Monday, September 2, 2013

Our Class Chant and Hurray for the Long Weekend

At the end of every day, my students and I say our chant together. It's a lovely reminder of the hard work and positive interactions that occur each day in our classroom community.

Class Chant

I wrote the chant out on chart paper, but it looked very plain. So I pulled out a few colors of paint and had the students make hand prints on white squares of paper. Then, we practiced our skills with scissors and cut out the hands! After that, each student chose a color for a background or frame. The students glued their hand prints to the colored papers, and then cut around the hands leaving borders of color. It brightened up our class chant chart, and it involved everyone. I made my own handprint when I was demonstrating, but in the busyness of the day, I threw it away. So my handprint is the only one that's missing. Ha!

I have LOVED this three day weekend! I really needed some extra sleep and a little downtime. Of course, school is never far from my mind, but it was great to just hang out with my family. I got a pedicure and a manicure, watched Star Trek Into Darkness with my husband and kids, met my friend Nina for tea, and walked the dog (so relaxing!) We had lunch one day with my dad and step mom, had some long workouts at the gym, caught up on some cleaning projects, and folded lots of laundry!

Yesterday, my husband and I took a couple of the kids and went for a long walk near the airport. There's a nice little park and trail, and we love to watch all the action! There are so many planes landing and taking off!

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And there were beautiful flowers along the trail.

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And as I was walking across a cute wooden bridge, I saw an egret standing in the water. It started to fly away, but I got a picture, at least.

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I'm feeling rested and ready for another (short!) week.

Hope you've had a great weekend, friends! What did you do to relax and rejuvenate?


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