Saturday Celebrations

Thank you to Ruth Ayres for hosting this space for celebrations ~ big and small.  Please check her site to read other celebrations.

Wednesday, Thursday and Friday were big days of celebration for my young writers.  Two and a half weeks later, after a nice holiday and then and extra 2 snow days, we returned to school not quite ready to dive back in full force.  So, we eased in slowly.  And I'm so glad we did.

Let's create!

My kiddos participated in One Little Word.  I shared my word, discovery, and then showed them some other bloggers' posts.  They were so excited to come up with their own words.  At the last minute, I decided to get out the paints and other craft supplies.  (Remember, I was easing into getting back into the groove of school too).  My original thought of letting them illustrate their words with crayons and markers sounded a little boring.  I wanted them to be able to create something fabulous, and boy did they!  They also posted their OLWs on their blogs.  If you have time, would you stop by and leave a comment?  They would be thrilled.
Leaving feedback for each other

We had our writing celebration on Friday afternoon.  We began working on our Persuasive Writing unit in the middle of October and finished final drafts right before break.  There were many days that I thought, "Oh boy, this is going to be hard."  And it was hard.  Sometimes, the things we asked the kids to do was very hard.  But, guess what?  They worked, took risks, listened to suggestions and wow, did they ever make progress.  I asked them to look at their on demand writing we did back in October before we had any instruction on persuasive writing and compare it to their final drafts.  I heard laughter, "oh my gosh," and "I can't believe I wrote like that," spread throughout the room.  The principal, media specialist, and our literacy coach joined us for our celebration.

I'll be writing more in depth about both of these topics, but for today, I wanted to touch on the parts I was celebrating.

And last, but not least, we've been able to spend the day with my husband's family as we celebrated his mom's birthday.  It's been a lovely day of reminiscing as we looked at pictures and read letters that our kids had written to their grandparents when they were little.  Lots of laughter and good food filled our day.
Happy Birthday Shirley!

Here's wishing everyone a new week of celebrations.


  1. It all sounds very, very good, Julie, from the OLW art to the reflection about early to persuasive writing, to that wonderful cake you baked! I hope your mother-in-law had a lovely birthday!

  2. Curious as to how or what kind of feedback you are doing in the picture. It looked like a "walk around". Would you mind sharing? Looks like a great celebration!

  3. What a fun way to ease back to school! I read some of your students' post. They were a delight! Here is to discovering even more things to celebrate next Saturday!

  4. Love the pictures of your kids' painting! A perfect way to head back into school! I'm going to head over to your kids' blog next.

  5. You have had a great start for the second half of the school year. I will return tomorrow. Your post makes me think of adding some art to my week too. You also made me think how could I invite more people in our building to my classroom celebrations. Thank you for sharing.

  6. Your photos are so full of action. I keep looking at them over and over again. Thanks for taking the time to curate some of the celebrations in your corner of the world.
    Shine on,

  7. Came to your blog first to get ideas for my persuasive writing unit I am about to begin! Love all that you do!



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