Oh, the plans I had for blog posts this week.
I laugh at those plans.
Ha. Ha. Ha.
I laugh at myself for my Can Do Attitude.
Ha. Ha. Ha.
School started. New first graders showed up. The bell rang.
And then it hit me.
I have new first graders. Who came from half day kindergarten. Who have to stay all day.
And there are TWENTY-NINE OF THEM (it was supposed to be thirty, but one didn’t show up) and I am but a wee little teacher who actually thinks she can blog and join linky parties and take pictures for a classroom reveal post IN THE SAME WEEK THAT THIS IS ALL TAKING PLACE.
Like I said.
Ha. Ha. Ha.
So here I am because Kerry, my twin, called me saying she needed an update even though we talked Sunday night, Monday night, last night, and this morning.
This is not the linky party I wanted to join. This is also not my Classroom Reveal, which isn’t much so don’t go getting excited. I think I should call it the Classroom That Is Squished With Desks And Bulletin Boards And Backpacks Taking Up All The Space And Chairs Pushed Out So That I Trip On Them And Look At All Of The Scraps Of Paper That Are Always On The Carpet Photographs instead of my Classroom Reveal.
Here is an update:
I started school on Monday. We didn’t do anything except talk about rules, and walk back and forth from the playground in a way that was so far removed from two straight lines that I can’t even think what to call it. A cloud? A mess? A crowd? A paint splatter?
On Tuesday we worked on making two straight lines and getting in our number order. Although they don’t know they have numbers yet. So they had no clue what I was doing, but I promised that when they finally did it right, I would fall over.
I had to fall over two times.
In a skirt.
Luckily, I am short and so the skirt was long and so it was entirely appropriate.
Today, we tried to dive into curriculum.
Tried being the key word.
Is it still a mini lesson if it lasts for six minutes, but four of those minutes involved saying I can’t read a story right now, put that back, you can’t bring that with you to the carpet, turn around, please keep your hands to yourself, can you wait to go to the bathroom, no, it’s not recess time yet, don’t put your gold tag in your mouth, and please sit like a first grader?
We did get to Miss Kindergarten’s Play-doh Sight Word Mats – we played with the play-doh first (just free exploration) and then I taught them how to make snakes to fill in the sight words and they worked so quietly on their mats. It was heaven. Now they will know exactly what to do when they go to that center in small groups. Whenever that is. December?
We also worked on Stencil Writing, too. The kids loved it and oohed and aahed.
We also made it through two math lessons.
Really. We did.
The kids are absolutely adorable, eager to please, excited about everything . . . it should be very easy to get them into a routine. It’s just going to take practice.
Like every other year.
Tomorrow is my Back to School Night. Which is called Parent Information Night. Otherwise known as PIN. Which means I give two back-to-back presentations in my classroom in front of the parents telling them all about first grade and what to expect and I talk reallyreallyreally fast and can’t wait for it to be over.
So now I need to go prep for that.
And that’s what they call . . . The First Week of School In The Life Of A Blogger That Still Makes Time For The Housewives And Big Brother.