Tuesday, November 19, 2013

The Bubble Wrap Queen!

Have you heard of Julia Cook?  She is an author and she is fabulous!  No kidding…I've read at least 5 of her books in the last month addressing everything from tattling to listening!  I'm excited to be participating in Laura Candler's book review.

The Bubble Wrap Queen was unfamiliar to me so I found a copy and read it to my class last week.  I should probably mention that you could hear a pin drop as I read the book to them.  My kindergartners LOVE these books and they keep their attention until the end!
If you haven't read the book before, I will give you a quick run down of the plot.  The book is about a girl and her highly overprotective mother.  The mom's one true mission in life is to protect her daughter…from everything.  She proceeds to wrap anything and everything in bubble wrap so that she can keep her daughter safe.  One day she runs out of bubble wrap.  She goes to the store to buy more but the sales associate tells her that there is no more bubble wrap period because she has bought it all.  No more in that store, the other stores in the city, the state, or the nation.  The mom tells her daughter that she is left with no choice but to go back to the B.A.S.I.C.S.  {Be Aware and Safe In Common Situations}.  The mom teaches her daughter the importance about playground safety, bike safety, poison safety, etc, and the little girl overcomes her fear.
The discussions that followed this book were downright hilarious.  I now know all about how my students' mothers do not let them ride their bikes without shoes, or jump on their beds, or throw things at their baby sisters' faces.  :)  We talked about how our moms definitely want us to stay safe but want to teach us the importance of safety rather than just shielding us from everything.  Moms can't be everywhere all the time even though "they are like superheroes sometimes."

You can visit Julia Cook's site to find out more about how she is approaching tough subjects with kids through her writing.  I read many of her books multiple times throughout the school year…especially the ones on personal behaviors!  Head to her site {here}.

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Some Writing Journal Pics

I was asked to help out a friend with some writing samples for K so I took a few pics from October journals.  I'd like to share a few with you.
I was a Minnie Mouse.
I love my Mom. ("I love Mommy" in the speech bubble)
I love my dinosaur.
I like to play badmitton.
I love my gecko.
The bat can hang.
I love Mrs. Lirette. Riley. Mom. Dad. Lelu. Haley.
If you asked my kids they would probably tell you how mean I am during writing time because I have been refusing to spell words for them.  We've been segmenting and blending our hearts out lately so I've resorted to a little tough love.  Things are going pretty well, though.  We've come a long way in the last 3 months!  Clearly we need to work on punctuation still….  :)

Sunday, November 3, 2013

Weekly Visual Plans: Bears and Veterans!

With October behind us, I'm backtracking a little in our reading series to cover some stories we put on hold during the craziness of pumpkins, spiders, bats, and Halloween.  This week is going to hopefully be a little calmer as we attempt to get back into routine.  ;)

Here's the plan:
{Click to enlarge and download so the links are hyperactive.}
There is a festive rhyming words freebie in the plans that I posted about the other day.  I hope your kiddos enjoy it!