Too much in January!

Discussion in 'General Education' started by becky, Jan 14, 2009.

  1. becky

    becky Enthusiast

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    How are you all juggling all these January topics- MLK Day, Inauguration Day, Chinese New Year?? Lol- did I forget something??
    It just seems like alot and I'm stressing out.
     
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  3. Doug_HSTeach_07

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    Don't forget the inauguration! I'm watching that with my classes next week.
     
  4. becky

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    Lol- it's in my post!:cool:
     
  5. Doug_HSTeach_07

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    Haha, wow it is late. Good thing school is cancelled for tomorrow.
     
  6. becky

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    Yep- I'm off after this post.
    I've been searching and saving MLK Day items since 10:00. You might not know I homeschool, and this is the best time for me to search.
     
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    Becky, since you have the same student every year, choose ONE this year (and of course the inaugaration makes the most sense) and do another next year. That way you can do a better job with the one you do choose.
     
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    All this and I'm trying to plan for Ground Hog Day & Valentine's Day. My kids do research papers for Punxsutawney Phil and they make Valentine Day Robots so I've had to give a "heads-up" for my parents.
     
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    Ha...We'll talk about the inauguration on the day it happens, but that's about it. Our science fair is this month and I'm barely getting that done in time. With everything else we have to do, I just don't have the time. I may be skipping math on Thursday and Friday to work on our science boards and that's going to be putting me behind.

    :dizzy::dizzy::dizzy::dizzy::dizzy:
     
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    Hoot, tell me about your Valentine robots!
     
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    I hear you on trying to keep it all together.
     
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    Seriously, how much do you do for Chinese New Year? Read a book, look up your Chinese horoscope...is it even in your curriculum? I have a very diverse student population--Usually an Asian parent will volunteer to share the lunar new year traditions with us.

    MLK Day, I hit hard...Read a great biography chapter book aloud over the course of a week, lots of accountable book talk, some writing- launches us into a biography study in reading.

    Inauguration day- not planning on doing too much- I'll cover it as current events- make connections to the MLK study- if there had not been MLK, would we have Obama...

    I have 1/2 day on Monday for MLK, teachers stay the afternoon for PD. We also were just monitored by the state and I have 2 workshops this month- I'll get it all done though.

    Don't stress. Go in depth with the things that intrigue Jeannie, some of it you can cover quickly.
     
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    Well, we've never done Chinese New Year. I thought a lesson, craft, and Weekly Reader would be enough.
    Her social studies is all history, so no holidays get covered. Those I have to do myself.
     
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    A lesson, craft and Weekly Reader should be enough= Chinese New Year is not a national holiday, it's culturally interesting though.
     
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    Yep- and that's what we did Friday. We also made moon cakes, she read a RAZ story about a Chinese boy, and I believe that all sufficed!
     
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    Yeah - I can't believe it's almost over. When I get back on the 21st we have 3 days that week then next week and we are done with the month - yikes! Where did it go????
     
  17. runsw/scissors

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    I don't teach all of the holidays. As unPC as this sounds, I usually don't mess around with the national holidays much at all. I always spend a day or two talking about the Civil Rights movement and reading the picture book of MLK's "I Have A Dream" speech and we always do something for Veterans Day, but I don't have time to interrupt my curriculum for everything from Flag Day to Groundhog Day to St. Patrick's Day. I would never get through everything that is required of me.
     
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    My thinking is, if I do them really well one year, I don't have to do so much with them in years to come. That would especially go for the smaller holidays like the ones you mentioned.
     

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