Thank goodness for spring break! The weather is absolutely gorgeous (the high was 80 today- perfect!) and I feel relaxed. It's not often that I feel relaxed or rushed to do something so I'm soaking it up.
One thing that I am doing over break is making a few home visits. Our school encourages them but up to this point I've been too nervous to do them. I went to my first 2 today...alone. It's definitely not ideal that I'm going alone but when there's no one else to go with me, I just have to suck it up. Today was actually the first time I had been around where my students live and it was pretty eye opening. It's easy to see the poverty around the area but I know that it's not going to hold my students back.
Today I learned that one of my student's parent is a published author. His family comes from Cuba and he was in prison for four years because he was preaching Christianity. He wrote all about his experiences from this time. Holy cow! I would have never known this if I hadn't gone over there (and it helps that I'm skilled at Spanglish). Right now it's only available in Spanish but it's going to be translated into English soon. I can't wait to read it and learn more about his life and how it's influenced his family.
To make the home visits as awkward as possible (I'm socially awkward so it doesn't help- ha!) I've been taking a couple of goodies to give to each student. First off- do you have a Savers around you? It's my new favorite place for books! All of their children's books are 69 cents and hardback books are $1.99. Love it! I got all of these books, plus one more (How to Get Your Child to Love Reading by Esme Raji Codell. I adore her and everything she does!) for less than $30.
So each student I'm visiting is getting a book near their level, a sticker book I picked up from Dollar Tree this morning (I'll talk more about this later, I think it'll be really great for vocabulary growth!) and some finger puppets they can make to put on some performances. A lot of my kiddos are ESL students or only speak Spanish at home so I want to encourage as much talking as possible!
I also want to thank Emily from Second Grade Silliness for the Lovely Blog Award. Go follow her if you don't already. I just love reading her stories and I'm glad I found her blog! :)
Do you make home visits? Have any advice? Let me know!