Friday, November 7, 2014

Celebrate This Week 11.08.14

It's always good to end the week on a positive note.  Sometimes we concentrate on the negatives.  We have a choice.  Choose positive.  Choose to celebrate.  I will be joining Ruth Ayres and her weekly link-up, Celebrate This Week.  Check out all the other celebrations HERE

I've heard how quickly life can change.  i found that out this morning.  In the grand scheme of things, it's not a big deal.  It's a back injury.  Just a really really badly pulled? strained? muscle.  It happened this morning at the gym.  It's amazing how fast you can be moving around like always and how fast you can't.  I can hardly move right now and when I do it's very painful.  I'll get better, but it's going to take some time.  I'm just hoping I can move around enough to be at school next week!  
I'm going to celebrate that this injury was not worse than what it could have been.  Not a life changing injury, thank God.  A bump, albeit a painful one, in the road.
And while I couldn't be at work today, I did get a lot of reading done.  I'm so behind, and while I won't catch up, it was nice having a quiet house and time to read.

But before all this, I was celebrating Picture Book Month!  I had not heard of this celebration before, but definitely wanted to honor it in some way.  I work with a group of children where the act of reading is a challenge.  I don't want them to lose a love for it, so I figured reading some fantastic books to them would be a great idea.  I started this week by telling them what we were celebrating and bringing in 5 books.  Each day, one student would select the book we would read and then they would take turns bringing them home to read and share with their families.  They were thrilled and excited for each day.  Books I shared this week:

Press Here   Naked!   Penguin and Pumpkin   My Pet Book   Frances Dean Who Loved to Dance and Dance
I think next week I am going to surprise them and wrap the books up.  I'll let you know next week what books we celebrate!


  1. I like how you looked a the bright side of your situation -staying home and reading. Wishing you a quick recovery.

  2. Prayers for healing and patience for the process.
    I'm off to request Penguin and Pumpkin. I'm crazy about anything penguin right now and missing Percy who headed to Utah this week with The Poetry Box.

  3. Wishing you a quick recovery and a permanent recovery. Back muscles can be stubborn, but I'm sure yours will cooperate fully! :)
    I'm working on keeping track of what we read during picture book month too! It's been a great spring board for my students to see what else they can check out from the library!

  4. So sorry about the injury, however small it still throws a glitch in your life. But also happy you enjoyed your reading. I like the idea of sharing those beautiful books & letting kids have a choice. You know I think that there have been such marvelous picture books out recently. How to choose is tough! Take care, Michele!

  5. Wishing you a speedy and complete recovery! I like your outlook on your injury. Sometimes when I get a headache...I feel like life is telling me to slow down and care for myself. Wrapping up picture books for school?!?! I LOVE this idea! Can't wait to hear what the students think. Take care of yourself!!!

  6. i'm glad you have a positive outlook. feel better soon!

  7. Hope your back is better soon! Back injuries are such difficult ones. A little injury always reminds me to be grateful for my good health! Love that you're sharing such wonderful PBs with your students. We are never ever too old to enjoy a picture book!

  8. I hope that your back improves quickly. I am also dealing with injuries - no running or zumba for me. It's frustrating to be limited. I'm glad you were able to read. :)