Yes, it was good to be back today however I soon realized (by about 9:30 a.m.) that it would be a long day. Teaching is physically draining and by the end of the day it became clear that I had come back a bit too soon. I am going to take tomorrow off to continue to rest and recover and I am planning on returning Friday.
I wanted to fill you in on a few things that are going on in the class and what we managed to accomplish today:
- We continued our study of the letter ‘n’; students completed their ‘n’ word page in their phonics books.
- We went to the library (there are some books that were left in the cloakroom after school).
- We had a short playtime in the classroom.
- After recess we did calendar together with the special helper.
- I read the students J’ai perdu mon chat! (the book they should have brought home today to keep).
- They did a journal entry response to the book.
- They had a short playtime before lunch.
- After lunch, Grade 1 students worked independently in their journals (part of their new afternoon routine, alternating between journals and number of the day). Our big buddies came to do the home reading exchange with the students. Some students are still forgetting to empty their mailboxes before they leave at the end of the day and that is why they are missing their reading envelope at home.
- We played a math game with our buddies. With unifix cubes the big buddies would hide some cubes behind their back and students would have to say how many were missing given how many their buddy was showing them. K students started with 5 blocks, Grade one students started with 10 blocks.
- I reviewed the concept of community with the students and then we had a great discussion about their various hospital visits. I read them the story about a girl who had to go to the hospital to get a cast because she broke her arm.
- We had a few minutes at the end of the day so students had some free drawing time. During this time I changed the very dirty guinea pig cage (it was a good thing I can’t smell anything right now).
Thanks for reading!