Thursday, November 28, 2013

is this considered animal cruelty?

Every once in awhile, we like to annoy the cat.

Last week, a friend made an owl hat for our new baby niece/nephew. Yes, I know it's only girl colors....Ty was convinced my sister-in-law was having a girl, even though we don't know yet. Anyway...

When I brought the hat home, I insisted that we needed a model to try it out. You, see if it works.

Well, the dog's head would be too big, sooooooo....

We had to settle for Model #2. He's a natural.

One could gather two things from this:
1. The hat is clearly functional.
2. Our cat should be paid to model infant apparel.

xoxo, wife.

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

guided drawing round 2

Can you guess who the kiddos drew this time?

If you guessed Cat in the Hat, you'd be right!

If you guessed deranged mouse wearing a chimney on it's'd be close, but not quite.

xoxo, wife.

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

tonight we learned a new skill.

Ty has a business meeting tomorrow. We bought him a nice new suit the other day, and he wants to wear it to the meeting.

Dilemma: You should wear a tie with a suit. Neither one of us knew how to tie a tie.

Solution: Look it up on Pinterest, because Pinterest holds all of life's answers.

Exhibit A: The Diagram
How to tie a tie
I gave the directions. Ty followed them...and it worked!

We now know how to tie a tie. At 26 and 27 years old. So I guess you can teach an old dog a new trick.

And now my husband will rock his business meeting in his fancy new suit & TIE!
I promise I won't let him wear white socks.

By the way, this is what happens when you ask Ty to strike a GQ pose.

Anyway, the moral of the story is that teamwork is what keeps marriage alive, people.
xoxo, wife.

Monday, November 25, 2013

happy monday.

All is calm in my neck of the woods tonight.
I'm rejoicing in the fact that I only have two more days of work this week.
I'm enjoying our Christmas decorations.
I'm grimacing at the snow that's falling outside...
But I'm loving the fact that it's finally hot chocolate weather.

On the school front, we're doing a week-long pilgrim study this week.
I got a huge kick out of how much fun the kids had learning about them today.
They thought it was absolutely crazy that the pilgrims didn't have electricity, stoves, or toilets!
We had a 15 minute discussion about was so funny!
I've never seen this group of kids get so excited about something.
I had an Ivy Tech student observing me for one of her classes today, and we were both giggling at the kids' reactions to learning about how little the pilgrims had and how much work they had to do on their own.
Toward the end of the day, one of my kiddos said, "Man I'm exhausted." I asked, "Why?" To which he replied, "Cuz we've been learning about the pilgrims all day. They had to do so much work all the time that it's making me tired to keep thinking about it!"

We also talked about the Mayflower. We learned how crowded the boat was and that most people could only bring one or two items with them. So we wrote about what we would bring if we were getting on the Mayflower.

We're continuing the pilgrim study the rest of the week, but since they're having so much fun, I spent tonight gathering some ideas for our next unit: a 3 week study on presidents and american symbols, which will take us right up to Christmas Break. I found some really fun things that I'm pretty excited about. 

Happy Monday. Here's to 2 more work days before stuffing ourselves silly.

xoxo, wife.

Sunday, November 24, 2013

we decked the halls

Ty took the day off hunting yesterday! It's a Christmas miracle! I had some running around to do, and he asked if I wanted him to come with me and we'd spend the day together. Instantly my brain had a battle with my heart. My brain said, "Say no! You get so much more done when he's not around to distract you!" To which my heart replied, "Say yes! How often during hunting season do you get to spend the entire day with your husband?!" So naturally, my heart won out, and I said yes. :)

While he was getting ready he said, "Hey...can we put up the Christmas decorations today?" We normally wait until Black Friday, but I knew that Thanksgiving weekend is really busy with all the family gatherings stuff. So I said "Sure."

After we got home, we started decking the halls.

We got this rustic tree last year after the holidays for $60. I've been waiting all year to be able to finally put it up. And my mom emailed me a picture of an idea she saw for using a little chalkboard as the tree topper. So that's what we did! I like it because it's different than the norm.

I used these rusty metal stars instead of the normal ball ornaments. I love them!

My favorite ornament on the tree is this one that my mom made us a couple years ago out of some logs from my father-in-law.

How neat is that tree? Ty picked it out while we were shopping yesterday. I have to say, every once in awhile, the guy has good taste.

Kitchen table decor.

This guy was incredibly happy that we decorated early. He loves to play in the "box jungle" that becomes our livingroom.

My favorite part of decorating each year is watching this one get so into setting up his Christmas village from when he was a kid. To give you some perspective, I did the whole tree, set up the nativity, hung the stockings, decorated the coffee table, and set up some other random things before he was finished with this village! 

We had a bet on who would go lay on the burlap first. This girl won. You know, because burlap is SO comfy to lay on...

Now I'm off to church, laundry, chores, school work, and listening to xmas music while enjoying our decorations!

xoxo, wife.

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

this week in kinder...

It has to be documented: So far, this week has been incredibly peaceful and enjoyable in Kindergarten.

I know, I know...I totally just jinxed myself for tomorrow.
And yes, I know it's only Tuesday.
But it has to be said, I've enjoyed myself the last two days, and I'm even looking forward to going to work tomorrow. I haven't been able to say that in a long time.

This week we've been learning about:

Measurement! One of my favorite math units. We learned what it means to measure something, and we learned that you can use non-standard units of measurement (things other than a ruler/tape measure) to see how big or small things are.
Yesterday we measured our bodies with yarn, and then compared our results.

The yarn is taped to the wall (rainbow colored, which is why it looks funny), and we had to figure out who was the tallest and who was the shortest.

We also started learning about antonyms today. This is the list of antonyms the kiddos came up with. Normally, opposites are a hard concept for little kids to grasp, but this group caught on in less than one minute! 

We've started learning to read--by FAR my favorite time of the year! There's just something so rewarding about teaching children to read. It's the main reason that I love kindergarten! This week we're learning the difference between CVC (consonant-vowel-consonant) words and words that follow another pattern. For the record, we made our classroom into a game show while we made this chart, and I felt like I was hosting The Price Is Right! By the time we were finished, the kids read all the words on this chart! 5 years old and reading...who knew?!

Hear ye, hear ye! There was only one card flipped all day! One kid went to yellow during lunch, and the rest of my kiddies stayed on green! I was so excited, and made a huge deal out of it. Our goal now is to beat this tomorrow and get ALLLLLL green! (Fingers crossed!)

Thanks to everyone for their thoughts, prayers, words of advice and encouragement. It has really helped, and means a lot to know that you're supportive of me. Here's hoping that we can at least get through the rest of the week with no major catastrophes! 

xoxo, wife.

Sunday, November 17, 2013

i'm hooked.

Last weekend, I posted about my first two paintings that I did.
Well I have to say that I'm obsessed with painting now.
I spent weeknights planning what I wanted to paint, and the weekend painting those ideas!
Today I'll share some of what I've done.
I can't share everything though, because some of them are Christmas presents for people who might read this!

I think this one might be my favorite. 

I also did a quick little chalkboard art for the holidays.

I'm now constantly on the lookout for cheap canvases! 

xoxo, wife.

Thursday, November 14, 2013

a peek into my day

  • One of my lovelies asked to use the bathroom. She then came back from the bathroom and announced that she didn't make it, twirling around to show us her totally soaked khakis.
  • My "wild child" (you know, the room destroyer) came back to school today. We started a new behavior plan for him that worked very well this morning. Then, at promptly 12:00 he decided that he was done being good. He refused to do anything in music, and said he wouldn't go to gym because "gym is toopid....I'm not goin'. I wanna go back with Miss Milluh." So then I had to spend my prep with him in my room, grunting every couple minutes in anger. This also meant I couldn't leave the room to go make copies or anything because I couldn't leave him unattended and he refused to get out of his seat and come with me.
  • Sent one of my students to the office for kicking another child in the face on purpose.
  • The fire alarm went off. It was 20 degrees. Took the kids outside. Was informed by the principal that this was not a planned drill, and the fire department wouldn't let us go back in until they came and had checked it out. Did I mention it was 20 degrees? And did I mention that my kids wear short-sleeved uniform shirts? And did I mention that I had 2 little girls wearing skirts with no tights? that sucked.
  • After we were given the all-clear from the fire alarm, we went back inside and tried to get back into the swing of things. 10 minutes later, the fire alarm went off again. As we were heading back out again, we were told to ignore the alarm and go back to class. So we turned around and went back, a total waste of 5 minutes of instruction time.
  • The fire alarm then went off 4 more times before lunch. Did I mention that it's incredibly hard to teach 5 year olds when the fire alarm is going off every few minutes? It is.
  • One of my students (a girl this time) got angry with me when I flipped her card for being disrespectful to me. She then yelled, "I hate you!" and began taking things off my desk and throwing them on the ground. (Now that my wild child has done it, they all think they can throw stuff and destroy the room.) She refused to go to the office and had to be carried out by administration. For the record, that's now 2 of my children in the office.
  • I picked up my kids from gym, only to be informed that while they were there, one of my students swallowed a quarter and choked on it, almost bad enough to call an ambulance. Luckily I was spared a trip to the hospital with that student when they were able to dislodge the quarter from its stuck position in her throat and it went the rest of the way down in her belly, where it now sits. Apparently, they said it'll eventually pass. She then whined the rest of the afternoon that her throat hurt. Well, I should think so!
  • And to top it all off, as I sit here typing, I'm pretty sure I may have pink eye. In both eyes.
Well played, Thursday. Well played.

xoxo, wife.

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

my little future artists.

eI live for Wednesday afternoons. We have enrichment clubs at the end of the day.  Each quarter the teachers get to choose something fun to focus on for their club, and we switch students out from other classes and spend 30 minutes in our club, teaching stuff that we normally wouldn't get to teach during the school day. Students (or their parents) get to choose which club they'd like to be in so chances are, you'll have kids who are interested in what you're teaching in your club.

This quarter, I chose to do an art club that will focus on really basic art skills (you know...the stuff they didn't get in preschool because they didn't GO to preschool.) I called it Artsy Smartsy. I have half the kids from my class, and half the kids from the other class. (I think that's the main reason I like it...half of my naughty kids are gone!) The mix of kids I have in the club are so well behaved! They all love art, coloring, drawing, etc, so they're focused and excited about it.

Anyway, today we worked on drawing; a skill these kiddos are TERRIBLE at. I mean...they're really bad! Mostly scribbles. I've been seeing lots of stuff online about guided drawing...which is basically guiding them through a drawing step-by-step. So I decided to do that with them. We chose to draw a favorite book character, David. All these kids know who David is, and they all like him, so everyone was excited! This is David.

And here are some of the David's the kiddos in my club came up with. Keep in mind, these kids are only 5, and normally draw in scribbles!

I think this one's my favorite.

I also love this one.

None of them are exact, but they all did a really good job of following the directions, which is really all I was getting at this week. My plan for next week is a guided drawing of Cat in the Hat!

Perhaps some of these kiddos will be illustrators someday?

xoxo, wife.