Friday, January 17, 2014

Randoms, Freebie, and I Love my Kitty! :)

Wow! I can’t believe how long it has been since I have blogged! I had set what I thought was a reasonable goal of one new blog post per week. I feel like I’ve let myself down for not keeping to my commitment!

I hope to start up again and actually stick to that goal this time around!

Today’s blog post is all about catching up! Over my winter/Christmas break, I really didn’t rest a lot! It seemed as if my hubby and I were running all over the place! We figured out that something was wrong with my sweet little boy, Kitty.

My brave boy in his carrier on the way to the vet!
When we took him to the vet, she informed us that he has stones in his bladder. If you are a cat owner, you know that this can be very serious! His doctor prescribed some pain killer and special food to help dissolve the stones and we go back tomorrow (Saturday the 18th) to see if the stones are dissolving. I'm nervous but confident he is doing better! :)

Before winter break began, my littles focused on how they use their 5 senses to interpret their surroundings, learn about things, and describe objects. I purchased candy canes for each student and asked him or her to use each of the 5 senses to describe the candy cane to me. As they described it, I recorded their descriptions on a large anchor chart. See the picture below! If you want it, I’ve created a recording sheet for students to fill in. Click here to download it for FREE. J

I also read the book, Who Will Guide my Sleigh Tonight?. If you haven’t read this story, do yourself a favor and GET AHOLD OF IT! 

It details Santa’s search for the perfect animal to guide his sleigh. After reading the story, I asked my students to think of other animals that could guide Santa’s sleigh! I recorded their ideas; their thinking impressed me! Some wanted to stay true to tradition and said, “Reindeer” so I allowed them to use that! 

Next year, I will have students draw and label/write about animals that could guide Santa’s sleigh THEN read the story to see if their ideas match!

Also, I can’t even begin to tell you how awesome my mother in law is! J She knows that I often have to stop what I’m doing to get up and walk across the room to sharpen a pencil! She bought me a PORTABLE pencil sharpener that quite literally SAVES me so much time each day! Little things just make me so happy! J

I will conclude my “recents” with this sweet picture of my sweet little guy, Kitty. He isn’t much of a “lap” cat but here is a picture of the first night home after the first day back to school from Winter break. I’d say he missed me a bit… J I love my sweet Kitty!

I hope your weekend is OCEANS of fun! Next week is all about Snowmen (we are getting more snow here in Ohio)! I’ve purchased DeAnna Jump’s Sneezy the Snowman unit and CAN’T wait to use it! See you next week friends! J

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