Seriously, when I started blogging about two years ago, I never ever imagined that I would make real, legitimate friends online. Nevertheless, over time and as a result of lots of emails, friendships developed. It's so nice to have a group of women who can completely relate to your life... the ups and downs... the frenzy of elementary school. It's also nice to have a group of ladies to chit chat with about real life struggles and celebrations. As unexpected as it was, I made real friends that I can be myself around... that I can talk to about anything... that I can laugh with until my stomach hurts. These girls have been such an absolute blessing! LOVE THEM... and their sweet spirits! As precious and talented as they are on their blogs... trust me when I say that what you see is what you get.
Cheryl from Primary Graffiti
Abby from The Inspired Apple
Rachelle from What the Teacher Wants
Kim Adsit from The Kinder Gals
Lindsey from the Teacher Wife
Deedee from Mrs. Wills Kindergarten
Kathleen from Growing Kinders
Michelle from Fabulous in First
Sarah from First Grader... At Last!
Deanna from Mrs. Jump's Class
Hope from Second Grade Shenanigans
Erica from Erica Bohrer's First Grade
Cara from The First Grade Parade
Amy from Step into 2nd Grade with Mrs. Lemons
|Erica, yours truly, Abby, & Rachelle! Love these girls!|
|Sarah, Abby, and I.|
We spent a lot of time sight-seeing around the city... and standing around talking on street corners. We're a very chatty group. :) Seriously though... it was such a beautiful weekend. We couldn't have asked for better weather in Chicago in mid-October!
I know I've said it before, BUT I am so thankful for ALL of the friendships I've made through my blogging journey. I am SO THANKFUL for each and every one of you. Thanks for always being inspiring and supportive. :) Thanks for always stopping by!
Now that I'm back in Ohio, I've been pounding out grad school papers and getting ready for student-led conferences. All 29 sets of homeroom kiddos will be coming with their parents over the course of three days... starting on Tuesday! So, to say that I am a tad busy would make me Captain Obvious to say the least. :)
On top of that, our third grade team has been working on an economics/math project: "The Great Pumpkin Raffle". A local pumpkin farm donated a pumpkin to each classroom in our school, then each classroom decorated a pumpkin to raffle off. Our kiddos were responsible for promoting the raffle... selling tickets... counting ballots for awards... and figuring out our total profit. (All profits will go to our PTO.) Tomorrow is our final day... and so far... it's been a success. The kids are loving it! Can I be honest though?! I think I took the laziest approach to my pumpkin. We made a mummy! Since I had to have it completed before the Chicago trip, I totally convinced my kiddos that it would be such a cool idea, because I knew it would be cheap and easy to do! All we needed was white crepe paper, a glue gun, glue sticks, and large googly eyes! Viola! Done!
|Imagine running into this guy in a dark hallway!!! Scary!!!|
In other news, we have been reading "Penguin Chick" this week. As it turns out, my kiddos are penguin experts. We used my sweet friend Lindsey's free penguin packet to spice up good ole' Reading Street. I had the kiddos choose a few facts to add to their web before filling out a KWL from the packet. This was a great way to activate prior knowledge before reading. :)
I used Rachelle's 123 Spell With Me packet to practice syllabication this week. The kiddos LOVED the rainbow words... even though we had to adapt how this looked due to time. The kiddos colored in the numbered boxes instead of writing the words in crayon.
We also spent some time talking about being a good citizen at school, at home, and in our community.
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