Oh I just love a Winter Break. Here's why:
i ) No evening rush to get homework done, dinner on the table, baths, books, bed
ii ) Time to watch mindless tv and let the kiddos play not-so-mindless video games
iii) Time to read to self, read to others
iv) Pajamas 'til...
v) Time to think
Come to think of it, just vi) time in general with the family
But alas, all good things must come to an end. Fortunately we have a VERY short week to ease us back into the routine.
Here's my brief week in pre-view:
My Friends with Autism Class: We will be doing some poetry writing over the next several weeks, concentrating on animals. I'm not sure exactly what I'll be doing but it will probably involve the use of the Smartboard which they love!! I'll be sure to share what I create.
Kindergarten - This week we examine another Caldecott possibility entitled Step Gently Out. After I read this book to them, they will create a drawing of something very close up. I really hope that at least ONE of the books I've selected wins the Caldecott or an Honor. Those Kinders will be very disappointed in me if I mess this up! : )
First - I, er, uh, don't actually have a plan for my firsties yet. I do, however, have a MEGA cart filled with new books. My teacher work day will include selecting varies book talk titles. I love seeing their faces when I introduce new just right books for them to pick!
First/Second - My mixed grade will be beginning their study of poetry, as are several other of the grades. I just LOVE introducing students to poetry. It's funny because until poetry and books of poems are introduced to them, my poetry books are largely ignored. But once I work my librarian magic: zounds! Bare shelves! Have any super suggestions for this age group?
|Example of a Jake Maddox book. EEEK!|
Third - My third graders are also starting their poetry study. I'll be concentrating on the Haiku form with them over the next several weeks, so I will begin with the book Wabi Sabi by Mark Reibstein, illustrated by Ed Young.
|Wabi Sabi by Mark Reibstein, Art by Ed Young|
Fifth - Fifth grade will be continuing their blogging project by commenting on book recommendations made by students at another school in our county. That is...if I can manage to swindle my way into the computer lab this short week!
What does your week look like?