Most of this week was spent giving the first round of the TNReady test. I’ll save my thoughts on giving middle school kids 3.75 hours of writing assessments for a later blog. Needless to say, there wasn’t a lot to be accomplished early in the week.
Friday, however, the elementary school celebrated Dr. Seuss’s birthday and Read Across America. I bought books to give away to every PreK-5 student. I either left out a class or miscounted because I somehow didn’t have enough books. I had counted multiple times! Thank goodness for Scholastic and their $1 books and bonus points. I’ll have the books in soon. I felt so bad!
I bought the books as Scholastic’s warehouse sale before Christmas. The kids were so excited when they found out they got to pick a book and KEEP IT! I also gave them a Cat in the Hat bookmark. If budget allows, I plan to continue this every year.
Also on Friday, a local weatherman came to read to our students and talk to them about the weather. The principal was able to get Tom Meiners from WBBJ out of Jackson.
The students were well behaved and loved when he did his air pressure experiment where he made clouds in a bottle.
The teachers were excited to meet him, too.
It was a nice change from the testing they had to do this week. And we got to celebrate reading. I am already thinking about things to add to next year’s celebration.