I still can't get over how different this year is! I feel so relaxed and happy when I go home at night which is refreshing and so needed.
I have a great group of kiddos this year too. I am enjoying them so much. Even The Husband has pointed out how much happier I am when I come home :)
It's been so busy though I haven't had much time to think, let alone blog :) I did want to quickly post and update some of the pictures from our room.
The first week of school we talked about our brains and how important it is that we drive our own brain toward learning mastery. We talked about growth mindset and how that means not giving up and using the word "yet" when we don't know something (i.e. "I don't know how to do this, yet"). It was a powerful lesson and I love the brain cars :) They are so cute. The kids refer to this poster ALL THE TIME during the day which is even better. I hear them telling each other "you should say YET"
Last year I did away with my prize box and used Brag Tags instead. I wasn't sure how it would work out but it was awesome. The kids LOVE them and honestly it is so much more meaningful than a dumb trinket that will break because they get to KEEP these at the end of the year. This is our Brag Tag board. Each student has a ball chain necklace and they hang their brag tags here all week. On Friday morning during our Circle Up time, the kids get their brag tags and I present any tags that were earned that week. They then get to wear their brag tags around on Friday (except to lunch and recess because I don't want them to get lost or broken). The kids LOVE it and it was so fun to see them talk about their Brag Tags to their parents at Open House too. :)
I bought some foam insulation at Home Depot and a fabric shower curtain at Target and made this word wall (or "No Excuse Words" Wall as I like to call it). It is so stinkin cute! It has words on it now but I didn't take a new picture of it after I put them up. I just love how this looks. So adorable and fun.
I am truly enjoying my job so much more this year. That is such a nice feeling. I liked my job last year but I am LOVING it this year. So much less stressful with fewer kids and my only behavior problems are talking. Since I get paid to talk all day, I can definitely deal with that :)
And we had a full moon yesterday and my kids were not crazy! (Hoping that doesn't mean they will be on Monday haha). This year is off to such a fabulous start and I can't wait to see what happens next.