So I did it....I went back to work today. There was a moment this morning when my alarm went off at 5:45 that I thought hmmm....another day off... then I thought...better not!
So off to work I went, and guess what? It wasn't half bad! In fact, it was quite the enjoyable day! I think the kiddos were just as exhausted as I was, so most everyone was pretty well behaved. In all honesty, I was actually quite happy to go back and get into the routine again, but I was worried they might be a little off the wall. I guess I should give them more credit :)
Today we talked all about the New Year. Only 1 of my 20 littles knew anything about NYE, so they just soaked it all up. We reviewed the months of the year, and most of us agreed that January was the beginning of a new year. However, there was one little sweetie that just couldn't understand why he was still in first grade if it was a new year.
Our conversation went like this:
Me: So since its now January, that means that it is a brand new year...2013!
Student: But wait....how come we're still in first grade?
Me: Well, you will be in first grade until the end of the school year, which is in May. The school year is different from a regular year.
Student: So when is 2nd grade???
Me: You will go to 2nd grade next school year...which starts in August.
Student: Yep...you lost me.
Ha! I couldn't help but chuckle at that one.
Once we all agreed that it was a new year, we started talking about some of the traditions that typically take place around New Years. We talked about what might happen in 2013 and made some predictions.
|A twister and a flood? Umm...no thank you! Talk about doom and gloom!|
|Parties and summer...yes and yes!|
|Ummm...she must think her mama is going to be one busy lady! A new brother and a new sister? Whew!|
BTW I tried to rotate this picture a hundred times....grrr!
We also talked about goals and resolutions, and how to work hard to reach them. I asked each student to think of a goal that they will work towards this year, and then we made these cute little Pinterest-inspired craftivities to go along with it.
|"My new year goal is to win a medal for a race."|
|"My new year goal is to finally win a basketball game."|
|"My new year goal is to do my homework every night"|
We also completed a telling time activity and an ABC order activity from Cara's awesome new year pack from last year.
And guess what people? Then it was time to go! Talk about a quick day :)
Now I just have to plan something for tomorrow....crap. At least its Friday!