Okay, so after what I did yesterday, I am SUPER THANKFUL for my job at my wonderful school and I am SO HAPPY it’s located in an amazing setting. Here’s a pic:
Really nice, right? Yesterday, I spent the day with my best friend/teaching partner and her daughter because her daughter JUST GOT HIRED AT A CHARTER SCHOOL IN FIRST GRADE! And we went to help her set up her classroom. Except . . . um, well . . . how do I say . . . the school is in a mall? at a mall? inside the mall? The mall is slowly dying out but stores are still open and it’s . . . we walked through the mall to get to her classroom. I have no words. Except that I am SUPER THANKFUL for my job at my school which is not anywhere close to a mall (but is close to Target and Michael’s and Staples).
We talked school talk all day and I need your thoughts on Carpet Spots! I have always assigned my kids a spot on the carpet. I feel that wiggle worms need to be close to me so that I can
poke give them love taps to re-focus them. I like to put my higher level, responsible, tuned in Melissa Sue’s (this is a reference to Jon Antonetti’s workshop. Anybody know what I’m talking about? LOVED it and I’m a Melissa Sue) in the back. Then I sprinkle the other lovelies in between. So here’s where I need you. I don’t have that rainbow rug where every kid gets their own square. I don’t really have a rug for that area of my room because it’s already carpet and I just don’t. I don’t foresee myself buying one of those rugs either because I have priced them out and I’d much rather have IPods for the kids or maybe a clothes shopping spree for me!!! I have used masking tape in the past to “mark their spots” but this tends to come up and/or they play with it. I really want something that MARKS THEIR SPOT. It is constantly running around in my mind — what could I use?? Keep in mind, I can have up to 32 kids! Last year I had 5 rows with 6 kids crammed in each and then I think I squeezed 7 up on the front row (it was THAT kind of a class – more Bubba’s than Melissa Sue’s).
I’d love to hear how you do this. Or if you do this . . .
Again, I am SO SUPER HAPPY about where I work that I am sharing an easy little center for you. It’s black and white so you can just copy it on the copier . . . the kids have to “read” the pictures to really distinguish between short a, i, and o vowel sounds. The other two vowels will come later, I promise. I always run the pictures on colorful copy paper and the recording sheet on white. You can download it HERE.
By the way, a quick recap of the Bachelorette. I was not surprised about Ames. Is it just me or is he
odd interesting??? I think he would have needed to be on my front row if he was a first grader in my class. 🙂