So do the teachers.
So we all start being crabby, and that's no way to run a classroom.
In order to remedy this situation, I have hit upon a few new strategies. One of them is a sort of mid-year redecoration. I'm having a good time putting up new signs about our rules, changing the bulletin board border, getting new baskets for the library, re-organizing the signs on the baskets (we're getting more sophisticated, instead of "Non-Fiction" now we have "Non-Fiction: Health and the Body" and "Non-Fiction: Earth Science," and the like. I also reorganized my supply closet. Gaze upon its beauty:
Then, because we had a Science Fair project to complete, and because I thought it might be more fun than watching stuff float in salt water, we did this:
That is correct, we made ice cream in class by jumping up and down, basically. Instructions for this little beauty are here: http://www.asliceofhomeschoolpie.com/2012/02/ice-cream-in-bag-science-experiment.html
And, finally, I have decided that while we are working on a non-fiction genre in reading and writing, we need a little levity. So we're reading all of the Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle stories. If you don't know them, go look them up at your library. The first grade is in stitches - every single day.
And by these methods, we hope to claw our way through to spring, the sweet spring. Which technically is only another three days away.