Friday, March 15, 2013

Positive Fridays - Week of March 10th, 2013

Happy Friday everyone!  How many of you are on spring break this week?  One more week and the kiddos here will be on spring break as well.

Let's get to the fun positives!

Last Friday, I worked half a day in Kindergarten and then half a day in 2nd grade.  It was a fun day at a school close to home.

  •  I came in and found out the Kindergarten teacher was at school, but she would be testing children in the classroom while I helped monitor them.
  • I got a few hugs and many hellos from children in the morning on their way to class and had the chance to talk to a 4th grade teacher who used to teach at the school that I did a couple of years ago.
  • The children had fun watching some videos including a few of Dr. Seuss books.  They also tore tiny pieces of paper to put on an umbrella.  Then for the handle they wadded up tissue paper and glued it on.  It was to go on a bulletin board.  It looked super cute, sorry I don't take pictures while subbing, but I bet one of you could make it and share it with us!
  • The 2nd grader teacher was happy to see me as she was headed to the airport.  She thanked me for subbing for her.  
  • Several children told me within the first hour that I was the best sub and very nice.  
  • They worked on SRA stories, prounouns, and a little bit of S.S. I didn't have much time with them because they had lunch and activity.  
I didn't get to work again until Wednesday for a half day at one of my favorite schools that I sub at a lot near home in Kindergarten per teacher request!
  • When the children came in a parent and child were so excited to see me as I had subbed for her the previous year a few times.  She was a retained student, but so excited!
  • It didn't take long for the other children love me as well and they giggled at my after I told him it's hop like bunnies hop.  
  • At recess a slew of Kindergarten children came running to me to give me hugs and say hello as I've subbed for many of the Kindergarten classes this year.
  • One girl in particular kept trying to tell her that I was her old teacher (she meant sub) and she loved me and wanted me to be her teacher again.  That was the sweetest thing to hear a child try to tell a teacher how much she liked me yet again!
  • I read a couple of stories including "Have You Filled A Bucket Today?", the children wrote about their favorite part of one story, worked on literacy centers partnered with children from another Kindergarten class who I have subbed for a few times, and used counters to add and subtract.
  • They were a sweet, well behaved, fun group of children.
On Thursday, I got a wake up call to sub in 1st grade.  I was back at the same school as last Friday, which was awesome for a class that I had subbed for before Thanksgiving.
  • The children remembered me and one girl immediately told me that I am her favorite substitute.  She then wrote it in her writing journal!  She knew how to fill my bucket.
  • I read a couple of stories to this group including "Have You Filled A Bucket Today" and we discussed what we could do to be be kind.  One said to give her friend a hug and then gave her a big hug.  After that story before we did Math she came up and gave me a hug and then so did her friend.  This was the same child who earlier told me I was her favorite substitute.
  • Earlier on the way back from lunch a child yelled my name and I turned around as she smiled and gave me a hug.  A group of 2nd graders waved to me.  The children at this school are so sweet and kind!
  • This group of students had fun decorating a kite (Wed. they flew kites for Kite day) out construction paper that I cut for them.  They also put numbers in order on a number line that were all mixed up and learned about the sun and stars.
  • They were a sweet group of nice children who used their manners and were respectful.
I am working in 2nd grade today at the school I was at Wednesday and I can't wait to tell you all about it next week.  I'm sure these children will amaze me too with their kindness.

Be sure to share your positives in the comments below!  Thanks for hoppin' by Hopkins' Hoppin' Happenings.  Keep on smiling!

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