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Celebrating Reading Week

I survived reading week!!


Let me tell you - this week did NOT go as planned. 
Oh! But first, you can read last year's Reading week HERE.

But, here's the little reason this week didn't go as planned.


This little girl gave us quite the scare Wednesday morning and I had to head to the E.R. with her. Thankfully, Ron was home that morning and I have a WONDERFUL team that really helped out... and PTL, she suffered nothing but a minor concussion. It could have been a LOT worse.


She looks all like her silly and goofy self, doesn't she?! Man. I'm so thankful she's alright.

So, anyway, back to Seuss. week. 


The kids EAT the books alive, all.week.long. I put them away after the week is over and they beg me to keep them out. lol

OH! And here's a little #flashbackfriday to a few years ago. Look how little A and B are! And yes...those are cat shoes. lol


So anyway... man, I feel like I have ADHD right now haha!

Back to Seuss week.

This is the spirit week schedule we went by this year.


On Monday, we did some character analysis with Cat in the Hat.



I always love how their drawings come out!


And we started our Guided Reading using one of the Scholastic New Magazines.... comparing fiction and nonfiction. 


Even though Tuesday was "Oh, The Places You'll Go" theme - I kind of use that just so I can get their pictures in their college shirts for the balloons (you'll see that later), we also did Green Eggs and Ham.... working on rhyming words is SO hard (being able to produce rhyming words anyway.)

(aren't my standards so pretty on the wall?? haha... forgot the last word, but already put the period, messed up the actual standard number... whatever. lol. This is real life, people)




On Wednesday, I wasn't there... boo! It's one of my favorite days.  BUT, I sent my girl in to school with some Wacky-ness going on.



and while I was out, they did their Wacky Wednesday class book...




On Thursday, we needed to get started on their balloons!! So we made a quick chart of things they wanted to do or be when they grew up. 


Then... they turned them into their balloon writing!! This is one of my most favorite things we make all year! They always turn out soooo cute. 


Friday.. we had some fun with Fish!! Fish Math is one of my favorites. 








Annnnd... we ended with Schlopp!! Schlopp, schlopp, beautiful schlopp! Beautiful schlopp with a cherry on top!!


annnnd... now I'm exhausted, and ready to kick my feet up and enjoy a book on the beach this weekend! Yes please. 



Beginning March (Freebies!)

I can't believe tomorrow is March! EEK!

Well, we have been super busy doing some fun Dr. Seuss stuff for Read Across America week! Check out some of the fun things we're doing HERE.

One of the first things we did this week, was our newest window clings. I was just so in love with our February ones  that I decided to do them EVERY month!


See how I do them HERE and click HERE to download the templates for each month. I'll be adding templates each month, as I do them. So be sure to come back for the others!

And tomorrow.... we'll be getting everything for March ready!


Homework Folders (see what's in my homework folders in THIS post)


I'll be back to (hopefully) share more of what we've been up to!

Make sure to check out my Reading Week post!!




Valentine's Week Wrap Up.

Valentine's is DONE and OVER!

Woohoo! Honestly, I can't wait to pack it all up and move on.

I know... I'm so "heartless." haha!

But, here's a recap of what we did the last few days/week to get ready for the "big day."

To start with, we made our heart window clings... which I'm in LOVE with.


Then we started on our Valentine's cards. I can't even say enough, of how cute they are!


And while I was out sick, my kids did a day of Love, Splat! They LOVE Splat. So it was a perfect book to leave for sub plans for the day. 


We also made our class book for the week - Who Will Be My Valentine? which goes perfectly with Who Will Be My Valentine This Year?  My Kids LOVE making Class Books! Check more out HERE



Something else we did today was one of my favorite poems for visualizing and using details in a text... Monster Love! This poem comes from DeeDee's February Poetry Pack.  We practiced it a few times, then talked about what words describe the monster to help you visualize...


Just look at all these awesome looking Love Monsters.... they're all so different and so creative. 




Sometimes we do a walkabout after we do illustrations to match our poems...they BEGGED to do a walkabout on this one so they could see everyone's monsters. 


And finally... we did our Candy Heart Math!! They kids ALWAYS love this.


When they finished their booklet, They had to see how many hearts they could stack... They got pretty high, but with all the desk bumping going on, not sure who got the tallest stack. ha!



FINALLY, it was time to hand out the Valentine's! woohoo!!

Look at this amazing creation one of the parents made!! So amazing!!


and look at these amazing HOMEMADE Reese's Peanut Butter Cups! Not ashamed to admit... they didn't make it home to share with my husband. Woops!



And finally... One of my students gave me this little gem. It's so I'll remember him forever....and forever I will remember him.... but aside from that, I think this is my new classroom mascot. haha! It's perfect, right??




Sub Plans in February

So, these last few weeks, our whole house (minus the husband) has taken their turn at being sick. Thankfully, with Ron's job, he's home most of the time, or he can easily call out last minute, with no problem...BUT he can only do that so often. So, last week I had to take off because Autumn was on day 3 of being sick still.

Luckily, I had some things from Love, Splat that I could just print, prep, and be done! And THIS is where I had my epiphany....after 15 years if teaching. haha!

Don't try to make the sub be ME while I'm gone... just give them a bunch of activities that don't go with the lessons I'm actually doing... so it won't bother me that I have to come back and reteach or fix what I left for them to do...because let's be honest. As teachers, we are CONTROL FREAKS... no matter how awesome the sub is, they just aren't me. Right??

So that's when I decided to just take one of my book packs I have for February, and turn it into my all-day sub plans! Super easy to plan that way, too!


(note - these are NOT laid out as sub plans in the pack... you still have to write the sub plans and pick and choose the activities you want to leave for the sub.)


My kids LOVE Splat. He's one of their favorites, so I knew that he would keep their attention while I was gone.

I just printed up a bunch of different activities and told her to pick and choose which ones that she wanted to do - I explained each one (and already had examples from last year, so that was convenient!) on the sub plan sheet that I had prepared and put in the box...and let her have it. 

She did the summarizing page (which I didn't take a picture of for some reason)... where they wrote and illustrated part of the summary.

She also chose to do the sequencing activity.



And I'm so happy - she chose to do the connection writing! 


Because that means, she did the craft, that I get to hang up!!




There were a few other activities she did with them, but I didn't get pictures of them.
But, doing sub plan THIS way just makes life so much easier.  It doesn't matter how good the sub is, they just aren't YOU, so you always have to go back and fix things... or reteach. This way, she wasn't really teaching anything that I was doing - so I didn't have to worry about if it was done correctly or not. I have just succumbed to the fact that I can NOT expect subs to keep going the way I do, so this even make coming back from being gone less stressful.  


(note - these are NOT laid out as sub plans in the pack... you still have to write the sub plans and pick and choose the activities you want to leave for the sub.) 

Click the picture below to get it from my TPT Store!




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