Saturday, August 11, 2012

Time Flies

Where did the summer go? I am torn between wanting to jump back into the swing of things and wanting to hang out at home enjoying lazy summer days. That is certainly what today has been - LAZY! Time to get up and get moving before I have wasted the whole day!

This time of year I always have plans rolling around in my head ~ even on lazy days! Thinking of the first day with my new fourth graders, I decided on today's picture book, Scaredy Squirrel by Melanie Watt. 

My goal every year is to create a fun and safe place to learn, a place where every student is comfortable enough to step out into the unknown - something that cute little Scaredy Squirrel is just too afraid to do.

Scaredy Squirrel by Melanie Watts
This is always a student favorite (a teacher favorite too, but they all are it seems lol.) There is something silly and lighthearted about Scaredy Squirrel and his minute by minute schedule and list of fears. My kiddos are eager to find out if Scaredy will make it out of his tree. We refer back to Scaredy often as we talk about taking risks and being comfortable with our choices. Scaredy becomes our poster child for stepping outside our comfort zone and trying new things.

1 comment:

  1. Cute idea...I think I may have to use that book too. I'm your newest follower. I found you on the 4th grade link on Oh'Boy 4th Grade.

    Tales From Rm 17!