Today was one of those days. Yesterday was a great day and I should have known, but I let myself get excited thinking that in only 2 weeks and 2 days we were making great headway on this thing called kindergarten. But alas, one step forward, three steps back. That is where we were today – three steps back. I am totally willing to take part of the blame – those darn hormones were starting up which always seems to make me less tolerable of everything. I kinda wish I could look through reality glasses and take all the blame because then I’d have the power to fix it. But I can’t this time. I have some sweet darlings that just like to do their own thing more often than not. In years past, I have been known to find something new to “fix” it – but not this year. I am sticking to my guns, reinforcing the expectations and just working REALLY hard to be consistent. Then, I have to sit back and remind myself that these sweet babies, have only been in school 13 days and they have learned a lot. I love the Pavlov type response I get when my timer goes off after table centers or when I blow my duck whistle (from the Duck Ride in Branson this summer)! I love that I can see them working hard and wanting to try the new things I am putting before them. As for some of the procedures, we are going back to basics – modeling and practice. It will come in due time.
Here’s a few of the things that we have been working on!
|We started our math journals off with colors as we focused on a Color of the Day!
We practiced writing the color word and drawing items that are that color. Even more important
we practiced using only one page at a time and using our pages in order.
|We started using our new Calendar Notebooks. This was something I wasn’t brave enough to
try last year but really wanted to. After attending Shari Sloan’s session at I Teach K I jumped right in. Love them!
|We finished week 1 of writer’s workshop and enjoyed some sharing time!|
Yes, it is true – I somehow forget how exhausting the beginning of the school year can be. I think it is kind of like childbirth! Forgetfulness aside, it gets me every year. I don’t really even remember how long the exhaustion seems to last, but I know it gets better. For now, I will keep plugging away during the day and going to bed early at night. As tired as I am, I can’t imagine waking up and going anywhere else tomorrow morning!
And this my friends, is a good example of why I love blogging! It is so therapeutic to not only get my thoughts and feelings out, but also a good reminder of all the great things when I seem a little too focused on our one bad day! Thank you for “listening” and hanging in there with me. I hope when you have a rough day you remember all the good that has happened too. It really does make things better.