Back to School SOL 24/31

Call me crazy but I am actually very glad to go back to school tomorrow. I have never been a big fan of spring break; to me it’s just an interruption to my teaching before the end of the year. I would however be ok with getting out a week earlier in May if we did away with it, or going back a week later
What’s even crazier is we are only back for four days and then out four for Easter. It’s all a little messed up if you ask me, but I was not in charge of the scheduleJ. We will however have extended days for the next 19 days to make up for our missed snow time.
This week we are starting our testing crunch. In April we test for THREE weeks, yep you read that right three weeks in first grade, two tests are state mandated reading tests and one is a standardized test our principal believes is “good practice.”
To take the edge off all the bad news I have many fun things planned for my kiddos the next few weeks.  I’ll be starting with Easter this week using activities that center around the Duck! Rabbit! Book I talked about yesterday and this book
 The Easter Bunny’s Assistant by Jan Thomas. If you don’t know this book you have to check it out. It is so cute. I’ll be using it in Writer’s Workshop to review how to writing and end the week dying eggs of course! I don’t have anyone that wants to do that with me at my house any more so my kiddos get the job! 
It’ll be a short but fun week in first grade this week. I’m glad to be back

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  1. Three weeks?! Our official testing doesn't happen until 3rd grade.
    ❀ Tammy
    Forever in First

  2. We are just finishinup opur 2nd week of Spring Break. I did teach intersession for some of my lower students the first week. We won't have anymore days off until school is out and we only had one snow day. The students don't have to make it up because a couple of years ago they added time to the student day to cover a couple of snow days, just in case. They didn't add any time to the teacher day so we have to make it up at the end of the year.

    Are your kids taking the tests too? Mine take benchmark tests but they do not take any state tests.

    Hope your first day nack goes great! :)
    I'm Not Your Grandpa, I'm Your Teacher

  3. I like your ideas about taking a couple of days at Easter and getting out earlier at the end of the year. It is so close to testing and year end madness it just seems to prolong it!

  4. Sometimes taking a break can break the rhythm. Sometimes we need to break the rhythm. The school calendar can really affect what happens in classrooms.