Celebration: Movement

This week I celebrate movement. Literally, movement. Free from pain. Without stress. Regular, functioning movement. This winter holiday, I was hit hard by a pinched nerve that meant severe pain, limited movement, very little sleep and a numbness down to my thumb. It hit me  December 24th and I am only now reentering the regular, physical functioning world. I have two full nights of sleep under my belt. My thumb sort of feels normal. I worked almost a full week.

I am grateful to Scott, my calm and committed physiotherapist. And I celebrate my morning walks, my trusty heating pad and my ability to breathe through pain. I had thought that this week was going to be challenging. Yet, it was full of fabulous learning. Despite my commitment to getting home early to do my stretches, apply heat and relax, my classroom was buzzing with activity and excitement. For the first week back, we were on full speed ahead.

Again, movement. Continuing towards independence, discovery and a strong classroom community.

I need to go sit with my heating pad and my book but want to quickly share a few highlights of a positive first week back.

#1 Our Mock Caldecott

I am thrilled to have my students participating in a Mock Caldecott award process. We have eleven gorgeous titles on our list (follow the link above for our process). So far we have shared 4 of them. After we read Quest together, two students needed to compare it page by page to the beloved Journey (also by Arron Becker). There is lots of picture book buzz in the room!

Celebration: Movement There's a Book for That

#2 Rich discussions

I am beyond thrilled with how prepared the students have been to leap right into discussions about the books we are reading. Turn and talk time has never been so focused! Our nonfiction read aloud this week has been Handle with Care: An Unusual Butterfly Journey written by Loree Griffin Burns.  I love what one child said early in the week:

“This book gives us questions but lets us find the answers.”

Celebration: Movement There's a Book for That

#3 Commitment to building community in Reading Workshop

We missed our discussion about picture books on Wednesday because of a fire drill. Students begged me to do it today because they wanted to “talk picture books.” What could be better? The conversations were rich and on task. Lots of sharing and really listening to each other.

Celebration: Movement There's a Book for That

#4 Book love renewed

So much engagement and enthusiasm for meeting up with our classroom library once again.

Celebration: Movement There's a Book for That

One child even posted a sign on our door 🙂

Celebration: Movement There's a Book for That

#5 Daily activity. 

I am so lucky to have Miriam, who works with me in the classroom, bring yoga into our room. We did yoga almost daily this week and the children are able to be so much more present and confident. In the picture below, Miriam and a student are demonstrating a series of poses.

Celebration: Movement There's a Book for That

Thank you to Ruth Ayres and the #celebratelu community! Being part of a community that regularly shares gratitude and celebrations truly transforms my weeks. Read all of the celebrations by following the links shared here.


36 thoughts on “Celebration: Movement

  1. So glad your back is better!! And what lovely work you are doing with your kiddos in spite of your ailment. You are an inspiration. 🙂 Love reading your posts.

    • I am very excited to see which one will win out as well.The kids are so open to each selection. They are very into the entire process. Makes me realize how much they know about books, story format, etc and how articulate they are in expressing their opinions and perspectives.

  2. Your classroom is certainly a magical place – even if you did not have a sign as a reminder! The concept of a WONDERLAND for learning is one that is near and dear to my heart. I hope we never forget that we all learn to read by reading wonderful, engaging books. ALSO, glad you are finally feeling better. That sounds like quite a siege of pain.

  3. My husband just went through the same thing so I totally understand your pain. I love seeing pictures of your classroom. Your students obviously share your passion of books, reading and learning. Hope you continue to recover quickly.

  4. Such great pictures! My sixth grade daughter began doing yoga at school this week and she can’t stop talking about it. How fun to have an ‘expert’ right there in the classroom with you.

  5. So happy you’re feeling better! What a miserable stretch of days–and nights, with no sleep. I’ll be starting a Mock Caldecott next week in my children’s lit class–so looking forward to it. Still trying to narrow down my book choices because I want to include EVERYTHING. Love the photos from your classroom and reading about all that #booklove!

  6. So glad to hear you’re slowly healing. I know how frustrating it can be when you just want to be better now. It’s amazing how much we take for granted.
    Great photos again this week! I love how invested your class always is!

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