Friday, September 9, 2011

Wow! Where did the week go??

Hey to everyone out there in blogland!!! I hope all is well with everyone!
I have been one busy momma!! This has been a wonderful first week back. My kids are adorable and the week really did fly by. I feel bad that I haven't been posting or even reading my favorite blogs. I'm feeling out of the loop.  :)  I have yet to even post pics of my room! Ugh - Such is life. Life in the fast lane!!! 

Lesson Idea!
We are a school that practices HET and we model the lifelong guidelines and lifeskills. 
One of the guidelines is No Put Downs - 
1. Have the kids each take a piece of paper and draw a happy face on it. Don't let them take too much time or put too much effort in the picture because the picture gets messed up and we don't want them to get attached to it.

2. Talk about put downs and how they make us feel and how they interrupt the flow and feel of our classroom team. 

3. Instruct the kids to listen as you read Chrysanthemum by Kevin Henkes. As you read they should listen for put downs. Every time they hear Chrysanthemum being put down or her bucket getting dipped into they should tear a piece of their smiley face off. 

4. By the time the story is over there isn't anything left but a pile of scraps. The kids are very surprised by all the negative put downs and how quickly their smiley faces dissolve.

5. I talk about put downs and how easy it was to tear the papers up but how difficult it would be to try to put them back together. We discuss how Chrysanthemum felt and how put downs make us feel. 

Just a little lesson to throw in if you have some spare time!! I hope you like it. It takes about 15 min. and the kids really like the story. I already referred back to the story today when two of my girls were picking at each other. It really seemed to help. 

I got this little lesson from a friend I teach with. Thanks Rachel Iott!! You are such a bucket filler to share your wonderful ideas!! :)

As a follow up/ get to know you activity do this little name project. 
I found this on Pinterest and it looks cute. We are doing it next week.
They write their name all sassy and then connect things they love.


  1. The first few weeks are always crazy for everyone! I feel like I'm running a marathon! I LOVE Chrysanthemum!

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  2. I love Chrysanthemum and I have never heard of this idea!! Thank you for sharing, I can't wait to try it!!!
    Hope week two is wonderful too!
    Fern Smith’s Classroom Ideas!

  3. Thanks Fern! I hope your school year is running smooth. You wouldn't believe it but I've been so busy I haven't been couponing. I used to think it was crazy when people said they didn't have time but I can't even get to a store for goodness sakes. We will get in a groove soon. (I hope)


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