One full day left until we head back to school! I will miss sleeping in, definitely, but I am pretty excited to go back!!! Remind me that I said this at 6:30 AM on Thursday..............
Today I went with my cousins, Kelley and Lisa (check out their photo blogs!), to clean up and organize my room a bit. I'm excited about Clutter-Free Classroom's organizing challenge that will start up soon, so we went in today to get a head start, and also to get some little activities and things ready for Thursday and the following days.
The most important project of the day was my giant metal cabinet in my coatroom. Before today it was PACKED, and I mean packed - like things fell out when I opened it. I've mentioned before about the previous teachers and their hoarding tendencies, and this was no exception! I wish I would have taken a "before" picture, but here is the after picture!
They also got my hallway ready for New Year's resolutions! And helped make samples of Reagan's math quilts for January! I am going to die from the cuteness when we do them, seriously. I should have taken a picture... oh wells. You will see the finished product soon enough!!
I also made benchmark books from Reading A-Z so I can complete one of my own resolutions - figuring out my students' reading levels!! As I was copying and assembling those bad boys, I was thinking that the books seemed really hard for the levels they were supposed to be! I guess we'll give it a shot!
Last thing - a while back, I read about XtraMath on Kristen's blog.
I asked the kids to work on XtraMath over the winter break, and I've had 2 girls practicing. I'm trying to think of a good way to reward them without making the other students feel bad.... because I know it probably was not their fault that they didn't practice, considering they are 5 and 6 years old! Any suggestions??