Wednesday, September 2, 2015

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Listening- to the evening news

Loving- time to relax after a busy day at school. It's a good busy though. Wonderful class!

Thinking- of starting a new read-aloud after playtime

Wanting- to take a walk around our local track

Needing- to rest up for tomorrow evening's trip to Louisville for a live taping of NPR's Wait Wait, Don't Tell Me. Should be fun!

Three goals- 1. Keep the house in some semblance of order. Clean a little each evening.
                      2. Take time to sew or make something crafty during the week.
                      3. Keep up with lessons learned during Financial Fast.

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

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Disney Memories 2015
Stayed at Pop Century 70s style room
First stop? Magic Kingdom
My cousin, Arlene, Colton and I
Disneybounding as Disgust, Anger and Joy!
     Our goal is to try three new things each trip in addition to our old favorites. Colton braved the Haunted Mansion. I loved Under the Sea-Journey of the Little Mermaid. It's totally a sing-along for me. I'd heard wonderful things about Disney's popcorn, so we tried the Caramel Corn. Yummy, but not fun on a hot sticky day. 

     We all three ordered a Sweet and Spicy Chicken Waffle from Sleepy Hollow. Thankful we ordered the slaw on the side- it is not like Mom makes- kind of an orangey dressing. The sandwich was really good- super spicy.
     Spent the evening at Hollywood Studios. Enjoyed the Animation class so much. 
Day Two! Epcot
     We used a fastpass for Spaceship Earth, new for Colton, and his favorite Figment's Imagination. I tried Shrimp Fried Rice. Loved the walk around World Showcase as always.
     Around 2:00, headed for New Smyrna Beach for a couple of fun days. Our room was two flights up so we went from the beach, out to eat, to the pool, to the park without stopping 'til nighttime. 
     Can't stop thinking about this trip...loved it. 

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

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     Happy New Year!
     School is going quite well!
     Remember my little Reading buddy? In April, her parents asked for a conference. They requested she repeat first-grade and asked if I could have her again. I debated for a few days, then decided that would be best. Well...eight days in, we completed our first one-minute timing. She read 13 wpm!! So proud!
First day writing and math journal prompts.
     I made a change in Writer's Workshop. We only write one sentence each day during Reading Unit 1. I draw a line halfway down the page so we fit two day's writings on each page. As we add a sentence during each unit, we'll start to use a whole page.
     I still love to make predictable charts (good old Four Blocks) but don't like how long it takes to write each child's sentence. Using my new-fangled chart, I write the question once, then the children write their answer. During Open House, parents wrote an encouraging note to their child:
     We also used it to list suggestions to name our classroom Spider plants:
I'm proud to introduce Peter Parker and Baby JoJo!
Hope your school year is also going well!
Linking up to Two Writing Teacher's Slice of Life

Sunday, August 2, 2015

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Listening- to the quiet. The air conditioner isn't even running with these wonderful cool mornings we've been having.
Loving- this last day of summer. Trying to remember every ending is also a beginning- planning to have a great school year
Thinking- of breakfast- Sister Schubert sausage rolls
Wanting- a weedeater that's easy to start. Grass in my gravelbed has gotten away from me.
Needing- still nothing. I have way more than I need.
B2S RAK- a card for my friend. She requested to move from 3rd to Kindergarten, but is now feeling some anxiety about it. I want her to know what a perfect place it will be.
Happy Sunday!

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

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Last few days of Summer
Slice of Life

     Sat by my friend's new pool today in the beautiful hot sun. Caught up on the latest news. Laughed a lot. Watched two little sweetie-pies practice diving. 
     Worked in my classroom a little. Decluttered a bookshelf, put stuff in the hall for free giveaway.
     Made homemade pizza.
     Quick Cincinnati road-trip tomorrow for a little more fun...

Saturday, July 25, 2015

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Trying to squeeze every last bit of fun from the almost last week of summer (for us, anyway) 
Spent Wednesday afternoon at Skyzone in Lexington, KY.
 Here is an action shot for you:
I'm the blurry one.
Worked in my classroom a little yesterday. Found a whole shelf I can declutter.
Sewing a little...
My favorite straight lines.
Still loving this pattern.
And a little gardening:

Friday, July 17, 2015

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Out with the old...
42. huge Angry Bird stuffed animal (G is for Goodwill)
43. spiral hair rollers that never would stay in my hair G
44. SpongeBob craft kit G
45. more books and magazines G
46. two old electrical cords, some other thing I have no idea what was (T is for trash)
47. four keys T
48. tiny Easter bunny pin T
49. gift box G
50. tissue-paper flower T
There! I made it to 50!

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

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Pinky swear- I haven't looked at Part Two yet...Outside, looking around
     So glad to be home! We had 2 flight vouchers to use up, so we took a super fun, spur-of-the-moment Disney/beach trip. While we were gone, it rained and rained. Two funnel clouds touched down locally. Our little neighborhood is safe and sound though. Our pumpkins are growing rounder and my mallows are blooming! Purple/pink! My favorite! Puddles everywhere. My gravel bed needs weeding. But, so thankful to be home sweet home.

Off to peek at Part Two...
    Rewriting from different points of view. Lost six-year old child. Hopefully, would see our home as a safe place to knock on the door and ask for help. There are still several people missing from the flooding, so this seems a little too real this evening.
    Satisfied housecat. He would be thankful his family is finally home. Someone to visit with, not just a friend stopping by to feed him.
    Teenager found out his parents are divorcing. Nothing would feel real, everything upended. It's always a horrible time to hear this news, but the day you return from vacation. The rainy weather fits perfectly.

    Wow. What a great way to practice perspective.

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

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Teacher's Write Day #2

     This summer, I've had new situations in which to people watch. My cruise (and airport layovers) provided tons of opportunity- tanning on the Lido deck, shore excursions, dinner in the dining room. So fun! I could describe people all day. But yesterday, tanning on my own deck, in my own neighborhood...

     When we moved to our subdivision, there were only twelve houses. It's grown rapidly, but our original neighbors still live around us. Always kind, generous with Trick-or-Treat candy. Pleasant. One quirky difference? Twenty-three cats. We counted. A few years back she mentioned that the mailman drives too fast down our cul-de-sac. She had a sign made that says, "Watch for Cats," to hang on her fence. When visiting friends asked I explained, and we smiled.
     Last spring, this lady's cousin and her husband moved in behind my house. The husband is very kind and gentle. Pays way too much for lemonade at Colton's yearly stand. His wife has never spoken, and will not wave at us, but to each her own. A few weeks ago I mentioned to my mom that she drives too fast and cuts the corner of her driveway and my yard. Again, to each her own. Well...
     Yesterday, I noticed yet another Watch for Cats sign added- directly at the end of the cousin's driveway. Apparently, I'm not the only one realizing just how fast this lady drives.

     I'm naming these characters Cat Lady and her Cousin, leaving off the customary adjective of Crazy. I do not plan to ever use them in a story, because who in their right mind would read it? I do wonder about their relationship though... are they close? Did they play together as children? Has Cousin taken note of the new sign? The world may never know.
   Happy Tuesday!  

Monday, July 6, 2015

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So excited for the first official day of Teachers Write! 

     I'm not much of a wonderer so I pulled out my PiBoIdMo 2014 list to build on a few ideas. School starts on August 6, so it's a great time to start thinking of some mini-lesson/ class book ideas.

* choose your own adventure- loved these!
* good news/ very good news- used this last year, parents would enjoy reading them
* making words lift-the-flap, then illustrate
* I must have been hungry on days 8, 15 and 28- donuts, cookies, snacks. We've tried foodie journals several times.
* sewing/ quilt story with pattern
* cause/ effect story, to answer their why? questions 

     On day 19, my idea was I don't want to go. Wonder where? Which brings me to Lizzie, the teenager from Ranger in Time: Rescue on the Oregon Trail. I could totally relate. In seventh grade, my parents rented a camper for a two-week vacation out west- Grand Canyon, Vegas. But...I had a boyfriend going to church camp that very week. Was I whiny and annoying? Yes, especially the last few days. Imagine- that was just vacation, not moving away from everyone and everything into the unknown. The story needed Lizzie :)

Finally, my white page idea:
     I try to answer Yes instead of No as often as possible, especially with my son. (This explains our December overnight bus trip to NYC and why we're leaving for Disney day after tomorrow) He asks for some crazy things sometimes and I try to make them happen, (baked ziti for breakfast? Of course!) but sometimes there have to be some No answers. I'm thinking of a story listing all the questions in a day that a mom answers No, but at bedtime he asks for a drink of water and a hug, which gets a Yes.