Friday, January 27, 2012

Thursday, January 26, 2012

I'm sure everyone who went to school can remember days when a substitute teacher took over for the regular teacher.

Some subs kept the classroom humming along quite normally.  The strict subs brightened and tightened the rules acceptable behavior. These subs kept the room quiet and made the classroom wall clock slow to almost a stop. "Will this day ever end?" I can remember wondering. 

Who can forget the subs who never quite grasped the arcane arts of classroom control? Clueless subs made for long days, too, but at least there was entertainment as objects crashed to the floor or sailed overhead.

When either Mrs. Everson or I am not on duty we can expect more anxious energy to flow through the room and ruffle the kindergarten. 

The first half of the day we had the very capable help of Ms. G who has been subbing here at Dunham of late. But when she had to go off on another assignment halfway through the morning, I knew I'd have to step it up a notch. We did have a few moments, but thankfully, Ian's dad Pat Higgins stayed the morning and helped me keep us more or less on track.

Tomorrow Mrs. Everson and the regular program returns.

We did manage to get through a drawing lesson featuring the Cat in the Hat. Some good drawings were made and are now on display in the front of the room.

We also enjoyed some activities from the Drama Enrichment program. In the photo below Aidan is the castle gate, Kade and MacKenzie are the casstle towers, and inside the castle are two fair maidens awaiting rescue. (I think I got that right.)

Dominic brought a book to share about reptiles that by happy coincidence featured the Cat in the Hat as  narrator. So we read it with pleasure. He brought today's snack featuring homemade fruit bars and organic applesauce. 

We got to ride bikes at the end of the day.

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