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Friday, September 12, 2014

What a Week!

I thought the first week of school was the longest week in the history of time, but it turns out it was this week! :) We had Open House last night in the evening and I really felt like it was Friday already. I had 24 out of my 26 parents stop by, which I think is a record for me! Nothing like a 12-hour day to make you feel old! Now to write 24 thank you notes to send home tomorrow.

The other excitement-a few weeks ago I started feeling some pain in my knee. Well, it just continued to get worse and worse. I started actually having to limp around at school. Over the weekend it started to feel better, probably because I could actually stay off of it. Well, on Tuesday I'm walking down the hall and feel this "pop". Then I can't put any weight on it at all. So my doctor gave me crutches, which I could not manage-it made me too slow. So now it's specialists and tests--lots of fun and expensive stuff because I certainly have the time for that :). The kids were very sweet, helping me with my "crunches". And apparently that's what they learned in school this week because many parents asked me about it. They think I may have torn my meniscus. Right now the prescription is just to stay off of it, which we all know is just impossible for a teacher! :(

So yesterday was 9/11. I have a hard time teaching 5-year olds about this. It's just beyond their comprehension, the way the Revolutionary War and civil rights are beyond their understanding. So I read them this book (the story of it fascinates me):


A true story about a man named Phillipe who actually walked between the towers in the early '70's.

I talked about the memorial and how there had been a lot of discussion to decide what to make. We looked at other memorials and then I asked the kids to design their own 9/11 memorial.

This is what they came up with:









I am not usually one of those TGIF people, but this week, I am! Can't wait to relax a little bit this weekend! :)



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  1. So sorry to hear about your injury! I hope it doesn't require surgery.

    Absolutely love the idea of them drawing their own memorial. You always think of great ways to draw out their creativity!

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  2. Thank you Terri! I'll just keep on hobblin' and singing my song! :)

    You know it was a very last minute idea-wasn't even in my lesson plans *shhh*-but they didn't even know what a memorial was, so I think they definitely took something away from it.

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  3. Oh. That's no fun. Take care. I need to give The Man more attention. It is a great story with wonderful pictures.. I just love the art in 14 Cows for America so much that's usually what I do. I <3 their memorials!

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    1. I forgot about that book-that's such a great one! An amazing gesture they made. Thanks Ms. O! :)

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  4. Sure hope your knee gets better soon! Have a restful weekend.
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    1. Thank you Barbara. Certainly a humbling experience to say the least!

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  5. A week in school can sometimes get so demanding but i'm glad you managed to deal with it well. I wish that your injury goes away soon so you can get rid of those crutches. Wishing for your speedy recovery!

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