Monday, September 22, 2008

An Exciting School Project

I am SO EXCITED about a project my class is about to begin!!!! I can't even describe my enthusiasm! :)

Right now I have a student teacher. She is wonderful and has stepped into my shoes quickly and done a great job at it. Of course she's still learning, she's a student, learning to be a teacher. But she knows what she's doing. She's just gaining experience.

Because of this it has afforded me lots of time. Time that is sometimes hard to fill. I can't plan too far ahead with my class due to their disabilities in learning. You never know from week to week, sometimes even day to day, what you can move on with, what you need to continue working on, what they just aren't going to "get" right now, etc. You can only look up bulletin board and art ideas for so long! And then finding interactive websites, I've found some great ones, but again, only for so long can I look through pages of site names to check out. So, I've caught up on blogs in some of my time, and have looked for other things we could do as a class.

And I found a GREAT one!!!

We are going to be pen pals (yes, even today in our email world do these exist) with a class in GHANA, AFRICA!!!!! O M G !!!! (goodness that is)

I asked another teacher, who is incredible with projects and technology and integrating them into her classroom, to combine with us on this endeavor. We are thrilled! Then we found that our 3rd grade has leveled reader stories called "Letters to Ghana" about a class that does just this! Wow! So we're encorporating those into our plan.

Plus, whether it's "appropriate" or not, it's a Christian school which I'm ecstatic about! The kids are working on introduction letters this week for us to send out. I can't wait! I have so many ideas of collecting things to send to them. Showing them our money, city pictures, etc. I am so excited, can you tell! ? :)

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I am a single mom to four amazing kids; each of whom just happen to have been adopted. The first three were adopted through foster care, and we just completed an international adoption from Haiti. Our family has grown through adoption and I am all the more blessed to know each of my children. I worship a mighty God, teach Special Ed, love bargains, and am inspired by Pinterest... come along with us for the ride!

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