Well, it’s Friday, and it’s been a long week. With as grumpy as I was yesterday (please see my previous post), today has been a good day.
Now, getting up at 4:30 AM this morning to send my daughter off to swim practice, no, that would not qualify itself as part of my good day. She’s swimming for another district, and tonight is that school’s homecoming. 6:00 AM practice with a 30 minute drive to and from, yuck! However, she’s finding time to keep her grades up, is making new friends, and has really grown as a young lady. While it’s hard on our family, it’s wonderful for her!
No, today is in our common reading group is library day. We get 25 glorious minutes to be in the midst of a truly great place: a library. The smell, the feeling of books wanting to be read, and the student excitement about coming down all add to this day of the week being a good one. Our common reading groups are muli-aged groups put together based on various pieces of data. My group has none of my homeroom students in it, so I’m working with third and fourth graders and this group LOVES the library. I can’t count how many times I’ve heard “what do think of this book” being asked to friends, other teachers, the librarian, and of course myself!
After a week that’s been both mentally and physically draining, having this to look forward to has lifted my spirits. Today’s group was especially active, being all over the library, finding books I’d not seen (I didn’t know there was a fourth book in the City of Sparks series!), and just chattering about books. I love the fact we are so excited to read and I hope it translates into more “readers” in our building (and improved scores too!).
Anyway, what better way to start a day off, to watch kids be excited about something! 🙂
It’s too bad everyday isn’t library day of some sort, don’t you think? 🙂