Thursday, August 19, 2010

2 weeks down, 38 to go...

Another delightful little perk of having to change rooms this year is that my new room has no bulletin board in the hallway. Now, I know LOTS of teachers who would be thrilled about this, as it means no board to change every month (per New Principal's orders), but I, for one, am pissed about this. Most of you probably know that I LOVE to put boards together, and I love to display my babies creative masterpieces, as well as their academic work.

All I have now are some "splotches" of wall in the hallway. I have a huge radiator outside my door, which doesn't allow for a bulletin board to be hung there. I have a little bit of room above the radiator, and some room next to it, which I've decided will have to serve as my "board." Today, I put some papers up in the hall that my babies made in preparation for open house. The pictures aren't the best, but you should be able to click on them for a close up.

The babies and I brainstormed for a couple of afternoons to come up with a list of describing words for every letter of the alphabet. On the third afternoon, I made them a 'practice' paper with their name written down the side, and they needed to pick one word for each letter that they thought described them. Now, I've seen older kids do this, and they were obviously much more successful. They could actually give some serious thought about what words they wanted to use to accurately describe themselves. My babies, on the other hand, just randomly picked words off the list for each letter. Nevertheless, the finished projects turned out pretty cute. I made them each a 'good' paper, with their names spelled out in stickers, and then they copied their words from their 'practice' paper. Then, they were to draw a picture of themselves at the bottom of the page.
Here are a couple of closer pictures of some particularly cute ones.

I know I have yet to really write anything about how the year is going so far, despite the fact that tomorrow marks the end of the 2nd week with the kids. But, my mommy taught me that if you have nothing nice to say, say nothing at all. I'm sure I'll feel like sharing soon, but for now, I'd rather just leave it alone.


Pissed Off said...

Back 2 weeks, I feel for you. We go back after Labor Day and I am trying to enjoy every second of the time.

Cute work.

M said...

I have to be at work tomorrow...drove in from SLC today...all day!

Cute activity...I have no board splace either...bummer! I see the countdown has begun!

Loved the name update :)

Katy said...

I love it! "Unigue", "Strange" - you're teaching MY kind of kids! LOL

Busy Bee Suz said...

The work the kids did is really cute, such great & big words. Goes with the great & big names.

C said...

hey my word verif is "phaturse" so is that really like phat arse but with an accent...?

i love how you call all the kids your babies- you're such a mama..

i can easily see how studly resembles my son in that one picture---- oooohhh scareeee aint it... ;)

i think you are very creative and even with just a lil room, you will put together a fabulous board... bastards, leavin you wiff no space like that. i am still pissed off that they booted you out of the room you'd been in for all those years..

love the artwork, sooooo cute and impressive!

yeah it's weekend!

Bestest Friend said...

Nice activity! Any feedback from you-know-who?

Btw....did you say YOUR mom taught you not to say anything if you didn't have anything nice to say?!?!? KIDDING!!

karen gerstenberger said...

I hope it gets better every day. I just love the way you include art with writing (and, I gather, singing with everything)! Since art and music and drama all enhance life, when you work the arts into their lessons, it must bless everyone. Art is SO important - it feeds our souls! Blessings to you and your new babies.