I have been on spring break this week and since we did not travel anywhere, I have spent a LOT of time looking around at all the great blogs I have recently discovered! I feel like I have found a treasure! There are SO many blogs that post exactly the type of information and ideas that I am looking for! In fact, as I sit here writing this, I have 21 tabs open across the top of my browser - each one a different blog or link from a blog that I just can't close until I take one more look! If you're wondering which ones I'm looking at, just take a look at the list on the right-hand side of the page - those are some I have discovered, so far. Anyway, while I am so excited to have all of these new resources (and am so grateful to all these bloggers who take the time to share their great ideas), I am also falling prey to "information overload"! When I see what all these folks are doing it just makes me want to try it all! Yesterday I just had to "walk away from the laptop" to gather my thoughts about all this. So, I've told myself that I just need to focus on one idea/week/day at a time and not try to take on too much all at once. There. Now that that's said, here's what we'll be doing the week after spring break.
vote. I've done this with one class already and they had a really good time with it. It should be a fun week!
After that, our focus will be poetry for the remainder of April. I've planned 2 week projects with each grade level - kindergarten will be making their own "terse vese" after we read One Sun: A Book of Terse Verse by Bruce McMillan. First graders will take a look at some bio-poems online then write/illustrate one of their own, and 2nd grade will do a photo/poetry project based on The Best Part of Me by M.Tingley & Wendy Ewald (did this one last year and LOVED the result). As we do all of this, I hope to incorporate some of the awesome poetry center ideas that I've found on my new, favorite blogs! Thanks for reading ! ~D