I wanted blank hardcover books and the publishing books (with pages that are sewed together) for my kiddos. They absolutely love publishing (since we only do it once a month.)
Here are some of my little ones digging into writing. I swear my room is always the most quiet when we publish. They are always super excited!
I started using a format this year that is heavy on pre-writing and I have been pleasantly surprised with their writing. We took our first grade writing diagnostic last week. As a part of the diagnostic they are told to sketch out a picture of ideas for their story on a blank piece of paper. I was so excited to see my kids sketching out and writing things that are normally on our pre-writing. :) I was such a proud teacher! ;)
As I graded some of them, I even had a few students that added alliteration, onomatopoeia and even inferences into their stories! I have some great authors! They often say, "Well... I was inspired by ....." It is just adorable!
Today our nutrition teacher, who is a retired teacher (and is paid by a grant) taught my class for half a day so that I could get assessments complete. She is working for free for each teacher half day.
I just love knowing that I work with people with such big hearts! She also was my long term sub at the beginning of the year when I was out for the first 3 weeks of school with vertigo! YIKES!!! It was awful!
She NEVER substitutes in k-1 but is such a sweetheart that she did it for me because she knew how worried that I was missing the first weeks of school.
I hope that you have someone just as great as our nutrition teacher in your work life! :)