I have to say that this is the first year that I can say we are actually learning and working up to the end.
I've been using a memory book that I got off TPT that was free. The kids have enjoyed working on a few pages each day. Are these my kids? These are sitting at their desks and working like...normal kids!!! We will work on it a little tomorrow and then next Monday. As anything by Cara, it is wonderful. You can access it on TPT by searching Cara Carroll.
We've also been listening to Charlotte's Web. I don't know what it is about making a class as a family as much as reading a chapter book together. It may be the together time. Or the calm. Or the way the kids have to listen in order to picture the story in their minds. But it just is. I've used The Journey of Edward Tulane. Same effect. But, since there are a couple of wonderful units on Charlotte's Web we are ending our year this way. We
read. We talk. We work with the unit.
The small group activities have been great.
You know how the kids begin to get on each other's last nerve (not to mention the teachers too--shhh) I read Sophie Gets Angry--Really, Really Angry. We talked about how we all have times to learn to deal with our feelings so I had the kids write about how they have channeled their feelings.
Funny. Sad. Alarming.
Some days make it so wonderful!!! And I typed it just like she wrote it --spelling and all. Amazing first grader!!!!