I have been missing in action due to lots of fun travel. We went to a wedding celebration, to our land in Homer, and then to teaching inservice. I found out the last week of August that I was heading back into the classroom. We had to hustle to recreate our family schedule. Now I have the funny combination of teaching part time in a classroom and part time as a homeschool coordinator. I thought it would be an odd mix, but after 1 week I am really liking the combination. They both fit well together and the in classroom time keeps me fresh and excited about how young children learn.
Our school was renovated this summer, well I should say, it is still under construction. I was able to get into my classroom the day before school started, and had to hustle to get things moved back in.
Here is a photo of my clean slate. The windows were not even installed yet.
The room used to be a highschool room and now it is my multiage K-2 room. All the bulletin boards and white boards are too high for the kids to reach. That is a bummer, and even more so since the construction crew rehung everything without asking for our opinions as to height etc... I am going to make some stepping stools so the kiddos can reach.
We are kicking off the year with a David Shannon Author Study. I love incorporating author studies into our day. It is such a great way to learn how to analyze books. I am amazed at the level of analysis that even the youngest child can do when they compare books by the same author. David Shannon has some hysterical (well K-3 hysterical) books. My students are loving them already.
This is one of my favorite books to use for author studies.