Kaylon (?) Is going to be dumped as badly as she was before she went on Bachelor the first time! She doesn't pick well...and God bless my husband for "watching" it with me (while doing work on his laptop,albeit...) but he won't watch RHNJ with me--he has his limits!

    Patty So

  13. I just finished interims last night - ours go home Friday as well...since all but 3 are below grade level, I just copied and pasted this into 15 interims..lol
    "It is so wonderful to have _______ in our class. I am so excited to see all that she can achieve this year. She is reading below grade level, but I know with the desire she has, she will succeed! Continue to work her at home and we continuously work with her at school."


    poof - done!

    ♥ Jen
    The Teacher's Cauldron

  14. I just printed off your worksheets and gave the puppy to my 3y5m who is ecstatic about coloring it in. She bugs me for school all the time. Thanks so much.

    The Paper Maid

  15. Thanks for the cute assessment! As for tying shoes...I use a shoe-tying club. I have a big poster that looks like a shoes and once they can tie their shoe, do my jingle and it STAYS tied,they get to sign the shoe (in the hallway for all to see) and they get a membership card. Its always helped my lil guys speed along. Except for the one year that I had a lil person asking when our club meets....lol

  16. The bachelor pad was crazy! I didn't watch it monday because I was too tired from my firsties and watched it last night. I had to avoid all media just in case someone told me the ending! I can't believe Nick got the whole way and I feel sorry for her! I was also so excited to see the proposal!

    Shoelaces... I say 'ask three before me' and I have shoe tying experts, because I hate tying shoes!

  17. Darling assessment! As always- your blog posts always start my day with a good laugh!

    Granny Goes to School

  18. Please let me tell you about the silence in my classroom today! So I get a new kid today. ( Mom walks him down to class (second grade) and asks, "Can I speak to you for a minute?" Sure, of course I say. "Well he is usually medicated for ADHD, but we are out of pills so I hope he is not too bad for you today." No worries I say, we'll be fine. He'll fit right in with the other ADHD friends in my room. So, we get him breakfast and some supplies. Then we get on with our day, and my teaching. I notice his eyes are getting heavy, so I lower my voice. And he's out. Sound asleep on his desk for over an hour!!I say he must have been tired from the long drive from Florida to NY. He replies, "No. I have been in New York for a while. I have been home playing my xbox. We don' have cartoons yet." WOW.
    And yes, that was a great bachelor pad! At first I couldn't believe Nick did KEEP. But he did make some really good points. I do feel bad for RAchel, she had some pretty tough luck this show. But she looked like a fool yelling at him and demanding a reason why. I thought he fully explained the why. What do you think?

  19. Knew nothing of the whole Bachelor Pad debacle... but it sounded like a horrendous mess from all the talk "around the water cooler".

    Thanks for the assessment. Love it!

  20. We are only in week 2. I barely know my kids. I only know that I am exhausted!! Glad we don't have progress reports until the end of November. Maybe I'll figure it all out by then.
    Funky First Grade Fun

  21. Hi Kristin, I came by the other day and got a copy of your Writing Assessment. My 3 year old loved the puppy.

    I just did a post for show and tell with it included. Then I posted a link back here for others to follow. Thanks so much.

    The Paper Maid

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