Friday, October 19, 2012

Daisies for a Friend and Chickens To The Rescue

Ahhhh Fall Break, a wonderful time of year.  It's a great time to catch up on lots of things I've been putting off like cleaning off the top of my desk.  It was starting to look like a mountain.  This week was a wonderful week.  My kids have fallen into a nice easy routine and at the moment all seems well.  I have a class of terrific writers and this week we have been writing, writing writing.  I pulled out my old favorites to spark some writing, Chickens To The Rescue and Pigs To the Rescue by John Himmelman.  And boy, did the kids take off.  Here are a few pictures showing their work.  This class really had fun with it.  We worked for several days and some kids wrote 8-10 chicken or pig problems.  They could make their own little books.
I video taped my kids reading their Monday journal entry.  They are all super writers.  It's always nice to see each child confidently reading what they wrote.
 We started our kidblog (online blog for kids) and I encourage family members and friends to leave comments for my kids.  Kidblog is a great way to provide an audience for your students.  When I just checked it I noticed several of my students have been back on the blog leaving comments for their friends.  Oh I have a wonderful class!  Check out our first entries.

My colleague and friend is recovering from surgery and will start chemo for cancer soon.  I miss her terribly.  She is always the bright sunshine on our first grade team.  I'm not sure what we will do all year without her.  Her favorite flower is a daisy and so on Wednesday I had my class create little daisies with acrylic paints and they came out beautifully.  It was so easy that I plan on teaching the whole first grade. We will be putting all the little paintings together with a photograph of all the kids.  We are hoping that this will represent a bit of sunshine in my friends day over these next long months.

  I know I'm not an art teacher but I love having my kids create with different mediums. 

Next week we will have our pumpkin party on Friday.  We will play several games and eat a few treats. We are looking forward to visiting again with our skype buddies from Iowa.  Check out Morning Sun Elementary to meet our friends.  Here's Mrs. Hilton's fantastic blog.

Remember to be kind!

1 comment:

  1. Oh my goodness! Where do I start...I LOVE your kids' chickens and pigs to the rescue writing! So cute!! I LOVE, LOVE the daisy paintings. They are my favorite flower and the colors are beautiful! Kid art is adorable, isn't it?! :) I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE the video of your kiddos reading their journal entries! (I think I'll steal that idea!)

    We are looking forward to our Skype visit next week, too! My kids are VERY excited to start "Blogging Buddies" as they have gone completely crazy over blogging! Most of them even spent their Friday Fun Time in the computer lab today sending each other comments on our Kidblog instead of playing games. ( Insert Mrs. Hilton's smile here!! :) )

    Have a great weekend, friend!! :)