Currently October

Currently going insane????
I need to vent a bit - but I'll wait to the end of this post. 
Yesterday my son wasn't feeling well, so I took a sick day and stayed home with him, and actually he's not feeling bad today so we've had a great day together. We enjoyed singing to the ipod.  I just introduced him to the Backstreet Boys.
I really am going to try to update this blog more often
The problem is, I'm exhausted.
totally, and completely exhausted at the end of the day.
Well, I have been teaching for 20 years now, and this class is really testing my knowledge and patience with teaching.  
But enough of the complaining
I've decided to redirect my energy to this blog. 

Why not share with all of you about life in the Jungle?  That's what I secretly call my class this year.
I actually got a poster that says "welcome to our jungle" and put it up by my classroom door.
Everytime I pass it, I think to myself, "Yup!!  Jungle it is!!"


Is it really mid October???

Yeah, it's really mid-October.  I can't really believe it.  The past month and a half has whizzed by.
Like I've mentioned recently, I have an "active" class this year.  It's really taxing my teaching knowledge,  I can't simply go back to my usual routines and activities with this group. 
So I'm trying something new.
I'm taking this whole weekend to redo my planning so that I can start doing some effective teaching.
I'll update you as I go along. 
This is going to be an interesting journey so stay tuned...
On another topic, I wanted to let you in on a bit of a secret.
One of my co-workers, Rozana,  has a teaching blog and she's been a bit secretive about it.
I walk past her room every day and I'm always inspired by the artwork she does with her grade one class.  Click here to view one of my previous posts about her work.

Well Halloween is approaching, and so I've been getting more activity on my blog around this Halloween art idea.  Click Here to go to Rozana's blog - ARTventurous.

Thanksgiving Fun!!!

Well, this weekend is Thanksgiving here in Canada.
If you want to prep for your own Thanksgiving Study, this is the packet for you.

This unit is ideal for a Grade One of Two class.
This unit plan includes two big books, a shape book, a pattern book, and a finger play poem with language and art activities. This unit is language based, and includes lesson on reading, writing, singing, fingerplays and art. There are basic vocabulary lessons for Fall, Thanksgiving, and colours. There’s 35 pages of instructions and blackline masters.
You can get it at my Teacher's Pay Teachers store.