This week I am celebrating, "Life is like a box of chocolate, you never know what you're going to get."
1) I started my Fountas & Pinnell reading assessments this week. My first assessment was a student who started life very early and very tiny. She started first grade, way behind (not yet reading on a Level A). In December and in January, she was still way behind (barely a Level C) and moving so slowly that I increased her support level. She talks slowly and responds to questions only with exorbitant wait time; however, I had noticed, of late, higher accuracy on running records, no more protests about reading, and excitement about taking home books. So I started her on a Level D (98%) and then Level E (97%). I was jumping for joy when I took out the F (95%) and finally pulled out the G (91%). I refer to all of my students as "readers" when they are with texts; thus, I am not sure she fully understood my excitement when I proclaimed, "We have a reader here!" After all, she already knew that she had broken the code and had become an "real, honest to goodness" reader!
2) We had two (2) snow days (again) this week and while that meant we missed our Valentine's Day celebrations and many class writing celebrations, it did give me a chance to "get on top" of my lingering cold and nagging cough. While February has been a blur, so far, I am confident we will ALL return to school "excited" and "ready" to learn. I hope some of the "September" excitement might even be in the air!
3) My husband and I both got out late yesterday to run some errands. I headed to take provisions to my mother and aunt while he headed to get some veggies and bakery bread. We both got each other a "little something" for Valentine's Day. It was like the "Gift of the Magi - but with a happy ending!
from me to him from him to me