... well sort of. We are *this* close to securing a date for our wedding! Can I get a woopwoop!? We spent ALL weekend going to reception venues... some (well, one) we LOVED and a whole bunch we... didn't. Yikes. I even took off Friday to head home early and get stuff done. Don't worry, this is already our fifth week of school. FIFTH! I so can't sympathize with you guys and gals just getting started. I'm mostly just jealous.
Having a sub makes me nervous this year... I have one of those classes. I literally wrote a whole page of "what to do if little Johnny does this..." "how to handle little Sally's total breakdown..." I didn't get a call from her
or the police so I can assume it went relatively smooth. Guess I'll find out tomorrow!
Speaking of tomorrow - it's September 10th (what?!) which means Tuesday is September 11th! Last year I found it pretty difficult to discuss the events with firsties... it's a challenge making that day "kid friendly" but I have found a few sources to help this year!
PS quick flashback story - Last year while discussing Veteran's Day one of my kiddos was convinced we were currently under attack from the bad guys... he was super concerned about precautions we needed to take ASAP to get out of harms way! Poor baby. Don't worry, I clarified... but he may be scarred for life.
I got this book last year and I'm sure most of you have seen it, but it is great!
Especially for first grade since it was written by first graders! Last year after reading it, one of my kids says "Wow, we can be authors just like those first graders!! Let's write a book!" You go, girl! But it's a very sweet, inspirational story depicted by first grade illustrations about 9/11. It can lead into lots of great convos. *Warning* you might tear up mid story. Just saying, be prepared.
Susan over at T.G.I.F. shared that Brain Pop has a free movie which I can't wait to show. She also shared some great freebies, so go download stat! I am also thinking about making a class craft like:
in conjunction with some sort of class unity activity. Do you do anything special for September 11th? I'd love more ideas!!