Rewind 8 months ago.
Eight months ago seems like yesterday.
I was sitting at my desk at school when I saw the message. An unknown number. But the voice on the other end was going to make me an offer I couldn't refuse!
Presenting for SDE! The Texas First Grade Conference to be exact.
As the months went by and the day was getting closer, I was still living in a dream. Was I really going to present to other teachers? Me?!
Fast forward to real time.
The weekend arrives that I have to leave. It's becoming real now.
Let me just say.... everything that I imagined would happen or the way I would feel.... couldn't come close to what I experienced.
I met some of the MOST amazing people. I met teachers who I have followed and admired for years. These ladies are absolutely some of the sweetest and funniest people I have met! They welcomed me into the presenting world with open arms and made me feel so much more comfortable!
Cara Carroll, Erica Bohrer, Reagan Tunstall, and Me!
I can't even put into words!
They were even so amazing that they let Mr. Husband hang out with us! I'm sure he didn't mind spending a few days, dinners, drinks, and lunch with a group of ladies! (I mean we had to have a photographer...right?!)
I attended at least one of each of their sessions and I definitely am taking SO much back with me to my classroom! They are truly gifted in what they do!
Another group of amazing teachers that came....my very own team of teachers AND administrators!
The ONLY thing that wasn't perfect.... was that I missed my sweet baby turning SIX! I knew that when I accepted 8 months ago that this day would arrive, but it was a little hard (I'm not gonna lie!)
However I got out of my presentation and had a message on my phone from Jaxon's SWEET teacher....
Gosh I love this boy! I just can't believe he is already SIX. Gosh.
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So.... enough about one of the most amazing weeks that I have ever had....... After getting home after 11:00 (at night!) ~ if you know me.... that's like 4 hours PAST my bedtime!
The 5:00 alarm came WAY too early Wednesday morning :(
It was back to work in my classroom.
This week we got right back to where we left off last week..... Sentences!
I don't know what it is.... but my babies *always* struggle with punctuation. They usually remember to put it at the end of their sentence.... but finding the correct one..... can be a problem!
We started off by identifying our "question" words. We are continuing to add to our list as we find new words within our text!
My sweeties were really getting the hang of this! Every time they see a "question" word now.... it's like a celebration! HA!
Today we played an activity "Snowball Sentence Sorting".
I put these little telling and asking cards into a bucket of snow (cotton balls) and the kids had to pick one out.
They had to write that type of sentence onto an index card using all of the correct parts of a sentence AND of course.... the correct punctuation!
Each of the students selected their card and wrote their sentences.
They each came up one at a time and read their sentence. Their audience had to tell them where to sort their card!
Y'all!! I actually talked about this activity in one of my sessions at the SDE conference.... but you can use these CHEAP dog dish bowls for just about anything! (and at 98 cents.... I have a few!)
I just used Velcro to attach the title cards.....
You can grab these sorting cards AND some free punctuation posters by clicking the picture below.
(HINT - I made the smaller cards for the Snowball Bucket by just shrinking the printing settings on page 3 to 50%)
After we sorted all of our cards, my kiddos completed a little interactive page where they had to read sentences, identify the correct punctuation, and sort!
You can grab your FREE copy of the interactive template by clicking HERE!
The next big thing.... the 100th Day of School! We are ONE week away!!!
Happy Teaching :)