This week, I have random thoughts for you more than anything else. First, here are some cool things that happened in (and around) my Learning Commons this week!

*Read LMNO Peas by Keith Baker to Kindergarten. Did the sign language activity I wrote about a couple of weeks ago.

*Helped finish up 5th grade inventor research and projects, as well as 4th grade explorer research and projects. This means that 1st and 2nd grade pretty much checked out and read during their Related Arts library time.

*Met with a small group of 1st graders who are choosing an animal to research. They will then present back to their class what they learned about their animal.

*A big focus in our school this year is LEADERSHIP. Students are learning about various leaders in the community and nation and learning what it takes to be a leader. Using FaceTime and my iPad, Kindergarten asked our principal questions about leadership (he was in his office, they were in their classroom). I thought it was cute.

*I did more Book Fair planning and other “planning.” Coming up soon: 5th grade ecosystem project, 5th grade Media Technology leader Glogsters, Park North and Lion Cub Storytime (FALL theme!), 4th grade book club with The Birchbark House, and 5th grade SCCBA book club. WHEW!

Random thoughts:
*On my WordPress app, I can see things folks search for that take them to my blog. Someone searched “Goddess of busy” and they ended up here. I love that because it’s TRUE!

*When teaching college students, it is probably best if you don’t have class the day (or 2) after Halloween.

*I have really great friends. Today is the Midlands Lung Cancer Awareness Walk. I have great friends walking with me in honor of my mom OR if they can’t come and walk with us, they have donated money. I try to find a “silver lining” in everything and there are actually many silver linings with what is going on with my mom. One is that you really start to understand how important your relationships are. When you realized that you only have a certain amount of time to spend with someone, those times are that much more important and you say and do things you may not have normally said and done – you tend to show your love more, I think. That has happened and that is a good thing.  

*I love my yoga practice. Seems like whenever I get on the mat (especially at my favorite place to practice, City Yoga), I hear exactly what I need to hear at that moment.  

I hope you have a great week!



About Valerie Byrd Fort

I live in South Carolina. I am passionate about libraries, books, and reading. I am also a mom. This is my blog about those things.
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