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Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Guess Who Went Back to School?

Well the day finally arrived. The day after Matthew turned 5 months old Megan headed back to kindergarten. We are all so glad that she took an extended time off to be with him. Not only was it good for Matthew, it was good for Megan to see that she “wanted” to work. She loves teaching and would miss it terribly if she was home all day. Her first day back was great. She was super excited about what her kids could do. Ms. Kristi did a great job getting them this far!
Megan received lots of love letters during writer’s workshop. Man….can they write! So where does this leave me now that my shopping partner is back at work? At home with Matthew! He is such a joy, but lots of work. I know now why young people have babies! I am so excited that I was able to cut back on work this year to stay home with him 3 days a week and only travel Sunday to work Monday and Tuesday!
Last week Megan started preparing herself for going back to work. She ironed her clothes, loved on Matthew and got some “teaching” things together. She decided that she needed to have some things that she did every week, repeating the same basic idea. She doesn’t want to have to stay really late prepping materials. Here are a few of the things she put together to help with vocabulary.
She is using our Academic Vocabulary packs to teach the academic vocab. Instead of creating the chart each week on chart paper, she just made it on a piece of poster board. She laminated the board so that she can use the same board every week. Children’s non linguistic representation of the word is drawn on post it notes and stuck to the chart. She plans to attach paper to the other section to have the children generate a definition. The chart in the corner shows a completed chart “the old way”.
You can read more about it here.
Here are the letters to make the title Vocabulary.
Here is the Literacy Vocabulary Pack.
Here is the Math Vocabulary Pack.
She also put together her ABC Chart for organizing Unit Vocabulary. I made mine, bottom corner, out of bulletin board paper. Megan made hers on to sheets of poster board that she taped together after she laminated them. (She was really quick to tell me that hers was cuter!  Smile) One day a week we brainstorm words about whatever we are studying in science or social studies. I write the words on post it notes and then we organize them on the chart. The children are also making their own chart at the same time. I love to do the same unit topic for a few weeks. So, after the first week, we add more words to the chart. These are the new words they are learning!
You can read more about it here.
This idea is part of our Pack It! Learn It! unit. You can see it here
So if you ever came back after having a baby, you know the kind of stress that it can add to your life! What’s your best tip for staying sane?
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krazy4K said...

Great post!!! So glad you are able to be with Matthew some too this year!!! Can't wait to see you in franklin tn in November!!! Love you Kim!!! You rock!!!

Teaching in the Tongass said...

I was fortunate enough to have my mom watch my baby when I went back. She was able to bring him in for me to nurse him every day for the first 6 months! It helped me to know I would see him in a few hours, which allowed me to focus on teaching and not worry about being a "bad mom." Also, the reminder that they are only little once helped me remember that no matter how long I stayed at work, there would always be more to do, but that I was missing valuable time with my baby that couldn't be given back.

Teaching in the Tongass

Jennifer Tice said...

Loving the monkeys!
Rowdy in First Grade

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