Oh, the weather outside is frightful,
But, the fire is so delightful,
And since we've no place to go,
Let it snow! Let it snow! Let it snow!
Another major snowstorm is brewing!! I rushed out of school after dismissal amid a flurry of huge, wet snowflakes. I had to hit the grocery store on the way home (yes, I'm one of those-last-minute-people) and it was CRAZY!! I managed to snag the few things we needed, and of course, a bunch of stuff we don't need. So, now I'm home and chillin' with my sweet little family in our cozy jammies. Love!! We just had 2 snow days, but I'm totally hoping for another one!!
I stumbled across this fun linky party over at Tunstall's Teaching Tidbits! It's such a fun and creative idea, that I just had to join in!!
So, I'm seriously diggin' my brand new creation..."Sight Word Snapshot" Sentence Writing Fluency mini-book. (It's FREE, so go grab a copy!) I've been using a very basic version of this resource in my classroom for several weeks. I knew it was good because there were significant differences in my kids' writing after using these little books. They were writing more fluently, more confidently, more accurately, and with more enjoyment! However, my journals just had a plain-jane cover with a sight word sentence frame written on it and a few blank pages stapled behind. I had SO MUCH FUN creating this sweet little book!! I tried out my new & improved version today and the kids and I absolutely LOVED it!! Here are a few pictures from today.
Another one that's lots of fun that I learned from a former kindergarten teacher in our building is to say (again in that classic kindergarten teacher sign-song rhythm), "Hands on your head, Hands on your shoulder, Hands in your Lap, CLAP CLAP CLAP, Drop your clap in your lap!"
However, the one I tend to use most regularly is just clapping in rhythm and the students echo the clap. But, the first two are great to pull out every once in a while to keep the kids on their toes!
Yep. :) Sanity is a very limited resource at times. I have to say that my incredible, awesome, creative, talented, patient, encouraging, dedicated co-workers are my sanity-savers!! I love them dearly and consider myself so very truly lucky to work where I do. Anytime I start to feel frustrated or overwhelmed, all I have to do is open the curtain and chat with my neighbor or walk down the hall. Instant relief!! :)
Speaking of sanity, if you're looking for some fun...grab a "Hall Pass" and head on over to the linky party!!
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