Monday, September 3, 2012

Currently, Waxing Philosophical, and the rest of my catching up

Man-oh-man have I loved having the extra day off this weekend!
I was feeling kind of yucky last week, but have been able to rest up, 
relax at the lake with my family, and re-energize for next week.
It's all GOOD!

First up, linking up with Farley over at Oh' Boy 4th Grade
for the September Currently.

Hubs has been working all weekend on an electrical "project," so my internet and cable have been intermittent.  My closet and bedroom are torn apart, so I cannot kick back there, but hopefully he will have it all finished up in a bit.  At least the internet is back up!

At least I got a book read since I had no internet or cable.  Yesterday I read
The Five People You Meet in Heaven.
Loved it!  If you haven't read it, grab it.  Totally worth the $1.99 for my Kindle!



The last line of the book really has me thinking today...
"...that each affects the other and the other affects the next,
and the world is full of stories, but the stories are all one."

I am wondering who my five people would be
and why they were a part of my life and I a part of theirs?

It has me thinking also about my students,
about the divine intervention that has brought them to me,
and what, besides knowledge, am I here to teach them?
More importantly though, I think, is that they have been brought into my life too.
What are they here to teach me?

Have I told you how much I love my class, especially this year?
They are simply AMAZING and I cannot wait to see them every day.
 My life is so much richer because of them.

OK, enough drama.  Back to the fun of the last couple of weeks.

My kids have really been enjoying our Reader's Workshop time when they get to move about and read wherever the want to.







We have been doing a lot of writing too!
They love being able to share their writing and thinking with partners.




Here are pics of some of the anchor charts we have made.




Last week we were working on writing elaborations, adding detail and depth to our writing.
Four Square has some terrific writing resources.  Here are a couple of my favorites.

Before I go, I just finished reading this book, The Memory Bank to my kids.
It was new to them and to me, and we all loved it!

10 comments :

  1. Love, love, love the pics of your students reading! Makes my teacher heart happy! <3

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  2. When I taught 3rd grade a couple of years ago, I let the kids lay around like that. Yours are MUCH more relaxed than mine ever were though! :)

    Hope your home is back to normal after the project soon!

    Cheryl
    Spotted Around the School

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  3. The 5 People You Meet in Heaven is one of my favorite books! Such a sweet, sweet story!! I enjoyed seeing your students reading all over the room. :)
    Lori
    Conversations in Literacy

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  4. I've never read that book, but LOTS of my friends and my mom have! :) I'll have to read it soon.

    Marie
    The Hands-On Teacher in First!

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  5. I've read The Five People You Meet in Heaven, great pick! Mitch Albom is a great writer!
    Glad you had a relaxing weekend and you are feeling better!

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  6. I love how your kids are all over the place. This is what my room looks like all day long, organized chaos. :)

    Casey
    Second Grade Math Maniac

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  7. I'm loving your pictures of reading to self :)

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  8. I am working to get my kids to LOVE silent reading time! Your pictures make my heart happy!

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  9. I love seeing kiddos reading. Ugh...it always feels like there are lesson plans to be written.

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  10. Very nice photos of students actively learning! So glad I found you in the blog world. Loved Tuesdays with Morrie. Razzle Dazzle writing is amazing, too!

    Young Daze in 5th Grade

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