I have been brainstorming which I'm sure is a good thing. I'm adjusting my clothespin system from a form of losing recess to being a positive thing to where they can move to a positive level if they go above and beyond that day. I'm going to try to celebrate the positive a little more :)
I finally made a decision about classroom decorations and I decided on these cute little owls from Trend Enterprises. I LOVE THEM! I knew that I was meant to have them when I looked in the packs and decorations and there were FIREFLIES! I was sold and I knew that it was meant to be :)
I'm thinking about hanging twinkle lights from my ceiling to maybe give the illusion of fireflies on the ceiling or even stars...I've also seen something on pinterest to put tissue paper in mason jars and use the battery powered tea lights maybe that will give the illusion as well. We've also found baby food jars and are looking into glow in the dark paint so each kid could have their own "firefly jar." I'm also looking into bright colored lanterns to hang from the ceiling I just can't decide about those.
I received the keys to my new classroom yesterday and I am just waiting for the wax to dry so I can move in and get started! I want to have my room decorated before I even start teacher inservice week in August. I feel better whenever I have everything taken care of before then.
I attended a workshop over Writer's workshop and I enjoyed it! I know if I enjoyed making all of the little things for my notebook my kids will too. I'm looking forward to incorporating my multi-sensory grammar with it. Are any of you using writer's workshop in your classroom? Do you have any successful experiences to share?
I know I probably keep on promising this but I nearly know I will have stuff to share once I get a little more settled in and my life slows down a bit. I haven't really even had time to stalk anyone in awhile :(
Have a wonderful week!