First, I want to congratulate Jamie Garratt! You won the resource books from MPM School Supplies and $10 to spend in my Teachers Pay Teachers store. Check your email, Jamie! 🙂
I would love to share some bits and pieces from my week with you all!
#1 and #2 – Mornings.
My alarm goes off at 4:55 a.m. every day.
Ouch. Ugh. Gross.
But I have move painfully slow in the mornings, so I have to give myself some extra time to get movin’. I’ve discovered I get a lot more done if I go in early instead of trying to stay painfully late in the afternoon. Our kiddos start coming in at 7:15 though, so going in early is reaaalllly early!
To make getting up so early a little easier, I made a breakfast casserole last Sunday and used the leftovers for my breakfast all week long. The recipe I found made a BIG casserole and it was DELICIOUS! I heated up my breakfast as the kids were coming in on Wednesday, and I actually had a couple of them ask if they could have a bite! 🙂
|Recipe found here!|
I’m planning on posting a bit more about making this on Monday, but I really loved that I didn’t have to prep much the night before. I made some minor adjustments according to what I had in my kitchen, but it was so easy!
I do love the way my room looks in the morning though…
This is our classroom library and large group lesson area. I love it. We are surrounded by bookshelves whenever we meet in here. I love sit on the carpet and make charts in the morning with my coffee and Pandora playing. Such a sweet way to start my day!
#3 – Morning Meeting + Mission Statement
I don’t know how many of you “do” Morning Meeting, but I am in L.O.V.E with Morning Meeting. It is the best way I’ve ever started my day and my kids love it too! 2 of my teammates started it last year, and I happily jumped on that bandwagon after seeing it in action in their rooms.
It is a great way to incorporate the 7 Habits into our day and we end it by saying our “Team Sparter Mission Statement.” (My teaching partner and I tell our kiddos they are part of “Team Sparter” – a mashup of our last names.) The mission statement is a Team Sparter effort, and it changes every year. As one of our kiddos said this week, “It’s kind of like a class pledge!” 🙂 We wrote it out on chart paper after the first week of school, and then I typed it up and made it cute!
Morning Meeting and Leader in Me/7 Habits schools are not affiliated with one another, they just happen to play well together. 🙂
If you’re interested in Morning Meeting, I highly recommend the books below. I was able to read the first book really quickly, and the companion book is a great daily resource!
I really love the companion book as well. I keep it in my large group area so I always have it handy!
|PS – Awesome storage ottoman courtesy of Scholastic bonus points! LOVE!|