Thursday, April 11, 2013

Sparkling Eyes, Haikus & Worker Ants

My spring break was filled with family get togethers for Easter, wedding shower and bachelorette party fun for one of my sisters, and a few days in my mom's kindergarten classroom. (Yes, I spent hours inside a school building on my spring break...) 

After a fantastic (and busy) spring break with family and friends, I've been back in school for almost a week. This break was exactly what my students needed. They came back to school sweeter than ever and ready to learn. 

If you're ever in need of a confidence boost, just spend a day or two with 2nd graders. These kids crack me up and make me smile every day. 

Some stories from this week...too cute not to share!

1 - A few days ago as my class was entering the room, one student stopped and looked at me like she was going to ask a question. She stood there for several seconds. I said, "Can I help you?" Her response, "Oh no, I don't need anything. You just look so pretty." 

2 - As we were working on haikus in writing workshop time today one boy raised his hand and said, "Miss Schneider, your eyes just sparkle!" (You never know when they raise their hand if what they are about to say actually pertains to the lesson...)

Speaking of haikus - look what I caught a few of them writing in their notebooks. Melts my heart...

3 - We've been learning all about non-fiction text features the past few weeks. Today's Time for Kids magazine was all about ants. They loved watching youtube clips of ants carrying objects several times their own body weight. Later in the day some students were finishing an art project, while a few others were helping me put papers in ABC order. It was then determined that I'm the queen ant and my students are all the worker ants. I just tell them what to do and they get to work...hilarious! 


We're one big happy colony in 2nd grade! :)