Hello tired teachers! Or is that just me? I'm only on day 4 with my kiddos and I'm pretty sure I might fall asleep while typing this! It's worth it though, because it's the last day for the amazon gift card and book giveaway! Kathleen at Kidpeople Classroom is featuring this week's book, No More Noisy Nights. It's a cute story that promotes brainstorming how to be a problem solver (so important for all of our little ones).
As for me, I've been diving full swing back into my read alouds! Every time we have a few minutes to spare I've been pulling one out - just to get the kiddos into the love of reading. I have twins in my class this year and for their birthdays yesterday, their mom was kind enough to send in two books for our class to read! I hadn't read either of them so I was pretty excited to try them out. The one I want to talk about today is called The Most Magnificent Thing by Ashley Spires.
This book is dedicated to all the perfectionists out there. This sweet girl has a magnificent idea in her head, but she just can't seem to bring it to life! She recruits her not-so-perfect dog to help her. She tries everything and she makes tons of creations, but none are quite right.
At a certain point, she considers giving up. She even loses her temper.
But the angrier she gets, the harder it is to make anything fit together. She realizes that the only way she can get it right is to calm down and work through it carefully. Of course her dog stands by for moral support. Finally, she comes up with something that is almost exactly what she wants. It's not quite the weight she wants, the paint isn't exactly the color she envisioned, but she's realized that nothing has to be perfect in order to be magnificent.
I think this book sends such a great message to kiddos. It shows them that their work doesn't have to be exactly as they planned and it doesn't have to turn out perfectly, but it can still be pretty magnificent!
I'm off to finish adjusting my plans, like we all do during those first couple of weeks, and then shortly after I think I'll just collapse right on the couch and snuggle up with my pups. If you're thinking of doing the same, you should! You deserve it! The first few weeks are exhausting for all of us!
Don't forget to visit Kathleen at Kidpeople Classroom for your last chance to enter the giveaway!