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.
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!
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
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.
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.