Tonight I’m taking my cue from Remy Charlip’s book Fortunately:
Fortunately, I had some great plans for science this afternoon (okay, we were going to watch a weather video clip).
Unfortunately, someone near the school was cutting trees too close to the power lines. The power went out just after 1:00.
Fortunately, the lights in my classroom only flickered and came right back on whereas other classrooms were dark or only had 1 light on.
Unfortunately, my classroom went completely dark about 1:45 and we still had 2 hours left in our school day.
Fortunately, my kids go to recess at 2:00 followed by activity at 2:20.
Unfortunately, the power did not come back on in time for my students to return to class at 3:00.
Fortunately, my kids love being read to.
Unfortunately, they had just come from Library where that was also the back-up plan.
Fortunately, the students weren’t little turkeys while they packed up and listened to yet another read aloud. So, we got to play four corners for the last 10 minutes of the day.
Unfortunately, I live close to the school which means the power was out at my house, too.
Fortunately, I was able to get in the house and enjoy some peace and quiet.
Unfortunately, the power remained out until about 6:00.
Fortunately, my daughter came home in a great mood and we were able to enjoy some quality time doing puzzles, singing songs, playing superheroes, and we even managed to have a dance party. Now I’m ready to crash for the night!!
Have you read Julia Cook's newest book, A Flicker of Hope? It's a beautifully written story that encourages children to ask for help when they find themselves standing under dark clouds in their life. Not only does this book show children how to ask for help, but it also encourages children to be hope builders for others!