Monday, August 14, 2017

Rules and Safety with Officer Buckle and Friends!

I like to begin every school year with a study on Rules and Safety.
This packet uses some of my favorite literature to support this theme.
Officer Buckle
Recess Queen
Kindness is Cooler
What if Everybody
Check out the adorable crafts!!

It starts with a review of what are the rules in the classroom.

That is followed by posters of the class rules and then a this kind? is this safe?

We also look at making wise choices and what is a recess friend vs a recess bully.

I also love talking about kindness.
This to me is KEY to a cooperative classroom.
I always that kind?
If yes then by all means follow through!

Officer Buckle allows for some great opportunities to get the class writing and illustrating rules they hope to follow.  I love creating a bulletin board using the craft and the stars.
Run these on yellow paper.

There is a game for partners or small groups and for more advanced student a response sheet.

Recess Queen activities include who is a friend or a bully and describing the characters in the story.
Through character identification we also get a clear picture of acceptable and not acceptable behaviors.

Friday, August 11, 2017

No David! Favorite David Shannon Stories

I think this is always one of the first books my students reach for each year.
By the end of the school year each of the David stories are well LOVED and often need replacing.
They are ideal for teaching class rules and learning from your mistakes.

This packet has vocabulary for posting and a cute little craft.

It includes differentiated activities to accommodate different levels of students.

I love the class rule booklet for each student to make, read and reread!

There is differentiated word work using ABC order and vocabulary from the stories.

The packet also includes a section on David Shannon which makes it ideal for an author study.

To see if students are comprehending there is a true/false and a fact/opinion.
I always encourage students to use the text while completing these.

Each of the David stories has an activity to accompany it.
Many are differentiated.

Finally there are 4 opportunities to look at David's character.

Thursday, August 10, 2017

The Journey of a Stroke

Monday! 8/7
To all of you praying...a miracle has taken place.
At 2:00 PM today we will be 72 hours after stroke.
At 5:30 AM today I walked into a smiling husband and kisses in ICU Neurology.
By 10:30 AM he had addressed questions (where am I and why am I here?) to the critical care doctor, responded to where he was (a shitty place) Hmmm U of M OR the Hospital we are not sure what he was thinking. He has NOT lost his sense of humor. 

He has taken control of the TV remote and is bound to work it himself and walked with PT help to his chair to sit up.
We have been informed he will move from ICU to the Stroke Ward soon.
Praise God and all of you praying. Please continue as the uphill climb will be a long one. XOXO

Written by my son Michael Henson Wednesday! 8/9:
It's been a whirlwind of a few days. I know people have been in contact and I haven't responded. My father was found unresponsive but breathing on Friday. He was life flighted to U of M hospital and was diagnosed with a bilateral thalamic stroke. For two days he slept with a ventilator and without waking. Monday, he opened his eyes, talked to us, walked, swallowed, and has eaten tiny amounts of soft food from a spoon. Due to the nature of the stroke he is incredibly tired and struggles to stay awake. His memory was hit hard but he remembers our family and the dogs and is able to tell all of us he loves us and give us a kiss. 
It's going to be a long battle and we don't know where the road will take us. But we will continue to give him positive energy and stimulate him and support him in his recovery. 

I ask for positive thoughts and prayers. He will get through this as we are a strong family.
Edited: we got to take him for a walk outside in the garden. He smiled and we talked to him about the flowers. We have ups and downs but I wouldn't trade this special man I call my father for anything.
(Matt Henson is not in the picture because he had to return home for a few days.)

Thursday! 8/10
So many angels have blessed us on this journey!
The first response team, the life flight team, the emergency room staff, nurses, doctors, pT, OT, Speech, neighbors, family, friends.
Although U of M has never been a favorite of ours due to rivalries we are now BELIEVERS!
We agreed this would be the first time we will openly cheer for a WINNING TEAM at U of M.
This staff is clearly that!!

So many miracles are taking place daily!
Today John was put in a room with an incredible view overlooking a huge pool (he was a swimmer at MSU), trees, and the helicopter landing pads.  He sat all day looking out that window.  MIRACLE
Today we were told John has been accepted into the intense neuro rehab program.  MIRACLE
Today I took part in the therapy sessions and am learning how I can support my husband in this long journey. I LOVED it and he really responded well to our work. Because of my experience with primary students I felt like an expert and I know this expertise will totally advance our work ahead as he learns to read, write, talk, and walk again.  MIRACLE

We continue to pray, work and love!
Thank you all for supporting us!

Let's Have Fun with Color!

Looking for Color Day Activities?
This bundle is perfect!!
The colors supported are...yellow, orange, red, blue, green, black and white.
Each packet is similar but the one shown here is for BLUE.

Each color day has a craft.
Red...Big red dog
Orange...Carrot, Fish, Splot
Black and White...Panda, Polar Bear
There are patterns included.

Each color day has activities with the color word:
Color the crayons with the word blue, trace the word blue, what things could be blue.

There involve simple reading, writing, and word work.

There are mini books to make about the color words.
They are differentiated for levels of students.

 Finally there are differentiated math activities, numbers to trace, and a simple math game for partners.

Sunday, August 6, 2017

A Loving Message

To all my followers! My husband of 40 years suffered a stroke Friday afternoon. He was life flighted to Ann Arbor and is in critical condition. I am writing to share because if you are a praying sort your prayers would be appreciated. Also I did not want to lose you as my friends and followers. I know my time online will be limited as I focus all my LOVE and ATTENTION on my husband. You have brought such joy to my life. I love creating and sharing. My business, FB page, and Blog are more than a job. They are a passion and bring me great joy.

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Constitution Day...September 17th

2017 is the 226th anniversary of the Constitution.
In 2004 it was decided that each educational institution that receives Federal funds for a fiscal year is required to hold an educational program about the U.S. Constitution for its students.
Don't fret...

This packet is perfect! 
Let's begin with vocabulary cards for posting and word work activities for placing in the word work center.

The informational text comes in three forms:
 a one page anchor chart style, a print/fold/read booklet, and a 6 page mini book.
These are ideal for partner reading, small groups or guided reading with a whole group.
Highlight key words and key concepts.

Those are followed by a true/false assessment, a definition page, and a partner game.
My favorite is the "SCHOOL" Constitution the class will create.

Also included in the packet is a section on the Bill of Rights.
The focus is on Religion, Speech, and Written.
Students have an opportunity to read and write about the freedoms they enjoy.
Not shown are writing pages and a class book cover.

There is an anchor chart for what traits a "good citizen" shows.
And there is a partner game for demonstrating "good citizen" traits.

Back to School Thank You!!

Right now across America, weeks before school begins, teachers are in their classrooms getting ready for their new students. It takes a LOT of time and resources (often their own $) to set the stage for a successful year. They think and plan and obsess over the message the classroom environment communicates to students and all who enter. It's not about "cute" (although we ❤️cute!), it's about making sure kids feel welcome and know this is THEIR learning space. It's about making sure needed supplies are there and accessible. It's about setting the stage for independence so self-reliance and confidence are built. The skills needed to achieve a great classroom environment start during college training but are honed over years of working with children and their families as well as what we learn from our work buddies. Sometimes a teacher's family helps or former students/families. I benefited from all of those and you know who you are! Lucky me! Now, I get to help a friend or two and pay it forward with great joy. There is nothing as wonderful as helping others who truly appreciate it. ❤️
P. S. If you know a teacher and wonder if she or he could use anything, don't hesitate to ask!