Happy Almost Friday! I’ve had a great week but I had to go to school every.single.day. This was no easy task, seeing as how I was just off for the last three weeks. It’s okay, though. The Calendar People really understood how hard this week would be so they made sure to schedule Monday for MLK, Jr. It’s wonderful. Just wonderful. Not to mention, I really like teaching about Martin Luther King, Jr. and I’ve found such great resources through all the blogs!
But really and truly, deep down, I’m just . . .
Can I be honest with you guys?
I’m just really excited to reunite with P.J. and Kelly and Guest Host. I can NOT wait. We got really close over the break and no one understands me like those three do. (and if you don’t know me all that well, P.J. is short for my pajamas)
Let’s get down to business. Besides the fact that this is the first week back after break, the Curriculum Cops have also visited every.single.day. During our Holier Than Thou Language Arts Block. We are all a little bit confused by it. Is this new procedure? Is this punishment? Is this probation? We really don’t know. Our team met yesterday and we decided that on most visits, the Curriculum Cops only get to see us transitioning. That’s all we do. Carpet, desks, carpet, desks, recess, carpet, desks, carpet, desks, lunch . . . ETC.
Except for today.
I did a great (if I do say so myself) ABC order activity with my kiddos (because it was part of my Houghton Mifflin curriculum) that was fun. I even said to myself this morning, “Self, today is going to be fun!”
So I introduced ABC order to my kids by having us line up in line order. Which is ABC order but most of them had no clue. They just think that’s their spot. Don’t mess with their spot. They become quite attached (this could be a reflection of me). We used the alphabet to determine why we were in this order. Then they realized the cubbies were in this order, too. SHOCKER.
Then I used the following ABC order cards to introduce a few sets at a time (no more than six cards).ABC Order Cards
They were very
loud excited about this. For the grand finale, I passed out sets to each table group and they worked together to put the cards into ABC order. Then we’d switch. It was one of those activities where the kids are standing up and smiling and buzzing and engaged (amongst cries of “That’s my card!” or “Give it back!”). It was really fun. I had fun.
I collected the cards and passed out the Houghton Mifflin worksheet for independent practice (and assessment, I guess).
That’s when the Curriculum Cops came in.
They were happy to see the curriculum being utilized but if you ask me, they missed the best part (but those cards aren’t H.M. so that was a close one! I knocked as soon as they left!)
Next week, I’m going to throw the cards into a center and use this for a recording sheet:
So . . . that was my day. Now I’m off to bible study where I will learn more about my OLW: WALK
By the way, I walk(ed) yesterday. All the way to the hub’s car and then we drove to see my niece play basketball and followed THAT up with dinner with the whole family. It was wonderful. And I’m pretty darn proud of myself because when it comes to things during the week, I’d rather come straight home from school, say hi to PJ and hit the couch. Anyone with me?
Leave me some bloggy love if you grab these or just stop by and tell me how your day was! 🙂