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{today} #sol16

The March Slice of Life Story Challenge hosted at the Two Writing Teachers Join us for a month of writing!
today:  i anticipate the long weekend ahead
today:i could feel the excitement before a much-needed break want to be:  snuggled up in bed reading a book without interruption blessings:my God, my family, my home, and my profession thinking: i'm too tired to write with that feeling of no words to share planning:  each of the next five days with family and friends and too much food writing:  a little slice of life today loving: the peace and quiet right now grateful:for a loving family, a toasty-warm home ...
and today {again}: i anticipate the long weekend ahead _____________________________________________
This go-to easy-format quick-thinking in-the-moment writing idea is compliments to: Rachel Martin at finding joy
"It's a single print out of the busy cycle of life, a pause, a way to plan,  and to remember to breathe in the midst of …

{#PictureBookMonth} #sol16

Slice of Life is hosted at the Two Writing Teachers Join in and share a slice of your life.  _____________________________________________________
November arrived quickly, but we were ready.

My colleague, Karen, and I have celebrated Picture Book Monthin our classrooms over the last few years.  However, this year we decided to share this special month with not just our small groups of students, but with everyone at our school.

We started thinking about the importance of reading aloud picture books:

Builds commUNITY (Thanks to JoEllen McCarthy for this!) Develops empathy Builds vocabulary

{stealing time} #sol16

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The month of October is busy as it is.  School is in full swing. After school activities. Homework and projects. Multiple birthday parties.  A week of Halloween activities and fun. Every day planned.

Then throw in the Chicago Cubs and playoff baseball.

Stealing time.

I learned the game with my Dad.  I sat with him watching the Cubs win some and lose most. I grew up playing softball. I know the game and some of the obscure rules. But this game takes patience.

Stealing time.

We are more of a fast-paced-Chicago-Blackhawks-hockey-loving family.  Baseball is, well, just not the same. Unless we are watching playoffs.  More exciting than the long 100-plus game season.

Stealing time.

And we haven't missed a game.  I dug out my Cubbie Blue shirts from the back of my closet. We are the October fans of baseball. The excitement. The hits. The home runs …