I'm a thief.
I stole that title.
From a dear friend, even.
Hopefully, Kristin does not mind.
Why reinvent the wheel? I say.
I'm joining Doodle Bugs Teaching - FINALLY!
I actually have 5 things to share for the week.
5 things of which I took pictures!
Peeps, that NEVER happens.
Although I took pictures (AND recorded audio... I'm telling you, I was ON it this week people!), I wasn't on time with my post. It's Saturday peeps, not Friday. Someone told me after school Fridays are for enjoying pizza and wine (or diablo margaritas) - I totally agree and digress. The point is, I have a reason, however lame, for "borrowing" Teeny Tiny's creative title.
Here's a bit of my week.
I have a lot to say about this - so I'll save it for a later post.
I cannot handle the sound of 30 voices anymore. It's horrible. I think it's because I'm getting old. My patience for that "noise" is rice paper thin! (What's thinner than rice paper? It's more like that thin.)
My friends Christy and Tammy over at Fluttering Through First Grade have the best solution ever in their Listen Up! Auditory Activities. Each and every time we do these, I am provided with the ABSOLUTE BEST - BEST! way to assess their listening and following directions skills ANNNNNNNDDDDDD an extremely peaceful room for a good 10 minutes.
I wish I could say I relaxed, feet up, sipping coffee while the kiddos do this. But I don't. I walk around and marvel. Seriously. These activities are VERY telling. They are the PERFECT thing to share with parents during conferences, too.
Also... they require QUIET. Ahhhhhhh.
We were able to pull a few more sight words off our word wall this week. The kiddos are so great at this and LOVE that they do so well with 21 words! I think I enjoy their excitement over taking this "test" more than they do! It's so fabulous.
Some of us are not quite ready for all 21 of the words to come off the board. The word TAKE posed a problem for 8 of them. Honestly, this shocked me. Doing these types of random, off the cuff, types of assessments are my favorite. They don't hurt the kids, take very little time, can be done whole group and totally help guide my instruction.
So - a few of us are heading back to some silent e practice.
Raining Cats and Dogs is one of the kiddos' FAVORITE writing lessons and craftivities. We had a few more kitties this year than last - but the pups still won by a landslide. We are dog people in my room. :)
Looking for an introduction to expressions/idioms? (Awesome ELL writing/grammar support) This little resource is so much fun.
Our house is surrounded by open nature - both behind us and in front of us.
Seemed fabulous to us when we bought the place. Nothing in the way of our view (besides smog). Hills behind us. Mountains in front of us. Perfect.
BUT we are in the way.
We are in the way of nature. Tarantulas, coyotes, snakes, rabbits, gophers, and all sorts of wildlife use those empty fields. They like to go back and forth, to and fro, travel here and there... and we are in.the.way.
So they go through our yard.
Our dogs are not too fond of this form of nature's traffic. The boxer is always on the lookout for the next intruder. The hound dog looks forward to the next "toy" that rambles in.
They decided to tussle with a skunk this week.
So did my house. Those dear pups came INSIDE immediately after their skunk encounter.
I N S I D E!
It was sad.
It was smelly.
It IS everlasting.
How was yours? Anything eventful?
Have a fabulous Easter Sunday peeps! Enjoy your family! Avoid the skunks.