This is the Corolla light house. Last year when we went, it started lightning so we were unable to climb it. *Darn* This year, we
I had a "why didn't I think of that moment" while we were visiting the Wildlife Center. I'm going to share it with you. I used to use magnets when my classes would "fish" for words. Check this out:
They used a rod and bobber---but they used VELCRO!! OH MY GOODNESS!! The whole bobber was covered in velcro. Here Madison is "fishing" for a fish that she's to recognize (or use the book to help her determine the type). They covered the fish in velcro strips as well....SOO much easier than my magnets that's for sure.
While at the Wildlife Center, we went to do a "Sound Sampler". My daughter is much braver than I am. First it was chilly, so the water was COLD. Second, EWW! She's barefoot in that muck!! What about snakes? EWWW!! She is such a "nerd." She will be something FABULOUS one day!!
I just thought I'd share where I've been the past couple of weeks. I'm definitely enjoying my time with my kids. But today I realized....EGADS!! I've been out of school for 2 weeks already! My summer is dwindling away----so if I'm not blogging, please don't think I've given up on this blog. Just taking a break......as you can see, I'm enjoying my time! :)
But even though I'm enjoying my time....Remember when I said I can't get school off my brain. I tried....I really tried. My poor husband (also a teacher) is going to KILL me if I don't try to enjoy summer some more. The thing is...I AM enjoying summer. I like thinking school. I like thinking about my new students. I like thinking about my classroom and organization.
Soooo since I was reflecting upon last school year, mind you, I have been out of first grade for 3 years, I forgot what it was like for some of the students at the beginning of first grade. Some are still struggling with distinguishing between letters and numbers. Some are reading at or above level. Last year I think my centers at the beginning of the year were too difficult for 1/4 of my class. I made up this assessment this evening to use as a center or a quick assessment. There is no recording sheet. This is just a simple check. You can click the picture below to grab your freebie. I would love to hear what you think.