Saturday, September 15, 2018

Saturday Sum Up

Welcome to the Saturday Sum Up, now a weekly linky party! If you'd like to join the fun, just write a post about a few highlights of your week. Then, go to the bottom of this post to link up! If you'd like, you can right click on the image above to save it and use it in your post. After you've linked up, please leave a comment for the person above you.

This is my first attempt at a link up, so please be patient and let me know in the comments if it doesn't work for you. Thanks in advance for your help!

Happy weekend everyone! Thanks for stopping by to read about my week. 

Herbie has been missing me I think now that I'm back to work. He's greeted me at the door more than once with a plaintive (and loud) meow. He likes to sit with me while my husband and I watch TV. I've been coloring in the evenings, because it's relaxing. I have 2 new books in my Amazon cart, since the books I've been using are practically used up. 
For the first time, I've started the year teaching multiplication. We're using a new curriculum. So far, I kind of like the change. I used this amazing product created by Amy Lemons to supplement the curriculum materials. 
We've continued our weather unit and made it "rain" using shaving cream to represent a cumulonimbus cloud and blue food coloring to respresent more water droplets being added to the cloud. This idea came from Christina DeCarbo

What is Seth doing, you ask? He's getting ready to POP out of his seat to answer a Bible quizzing question. The seats are special and linked to a control board that lights up. The board identifies who popped out of their seat first. My friend, who also happens to be a youth group worker, has challenged the youth to participate in a Bible quizzing competition the first weekend in October. They're studying the first 5 chapters of John to prepare. (More about Bible quizzing here if you're curious!)

Finally, here is one of Gabrielle's most recent creations. I asked her if I could share it on my blog. 

Thanks for visiting. Please link up with me if you'd like to join the fun! I look forward to reading about your week.

Can't manage to link up today? No worries! The link will be open all week. Join in whenever time permits. 

Saturday, September 8, 2018

Saturday Sum Up

Happy weekend! Thank you for visiting to read about my week. It was very busy and I didn't remember to take many pictures. 
This week was my second week back at school. We had an early release on Wednesday because of extreme heat. (No air conditioning... Very humid...) 

Despite the wackiness of the schedule and the icky weather, my students have been going with the flow and we've started to get down to learning!

Students have selected books for independent reading and have been building their reading stamina. We've started our weather unit. We even made clouds in jars! 

Gabrielle and Seth read ALL the time. Gabrielle is mostly into chapter books and magazines (Dogster and Catster), but she read this Jan Brett book about a cat named Comet to Sunshine. I'm fairly certain he wasn't comprehending, but he likes hanging out with Gabrielle. 

We went to our town's annual Tomato Festival again this year. We missed the parade since I overslept and had trouble getting myself up and out of the house! Gabrielle did get to decorate a hat at the library table. 

We decorated tomatoes again this year also. It did NOT work out so well! I'm not sure if we just have less skill than we used to, or if the frosting this year wasn't as sticky. My tomato's ramen noodle hair just oozed off. So did its face! Gabrielle attempted to make a dog (third photo). Just to show that we have created more attractive tomatoes in the past, I've included last year's tomato pictures. 

That's it for this week! As I said, I was too busy (and hot) to take lots of photos. Maybe I'll do better next week. 

Thanks for visiting!

Wednesday, September 5, 2018

Very Last Wednesday Hodgepodge

From this Side of the Pond

I'm linking up for the very last Wednesday Hodgepodge. Thank you SO MUCH to Joyce for all the years she's hosted this fabulous linky on her blog (From This Side of the Pond). 

1. What has been the highlight of your summer so far? (It's still summer people!)
Okay, so I know technically, according to the calendar, it's still summer. I'm wishing for fall weather though now that I'm back to school!

There were 2 highlights to my summer. I couldn't pick just one! First, Seth was baptized. He's been considering it for years and felt ready. The other highlight was hanging out at a couple of local ponds with my kids. I love being outdoors, and I love to swim. 

2. What do you wish you'd done more of this summer? Less of?

I wish we had gone to the ocean more often. During our camping trip, we went for a couple of walks on the beach and for one short visit at low tide. Usually we go more often than that. I can't think of anything I'd have done less of, except perhaps worry about the coming school year. I have a tendency to overthink things!

3. Something you're looking forward to on your September calendar?
My niece is getting married at the end of September, so that's exciting. We also plan to attend our town's annual tomato festival. It's small but we like it. Here are some photos from past years.


4. Best/favorite book you've read this summer?
The kids and I listened to Anne of Green Gables in the car as we drove around this summer. I read lots of books, but enjoying this classic with my kids was the best. It was the first time either of them had heard it. I, however, have read it numerous times!

5. Share something positive, encouraging, or uplifting here.

6. Insert your own random thought here.
I'm looking forward to cooler weather and foliage! 
Thank you for visiting!

Saturday, September 1, 2018

Saturday Sum Up

This week whooshed by! Thanks for stopping by to read about it. 

Seth was baptized this week! We had a church picnic last Saturday, and Seth decided that he wanted to be baptized. (Gabrielle considered it but was too nervous about being dunked underwater.) Seth's friend and his parents were also baptized. 

School started this week. I read aloud Mr. Peabody's Apples. In the book, a boy assumes something negative about his teacher and spreads rumors that cause a lot of damage. Every year after I read the book, I have students squeeze ALL of the toothpaste out of a tube. Then, I tell them to put it ALL back in using toothpicks. Of course, it's impossible. Then we talk about how untrue and unkind words are impossible to take back, and we can never completely undo the damage we do with our words. We finished up with some shared writing. Here's what the kids came up with. 

Wednesday and Thursday were the 1st two KID days of school, and the weather was horrendous. Most schools in Connecticut don't have air conditioning. I guess for most districts it just isn't worth the expense, since there aren't usually very many super hot days. Wednesday, we actually had an early release day because it was in the 90s and VERY humid. The kids did a pretty good job despite the uncomfortable weather!
My husband, my kids, and my cats missed me this week. Sparrow has been trying to make up for lost lap time in the evenings. 

Thanks for stopping by! 

Saturday, August 25, 2018

Saturday Sum Up

My last week before returning to school has been BUSY! Thanks for stopping by to read about it.

There's a nursing home in town that the kids and I visit. They had a free block party last weekend. We visited a friend of ours there and also enjoyed the activities. Gabrielle liked the goats and the baby ferret best. Free ice cream and popcorn were also a hit. 
I walked into my classroom on Wednesday to find this! The classroom beside mine belongs to one of my team members, who teaches 3rd grade. His wife teaches 4th grade in the very next classroom! This year, I have their son in my class, so Mom made me this and left it on my desk with a lovely note. The entire family is a blessing. 

This week, LOTS of time was spent prepping for the 1st day of school. My classroom book bins are reorganized. 1st day packets are prepped. And I made 5 sets of my Back to School Play Dough Task Cards (one for each set of desks.) You can grab the TOTALLY FREE set of the task cards by clicking here or on the image below. The cards could be printed in color. I decided that just printing on different paper colors would work better. This way, I can easily put each set away in a ziploc bag. I'll be all ready for next year!

These books (and many many others) were generously purchased by my school! Since we'll be starting readers workshop, lots of new materials were ordered to supplement classroom libraries! They still need to be put away. Having more books than you know what to do with is a FABULOUS problem to have! 

Thanks for visiting! 

Thursday, August 23, 2018

Black and White Wednesday

I'm linking up with Terri at Your Friend from Florida for Black and White Wednesday. It's all about the memories! (FYI: Color photos are allowed as well if you have no black and white images!) I DO have some black & white photos, but I really wanted to share these instead! I went browsing in my old digital files and found these gems!

My favorite memories are the at-home, just-hanging-out kind! 

Seth was 6 in these photos, and Gabrielle was 16 months old. You can tell that even then Seth LOVED his baby sister. He still does! I'm grateful for the loving relationship that my kids share. Gabrielle says that Seth is her best friend. 

The sweater Gabrielle is wearing was made by a former colleague of mine. This coworker made a sweater every time one of us had a new baby! Another coworker of mine made an adorable stuffed frog for every new baby. I don't have pictures of one of those unfortunately! 

The pine trees, fence, and ramp are all long gone from our house now! Things have changed a bit since 2009.  

Thanks for stopping by!