Saturday, September 1, 2012

Finally feeling caught up!

I feel like I've been a completely neglectful blogger lately, but this was definitely one of the busiest beginnings ever! I hope you will all forgive me! My daughter started Kindergarten and my son is now in junior high. I had a friend who had heart surgery the first Friday of school and a friend who had brain surgery just two days ago.Our schedule this year is crazy busy and a little choppy so it makes getting things done a little harder than usual. It seems like we've had little mini meetings every other night after school. Add all of that to the normal craziness of the first few weeks of establishing rules, procedures in Kindergarten, a Zero Hero visit, two tornado drills, two fire drills, four intruder drills, a substitute when I attended a field trip with our upper elementary students, a co-worker on maternity leave, a guest reader, three student birthdays and getting to know students and their personalities and abilities and I've just been plain exhausted! Oh, I've been teaching, too! :)

Here are a few of the things we've been up to since the start of school.

 Kissing Hand Cookies for the first day of school

Zero Hero flew in from Zero Planet! He flies in every 10th day through Day 100. Each time he comes, he brings an item that is shaped like a zero that the kids have to guess using 'big questions'. For example, is it something you can eat? I'll try to write a post sometime that includes all the items we use. This time, he brought us colored reinforcement circles that was money on Zero Planet. We usually use it as jewelry, but I messed up writing what it was on the Post-it for Zero Hero. Oopsie!

Braxton, our school's pet therapy dog, came for a visit with our Counselor.
I received a super sweet thank you card from a Kindergarten teacher in Joplin who wrote to thank me on behalf of her fellow teachers for sharing ideas after the tornado. It made my day!
My wonderful friend, Lisa from Teaching Kindergarten Kiddos, emailed author Elizabeth Schoonmaker (above) about using her book Square Cat in her classroom during a unit on 2D shapes. Lisa then gave Elizabeth my information and she so kindly offered to send me an autographed copy of her book, along with an autographed copy to giveaway to a lucky reader. I was beyond thrilled! Be watching for a giveaway soon! Here's a link to how Lisa incorporated the book with her student's square projects.

If you can't wait for the giveaway, head on over to Amazon to order your copy! 

Super, duper, sweet Shannon from Kindergarten Hoppenings, sent me her Monster's Unit out of the blue! It was such an incredibly sweet gesture and so very generous! I hope you will immediately go check out her unit on TpT or Teachers Notebook.

Well, in case you can't tell, I just love this little bloggy world that brings us all close together and gives us the feeling of being in each others classrooms, even if we are miles and miles away, we aren't so far apart in this little part of the world! {Group hug!}

Over the next few days, I will be posting about Grandparent's Day and also, what we hope to be doing for Patriot Day and Constitution Day.

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  1. Congratulations to your children on the new beginnings! You are a kindergarten mommy once again. :-)

    Blessings to your friends; may their recoveries be swift.

  2. Wow, those cookies are so cute, and Zero is way cooler than the Zero I met in Kindergarten!! Sounds like you've had a good start to the school year - good to hear!
    The Resource(ful) Room

  3. You always have the cutest ideas! Thank you for always sharing! Happy New School Year! :)
    Crayons and Curls

  4. Love the cookies and I want a Zero the Hero like yours. Ours only comes in costume on the 100th day. On each 10th day he is more like Santa Clause, who sneaks in and leaves a treat!