Tuesday, October 29, 2013

I like your style...fall, family, and football

Hehehehe...  look at that...what a way to start the week! My kiddos really "like my style."  :)

It has been an eventful week, and I am a little later in my blogging than I usually am. No worries though...as usual, we are working hard on any number of amazing things, so this post will be a hodge podge of goodies for you.

Have I told you how much I love reading my kiddos' Reader's Notebooks? I have no doubt that I am repeating myself, but I just can't help it! Yes, it is an all consuming job at times, but boy does it create a strong connection between my readers and me. Sometimes they make me giggle, and sometimes they make me cry. Sometimes they make me frustrated, and sometimes they make me think. All of these things are the reasons that no matter how consuming it can all be...I LOVE this part of our reading workshop, and will not give it up. :)

Can you tell what we are revisiting in our classroom?! Whew...messy kiddos! We spent a few moments of our morning meeting activity cleaning up after ourselves. Personal responsibility for our surroundings is just not much fun sometimes, but we will keep on practicing until we get it right! 

This is one of my kiddos using an audio book during reading workshop. If you have not checked out AudioBooks.com, you really should as soon as you can. LOVE, LOVE, LOVE my AudioBooks.com!
I listen to books more than I do radio, and it has become very helpful to me in the classroom as well! I cannot even express the amazing books and narrators I have listened to lately. 

This little sweetie has earned 5 foot prints in her walking club! She is so proud!

Mrs. Whitt and I bought some sweets for our little sweetie with the broken arm. Hoping for a quick recovery for her!

See this! Whoo Hoo....this is my book-jumper finishing a book...without my nagging! I think we have found her niche in books!  Yes...this makes me smile!

Look at my precious girls! I just love getting a visit from former students. Friday night I stayed a bit late to plan for the upcoming week since I knew I would not be making it back over the weekend. As I worked, I got a message from my girls asking if they could stop by to say hello...our hello turned into a 30 minute visit!

It is Red Ribbon Week! Today was Tie-Dye day...I didn't manage to get a photo of my kiddos, but I did get one of Mrs. Whitt's cuties! Say peace out to drugs!


We are finishing up The Trumpet of the Swan by E.B. White, just a little behind schedule. The kiddos have truly enjoyed this story, and as we get closer to the end, the less they want me to stop reading. 

See my chunky attempt at a trumpeter swan... it will become the background for one our our Trumpet of the Swan anchors. We can only hope that most of his chunkiness will be covered once we finish the book. 

We have finished a perfectly creepy seasonal read! It is one of my all time faves...and no, I don't want to hear about how much I repeat that statement... this REALLY is a FAVORITE! Skeleton Man by Joseph Bruchac is a reluctant reader transformer! I can promise you that every year I have read this, I have pulled a boy or two (or three) into the magic of reading!  I have something else to share about this completely awesome and unforgettable folktale. I secretly love that the first chapter creeps out my kiddos. Now, please don't jump to conclusions and think that I am into frightening small children (usually ;). No matter how many ohs and ahs and oh-my-goshes and hows ~ they never, EVER want me to stop

We were sad to say goodbye to Molly, but we were all eager and happy to join the Mr. Terupt's class in Because of Mr. Terupt by Rob Buyea. I will be sure to share how the kiddos react the further we get into it. We are really enjoying so many different points of view as each chapter is narrated by a different character.

Well....told you it would be a hodge podge of information!

Now on to my delay in posting ...

This weekend we were kissed by fall, football, and family.

We enjoyed a wonderful visit from the grandparents, Poppa Joe and Grandma La. To just say that we had fun would be an understatement. It had been entirely too long since our last visit, but we made lots of great new memories and took tons of cute pics. I cannot wait until our next visit!

As usual...I will have to say goodnight...I am chomping at the bit to get in and finish the end of Allegiant by Veronica Roth! So close to the ending....I can't stand it! So with that, happy reading!

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  1. How sweet that your student "Likes your style." I love reading my kiddos reading responses. They make all the work worth it.

    When you finish Allegiant you will have to message me! I'm dying to talk to someone that finished it!

    1. OH my, Bethany! We have to chat about Allegiant! Not sure how I feel about that ending!!?? What about you?