Sunday, April 12, 2015

How I'm surviving until summer ...

I'm linking up with Queen of the First Grade Jungle.
 To be honest, I don't want summer to be here. Yes I want to sleep in and spend time with my princess. However, I don't want to give up my class. I love them. They are wonderful. I'm so lucky to be their teacher!

Testing is finally over with. I am now able to spend the whole day doing fun and creative projects. This is the BEST time of the year. The stress is gone and we can have lots of fun learning. And I don't have to worry about getting in trouble for not being "on schedule". 

Spring is here! The birds are singing their delightful songs and insects are springing back to life. Almost everyone I know teaches life cycles around this time. My favorite life cycle to teach is butterflies.

The beauty of butterflies inspired me to create a wonderful teaching resource that incorporated fiction and nonfiction stories AND science. 

One of the teachers bought a milkweed plant and enclosed it with netting. This allows us to witness the amazing transformation butterflies go through. Visiting this sanctuary is one way I'm able to survive until summer. 

If you follow me on IG, you've seen the videos and pictures that I was able to capture. Before my very eyes (and the students') I was able to witness a caterpillar make its Chrysalis. It was quick and beautiful. 

The kids were able to make their observation of this transformation in their Butterfly Journal (part of my pack). They also had their iPads to record the event. 

Another way I'm going to be surviving until summer is by getting ready to bring this precious pup home (the middle one). He will be ours in May. His name is Brutus. He is a pure mutt. Look at that face!

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  1. That puppy is adorable and I agree, I will so miss my class. They are one of my favorite groups. Thanks for linking up.

  2. Oh, that puppy is precious!!! I'm a sucker for baby animals! Did you get that caterpillar in a kit, or did you get the chance to find it in nature??

  3. Mary, post-test is really a great time of year. We all know our kids so well and the pressure to race to the test is over.
    This is a great post; would you consider posting it to my End of School Link-up:
    Happy Countdown!