Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Picture Day

Today was picture day.  Do you dread or like picture day?  I actually like picture day because you get to see everyone dressed up in their cute little outfits.  I adore seeing the girls in pretty dresses with the hair made up and boys dressed with a bow tie/tie and hair neatly combed!  As for myself, I almost forgot about picture day while I was getting ready but thank God I straightened my hair!  I dressed simple with a dress shirt and pink cardigan since I knew I would by busy with the little kinders all day.  What do you like to wear for picture day? Anything special like a piece of jewelry?

When I looked at the schedule on when our little ones were going to take their picture, we would get the worse time slot possible: after P.E. class!  Thinking about the kids being sweaty from gym and tired was not ideal for us.  One good teacher tip I learned from the other teachers is to take off the nice, clean shirts the boys came to school with and let their wear their undershirts or an extra shirt they have in their cubbies because we all know how messy they can get when eating lunch or playing outside.

Since it was a special day today, I brought in some books I bought from the Scholastic Warehouse sales from previous years to share with my lead Special Ed. teacher.

Listed below are some of my favorites about picture day:

I'm a big fan of Lynn Plourde's books.  She writes witty, humorous stories with lively text and funny illustrations.  "School Picture Day" is about a girl who is too busy wondering how things work instead of thinking about picture day and she almost ruins picture day for her whole class.  This is a must read for all ages!

Written by Andrea Buckles, this easy read is a cute story of a student who is tricked into sticking out her tongue during her class picture!  Hopefully this story won't generate silly ideas for your own students before they take their own pictures.

Did you already have your Picture Day at school?  I would love to hear what books and activities you do in your classroom to prep your students for this special day!

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

So long subbing, hello full-time job!

First of all, is anyone have difficultly with blogger lately? For some reason I can't click on some people's blogs and it's really hard for me to catch up on my blog hopping!  Honestly, I think it's partly my internet's fault because it's been going on and off all weekend and it's driving me insane!  You don't realize how much you rely on technology, especially the internet, until it doesn't work! :(

So I am excited to announce that I am done with subbing and found a full-time job!  Today was my first day with the kindergarteners and I loved it!  I am the special education teaching assistant and I work the with autistic students in the classroom.  My district is trying something new this year by putting ALL of the children diagnosed with autism in one classroom, so then the teachers, aides, speech path, social workers, and others can all work with them and really focus on each individual's needs.  Today was a CRAZY day because Labor Day threw off their school routine.  I love how I know I will be going to school everyday without worrying if I have a "job" or not.  I learned a lot from subbing last year but I am glad to start a new adventure in this awesome kindergarten class.

I'm so happy to have my work figured out for this year so I can start focusing on my lesson and unit creations.  I have so many unfinished projects I need to go back to!  How do you guys do it with kids, prepping for work, husbands, etc?!  Kiddos to everyone who blogs daily on top of their busy, busy schedules.  I'm hoping by the end of the month I can pull out and share some of my new products with you.

Now, I will end my post with Farley's Currently September!

Today was so hot, I wish I didn't wear black pants! I was thinking the school would be nice and cool inside, but running around with kindergarteners sure does bring on the heat!

After meeting many lovely ladies in the building, everyone had such cute summer outfits and SHOES that I made many mental notes on new cute teacher clothes I wanted to buy! Wish I had time last weekend to shop over Labor Day for all the awesome sales.

I'm very lucky that my work is less than 2 miles away but I forgot to prepare my day with caffeine to a mid day "pick me up".  I definitely need to remind myself to buy some more Diet Cokes this week!

At first I was hesitant in moving back into my parent's house (and a NEW state). BUT I'm so happy I did.  The transition to Illinois is great and everything seems to fall into place.  I am in LOVE with our kitchen (I need to take pictures!) and I can't wait to start baking/goodies for friends and family.