This was a short week for multiple reasons.
Monday- MLK holiday. I sat in my classroom and quietly worked alone. It was nice.
Tuesday- Normal day. We did all of our subjects, enjoyed learning, yada yada yada.
Wednesday- Normal day. We continued to learn, did a plant lab, and practiced identifying fact and opinion. After school, I was talking to my mom and she said, “did you hear there is a chance of sn** Thursday night?” I told her that I just heard it was going to be very cold, but that I was excited about that development.
Thursday- Elementary Science Fair. 14 children in my class presented their projects for two very kind judges. I looked after the children who were doing science fair in my class and my partner teacher’s class and she looked after the children who were not presenting. This worked out very well, as none of us felt like we had to be in two places at once. Most of the kids were very confident right up to the point when the sweet judges walked over to them and introduced themselves. Then my chatty bunch of first graders grew mute. Sometimes, they would start talking if I went up and put my arm around them. Others needed me to ask them questions to get them to talk. I could be asking the same question the judge was asking, but they only had trouble talking to strangers. I guess that’s a good thing.
Friday- The sn** came and we got a day off. Woohoo!
All in all, it was a great week: 3 day weekend (I know, I worked on Monday. But there were no children and I was only there for 4 hours) 3 days of teaching, 3 day weekend.
This week has a lot to live up to….
This was the week of illness. So many kids with the flu! Some got strep AND the flu! And they all wanted to kiss me! Fortunately, I held them off considerably and sanitized my hands about 15 times every day. And as my reward, I had an illness-free weekend with my sweetheart. Yay!
In language arts, we began writing our third book– a fantasy story. This is my favorite story to read because I think I can get the best glimpse into what’s going on in my munchkins’ brains. Usually that means total craziness! They come up with some of the weirdest stories. One involves grilled chicken fighting in space. Seriously. I don’t know where they come up with this stuff.
In math, we started a difficult topic: ordering and comparing numbers to 100. They have a lot of trouble with 10 more, 10 less, 1 more, 1 less. They get more and less mixed up. They get 10 and 1 mixed up. And it’s all their fault because they aren’t being careful! They will learn though…
In social studies, we’re learning about safety, which is so fascinating to them. We talked about fire safety and I asked them who had a plan for what to do if there was a fire outside their bedroom door. No one raised their hand, so I told them to go home and talked to mom and dad. I explained that everyone’s house is different and what might be right for one room will be wrong for another. A bunch of them came back and exclaimed, “My mom said I had to jump out the window!!” We talked about how hurting your leg is better than getting stuck in a fire.
This was our first week back from winter break, and on Monday I think they were just stunned to be back at school. They quietly did their work. They followed directions immediately and just sort-of went through the motions of everything.
Unfortunately, by Tuesday the shock had worn off and they started acting up a bit. We had to remind ourselves many times about the correct way to walk around the classroom, how to get my attention, when it is an appropriate time for chatting, etc. Luckily for me, they are all very wonderful children and are easily redirected.
In science, we began our large unit on biology and began with a topic on living vs. non-living. I explained to the kiddos that you know something is living because: it can grow and it can make things like itself. We talked about how trees grow and drop acorns to make more trees. We talked about how kittens grow into cats and then have kittens. Then I said, we know that people grow. Can people make more people. At first, several of them shook their heads no! Then I reminded them: how many of your mommies have had a baby. Surprise! All of them!
Then, one of my more astute munchkins piped up, “But there’s one difference between people and other living things. Plants and animals don’t have to be married.”
Fortunately, I was able to answer the student with a simple, “Please raise your hand next time” and the moment passed.