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Sunday, November 30, 2014

It's Begininng to Look A Lot Like Christmas

We only have 3 full weeks of school before our Christmas break. Can you BELIEVE it?? Neither can I.  Look who has dropped in to the 4th grade pod.
  
Yes, it's Steve and Snowflake from the North Pole.  {squealing}  I'm sure every 4th grade student will be on their very best behavior for the next 3 weeks and I cannot wait to see the shenanigans from these two.

Really, there is so much to do and so much to enjoy I just want time to slow down.  I spent a little time this weekend getting the classroom in the spirit.  I found 8 hours of Instrumental Christmas music on youtube.  I think that it would be so wonderful to have this quietly planning in the background as the students were working.  {squeal} 
Click on the link below if you need some wonderful mellow music to play in  your room too. ;-)

8 hours of Instrumental Christmas Music 

I also have some wonderful activities planned for stations for the next 3 weeks.  Of course, I'm not quite ready to make activities for 4th graders, so that's why I'm using activities from these lovely teachers: 

Click on any of the pictures to go directly to their tpt store.

Text Features Holiday Match
Comprehension Strategy Snowmen - A December Literacy Craftivity




Plot, Theme, Characters, Setting Craftivity (includes origHoliday Cause and Effect Task Cards  { Winter and Christmas }Literary Lights Holiday Craftivity
Gifts Wrapped Within Us {Holiday Craftivity}

Friday, November 28, 2014

Good News....I'm No Longer Freaking Out

Okay, I'm a little embarrassed by my lack of communication with the world.  I told you that I was FREAKING OUT, then I went silent.  Scary Larry!!--Sorry about that.  It's been waaay too long for one blog to go back and share everything that has taken place since August BUT you should know that I'm LOVIN' 4th grade.  They are precious and independent and we are having an amazing time learning from each other.  

This week has been our Thanksgiving break from school and time to spend with our families.  I love this time of year.  It. is. my. FAVORITE!  I love the coziness, the smells, the movies, the warm fires and the cuddles.  During this break my little sass, aspiring photographer, planned a photo shoot for me and the Mr.  This is the text that we received the night before our photo shoot...

Did I mention she is 10??  This is serious business but we had a fun time playing with her.  Here's a sneak peek from our session:








 


She came up with all of this on her own.  She does have an eye for a good shot but she doesn't get that from me.  I usually cut heads off in our family photos.  We play "guess who that is"?--with the pictures I take.

In between my photo shoots, pinning exciting lessons for 4th graders and writing papers for grad school, I also help the Mr. train his new K9.  I like to think that I am part trainer.  In reality, I just go on a run and he tracks to find me.  He finds me...EVERY TIME.  It amazes me what these dogs can do but not without a lot of praise, reward and the building of their confidence.  I can't help think about children when they are learning something new and the importance that praise and building of their confidence can make all the difference in their success while they navigate and explore new skills.


  

I'm leaving you with this but I promise to be back.  I'm looking forward to sharing all my latest techy adventures and happenings in the classroom.  

All My Love,