New Look Coming Soon, Happy Holidays and Kids being Kids

Hi Everyone,

I hope by now you have gotten some rest away from the classroom.  Those last couple of days were doozies….Enough said. I know you know this but we teachers contribute to the craziness all in the name of a little holiday fun. I mean school is supposed to be fun..right?? Even with all the mandates I still maintain the littles need time to be kids and they really need to see that their teachers love them as kids.  Here is some of our last day before the break.

We did Gingerbread Theme Rotations with the First Grade Level on the last day. My wonderful teacher assistant and I created this big Gingerbread House in the Hallway for the kids to decorate as our part of the rotation.

Really Big Gingerbread House

Really Big Gingerbread House

As each group came to our class, they got to color some candy to go on the house.  The next picture is after the house is full of candy. They loved it!  We also danced to Harry Kindergartens Gingerbread Man Song.

Lots of Candy

Lots of Candy

After we decorated the house and had a snack we got ready to go home.  We got ready early on this day because we had parent gifts to pack and our recess is the last 30 minutes of the day.  I know…gasp..we have adjusted but it wasn’t any fun in the beginning.

As the days have progressed our tables have gotten very dirty (oh my what you can find under a name tag-scary!!!) so it was time to break out the shaving cream.  We had a blast cleaning our tables before heading outside.  It was a great way to end a fun day. Kids being kids and having fun.  I don’t know about you but some days I just don’t want to hear about time on task and maximizing instructional time and neither so the children.  So we enjoyed every minute of this small and gross motor development task so there now.  It was fun, fun, fun!!!

Lots and Lots of Shaving Cream

Lots and Lots of Shaving Cream

NEWS!!! NEWS!!  I am getting a new blog design and making a move to a more responsive host and site.  I am so happy and I love working with my designer. I can’t wait to share it with you all. My address will still be the same so please come visit.  I’m so excited to share it with everyone.

Love you all!!! Enjoy!!

Sarah

 

 

Teachers Don’t Give Up Even When Politicians Do

http://pinterest.com/pin/41236152810177940/Teachers across the United States have headed back to their classrooms or they are gearing up to head back. Even those of us who have a couple of days left are in “the mode”.  All teachers know what the mode is. It is when you start thinking about your next class, what learning activities you want to do, you start moving furniture around your classroom hey you may even find some surprises you had forgotten about. Every year teachers try to make it the best year ever. I think politicians don’t realize this or they don’t think about it. Here in North Carolina teachers are taking a beating in about every way possible.  That being said thousands of teachers are heading back to their classrooms  to make it the best year ever. They are putting their knowledge to work and they are putting their hearts to to the grindstone. Teachers have to be made of tough stuff otherwise we simply couldn’t make it. We have to believe that we can make a difference in the lives of children.  Teachers do make a difference it is minute to minute, day by day, month by month and year by year. Sometimes you may not realize the moment you changed a child’s life but you did. If you are lucky a kid comes back and tells you how you helped them but most of the time you just have to know it in your heart. You have to believe in what you do even when others don’t. I know teachers are working hard and teaching children and nurturing them even when the chips are down. Maybe the politicians have given up on children but teachers have not.

All the best,

Sarah Tharpe Winchell