Wednesday, January 12, 2011

I'm Baaaack

I have declared myself well.  I don't cough all day, just a few times, and the head cold is nearly gone.  So Monday afternoon I was at the marriage factory, and Tuesday afternoon.  Tuesday morning I worked at school with the first graders.  Today, back to the marriage factory.  The weddings will take a lot of time and space to tell about.  So I will try to post about them tomorrow.  Now to school . . .

Yesterday I opened the door to the classroom and it was dark.  I first thought they were on a field trip and forgot to tell me.  Then I saw them all on the floor in front of a screen.  A representative from The Museum of Craft and Folk Art was doing a slide show on quilts.  I know, who knew there were still slide projectors around.  It was an interesting presentation on quilts in African American  history. Then they children did an art project creating a "quilt square" from paper and cardboard.  The rep then taped the squares together to make a "quilt" they could hang in the room.  Pretty cool.

While this was going on I worked on making packets of the children's work, separating packets of math worksheets, and putting together other packets to go home.  After recess we were back on schedule and I worked one on one with several students on reading. They worked on a word list and short vowel sounds in the short book they read. Then we worked on the Dolch List sight words, and finished with word families flash cards. The cards on front had an ending such as ut and the word but.  Then they turned the card over and there were four word they had to read: rut, cut, hut, strut.  Notice strut, a three letter blend.  Very difficult.  Most of the children got it with no problem. Interestingly, none of the children I worked with knew what strut means.  No, I did not get up and show them.

It was great to be back with the children. 

3 comments:

nomore said...

Welcome Back ! and Congrats !

Erik Appel said...

I was going to laugh at teaching little children "rut", and then I realized it was probably in the context of routine or wheels.

Janet A said...

Erik, I was thinking a rut in the road. That comes from growing up in the mountains of KY and NC. Remember, I learned to drive a pickup on a dirt road.