I feel like I haven’t really been able to sit down and write about what’s been going on in a good while.
Things have been busy as we’ve ended our show with our community theater and finished up with our tutorial school. We still have another week to go here with my cottage school and as we all know the end of school can push you to your limits!
It’s hard to find balance between work, writing, family, friends, and sleep. One thing I starting making time for were my daily devotions. Right after the first of the year I made it a habit to begin the day with a cup of coffee and few words with the Lord. Thinking I would be getting less done if I took time out to read and pray actually proved me wrong. When I take 15-30 minutes out of the morning to focus on God, boy can I focus more on what I need to get done! It really is amazing and it sets the tone for the day.
I’ve been trying to get more sleep so I can get through the next two weeks and to start working on lessons for next year. I’ve been asking my third grade teaching buddies for tips and curriculum advice, and I can’t wait to spend a lot of time working with them on projects for next year.
For this month of April I’ve been working on a plant unit with my Kindergarteners. I’ve been asked to make more printables so I put together a little packet that incorporates both science and reading. Included is an informative emergent reader, 2 graphic organizers, and 4 sight word puzzles with a blank one for you to copy and program your own sight words.
My kids like to stand behind my shoulder when I’m creating. Little Red always wants to know what we’re learning about and my Princess always asks to do the graphics for me. So there is one of her graphics in the emergent reader.
My kindergarteners have already worked with this packet and I was pleased to see how much use we got out of it. Pixie still reads the emergent reader to me before bed. She even colored the little book to make it more her own after we read it a couple of times.
The graphic organizers have been great to work as a whole group. This allows them to review what they learned and it’s a quick check for me to see if they comprehended the information. Plus it gets them read to start writing!
The sight word puzzles were a great hands on way to practice spelling their sight words.
If this is something you are interested in for your home or classroom just click on the picture!