This past week was perfect and came full circle for me yesterday. Our week started with a quick (12 hour turnaround) decision to go visit our daughter in South Carolina last Sunday. Anna had been asking me to come down and help her set up her classroom and was pretty positive that would not probably happen. She is an intervention specialist with 33 students on her caseload. I can't even begin to explain how wrong that is so my husband and I decided to surprise her with a quick 48 hour visit. We spent Monday not on the beach but in her classroom moving furniture out (use to be a preschool classroom) and helping her set up for a new school year. I couldn't have been happier helping set up her classroom library, putting up her word wall and organizing cabinets. My husband was amazing and a real trooper and nothing made me happier than seeing all three of us in her classroom supporting her as she begins her third year of teaching. We're so proud of you Anna!
|Another celebration-my 50th birthday|
We got home late Wednesday night, and I realized I needed to spend one more long day in my own classroom to finish up - all those little things that take so long. I text my mom coming home from SC and asked her if she was free Friday to help me in my classroom. She of course said yes, later learned she changed some plans that she had for the day. We spent yesterday cutting laminating, organizing my news bulletin board, building an iRead phone which Anna gave me the idea, finished organizing my library and ending the day cleaning out my book bins so the next class can build their own library. Our conversations were fun and another opportunity to share special memories. I sure know where I get my love of books thanks mom and Grandmother Ro. I only have one problem I chose 27 books for the first week of school. Do you think that is too many?
|This is an example from Pinterest. I am going to put the book covers on it that I|
will use as my mentor text this year in reading workshop. Our button is a
small white paper plate. A little 3D action.
Thanks to Ruth Ayres for her weekly reminder to Celebrate. You can link up HERE.
I love the generational help you all give each other! What a great way to start your year....ReplyDelete
Never totally planned but this year fell into place. Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment.Delete
How fun to read of you making time to help your daughter & then your mom doing the same for you. Was she a teacher too?ReplyDelete
A teacher at heart and an amazing Girl Scout leader when no other mom would step up to take the troop. Thanks for stopping by.Delete
Special time- being with your daughter and helping her set up her classroom. I love that you both are teachers.ReplyDelete
It is so much fun and I have to be honest with what she is going through I am very thankful I have my seven years of experience as an IS.Happy Saturday thanks for commenting.Delete
Are you starting soon? It's terrific you made the trip to help your daughter & I'm sure she loved the support. Love the IPhone idea-very cute. Twenty-seven books, wow. Are they for read aloud? I'm building a box of mentor texts for workshop to share with those teachers I work with-fun to do, but so hard to choose!ReplyDelete
We still have two weeks and the 27 are picture books for workshop and mentor texts for the year. Just so hard to choose the first few. We should share our mentor text box. Thanks for stopping by :)Delete
I love that you helped your daughter in her classroom. It sounds like it was a special time for you. Then, I love that your mother helped you. Such great family time. The iRead bulletin board is such a great idea! Thank you so much for sharing! There are so many ways that could be used...now my head is whirling with ideas. Have a wonderful week!ReplyDelete
A multi-generational family of educators! Amazing! And it's great you guys help one another out. I can sense your dedication to your job! Keep it up!ReplyDelete
Isn't that fun of reading other Celebrations we can all learn together. I am envisioning covering up the entire iRead with my mentor texts for the year :)ReplyDelete
What wonderful celebrations Maria! Isn't spontaneity wonderful? I'm so glad you could go help Anna and then your mom came to help you. Now, for those 27 books...I think it sounds perfect. :) (I had to smile when I read that line.) I LOVE the iRead bulletin board. I may just have to borrow that idea for outside my teacher resource room to give teachers some new ideas for books to read. Enjoy the rest of your summer break.ReplyDelete
Thanks Julie! Yes life has improved with amazing choices. Feel free to borrow the bulletin board idea.Delete