And I've unexpectedly found creative ways to use them within my classroom before I bring them in tomorrow. Like: A teachable moment on democracy, voting, and the secrecy of ballots....or.... in my first official principal's observation lesson (which was a writers workshop lesson), I revised my story about the first time I met them using more vivid vocabulary, figurative language and sensory details:
"These two brothers were so close!"
"These two brothers were so close, they went together like peanut butter & jelly!"
And, changing "I couldn't stop staring at how cute they both were!"
"While staring at these adorable piggies, the strong smell of timothy hay wafted towards my nose."
It was a successful lesson both with my students AND Clarissa! Whew! First one down - and no major hiccups! But I have to run for now - tons more of weekend work ahead of me! More on my first principal's observation later - and a Dennis The Menace update!