Happy Weekend! I slept for almost eleven hours last night. That about sums up the week I had. Now you know.
Yesterday was an amazing day with my kids, though. New boy was absent so I got to relax a little. Sad, but true. You don’t want to know how new boy’s first math test went on Thursday.
You do? Really? Okay, picture this. We’ve got our privacy folders out, we’re as quiet as can be (minus the tapping of pencils, coughing, sneezing, “What number are we on?” and “I don’t understand the question.” and “He’s looking at my paper!”) and everyone is accomplishing the task at hand.
New boy shouted out “I need help!” a
million more than a few times and also shouted out the answers a million more than a few times, as well. I repeatedly said, “We don’t shout out the WRONG answers during a test only the right answers.”
It was EXHAUSTING. I ended up taking his test from him and I am apparently going to give it to him one-on-one when I have all the time in the world to do so.
We have been studying mammals in Science with a special focus on bears. This is completely supplemental and has nothing to do with our Science textbooks. But we teach Science in the afternoon so I have
complete authority a little bit more freedom during that time.
I use nonfiction books from our library and we study Black, Grizzly, Brown, Polar, Panda, and Sun bears. I’ve taught more bears in the past but I’m running out of time this year because of pesky things called standards, assessments, curriculum cops, and other such killjoys.
The hardest part for my kids is the fact that Polar bears hunt seals. They quickly got over it when I broke out into song.
“THE CIRCLE OF LIFEEEEEEEEEE!”
I think they laughed because it was so unexpected. I really doubt it had anything to do with my voice. They all think I should try out for American Idol and believe that I would win. It’s either that show or they think I could win So You Think You Can Dance (they are amazed at my choreography to YMCA).
We will be painting teddy bear t-shirts this week and it’s a big deal in first grade. Almost like a rite of passage, if you will. Then we’ll have a big Teddy Bear Day. We used to have a picnic but for several years in a row, the picnic was cancelled due to rainy weather, ashes from fires, or wind. Seriously. So I’ve stopped trying to have a picnic. But we do other stuff. I’ll tell you all about it. Obviously.
Here’s a little worksheet we completed about mammals at the very beginning of the unit:
Bears as Mammals
I hope someone can use it.
As for now, I am off to church. And then out to dinner. And then stopping by a friend’s house after that. That’s how I roll.
Tomorrow I have to work on my report cards. Grrrrr. Luckily, I have until Friday so it’s like I have loads of time if I get buried in blogs. Or books. I’m currently reading three. I’ve never done that before. I attribute this new found super power ability to blog stalking.
I hear it’s the Super Bowl, too. I have no idea who is playing. Is that anti-American? I’m sure we’ll turn it on but I will be otherwise occupied.
Enjoy the rest of your day!