Friday, July 13, 2007

A Tribute to Teachers!

If you ever walk into my classroom you will see that I love children's books. Not only do I love to read them but I love to give them as gifts as well. This week I found a great book for a principal friend whose theme is centered around gardening - Mrs. Spitzer's Garden by Edith Pattou. I couldn't wait to share this book with everyone and anyone. This is a wonderful story about Mrs. Spitzer's metaphorical garden to her Kindergarten classroom. Year after year she is given a new pack of "seeds" that she will plant and nurture. This wise teacher recognizes that some will grow faster and stronger than others, yet they will all flourish if given enough love and tender care. At the end of the year, her little "seeds" have grown strong and her job is done. She closes up her classroom, puts away her "tools", and begins to plan for the next year. This book is a tribute to all teachers and their dedication to their "gardens". I hope you will share this book with a friend, a teacher, a colleague, or just buy it for yourself!

Thursday, July 5, 2007

Off We Go...

We are now in the middle of summer. This week my kids and I are leaving to visit family and spend a couple days at the beach with some friends. Then we head home and all of us pack for our upcoming trip to Hawaii. I think I am more excited than the kids. I am really looking forward to sharing pictures with my upcoming class and posting them here as well. I have finally finished working on a new vocabulary unit with some colleagues for next year which we are very excited about. We will be using it with our Kindergarteners. So now we are off to relax, do some reading ( can never get enough time for that), and spend quality time with the kids. Before we know it, it will be just in time for school!