Peter Rabbit Reading

The other day I suddenly heard Ben say “…and implored him to exert himself.” (Literally, and he pronounced it all perfectly.) I looked up to see him reading The Tale of Peter Rabbit to Amelia. DSC_0043DSC_0046Couldn’t ask for more.

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The World Was in Pieces

Here’s a cool 3D globe puzzle I got for Ben at the thrift store yesterday. Ben really liked putting it together, and I think it looks pretty cool on display too. The best part (for me anyway) was the price tag…fifty cents! (since these are at least $20 brand new)IMG_0015 IMG_0019

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Fabric Desk Organizer

Anyone who knows me can probably guess how happy my most recent sewing project makes me – a desk organizer!DSC_0048There is a big “teacher desk” at the back of my classroom, but I hardly ever use it. For some reason, I prefer using this little one near the front of the room. I really like it, but it hardly has any desktop space. I looked for wall-mounted pencil holders and organizers for a while, but I never found any I liked. My solution on a snowy Saturday – make my own! (almost for free too since I had all the supplies except for the eyelets). Cute, crafty success!DSC_0049 DSC_0050

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How do you make sledding even more fun?

Two words – sled upgrade! It was a blast…2_26h2_26a2_26b2_26c 2_26d 2_26e 2_26i 2_26j 2_26k 2_26p 2_26q

Oh, and Alek’s less-than-thrilled face is due to a jump near the base of the hill. The inflatable sled actually caught a small but decent amount of air from that, and apparently the landing was less than comfortable for a guy his size. Poor guy, the rest of us loved it!

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Reading Sample

This is mainly for the benefit of Dr. Conradi, who asked me once if I could record a sample of Amelia “reading,” so it’s probably only cute or interesting to her (hopefully), anyone else interested in early literacy, and me. That said, here’s how Amelia “reads” part of Hop on Pop, a book I’ve read to her about a thousand times.

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They Do Help You Embrace Life, Don’t They?

How to welcome the snow with open arms? See it from their eyes…2_24a 2_24b 2_24c 2_24e 2_24f 2_24gThough I am tired of redoing lesson plans and missing class time, I couldn’t help but smile a little at how pretty the snow looked this evening. My best decision of the night was taking Cooper and the kids for a spontaneous jaunt in the evening snowfall. The kids were ecstatic, and even Cooper seemed delighted. I am so grateful for moments like these.2_24i 2_24j 2_24k

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She’s little, but she plays for the Giants

Amelia sported quite the interesting outfit when she came downstairs ready to go to school Monday morning. See, she’s not just a princess.DSC_0017 DSC_0019

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