Friday, April 13, 2012

Wowzers!

Well it happened again...that thing called LIFE!!!  Only this time it was a downpour!  March came in like a lion and left like a lion with the death of both of my maternal grandparents within 10 days.  My grandmother suffered a massive stroke on March 11 and passed on March 16th.  She had just turned 81 (March 3), relatively healthy, very outgoing and a talented quilter.  My family is blessed to have her gift of quilting to remember her and we know that we are wrapped in her love when we snuggle one of her quilts.  She made each of us numerous quilts, each one made with great thought as to our likes.  She made them for special occasions, like birthdays, weddings, graduations and births.  What a treasure!  My grandfather was 93!! He passed just 10 days after my grandma. What a love affair they had after being married for nearly 58 years. That is something to be proud of as this is becoming a rarity.

April has left me with 7 weeks left of the school year.  This year has flown by! We met the incoming kinders last week and I will be teaching the students who just aren't quite ready for the rigorous curriculum.  I'm excited and nervous all at the same time and I know I have a lot of prep work to get done over the summer.  I am really hoping to become a more avid blogger and maybe with my new class I will begin creating things for them! We will see...not making any promises!

We have a plant unit and a farm unit coming up and I think we will try to squeeze in butterflies too! I will try to take pictures and post what we are doing!

Happy Spring (and Friday the 13th!)

~Steph

2 comments:

  1. Hi Steph!

    I'm so sorry for the loss of your grandparents. It sounds like they were wonderful people. I think 58 years is amazing, too!

    I wanted to respond to your comment on my blog about thematic teaching. To make a long story short, since we switched to the Common Core Standards this year, we basically used the curriculum map we had used the year before and instead of breaking everything up into chunks of Comm. Arts, Math, Science and Social Studies, we decided we were going to have to integrate everything or there was no way we'd ever fit it all in. Do you have a curriculum map or pacing guide that you go by? If not, Google Kindergarten Common Core Pacing Guide and there are a variety of them out there. That might help get you started.

    As far as themes were concerned, we basically chose science and social studies relevant themes and incorporated them into math and Comm. Arts. That way, we didn't feel like we were completely reinventing the wheel. However, I'm not going to lie, we have had many themes where we thought there were pieces missing and we didn't have the resources we needed to make the unit our absolute best. (This year has been all about trial and error!)

    I really liked Deanna Jump's units and Deedee Will's a Peek at My Week because what they were doing generally landed around the same themes we were incorporating.

    If you'd like me to give you a list of our themes, I'd be happy to make one for you. Just let me know. I didn't tie myself to a schedule so much this year with each them. In the past, I would say one unit would be one week, another might be 2 1/2 weeks. This year, I let my students needs determine where I was going. I felt like I had to because I didn't want to spend as much time teaching to the middle if you know what I mean. I did a lot of pretesting this year so that I wasn't beating a dead horse, so to speak.

    I hope this helps a little. I'd be happy to help you in any way I can. Just let me know. Also, don't hesitate to ask. I don't have all the answers, but I have lots of fabulous readers that could help, too!

    Blessings,
    Marlana
    Lil' Country Kindergarten

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  2. Hello- I just found your blog and wanted to let you know that I am sorry for your loss. I also teach kindergarten and we end our year with similiar themes. We just finished our far theme and are now working on an ocean theme. We will finish with insects, butterflies and pond life. The end of the year is always so crazy. I feel your pain. You have an adorable blog and I look forward to following you! I have a new blog and would love for you to stop by.

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