Thursday, April 4, 2013
A B C D E F G...LMNOP..wHAT?! *Flash FREEBIE!
Today was one of those days.... yep, one of THOSE days.
You know the ones...
The kind where everything is moving right along, and you're on top of the world basking in the glory of how much your kids have learned this year & how smart your class is, and then...
You're doing some review, which included a little bit of ABC order, and a kid says, "I don't know my alphabet".
Umm...what? Okay, breathe...
"Well, sweet pea, why don't you say your alphabet to me?"
-----> blank stare
"Okay, well how about you sing it to me... you know, the ABC song?"
------> A B C D E F G....uuhhhhh....LMNOP....Z"
Yes, that happened. Today.
Not to mention one other kiddo that piped up with, "Yeah, I never remember what comes after D". Uhh...hello?? There are 22 other letters!! Acckkkkk!!
Okay, after a mild heart attack, and a near nervous breakdown, I took my little birds, and we worked on the alphabet. It didn't take too long to get them back on track (yes, they are in RTI), but I was in shock. Serious shock.
We need some work on ABC order. Now, this is not explicitly stated in our Common Core, but if the kiddos can't do this, they can't use a dictionary ... they can't do lots of things. So, it was time to get to work.
We alphabetized everything in the room, from kids' names to school supplies...we even put spelling words and pet names into ABC order.
I'm almost ashamed to admit this happened, but I'm sure some of you have experienced something along these lines with content you thought you kids learned, right? Right? RIGHT? Bueller??
Well, I bought the CUTEST clip art from the famous Ashley Hughes this weekend during the Spring Cleaning Sale & was trying to figure out what to do with it.
LIGHTBULB! ABC order, for sure!
So, here you go...my newest creation :)
It's FREE for 2 hours... or until 11:00 Eastern (my bedtime!)
I hope you like it & can use it in your room. If you download & like, I'd love it if you left some feedback :)
The day got better. Actually, I had a really good day. Minus the mindblowing realization that I had two kids that couldn't sing their ABCs.
We found out today that 1st grade will be taking a "mock" version of our statewide test. Yep, found out TODAY! And, we're off next week for spring break, which gives us 2 full instructional weeks to make sure these kiddies are ready for testing. The very FIRST big test they will ever take. Oh yeah..good times.
But, all in all, a good day. My kids really are doing well & they know what they know, so I'm trying NOT to stress. So much easier said than done, but I have confidence... Even my ABC twins are gonna rock it, right?! :)
Happy early Friday, folks...have a good one & thanks for stopping by! :)