Sunday, October 31, 2010

Character Day at school

Friday, the kids and staff could dress up as a character from a book. I sat back and thought about what I wanted to wear.......then it hit me. What would I be most comfortable pajamas of course! Which led me straight to the book Polar Express. Since I did not have any cute pajamas, I thought I would splurge on me a costume this year. I went to Target hoping to find a cheap 2 piece pajama set. I ran into this and the search was over.
I did not even have to wear shoes. Isn't that just marvelous? I was so comfortable! I think we should designate Fridays as pajama day. I am looking forward to December when we have pajama day and watch the movie Polar Express.

I could not be a character from the Polar Express book and not have a ticket and a bell. Notice my ticket says cool........because I'm cool like that.

Griffin started out as a Harley rider and ended up adding to his costume. I am still not sure what he intended his costume to be but at least he put forth the effort and dressed up. About a hour later, I found his costume in my room. I think he was among the few that actually dressed up in the high school.

Laney was Lanie from American Girl. She is all about comfort these days so this suited her just fine. She wanted to wear whatever costume would allow her to wear her flipflops.

Ella loves the Fancy Nancy books. So it was easy to dress her. She wore a fancy dress and then we just kept adding the accessories. She won best costume in her class.

I say Ella is my unpredictable child because she is just that. One minute she is wrestling with Griffin and the next she is dressed all prissified ( okay so this may not be a word but it sounds good).
The hardest and most time consuming part of these costumes was this......

It was  worth it because I think it made the....well... how would Fancy Nancy say it......ensembles.( That's a fancy word for outfits.)

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Just a few new ideas

I thought I would let you see a few of things we have been doing in my classroom.

This is our bulletin board outside our door. We made fall leaves using the kids hand print. We took paper plates cut them into the shape of a pumpkin and painted them. They made  the apples by gluing  red construction paper squares to precut apples. The other leaves on the board are scented leaves. We made these by picking a leaf from outside, covering one side with glue, then turning it onto a piece of construction paper to make a print and finally sprinkling it with strawberry flavored Jello. It smells so good! I had one of the teachers ask me later, " Why do you smell like cotton candy?"

For the letter F we made footprints. I may do this with my own kids and frame it. What a great way to begin your day with this reminder. Now for those times when you are not at home and  you think you will loose it( like me), may I suggest a t-shirt. 

For the letter R we made a rabbit.

Monday, October 25, 2010

WARNING.....WARNING........WARNING! You can't say I did not warn you!

I wanted to alert many all of you who live in  Warner Robins, Ga and any of the surrounding areas. I might add this includes most of Alabama since we do travel that way from time to time.


You may be wondering how I am coping with this new adventure. I think I will let the pictures explain.......

I am not so sure about Laney.......

Friday, October 22, 2010

Beach Conference

I am sorry I meant to say A Beka Conference in Pensacola, Fl. The above title just seemed to be a more catchier title. We use the A Beka curriculum where I teach. Each year the new teachers attend a conference in Florida. We spent 2 days watching this well structured and organized school. The first day  I observed the Kindergarten classes. I was amazed at what I saw. Each class had 28 students in it. They were all so well behaved. The more  I watched the more I realized why. The teachers were nonstop meaning they left no wiggle room for the kids to misbehave. I have to tell you I was worn out just watching them. 

 Although I left with many wonderful ideas( which I have implemented  and it is working quite nicely),  I thought the school lacked in a few areas. There seemed to be no room for creativity. This is by far my  favorite part of teaching. I enjoy watching the kids express their individuality while learning at the same time. You can learn a lot from a child just by looking at what they create.

There was no time for little Johnny to tell a story. I am sure if you have little ones you know how much they love to talk and tell you about their day. Imagine if you had a story to tell your friend and you couldn't. If I did not let the  kids in my class talk to me, I would not know them. I am not saying the teachers there do not know their kids or let them talk. I just did not witness any room for it with 28 students during the 2 days I was there. I just think some stories should be shared during class. Yes, sometimes there are things that I should not hear.....meaning activities that take place at home. A teacher once told me, " I won't believe everything your child tells me if you don't believe everything they say about me." This reminds me of the time when Carmel hit me in the head one night while he was sleeping. We were discussing it in the car and Laney proceeds to tell us how she told her teacher, "Yeah, my dad hits my mom." 

This is a picture of the school. It was so nice and very clean. They even had there own bookstore. I had a wonderful time and learned a lot!

Now, we could not have traveled all that way and not step foot on the beach. So Monday night, we headed there. Even though I was not able to spend the whole day on the beach, it was nice being able to put my feet in the sand. It made me remember how much I loved living so close to it.

This was the group that went this year.
This is my good friend Cheryl. 

Can I just tell you how great our director is? He is kind, generous, and such a hard worker. Oh and did I mention........laid back. Yes, literally laid back......he laid back while we buried him in the sand. I don't know too many directors that would let there teachers do this to them. I took plenty of pictures for blackmail.....just kidding! Here are a few of the culprits who were involved in the act.

Yes.....he is helping dig his own hole.

Some seemed to be having a little too much fun!

It was nice to get away for a few days and fellowship with friends.

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Sick of crying while chopping onions? Try this....

Laney asked if she could help me cook so I gave her the exciting job of chopping onions. She came up with this solution.

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Sarah Palin in Montgomery

A couple of weeks ago, we attended the Faulkner Benefit Dinner in Montgomery, Al. Sarah Palin was the speaker for that night. I am so disappointed I did not get a good picture. I had my camera ready, pointed at her( she was only about 15 feet away), waiting for this huge introduction with lights and next thing I know this is all I got. Do you see the gray headed man. If you look at the left side of his head, you will see her.
It was so dark in there anyways that it made it hard to get a good picture. We could have paid the big bucks and got the package that included a picture with her but I was content just being there.

There were over 2500 people there. Our table was in the back. We sat with my brother and sister in law.

It was a nice evening out!

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Look who was student of the week at our house.

She received it for being an excellent helper.

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

What I love about cooler weather.

I hope that where you live you are having the same beautiful weather as us here in Georgia. Notice I did say cooler  not cold weather. If I could have my way, it would never get any cooler than this. I am not a cold weathered person. I do not enjoy being cold, shaking so much that I can not feel my body, taking a nice warm shower only to step out and freeze, having the car finally get warm once I have reached my destination or putting on several layers and still being cold. I do however love......

1. Being outside with my family.
2. The smell of football weather and pumpkins.
3.The leaves changing colors. 
4. Going to the fair.
5. By far my favorite.................

raising all the windows up in our house and feeling the breeze go through.

Now if I could just find the time to sit and enjoy it!

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Locking lips with a dummy......

and no it wasn't Carmel!

This past Saturday,  I had to attend a 6 hour class for CPR training( job requirements). This was my dummy. If you look close enough, you will see my lipstick prints on the protective plastic piece. I know some of you maybe wondering why. Well.....I was checking the sticky consistency of my lipstick of course. Results: Do not wear lipstick while kissing a dummy. A couple of times I had to apply a little extra pressure to remove my lips.........or maybe it was the dummy having a good time.

Saturday, October 2, 2010

One of the reasons I like teaching......

I  get  these for free.

I send home Scholastic book order forms. Depending on how many my class orders, depends on what I get. I think you could say it was a good month!