Thursday, October 23, 2014

Thankful Thursday–My Daughter’s Outlook

This morning reminded me how much I am thankful for my daughter’s outlook on life. Part of it is being five and part of it is her disposition. This morning, as we were getting ready for school, I heard a nearly frantic, “Mommy! Come here!” I hurried to her room to find her glued to the window.

Several possible scenarios crossed my mind as to what she might be observing in the two seconds before I kneeled next to her. None of my scenarios was even close. She was gazing, in awe, at the sunrise turning the clouds into a painting (her words).


I am thankful that my daughter is in awe of the created world, but that is not her only outlook that I appreciate. Last week we were headed to a birthday party for a friend of hers. It look us a while to find a taxi and once we did we only got about halfway there before the taxi pulled over. There were three people with suitcases by the side of the road. The fare to the airport is much higher than to where we were going and we were kicked out for him to take these people instead of us.

My daughter’s reaction? “That wasn’t very nice, but that is OK. We can walk.”

God bless my child and her outlook on life.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

W.W.W.–World Without Web

License: CC0 Public Domain

Lessons plans are set for the day.

Math – continue the mini unit on spatial awareness using the Google Doc you shared yesterday that includes links for games and instructions for activities.

Literacy – continue writing the answers to the F.A.Q. page as part of tech integration. This assignment utilizes collaborative Google Docs for writing as a group as well as being able to imbed images.

S.S. – continue map skills using a variety of resources online

And then the internet is down.
Luckily teachers are good at punting.

Math – pull out any geometric shapes and come up with an activity to have students make a design, put a ruler next to it, and have a partner ‘mirror’ that image.

Literacy – change to Reading Workshop and add a mini lesson on character development that was planned for a few days later.

S.S. – pull out physical atlases and manage to open the Google Doc of instructions during one of the fifteen minutes there is internet access throughout the day. Post the instructions on the board with the data projector. Bonus – learn the value of the index!

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Thankful Thursday

I am thankful for unity in parenting. Yes, I was the only one home when the parenting joys of tonight took place, but I knew (and was affirmed later) that he would have handled it similarly.

When we say we are going to do something, we will do it. A crying, screaming, yelling fit will not change the decision. Even when it continues on and on. Even when company arrives.

(I am also thankful she eventually crawled in bed and went to sleep.)

Monday, September 29, 2014

How Long IS This Book?!?


Image result for the warmth of other suns

One down side to reading with Kindle is that there are books that you have no idea how long they are. This book was recommended by a friend and respected reader. That is all I need. I jumped in. The book seems to go on and on and on. It isn’t that I am not enjoying it, but I think you have some sense of what you are getting into when you hold a tome in your hands. This Kindle book doesn’t even give you percentages, let alone page numbers – simply ‘location’. I finally went to look on Amazon – 640 pages. No wonder it feels like I am getting no where!

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Thankful Thursday

There are so many things to be thankful for, large and small. Here are a few on my mind tonight…

Garlic Parmesan mix to sprinkle on popcorn

A new mattress

Getting to share this grand adventure called ‘life’ with my best friend

A job that is different everyday and stimulates my brain

An unplanned ice cream outing in the middle of the day

A daughter who keeps me on my toes


Air conditioning

A kitchen that has the space and equipment needed to make whatever I might dream up

Cup of tea with a splash of milk

A good night’s sleep