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Monday, December 19, 2011

Day 84- Short week

In fact, this week is over half way over already! Today was a full school day and tomorrow is a half day. (Well, for students at least)

Since this week is little off, we didn't start anything new. In fact, we took our Topic10 math test today to make sure we ended this year with some closure. After the test, we did some fun math activities; i.e. we did math solve and color sheets.

 Addition on the front

Subtraction on the back

This took the kids until lunch to finish, they stayed focused and relatively quiet, and I got some more grades! I walked around while they were working and watched how they answered the questions. Some used their fingers, some used unifix cubes and counters, and some used the count-up method. It just goes to show that one method is not always the best for everyone!

After lunch was recess, and thank goodness we went out! The day was gorgeous and the kids were getting antsy. Besides, the weather report is calling for rain later this week, so we need to take advantage of the sun as long as we can!

After lunch, we read The Teacher's Night Before Christmas

My students had these reactions:
"Mrs. Delk, this is a rhyming book!"
"Mrs. Delk, this is just like 'Twas the Night Before Thanksgiving book!"
"Mrs. Delk, does Santa really drive a bus?"

The fun part about the book, well, fun to me, was when my kids saw the illustrations. "Mrs. Delk! Those kids are bad!" I'm glad my students noticed! Thank goodness my students would never act in such a way. :)

To show off my students' sweetness, we made gifts for parents. Coupon books! I told my kids that when their parent used one of the coupons, they had to do what it said.

Cleaning up their room- without complaining
Doing homework- without having to be reminded

Setting the table- nice and neat!
Sleeping in late- I explained how important this is. My daughter wakes the house up every weekend at 7am. One of these days she will understand sleeping in.
Quiet drink- I explained that this didn't mean they they would make the coffee or tea for their parent, but if their parent sat down for a nice calming drink of tea or coffee, the student's job was to make sure to not break the peace and quiet with craziness.

Parents, make sure to use these coupons! Merry Christmas!

We had our Christmas party at the end of the day, but I didn't get any pictures, sorry 'bout that. It was also pajama day, but I didn't get those pictures either. I know, I'm horrible. I'll do better tomorrow!

** Tomorrow is a half day! Parents can begin picking up their students at 11:15 and buses will run at 11:30. Tomorrow is also the annual Christmas Sing-Along. It will start promptly at 8am with yours truly as the MC. Don't be late!

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