Merry Christmas Wishes to All

20131224-213510.jpgI hope your Christmas is happy and jolly!

All the best,

Sarah

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New Look Coming Soon, Happy Holidays and Kids being Kids

Hi Everyone,

I hope by now you have gotten some rest away from the classroom.  Those last couple of days were doozies….Enough said. I know you know this but we teachers contribute to the craziness all in the name of a little holiday fun. I mean school is supposed to be fun..right?? Even with all the mandates I still maintain the littles need time to be kids and they really need to see that their teachers love them as kids.  Here is some of our last day before the break.

We did Gingerbread Theme Rotations with the First Grade Level on the last day. My wonderful teacher assistant and I created this big Gingerbread House in the Hallway for the kids to decorate as our part of the rotation.

Really Big Gingerbread House

Really Big Gingerbread House

As each group came to our class, they got to color some candy to go on the house.  The next picture is after the house is full of candy. They loved it!  We also danced to Harry Kindergartens Gingerbread Man Song.

Lots of Candy

Lots of Candy

After we decorated the house and had a snack we got ready to go home.  We got ready early on this day because we had parent gifts to pack and our recess is the last 30 minutes of the day.  I know…gasp..we have adjusted but it wasn’t any fun in the beginning.

As the days have progressed our tables have gotten very dirty (oh my what you can find under a name tag-scary!!!) so it was time to break out the shaving cream.  We had a blast cleaning our tables before heading outside.  It was a great way to end a fun day. Kids being kids and having fun.  I don’t know about you but some days I just don’t want to hear about time on task and maximizing instructional time and neither so the children.  So we enjoyed every minute of this small and gross motor development task so there now.  It was fun, fun, fun!!!

Lots and Lots of Shaving Cream

Lots and Lots of Shaving Cream

NEWS!!! NEWS!!  I am getting a new blog design and making a move to a more responsive host and site.  I am so happy and I love working with my designer. I can’t wait to share it with you all. My address will still be the same so please come visit.  I’m so excited to share it with everyone.

Love you all!!! Enjoy!!

Sarah

 

 

Newtown Another Perspective~from a Reader and Resident

A reader asked me to post this perspective of Newtown, Conn.  It is a town the residents love and cherish.  A town that is working through finding an identity that links the past and the present with grace. This will be my last post on the Sandy Hook Anniversary.

 

Hectic Crazy Days What about you?

It seems that everyone has the holiday crazies right now and if you have looked up into the same night sky we all share something else is about to happen…a full moon. Just about every teacher and everyone who works in a hospital can tell you what happens during a full moon. Why even my student teacher said “I don’t even have to look at the sky to know when the moon is full!” Smart girl…she catches on quick. Lord help and let’s hope the creek don’t rise (means hoping things don’t get much worse) What could be worse you say?? Rain!! There better not be any triple plays here in North Carolina!!! How are things where you are?? Is that Elf on the Shelf working for you? Are the holiday crazies wearing you out? My bucket of chicken I picked up sure made me feel better this evening and so did that hug I got right at the end of the school day. Little things can make a big difference!!
Cheers,
Sarah

Sandy Hook Evil Did Not Win~ Words from Emilie’s Mom

The first anniversary of the Sandy Hook Shooting is December 14th.  I think this video is worth sharing.  It is sad but in Emilie’s Mom’s own words, “Evil did not win.”  I think we all need to remember that children are dying everyday from gun violence in our country. Children are dying on street corners and in their own strollers.  We need to take a stand against gun violence.  I also remember the teachers who gave their lives that day to protect children. We have the power to keep evil from winning~let’s make sure that we protect all children and those that love them.

 

Free App ChatterPix by Duck Duck Moose You Can Make Anything Talk!

Chatter Pix Can Make Anything Talk

Chatter Pix Can Make Anything Talk

Chatterpix can make anything talk — your pets, your friends, your doodles, and more! Take your own picture or use one you have already taken.
You can draw a line to make a mouth, and record your voice. Then share your Pix with friends and family as silly greetings, playful messages, or creative cards.   You can share by email, facebook or YouTube.  ChatterPix would work with children who are developing language and those who need to practice saying phrases. You could also use it for children to create characters.   You are given 30 seconds to record something for your character to say.  This is plenty of time for a nursery rhyme, a song or a couple of sentences!

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Free App Chatter Pix by Duck Duck MooseFree App Chatter Pix by Duck Duck MooseI did some Chatter Pix with my family.  We had a blast with it. You do need to practice a couple of times when you are drawing the mouth.  We had fun putting all sorts of fun hats and mustaches on my husband’s pictures and making him say funny stuff!!  Even he was entertained!!  Poor fellow…….This is a very entertaining app and loads of fun!  It’s free so give it a try and let me know how you like it.  There is also a Chatter Pix Kids that you can check out here. The only difference is that is doesn’t offer sharing on social networks.

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All the best,

Sarah

Blog Hop The 12 Days of a Teacher’s Christmas

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