#SOL15: Celebrating the Little Things

I’m a newbie.

Still figuring this out . . .

This “grandma” thing . . .

It’s the little things,

With the so many possibilities!


Our list of recent celebrations:

5 months old

rolling over independently

reading (and eating books)

Mama’s red hair

Daddy’s dimple

that baby smell

those gorgeous red cheeks

the chunky, squishy muscles

the first trip to a pumpkin patch

the first tooth!

Although the miles separate us, I have pictures galore that celebrate every bit of cuteness and every single accomplishment!


How and what do we celebrate in our classrooms?

Our favorite authors?

Reading a new book? 

A read aloud by the author? (with Julieanne)

A new accomplishment?

Drafting a new piece?

Reflecting on our work?

Considering our small group work? (Kari’s Small groups:  So much more than a level and a kidney table)

Tara’s slicing . . .  Slice of Life year round with our students?

focused learning . . .Keep it Simple, Get it Right from Kate and Maggie’s “Indent”

the magic and the newness . . .  The Back to School Honeymoon is Waning from Shana

and a true treasure from Vicki . . . celebrating The Beliefs Behind the Shoulds

There are many, many, many wonderful blog posts but each of the five above included celebrations of learning and teaching and the oh, so right work!

Have you stopped to celebrate lately?

Are you celebrating often?

How would we know?

And more importantly, what WILL you celebrate next?


Tuesday is the day to share a “Slice of Life” with Two Writing Teachers. Thank you, Anna, Betsy, Beth, Dana, Deb, Kathleen, Stacey, and Tara. Check out the writers, readers and teachers here. 

8 responses

  1. Your grandson has a tooth? My granddaughter is still toothless at 9 months. We do need to look for the celebrations within each and every day at school and home.

    1. Yes, first tooth! So exciting at 5 months and 2 days! (may not stay “out” always!)

      And yes, there should be small “mini” celebrations EVERY day. Some students need more support!

  2. I love hearing about your grandson, Fran! I celebrate my students’ accomplishments, large and small, every day. From using a strategy independently for the first time or persevering through a challenge, all are worth celebrating! Wish I could say I’d be celebrating seeing you in New York this weekend. I know you’ll share all the wisdom you soak up!

    1. Catherine,
      Remembering to acknowledge and celebrate the little steps just to continue on the daily path is important. That validation / connection often keeps the kids growing and glowing!

      See you next month at NCTE15!

  3. Honored to be included in this wonderful celebration post. And you reminded me of my daughter’s book eating days. That may have been when she started to be a reader, teething Good Night Moon as I read it by heart!

    1. So much to celebrate every day both at home and at work! Those connections warm our minds and hearts long after we leave the school buildings!

      Must make time to celebrate those steps that move us forward both personally and professionally!

  4. So honored to be mentioned with such lovely things and important things. I can’t read too much about that grandbaby!

    1. Thanks, Julieanne. We need to stay focused. On the important things!

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