Tuesday, September 24, 2013

sols: weight of words

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Words can be heavy like the weight of 

Looking back at my last few Slice of Life posts, I can see I'm out of my writing rhythm and routine.  I used to have notes scribbled and ideas flowing, all ready to write on Monday evenings.

Then school started in late August and ever since I'm left with late Tuesday night posts scrambled with whatever energy I can muster from the busy days.

I write because it is important for me to write and to participate in the Slice of Life.  I write because of the connections and the importance of being a writer.

But, as of late, my words have felt 
e    m    p    t    y .

I'm tired.  Some good tired, like stretching my thinking at school, family time, and a wedding.  Some bad tired, like interruptions of sleep due to multiple illnesses.

Yet, I'm always thankful for the visitors, my fellow slicers, that stop by and read.  I'm even more thankful to those that leave behind a comment.

It's quite honestly amazing to read a meaningful comment, a word of support, a kind suggestion, or an insight into my own writing.

Thank you for filling my
W O R D S.

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

sols: whirlwind

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I don't have the energy to write.

It was a whirlwind of a week.

The girls were sick.
Interrupted sleep.  Late nights.
Sick days.  Doctor visits.

Hoping and praying for health.
For a wedding is on Saturday.
Day by day.  Slowly improving.

All dressed up.  Ready or not.  
A beautiful day for a wedding.
Dancing to celebrate.  Late into the night.

Sleep in Sunday.
Thankful for a rainy day.  
Time needed to recuperate. 

It was a whirlwind of a week.

I don't have the energy to write 
any more today.

But it was an amazing day.

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

sols: part of life

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Last Friday night I was able to catch up on some blog reading.  (I know, exciting Friday night, right?)  I read Amy's poetry slice about savoring those little moments like rocking a child to sleep.  I commented that I treasured those moments too, except they usually happen now when one of my girls were sick.

Then early Saturday morning, one of my girls was sick with a fever.

Saturday night, sick girl.  Rocked to comfort us both.

Sunday morning, same girl.  Horrible barky cough.

Sunday afternoon, other girl.  Missed going to Sunday School.

Monday morning, sick girl.  Doctor said it was croup.

Monday evening, other girl.  Missed her sister at school.

Tuesday morning, still sick.  Cough still there, but fever subsided.

Tuesday evening, kissed the other girl on the forehead.  Oh no...fever.

And so the cycle begins again.  Off to the doctor tomorrow--

All before my brother's wedding this Saturday that we are ALL in and excited to where our purple dresses.

But until then --

I'm off to rock my baby girl to remind myself that in the middle of all of this craziness we call life and our endless to-do lists that this -- rocking my baby girl -- is the number one thing on my list because these moments will be few and far between all the growing up.  Your thoughts and prayers for healthy girls are needed!


And after I posted, my friend Chris sent me this link: Because sometimes bedtime takes forever ... and it should.  Those little moments.  Beautifully written.

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

sols: book love

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My reading teaching colleague (and friend!) and I started something new this year.  And we are super excited!!

We are known for our antics on our school morning broadcast.  We love to go in front of the camera and read books, talk about reading, and celebrate our love of reading...in dramatic fashion, of course!

We become quite the celebrities around school the days we show up on the news.

Last week we started "Book Talk Tuesdays" on the broadcast.  We introduced our plans for the year and read a little It's a Book by Lane Smith.

We have promised to share reading "tips and treasures," according to Lynn, our LRC and morning broadcast director.

Today we arrived in our "READ" and "Very hungry for a good book" t-shirts.   One student even commented that we must be going on the broadcast because of our attire.  (Good observation!)

Chris and I have become very comfortable with each other on the broadcast.  We have learned over the years to relax and have fun with it!  (Hey, I don't have to watch myself!)

We started (or continued in some classrooms) the conversation about selecting good fit books.  We dug out different shoes, cleats, and boots.  We talked about selecting good fit books just like we pick good fit shoes following the suggestions from the 2 Sisters"I PICK" strategy.

Our future plans for sharing "tips and treasures" for "Book Talk Tuesdays":
  • Advertising book trailers and book releases
  • Presenting new books in our library
  • Sharing various genres and text types
  • Discovering those shiny stickers and awards:  Newbery, Caldecott, and the Illinois awards Monarch, Blue Stem, Rebecca Caudill
  • Interviewing guest readers (students and teachers) for book talks
  • Asking staff members to provide additional suggestions as they reflect on the needs in their classrooms
We are always excited about the opportunity to share our LOVE of reading and books to encourage MORE reading.

What other ideas or topics would you suggest for 
Book Talk Tuesdays?