Saturday, 12/21 Tis the season!!
Saturday, December 21, 2013
After weeks of turmoil and stress, today is here and it is a new, special time, almost a beginning. Yesterday was the last day of school until we return on January 6. That day will be an inservice day. I am honored to be doing two presentations again this year--they are both about children's picture books, one of my favorite topics in the whole world. I found a couple of new ones this past week and cannot wait to fit them into a teachable moment for some of my kids. The one I love the most is a beautiful book that won the Coretta Scott King award. I cannot think of the entire title, but it is the story of a girl who is feeling guilty because she was one of an entire class who shunned the new girl named Maya, who dressed in shabby clothing and wore raggedy shoes that weren't like the other kids. Nobody befriended Maya or played with her and that moved into laughing at her and making fun of her. The teacher taught a special lesson about kindness and made a comment about how even the smallest act of kindness could grow and become bigger than they realized. This lesson got through to the girl who made a resolve to be kind to Maya, but Maya was absent that day. As a matter of fact, Maya never returned to their school and several days or weeks later, the class found out that Maya wouldn't be coming back because her family "had to move." The girl laments never taking that first step to being kind and realizes that she will never have the chance to be kind to Maya and making her life more rich. This story reminds me of being picked at by everyone in the world because I was a "fat girl." This powerful picture book delivers a wonderful and strong message about an issue that adults as well as children need to understand. (I will get that title today and share it in the comment section under this blog.)
I finished my progress reports on Sunday. I worked on upgrading my student records with the kids--who needs to have that information more than them? They have a data folder and they actually do their records and a self-evaluation that is part of their "grading" for each quarter. I tested several third grade students to assist the third grade teachers in determining how the students are really functioning. I also created a gift for each student and included books that were at a level they could read, a book that they chose out of interest, an activity book, a magazine (Nickolodeon), a few small toys, and a candy cane. We had an appointment on Wednesday for Micah's IEP and it was a re-evaluation, that took the best part of an evening. I also worked at a Scholastic warehouse sale on Tuesday and Thursday evenings which got me $105 dollars in books that were all half-price or better. Needless to say, it is time for me to take a break...
But wait, Christmas is 3 days off. I have most of my shopping for gifts finished, but nothing is wrapped. Today, we work at the food pantry and after that several of my kids are coming to help wrap our gifts for about 4 hours. I spent last evening boxing gifts up so that nobody gets to see their surprises, Tomorrow, after church...I will go do grocery shopping. That way I can bake on Monday. Tuesday is Christmas Eve and I hope to have all of the little things wrapped up before lunch, so I can enjoy our church services and family time.
Right now, I need to go get dressed. I am stealing a tiny bit of time for SP--I'll hopefully be back this evening!
Have a wonderful weekend everyone!!