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April 3, 2016 Sunday Post 7

Sunday Post

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News at Home – Welcome April!

Happy April everyone! I kicked off April playing a hilarious April Fool’s joke on my class 🙂 I’ve never been someone who does anything for April Fools but this year I realized I had to.. On March 31st during calendar time we talked about how it was the last day of March. I asked them what month was starting next and they not only – correctly – told me it was going to be April, but were very excited that it was going to be April Fools. Seeing the kiddos excitement, I decided I needed to come up with a joke. So here’s what I did…

Lirpa-sloof bird

You should have seen their excitement as I told them about the Lirpa-sloof bird. I made sure it was educational – we learned about what migration is, what birds normally eat – but mostly it was fun. I gave them all an apple and we went out to our school garden. I told them that to get the bird to come out they had to quietly sing it’s name “Lirpa-sloof” while holding their apples in the air. They would have done it for hours I think, though I only let them do it for 10 minutes. They were CERTAIN they saw the bird too – I had quite some pictures! Then I had them help me turn the bird’s name around, letter by letter – which spells “April-fools.” I asked them to help me read it and finally they figured it out. They were stunned. They couldn’t believe I lied to them. But then I showed them the video I took – which I wish I could show you! – and they laughed and decided it was an awesome. And spent the rest of the day trying to get me (and I let them think they did of course 😉 ).

That was the highlight of my week, because the first half of the week was STAR testing. As in, 3-5 grade rules the school and the rest of us have to go through hell so they can do well on their tests. Believe me, I get it. Not only are these tests a huge deal for all schools, but my school is IR2 (Improvement Required 2 years) so it’s HUGE. But our schedule sucked. We had specials first thing in the morning (art, PE, or music) – meaning they didn’t have that afternoon break from class – and it was 20 minutes shorter than normal. We also had to have indoor recess. And we had to be super duper quiet. It was as stressful for them as it was for the 3-5 graders I think. So we all needed April Fools 🙂 But hey – we’re down to 42 days left in the school year (37 for me because I’ll be out for a week in May)!

Blog News

I’m still sucking at replying to comments and visiting, but I’m getting a bit better at having regular content. One step at a time right?

#FitReaders Update

March was a good month – I got in 4 5k walks I think and a bunch of 1 miles. Yesterday I got in my first 5k of April and I’ve decided it’s time to start building towards at least 1 10k a month. So today I’ll be doing 4 miles and I’m hoping I can do 5 miles next weekend and finally 6 miles (10k) by the last weekend this month. 3.1 miles (5k) has gotten easy 🙂 My speeds aren’t fast, but that’s not really the point for me.

Last Week on the Blog

This Week on the Blog Look For:

Sunday

Sunday Post | Welcome April!

Monday

I forgot I was in space most the time! Red Rising #Review

Friday 

Love Triangle Overload 🙁 Stone Cold Touch #Review

Saturday

My TBR List | April 2016 Results

How was your week?

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7 Responses to “Sunday Post | Welcome April!”

    • Berls
      Twitter:

      Boo! I think standardized testing is the Devil lol! They really enjoyed it and we’re still talking about the bird yesterday 🙂 Thanks, I did my four miles on Sunday and I’m thinking that 10k is going to take longer to build up to than I realized… But one step at a time! The 5k once was hard! Have a great week Jen 🙂

  1. Melanie Simmons
    Twitter:

    I bet that April Fools joke would be fun and cute. That would be the fun part of working with such young kids. I hate the school tests. Teachers hate them, Students hate them. Parents hate them. They don’t work. I think it was Adam Savage from Mythbusters who said, “If you want the kids’ test scores up, bring back band and bring back shop and get kids actually learning stuff instead of teaching them how to take a test.” I hope your week gets better once the tests are over.
    Melanie Simmons recently posted…Early Review: Nightstruck by Jenna Black (@mlsimmons, @jennablack, @torteen)My Profile

  2. Katherine @ I Wish I Lived in a Library
    Twitter:

    I love the April Fools trick! How fun! Oh I hated testing week when I was subbing younger grades! I always tried to keep track of it so that I wouldn’t take any jobs that week but I didn’t always succeed. Have a great week!

  3. Stormi
    Twitter:

    Ha ha, that was a fun April Fools joke and a learning experience as well. Sounds like you had fun. Yay, on the downhill run for school being out….lol. 🙂 Happy reading!

    Stormi
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  4. Charlie @ Girl of 1000 Wonders
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    Your April Fool’s joke is hilarious! That is so cute that they did it, too. At middle school we had testing as well, for 7th and 8th grade. Sixth grade had the short end of the stick all week. I find it quite ironic that when the bells don’t ring, the kids are clocking classes and want to leave the instant they think the bell should have rang, but on any other regular day they can’t give me a head’s up! haha

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