Tuesday, August 17, 2010

'Twas the day before school starts...

...and this is what I've spent naptime doing:

But, I'm finished! My room is ready, folders are stuffed, activities are organized and everything is ready to go. I'm pretty sure I won't sleep much tonight {not that I have been sleeping much anyway} and I'll probably wake up before my alarm even goes off. Some of that will be due to stress, but I am excited too! There's something so fun and rejuvenating about starting fresh into a new school year.

Teacher Idea: We're kicking off an author study about Kevin Henkes (I loooove him!), so we're going to read Chrysanthemum tomorrow and then make a name map that spotlights things that we love. {I borrowed this idea from Teaching Heart - another stellar site!} Here is my sample for the kiddos:

Tomorrow also kicks off this...

...and it's all going to be okay, right?

I truly appreciate your sweet comments on yesterday's post. Good to know I have the support of my bloggy friends :)

If I have the time and energy tomorrow I hope to post, and I'll still be linking up to What I Wore Wednesday with The Pleated Poppy.

25 comments:

Gina said...

Your handwriting is beautiful. I am sure you hear that all the time but it is!

littledaisymay said...

Your name map is SO cute! What a great idea :)

I also love your living room...they grey and yellow look great together!

The Taffs said...

I love that name map! Such a cute idea! Best of luck on the new school year!

db said...

your handwriting is beautiful!

Rachel said...

I hope you have a GREAT first day! They're always the scariest part of the whole year.

And I love the map idea. I might use it with my 5th graders :)

Brittany said...

Good luck with your first day of school!!

Sophie P said...

Love the interests map! I would so do that with my Year 7, they'd love it! Good to do it with a tutpr group class too x

AbbyS. said...

GOOD LUCK LADY!!! Those kiddos are lucky to have you. Beckham will do GREAT!! It will be good for him and you will love your new job!!
Enjoy tomorrow.
(I never sleep the night before either!!)

Erin said...

I've done that same activity with Chrysanthemum and the kids love it! Good luck tomorrow and get some sleep! You'll be fabulous!

Ginger Snaps said...

I LOVE the name map! I will definitely use that next year when I read Crysanthemum.

Megan said...

Best wishes for a fabulous school year! I secretly wish my Sadie was going into your first grade class :-) Praying for your family and all the transitions. You will do amazing!

Janae said...

Good luck on your first day! I’m jealous everyone gets to start all ready. I still have 2 more weeks. I love the Chrysanthemum idea. I’ll have to add that to my list of activities. Your map is so cute!

Newlywed and Decorating said...

Love your name map! I wish I could draw like that and had teacher handwriting! Good luck with the first day of school! (I heart Diet Coke too :)

Colby said...

I agree your handwriting is gorge! Good luck tomorrow! My wish is that you have a great new set of kiddos that take instruction well ! You need all the sane moments you can get with your family's new crazy schedule.

Nat said...

Good luck lady!! You'll be great, I always loved the first day of school anticipation! I agree with all the previous posts your handwriting is perfect!

Jenni said...

Good luck tomorrow! I think teachers are always more nervous than the students on the first day- or, at least I am!

Cammy@ClassroomConfessions said...

I am sooo distracted by your pretty furniture.... Lol!

Love the name map and yours is adorable. Good luck tomorrow!

Melissa said...

Good luck back to school!

Mrs. G said...

I have to agree with everyone else--- adorable hand writing!!! Good luck with your first day of school!!!

Brit said...

Praying for you as all these changes take place!

Shubs said...

You are going to rock those first graders' faces off! I'll be thinking of you, B, and Becks this week...what an exciting new beginning for each of you!!! xoxo.

Katie Klohn said...

I love Kevin Henkes and I love the name map, such a wonderful idea!

Ashlee said...

just recently found your blog and I LOVE IT!

hope everything goes as smoothly as possible over the next few weeks :)

Minnesota Rocks! said...

Thanks for the map idea! I love Kevin Henkes, too!

Since he uses watercolor in his illustrations in Chrysanthemum, I like to have my kiddos look at the weather and how it matches Chrysanthemum's mood.

After reading, I let them paint a picture of the weather that matches their mood!

Thanks for all the great ideas!

Rachie (Walker's Mom) said...

You are so creative!!! Hope you had a great first day.