Sigh... Time to go back to school tomorrow. I've had a very nice break and feel totally refreshed but the thought of waking up so early on a cold, dark, January morning is making me a little sad. I missed the kids though and know we'll have an exciting day with all kinds of stories to tell. I've been planning for the week and we're launching a new unit (Working with Non-fiction - my favorite!) in both Readers' and Writers' Workshop. Because this is our first nonfiction study, I want to be sure that the kids are all fully engaged when we start. Since tomorrow is going to be quite the transition day trying to get everyone back into routines, I'm going to wait until Wednesday to launch. So, I've come up with a little 1-day mini-unit to help get us all back to business tomorrow. All of the activities are based on a new emergent reader, A New Year, and will hopefully ease the kids back into the structure of school before we tackle more serious learning on Wednesday. There's a little something for shared reading, independent reading, writing, math and a pocket chart activity. If you're looking for some cute yet meaningful activities to welcome your kiddos to a new year of learning, help yourself to the unit by clicking under the picture. I'd love to hear how your first day back goes! Good luck getting back into the swing of things and Happy New Year!