Saturday, September 26, 2009

Best or Worst Dressed?

Apparently this actress chose to wear her politics to Emmy night. I have no idea who she is but it seems that she may have landed herself on the Worst Dressed list for people who care about such things. She needs to move to Africa...she would SO be on the Best Dressed List! It's a la mode to put people's faces on your cloth here. Not only that Obama is a hit here. Earlier this year I went out with a friend to do a bit of shopping. While we bought meat, the guy behind the meat counter correctly identified my friend as an American. He proceeded to point high above his counter to a spot where he had placed a picture of Obama. Then he very proudly mentioned that he and Obama had been friends for two years. Sure buddy, and I'm friends with the King of Spain. Well, whether he's watching over the meat counter, keeping Africa clean or solving all it's problems, one thing is for sure, Obama's dress would be a hit!

Friday, September 18, 2009

From Head to Toe with Eric Carle

We are in the midst of an author study on Eric Carle and this being Friday, I decided to have some fun with the kids. We read "The Grouchy Ladybug" and did some ladybug things but it all began with the spots on my back that caused quite a stir when they were "spotted." Confusion and then the dawn of understanding even as there remained an element of mystery...were they or were they not taped on? Ah, the joys of the young and innocent...

We made clocks,
used doubles facts to plan out and then decorate a ladybug cookie, thought about things that would take seconds, minutes and hours and enjoyed reading books by Eric Carle and others about insects
and that was only about 1 hour of the day!
The rest was filled with writing and taking pictures for our own book in Eric's style, filling our ant farm with dirt and ants, spelling tests and memory verses and a whole lot of after school fun.
All in all, a very busy day!
Now why in the world am I still up?

Wednesday, September 16, 2009


Tomorrow we'll encounter our first birthday celebration of the year in our class. The girls have been keeping track of it for at least a week now and I'm telling you, with the excitement they showed this morning you would think that one of them was having a birthday. However, it just happens to be one of the most laidback boys who is having the birthday so we asked him this morning if he was excited about his upcoming birthday because, of course, all the little girls want to know. So with head resting in palms of hands, elbows on knees and absolutely no change of expression, his response was "Yeah." How's that for enthusiasm! There are times when I just feel like busting up laughing.

The "Chillen"

So thanks to my friend Shannon you are seeing a picture of my "chillen". :) Love that word for some reason....and thanks to her I realize how much faster things load when you shrink your pictures which I'm too lazy to do. 2 seconds as opposed to minutes, hours, days...well okay, it's not quite that bad!

Saturday, September 12, 2009

A Style All Their Own

Here it is...your first peek at some of my 2nd grade students...unless of course you know them personally! After completely a chain link of addition facts that equal 11, these ladies decided to use their chain as a fashion accessory. Look for this fad to catch on big time!

What's in your sink?

Be careful when you stick your hands in your never know what might be lurking there. It could be just dirty dishes or you might find one of these... Thankfully, no hands went into my sink at school before Jacques, one of our janitors, noticed him. He was very much alive and definitely the kind that really hurts, according to Jacques. I took him out and killed him by dropping a part of a cement block on him repeatedly, but not before I asked Anisa, the 3rd & 4th grade teacher, if she wanted another pet. Can't believe she turned my offer down?

Tuesday, September 1, 2009


So here's the thing about teaching a class full of'll be inundated with notes. This is what I received on Sunday night alone. Apparently, these two students were inspired to donate all their Sunday sermon "notes" to me. Not sure if there's room on the refrigerator for all of this. :) My favorite part about these notes is that during the first couple of days when I asked these two to write a story, they told me they didn't know how to write and they copied from a book or from something on the wall. But two weeks later they are fired up about writing and telling their stories.
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