I left this little note for my sweeties on the Chit Chat board for my sub to read to them. I had two of them absolutely BAWLING as they left the room yesterday, saying that they just couldn't do it without me. Gosh they are so cute! One of them even brought me a "Get Well" gift full of yummy treats, magazines, and paintings she made to brighten my days. It totally made my day.
As I mentioned the other day, I spent most of my time this week planning for my sub. I am a bit of a organizational perfectionist. I knew that I would not be able to leave unless I had everything setup perfectly. I have a sub binder that I keep in my room in case I am ever out for a day unexpectedly, but that just wouldn't do it for the whole week. This is the Sub Binder that I always keep in the room:
And here is what I did for my sub this week: I organized everything by subject and labeled baskets for each. I put it all in order by day. So basically, all she has to do is pull the top thing out of every basket for the day. (This literally makes me want to jump for joy. I swear to you, I have an illness.)
Pretty fabulous right?! I felt a million times better about leaving having everything ready for her.
Earlier this week we finished up our Martin Luther King Jr. activities. We started by reading the book "The Crayon Box That Talked" by Shane Derolf. The book makes a fantastic addition to MLK Jr. lessons. It is about a box of crayons that is full of colors that do not get along. They don't know why they hate each other, but they just do. As the story goes on, the crayons begin realizing that they do like the other colors and that when they work together, they can make a beautiful picture! To introduce this, I gave each of the littles a blank piece of paper and asked them to draw a line down the middle. I then had them use only their pencil to draw a picture on the left side. It could be whatever they wanted it to be. After they finished, we looked at the pictures and discussed how we felt about them. The kids were so sad that they couldn't color with crayons! Next, I told them to make the exact same picture on the right side, but this time they could use as many colors as they wanted! They did such a fabulous job. We had a long discussion after about how beautiful the world can be when we all work together, just like the crayons!
After completing this activity, the kids began realizing how special and unique each of them is and how working together makes the world a better place. Each child made a self portrait using a crayon template to add to our class "box of crayons".
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And that's my 3 day week in a nutshell. I'm going to prepare myself now for this afternoon. And just so you know, I'm starving. I wasn't allowed to eat anything after midnight last night and now I am famished. I want to eat everything in my fridge, especially the pizza lunchables and doritos. I know, I know, I have the eating habits of a five year old. Sigh. Hope everyone is having a good day :) I'll give you an update as soon as I can! HUGS!
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Live, Laugh, I LOVE Kindergarten's Love Monsters Pack
Fashion Craze Learning Days' Valentine's Day Short Vowel Bingo Pack
Moore Fun in Kindergarten's Valentine Math
Keepin It Kool in Kinderland's Candy Conversation Heart Estimate and Graph Activity
Lovely Literacy & More's Heart Ten Frame, Valentine Long Vowel Sort, Valentine Addition and Subtraction Word Problems, and Valentine's Day Decor
Mrs. Pauley's Kindergarten's Valentine's Day Literacy & Craft Activities
First Grade Smiles' Valentine's Day Math and Literacy Activities Pack