It is almost as good as a new school year, but without all the ceremony of creating the perfect physical space. With only four days in all, the emphasis was on the teaching and learning. Period. There was an urgency in everything - learning names, making connections with kids, assessing prior knowledge, and planning for the next day. This is what teaching is all about. Good stuff.
And yes, I did read a great book for the day, Ish, another by Peter Reynolds. I only wish I had discovered this gem of a picture book earlier this year, as this was known this year among my Diamonds as the adjective of choice. How do you describe something that doesn't quite fit into a neat category like all the others? Ish. Perfect!