Each Saturday Ruth Ayres invites us to share and celebrate events, big or small, from our week. Looking for celebrations has certainly improved my outlook on my week. For that, I am certainly grateful to Ruth and to all of you who choose to celebrate with me.
Let the summer begin! What a great week this has been with so many fun activities, but I will celebrate just a few.
Celebration #1 - Our last day of school was yesterday, and as much as I will miss this class, I am so ready for a break. It is a time for me to rejuvenate, review my year and think about changes for next year. Reading of course, takes center stage along with pool time. Last year I "unofficially" participated in #bookaday because I had just entered this blogging-tweeting-sharing world and was just getting my feet wet. This summer, I am ready for #bookaday. Click here to read a post about the #bookaday challenge by Donalyn Miller at The Nerdy Book Club.
Celebration #2 - This week I celebrated books with my students. At the beginning of the year I challenged them to read 40 books as suggested in the Book Whisperer by Donalyn Miller. I think my students were surprised and proud of the reading they accomplished this year.
Celebration #3 - I received two Barnes &Noble gift cards from my students, so I will be making a road trip very soon! My TBR list is so long, and it seems like each day I add to it thanks to my blogging friends and Twitter! Please feel free to share any reading recommendations with me in the comments!
Celebration #4 - Thursday we had first annual Franklin Fear Factor. I will say this day ended up being much more fun that what we first anticipated. The teachers were divided up into teams and we had challenges such as catching crickets and worms, holding a 6ft. snake, drinking pond water (ginger ale with cilantro and relish) and passing crawdads. We even had three teachers catch a worm in their mouths for extra points. Here is a picture of two of my teammates - and YES she caught it! The kids loved it!
Celebration #5 - We had our first annual book swap. Students could bring in books from home and swap for new-to-me books. For our first ever swap, it was a huge success, and so many kids were able to take home books to read this summer. This was an easy project and would highly recommend it to any school!