I’ve got to say, things are going pretty well. Although nothing is going according to plan (aka what I had envisioned at the beginning of this year) I am just going about my daily business fairly relaxed.
School is going well. My students are becoming a little more rambunctious and I need to get that under control, but they are all still so sweet and bright. I have just been relaxed with them and not been my usual Officer Mary that they are used to drilling them into submission. They are already beginning to make sentences and I will drill it into them by the end of the year! I want at least half of my students to answer questions with complete sentences by next February. I have yet to meet at 7-year-old who answers a question with more than one word, and I want to put an end to that bad trend.
Report cards are due this week. They are pretty tedious and time-consuming but I managed to knock them out of the way early. I also made a go-fish type phonics game. There are pairs of cards– one card has just a picture and the other has the corresponding three letter word (all simple short vowel words). We had our late meeting today and the other 6-year teachers sat around and played with me. I think it can be a successful game with 4 or more people. I like to trick the kids into learning by making games like that.
The weather is also improving a lot (it’s quite hot during the day but not humid yet) which I hope to take advantage of as much as possible. My family visiting reminded me of how much is accessible and that I have no excuse for being so lazy. I hope there will be a lot of hiking and exploring in my near future!