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August 2014 entries

First Day!

The first day of classes. I used to get nervous, worked up about my plan for the first day. Now, I realize that with the shortened schedule (we have home room on the first day), and the turning in of summer assignments, the first day is a get-to-know you day. I did a journal assignment with my classes, collected their summer work, and gave small homework assignments. Tomorrow we get down to business.

Aidan and Ellie had a great first day! I can't really get my brain around Aidan's being a 4th-grader. In our district, this means he goes to middle school next year. What the heck?! Gabrielle was a nervous wreck who couldn't sleep last night, but she had a fabulous day and aside from requesting a water bottle for tomorrow, everything was perfect!

And little Liam was "happy" and "cooperative," according to his behavior report. Life is good!

First Day!

First Day!

First Day!


Once More to the Lake

It's the last day of summer for the Connors, regardless of what the calendar may say. We went to Ricketts Glen for the day. The water was chilly, but that didn't stop the kids. Ellie and rented a rowboat and explored the area. It was a nice send off. Now that our schedules are less hectic, we will probably make the short trip to Lake Jean at least one more time this year.

Every August, I find myself wondering if I know how to teach. I know after 7 years I sound silly saying that, but it's true. My problem is that I can only plan so much until I know my students. I have lesson plans ready, but more importantly than the "what": who am I teaching? And I can't know that until tomorrow.

I love my job. I know I say this a lot. I'm not going to apologize for it. I love knowing that I am part of something magical: the development of minds and the changing of lives. So, it's goodbye summer and hello academic year. How exciting!!

Once More to the Lake

Once More to the Lake

Once More to the Lake


BeachTrip

After staying at my aunt's house for a few days, we embarked on a day trip to Strathmere beach in New Jersey (near Sea Isle). Aunt Betsey, my cousin Trish and her daughter Emma came on the joinery and it was a really great time!

Unfortunately, it does mean that summer has come to an end for the Connor clan. Liam starts day care tomorrow, I start in-service days Wednesday, and Mike goes back on Thursday. Time for an exciting new school year. See you when we do, Summer.

BeachTrip

BeachTrip

BeachTrip

BeachTrip


English is Tricky

Liam is almost 4, and it is so interesting observing his journey to language mastery. Here's a typical conversation:

"I seeded a bird out my window, Mom."
"You SAW a bird, Liam."
"Right. I saw-did a bird."

I can certainly sympathize with him (and all English-language learners). Our rules have so many exceptions--it's almost impossible to keep them all straight.

Liam has his own syntax that I almost hate to correct because it's so adorable:

"I very love this rock. It's my rock forever."

And he has his own units of measure:

"I am one little hungry and one big hungry."

How can I stifle that kind of creativity?


English is Tricky