Sunday, April 13, 2014

Tales from the First Grade: Once Upon A Time

Wow, I haven't blogged in a year and a half! My poor neglected blog. Other forms of social media offer the opportunity to share short thoughts or photos much quicker than blogging. I'll try to do better, but no promises! Now, for today's post.

We just finished our fairy tales unit in my first grade classroom. As you know, every good fairy tale begins with the phrase, "Once Upon A Time...". I asked my students to write their own fairy tale that began with "Once Upon A Time". Here's how that simple phrase translates to first graders:

One soponotime
Once a pud a time
Ones a pond a time
Wisupnutime
Once a ponutime
Wunsuponatime
Ounts a punll time
Onesopotuntime

As you can see, there are many variations, and most of them become one word instead of two!

Saturday, May 26, 2012

Book Review: Mercy Come Morning

Krista is a young career woman that left her home to escape her troubled past with an unstable mother. The book opens with Krista receiving a phone call telling her that her mother, who has Alzheimer's, is dying from heart failure. Her mother is in a care facility run by her childhood friend, Dane. She tries to explain that she is much too busy with work and it's not a good time to go. Dane convinces her that she must come now because her mother only has days left.

In the five years that Krista's mother had been at Dane's Alzheimer's care facility, Cimaron, she has only visited her mother three times. Her mother led a life of loss, deep depression, and drinking. Krista never felt loved by her mother. After her mother's Alzheimer's diagnosis Krista tried to care for her but the burden became to great for one person to bear.

This book is well written and flows seamlessly between the present day and Krista's past. Krista is on a journey to forgive her mother and find peace within herself. It was a very easy read and I really did enjoy it.

*Disclaimer - I received a free copy of this book from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group in exchange for my unbiased review.

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Tales from the First Grade: SERIOUSLY?!?

You may notice that I'm coming a little unhinged recently. Why am I on the edge? CRAZY FIRST GRADERS who have a BAD case of SPRING FEVER. Once upon a time I had fostered a classroom full of thinkers and problem solvers. It wasn't an easy task but they were rising to the occasion. These days...not so much!

ME: Who were the main characters in the story?
STUDENT: Um....insert LONG pause....the author.
ME: No. Who was the story about? The CHARACTERS?
STUDENT: LONG pause....no response....
ME: (bangs head on wall).

STUDENT: I found a crayon on the floor!!!
ME: Be a problem solver. What can you do with it?
STUDENT: Put it in the trash can.
ME: Well, you could do that but what is a better solution?
STUDENT: Put it in the recycle box?
ME: Or you could go put it in the crayon basket.
STUDENT: Oh, yeah. I'll do that.

15 more days!!!

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Church Signs: Thief!

Thanks to my friend Sandy for sending me this one!

Monday, March 19, 2012

Tales from the 1st Grade: Appreciation

Spring Break is over and school is back in full swing! The morning was pretty quiet because the students were still pretty sleepy (thank goodness!). It didn't take long for them to wake up and crack me up! :D

Quotes of the day:

"I can't color the graph with my crayons because I don't want to wear them out."

"Is that pollen in the sky? I'm allergic to pollen. I can't breathe until it's gone." (Yeah, good luck with that! LOL)

and my personal favorite....

"Um,I finished my work. Could I get some appreciation over here?! HELLO!"....Appreciation for his finished work was promptly given! :D

Friday, March 16, 2012

Favorite Things Friday: Hoops and Yoyo

I'm a big Hoops and Yoyo fan! If you don't know who they are you need to get acquainted! They started as Hallmark Card characters and have taken on a life of their own. Here is a clip for your weekend DIY projects! :D