We have a lovely, big, walk through storeroom in between my classroom and the one next door. On Monday (student free for us) our teacher aides spent the day cleaning it out because it was literally bursting at the seams and needed a really good re-organise. Amongst all the treasures that have been saved and stored for the past 12 years was a big box of cassette tapes! My classroom stereo has a tape player, so I gladly took the box and sorted through it. I now have about 50 new stories on tape, some classic kids' music (Psalty the Singing Song Book, anyone?), and this baby:
My kidlets and I had great fun looking at the 'olden days' tapes and dancing along with Mickey and Minnie.
My new group work table arrived! YAY! I love the colour combo of the gorgeous blue table and my turquoise and orange stools from Ikea.
This week we fed our Alphabet Monster with some words to revise the 'th', 'sh' and 'ch' sounds. One of my little treasures wrote 'fum'. I was just amazed that she could connect the word 'thumb' with the 'th' sound, and could even point to the letters 'th' written on the board, but still used an 'f' because that's how she pronounces the sound. Anyone know how that works?!
Yesterday was World Teacher's Day, which is celebrated at our school as a general staff appreciation day. The boss gave us all movie tickets, and my cheekiest kidlet gave me a beautiful bunch of lilies and roses. Even more beautiful than the flowers was the really warm hug that his mum gave me along with a genuine thank you for teaching and loving her son. Wouldn't our jobs be wonderful if we had a moment like that every week? :)
During Discovery Play time this week some of my girls wanted to make their own Alphabet Monsters to take home with them. I had a million and one assessment tasks I needed to do during that time... but sitting with them at the Creation Station to help them was a much more appealing choice. :) Plenty of time for assessment next week.
I'll be back hopefully tomorrow to share some of the activities my kidlets loved working on this week, but for now I'm off to have a glass of wine and get some serious pinning done. That's what all the cool kids do on a Saturday night, right??
Happy weekend bloggy friends!