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Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Read A Thon with PJ's

I love a short week! This week was a full day yesterday and a half day today. 

What can you do with a half day? Well for us, it's a great time to practice all those reading skills we've been working on all year. 

So we let the kids have a Read A Thon! What does that mean in your school? In ours, it means we invite the students to wear their PJ's (or pea yammas as the Hispanics say!) {I'm sure that's not spelled right, but that's how it sounds when they say it!}

They also can bring in a stuffed animal, blanket, or pillow as long as it fits in their back pack and no bigger! 

And for our morning we lay around and read to ourselves, to a friend, or to our stuffed animals. We also use this time to take Accelerated Reader tests. I made a 100% Chart. If they score 100% on a test, they can sign their name to this chart.

 It's a great incentive for them to work harder and get more questions right. I have 27 students and there were 49 100% tests. I didn't count the ones that hit 80% but I heard a lot of them tell me that's what they got.

I took lots of pictures, but I left that camera at school. Sorry!

Today was also the last day of my Trine Student. Trine University is about 45 minutes away. They send us students every year for about 4-5 weeks. These students need to be exposed to students with more diversity. Our schools have about 30-40% Hispanic and just a few other cultures.

My student was a perfect match with me. She and I hit it off immediately. It was a lot of fun to watch her work with my students and learn to love them the same way that I do. She will be student teaching in February and that classroom will be extremely happy to have her. I sure wish she could have student taught with me next semester. 

Below are two gifts she made for us.

She made my day with these! My kids are in to adjectives and this will be a great reminder to them of what an adjective is!

When we said good bye today, I felt a tug at my heart. I know she'll do well, and I know we'll keep in contact. But it was still hard to let her go. 

Do you ever get to help college students practice their craft?

One last thing! As we are all getting ready to sit around a table with those we love, I want to share a picture of my love. . . .my grandaughter. 
First of all, she got her cast off and she's so much happier to have use of both arms!
Secondly. . . do you remember when YOU could sit like that? If I could EVEN get my legs to go like that now, I would need a crane to lift me up!

Happy Thanksgiving!


1 comment:

  1. What a great day! PJs, presents, and time with books. Hope you have a wonderful weekend!


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