Thursday, December 11, 2014


I wrote a little story frame, but wasn't sure of an ending. After explaining it to my kiddos, they started to work. They have the sweetest ideas! Instead of just kittens and puppies in our animal shelter, we had to add a fruit bat.
After some revision, on Day 2 the children came up with some alternate endings and names for characters. Our Principal read it aloud, we revised some more and then some more. Today, we took out a lot of adjectives- our word count is 348. Oh, so close.
Our weather is not extremely wacky, just worrisome. Without further adieu...
Hopeful Christmas Eve
     The wind howled outside. The Kringles added a warm blanket to each animal's cage. "Wasn't it nice of the first-graders to donate blankets to our Animal Shelter?" asked Mrs. Kringle.
     "Did the kittens get some cream?" asked Mr. Kringle.
     "Yes. The puppies got a dog biscuit and Nightshade got an orange," answered Mrs. Kringle.
     The snow had piled up all day. The Kringles pulled on their coats and hats to leave early because of the blizzard. Mr. Kringle checked the heater and left on the Christmas tree lights.
     "Sleep tight little friends!" Mrs. Kringle said as they locked the door.
     The kittens, puppies and fruit bat were content in the shelter, but Christmas Eve was still a lonely evening.
     They drifted off to sleep, then heard the front door open. It was Mr. Kringle. He wasn't alone! A daddy, mommy and little girl were with him.
     "We're sorry we waited until the last minute. We couldn't disappoint Carrie."
     Carrie walked to Snowflake's cage. "This is the kitten I played with when we volunteered. Can I have her Daddy?"
     "Of course!" said Daddy. Mommy gently packed Snowflake in a basket. She meowed good-bye to her friends and left with her new family.
     "What a happy Christmas for Snowflake," said Jingle. "I wonder who will be next to find a family?
     "I wonder how Santa will make it with all this deep snow?" asked Snowball.
     "Santa's sleigh has strong runners. He always makes it through," said Nightshade. The animals said goodnight and snuggled down to dream of Christmas morning.
     "Wake up little friend. Let's go!" said a sweet voice.
     Sprinkles, Jingle and Snowball rubbed their eyes. Nightshade stretched out his wings.
     "Go where?" asked Jingle, yawning.
     "My sleigh! Three special children asked for a cuddly pet this year. You are going to live with them," said Santa. "Nightshade, you are going to live in the attic in my castle."
     The animals were so happy! Santa unlocked their cages and they climbed aboard his sleigh.
     "Hang on!" Santa exclaimed and they flew through the sky to find their forever homes.  
 In other news...
Colton and I are taking a red-eye bus trip to New York City tomorrow night! Make sure to watch the Today Show Saturday morning- we're gonna try to be in the crowd. So excited!

Saturday, December 6, 2014

share, make

Reading and Math DEA and DIBELS due next Friday. Each one almost finished. Awake at 5:30 this morning wondering which math mini-lesson to do? Should I assign a writing topic? But's Saturday!! Back to sleep with a happy smile.

Finished Block 2 of Sew Sweet Simplicity last week.
Put a little pink in this one- all stashed fabrics. So many little pieces, but I love how it turned out. Slow and steady wins the race. 

Saturday, November 22, 2014


November gratitude
Day 19: Thankful for my seam ripper. While working on the first Sew Sweet Simplicity BOM I put an outer corner four-patch on wrong, twice. Using some of my favorite blues- Riley Blake Autism puzzle pieces and ticking.
Day 20: Thankful for a cozy evening snuggled down reading.
Day 21: Thankful that we are blessed with extra. Love packing a OCC Shoebox each year for a little boy.
Day 22: Thankful for another fun day with family. Happy Birthday to Joscelyn!

Friday, November 21, 2014


     In my opinion, there are many things six-year olds shouldn't know about. A little girl should not know about her grandma's car "getting jacked" or that her family doesn't have any money until her dad gets up and goes back to work. The children in my class know not to talk about boyfriend/girlfriend stuff. I think they need to be little kids for as long as possible.
     Whole group read-aloud time is a perfect opportunity for little kid fun and today's book selection has been a classroom favorite two years running.
     Oh my goodness, just look at the bunny's face! Can't you tell this book is a hoot? There are only five words in this whole cause/ effect story. The pictures do their job perfectly. Imagine...angry bees, a grouchy bear, a handy flagpole?? The kids are eating out of my hand by the middle of this hilarious little book.
     After reading, we've started a daily Share the Pen activity. Instead of bad news (there's too much of that in their little lives) two children share good news and very good news. These sentences are proudly displayed in the hallway.
This book earned a five-star rating in our class. Try to check it out sometime.   

Tuesday, November 18, 2014


Catching up on my gratitude...

Last Wednesday, day 12: short PLC Leader meeting instead of teacher's meeting.

Day 13: Perfect attendance in our class- got soo much done.

Day 14: Have extra spending money this month. Drove to Cincinnati to stay overnight at Great Wolf Lodge. 

Day 15: Christmas shopping! IKEA, Kenwood Mall, Jungle Jim's

Day 16: a little more shopping for my Operation Christmas Child shoebox- Target, AC Moore, Dollar Tree

Day 17: Nice day at school. Snow during the day so there was a little excitement in the air.

Day 18: Our first snow day! Or Sew Day for me.

Tuesday, November 11, 2014


November gratitude

Day 9: I'm thankful for a restful Sunday- church, library, groceries, home.

Day 10: Busy Monday morning and afternoon. Thankful for my class.

Day 11: Thankful for Veterans that served our country.

Saturday, November 8, 2014


Finished this little sweetie last weekend.
     It was a superfun quilt-along from Freckled Whimsy. Half-square triangles aren't scary at all. Just make them a little bigger than necessary so you can trim them up. Last Saturday night, I started straight-line quilting on the machine. Not my favorite, but it gets the job done. By 11:45, the binding was on!
     In UFO news, this means there are only two (count 'em two!) pieced tops ready for quilting on my UFO project chair- the most handy place to store them.
November gratitude
Day 7: I'm thankful for a productive short week at school including two I love yous during the day!
Day 8: Thankful for a fun day planned running around with my family.

Thursday, November 6, 2014

sooo thankful

November gratitude
Day 5: I'm thankful for a job I enjoy almost all the time.
Day 6: Where do I begin?

1. Outdoor playtime- especially nice surprise this late in the year
2. We barely made it inside before it started hailing. Two students new to our area (from Florida and Kansas) had never seen it, so we all went out to grab a piece.
3. Yearly Magic Show assembly

as if all this is not wonderful enough...
     Last month, my class entered a Halloween writing contest.  The top entries were posted Monday morning and alas, we were not on the list. I explained to my Principal that it was wonderful for the children to participate in the revision process (It's hard for six year-olds to believe that their first try is not perfect.) and that being honored with a special Facebook post by Susanna Hill herself (it's true!) was enough for me.
     Fast forward to this afternoon during the Magic Show I checked Facebook (breaking school rules) and received the sweetest, secretive message... 
Take your time. Read all the way to the bottom.
Picture me smiling, with happy tears the rest of the afternoon.
Is that the best news ever? Aren't people wonderful?

Tuesday, November 4, 2014


November gratitude
Day 4: I'm thankful to have the right to vote and help make decisions. I'm also thankful that Election Day is over- no more campaign ads, please.
2013 Gratitude- sounds a little more fun

Monday, November 3, 2014


November Gratitude
Day 3: I'm thankful for a workday at school. Got some stuff done that will help when we go back on Wednesday.