Students came back today to start the second semester;
it made my heart happy to see my littles again.
I especially love the conversations that went like this:
Second grader: Hi Mrs. Gruener. We got a puppy for Christmas.
Me: Oh, I'll bet it's adorable. What kind is it?
Second grader: Brownish-blackish.
After I checked in on everybody, I switched out the books in our character case. I figured I'd go with some self-help and inspirational titles.
Do you have any of these on your shelf?
Ish by Peter Reynolds
A Teaspoon of Courage for Kids by Bradley Trevor Greive
Stand Up For Yourself & Your Friends by Patti Kelley Criswell
Kids Make It Better by Suzy Becker
The Blue Day Book for Kids by Bradley Trevor Greive
Everything I Need To Know I Learned from a Golden Book by Diane Muldrow
Someday by Peter Reynolds
Which books would you choose for this month's case?
Then, I got some good news from Free Spirit Publishing ...
My name was selected in their December 2014 Customer Appreciation Shopping Spree. So next I went shopping and there are some amazing new resources coming my way. Thank you, Free Spirit.
Finally, I started this bulletin board in the cafeteria. I've got an artsy friend coming next week to add a Lorax and a little foliage. I plan to gather student reflections to put on stars around the edge as a border. We'll see what develops.
So I'll ask you, too: What will you do to make this year better?
May your second semester be delightfully dreamy.