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 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

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Crummy Church Sign: Friend Request

Thank you to Debbie C. for sending this one to me!

P.S. I'm pretty sure Jesus does not Facebook or Twitter!

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Tales from the 1st Grade: Cause and Effect

We're working on cause and effect in first grade these days. I've been using the series of books "If You Give a Mouse A Cookie", "If You Give a Pig a Pancake", and "If You Give a Cat a Cupcake" to prompt the students to write their own cause and effect stories. Here are 2 hilarious ones!

Translation for those of you who don't read 1st grade phonetic spelling every day:
"If you give a pig a mfshit (math sheet, LOL) he'll need to get a pencil and a paper. He needs to write neat. He'll do a good job"

This is my FAVORITE! It is a very logical chain of events for cause and effect!
"If you give a cat some money he will want to buy something. He will buy a Pepsi. He will pee on himself and he will want to take a bath."

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Tales from the 1st grade: Valentine's

Valentine's Day in first grade is SO fun and chaotic. The kids get so excited about sharing their Valentine's. They are so sweet when they read their Valentine's too. I rack up so pretty cool things too.

* LOTS of chocolate hearts (that I generously share with the custodians and whoever wants them).
* Hersey Kisses with caramel (that I didn't share!)
* A Red Lobster gift card (SCORE!)
* Cards, drawings and letters that are just precious!

The bear sings, "I wanna kiss you all over" when you press it's hand!!!!! Oh my!

Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Tales from the 1st Grade: Apostrophe

We're learning about contractions this week. I was completely exhausted after sending my students to their groups to be contraction detectives and find contractions in books. Here are a few (ahem) "highlights":

I lost 5 minutes of my life trying to convince a student that an apostrophe is NOT in fact a floating comma!

Quotation marks are not "a double apostrophe".

"one, two, three" is not a contraction! Those are commas used in a series. They are not apostrophes!

We'll be revisiting contractions and the apostrophes that go with them tomorrow...and the next day....and probably the next day after that!

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Tales from the 1st Grade: Bathroom Stall

Everyday after lunch my class stops by the bathroom before returning to our regularly scheduled program. I have about 3 boys that have to sit in a stall everyday at this time. The problem isn't that they need extra time to sit. It's that they ALL want to use the "big" stall. So they stand around waiting. I can see them standing against the back wall waiting. Once I realized that they are all waiting for a particular stall while others are open I've been hurrying them along by telling them to go in an open stall and stop waiting for the big one.

Today one of my regular offenders was standing against the wall waiting. I asked if there was an empty stall he could go in.

He said, "The other stalls are empty but I can't fit in them. I have to wait for the big one."


I told him he most certainly could fit in them and he better get in one now! I informed him that I could fit in one of them (not that I've actually gone in one of those particular stalls)and he's certainly smaller than I am!

They never cease to amaze me with their "excuses" (LIES) about why they can/can not do things!

Monday, January 16, 2012

Tales from the 1st Grade: Tiger Claw

At lunch on Friday my principal came up to me and asked, "What happened to *student's* arm".

I thought a minute and asked, "You mean the scratch on his arm. I don't know."

Principal: "He told me a tiger scratched him."

Me:(laughing) "And you believe him?" (note: it was a small surface scratch. Not deep enough for a tiger scratch)

Principal:(grinning) "He said he was at the zoo and a tiger scratched him."

I decide to ask the student myself.

Me: "How did you get that scratch on your arm, for real?"

Student: "I was at the zoo looking at the frogs when the tiger came behind me and scratched my arm."

Oh, of course. They keep the tigers and the frogs side by side at the zoo so that makes PERFECT sense!?!

After a while I got the real story. He was running through the house with his little sister and scratched it on the sofa. He didn't want us to tell his Grandma that he was running with his little sister on his back!

They never cease to amaze me with the stories they come up with!

Friday, January 13, 2012

Favorite Things Friday: Pinterest

I didn't understand what the Pinterest craze was all about. Over Christmas break I decided to join. Now I'm addicted! I love getting classroom ideas, recipes, craft ideas, and lots of inspiration!

This cartoon pretty much sums it up!

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Tales from the 1st Grade: Distractions

Earlier today while a taking a math test:

My Parapro is walking around monitoring the students while I read the test questions aloud.

Student: Ms. Kim your pants are really noisy. They are distracting me....Ponders a moment... I think maybe they are to tight. Do they feel too tight? They're really noisy

A few minutes later I notice the same student covering his mouth and laughing.

Me: Are you still laughing about Ms. Kim's noisy pants?
Student: No. My mind is telling me jokes and it's distracting me.
Me: Oh. I hate it when my mind tells me jokes and won't stop.
Student: Yeah. It's really crazy!