As I entered the building, there was an eerie feeling. Things were shifting and going to be different. It felt a bit like packing a hospital bag for each pregnancy. I had a list, what are the essentials they each needed. I don't want to overwhelm anyone. I want to give just enough to maintain and make it engaging. I had planned a balance of technology focusing on connecting with me and each other and real books and connecting at home. I had planned familiar things and things they could do independently after a little guidance. I started making stacks around the room for their pick up on Monday; family math folder with three games, reader's notebook for writing about reading, writer's notebook for collecting ideas, three blank booklets for stories, a book stack if parents replied with a request list. As I closed the door, I felt prepared and feeling prepared helps calm the what's next.
Thank you Two Writing Teachers for fostering this writing community and offering this challenge.