Kinders and the first weeks of school

What to do with Kinders/1st grade the first week of school. Mmmmm

Those early lessons are always a dilemma for me. I’ve got a lesson planned using David Goes to School. I’m really happy with the lesson, but I’m thinking it might not have enough pop for the first week. I’d love for the kids to check out books. So, I’ve been digging, and I found this: Children’s Book Week: Kindergarten Style

What a great idea! Essentially kids are playing musical books (without anyone being eliminated). Kids are moving, exposed to a variety of books, and then they check one out. I think this one is a definite keeper.

56 days of summer – 14

Today is the 4th of July. American Independence. I watched a sad video where people could tell what they do on the day but not what the day represents. I was going to make a comment, but then I saw two posts in the few on the screen that bashed teachers for this lack of knowledge. I don’t know about you, but I did not need to go to school to know what we celebrate on July 4!

The day was not much different for me (since it is one of my summer days!). It was a beautiful day, so I read on the back deck for a while finishing Adrenaline. Then I:

  • Cut out letters for banners in the library.
  • Worked on the student page of the library website.
  • Got a few station activities started.
  • Cleaned out my desk and the office closet. (Which means a boatload of stuff for recycling and the shredder.)
  • Started looking over the assignment for the 5th grade math book.
  • Cooked out on the same deck 😉
  • Watched all of season 1 of The Paradise. This is a cute show if you haven’t looked at it yet. There are only 8 shows in the first season.
  • I also watched a movie called Today’s Special which was surprisingly funny. That was nice after I thought it might just be stupid. I’ve started too many shows or movies lately that just can’t hold my attention.

Beautiful rendition of The Star Spangled Banner

56 days of summer – 8

USDAFor those of you who like to count something about your food, this site has some great numbers.




slidesharenumbersLook at these view numbers! Always amazes me when I get a Slide Share update and I see numbers in the 10,000s for views.








Worked on the alphabetizing game started the other day. NOT finished yet 😉 Started a new book: Adrenaline