Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Baby Shower

One of the pleasures of being on a staff of mixed age groups is celebrating and sharing all of life's milestones, perpetually.  These milestones cause us to pause amidst the strife of curriculum deadlines and multitasking all the details of the teaching profession  and reflect on life's blessings.  At my building our second grade teacher Linda Foster is having her second baby only this time he's a boy not a girl like her first child.  This was definitely  cause to "shower" her with a baby boy send off!
This is the adorable diaper cake one of my first grade teaching partners Stephanie, who is pretty crafty, made to present to Linda.  Synchronicity occured when last month Stephanie shared with us her "specialty" of diaper cakes and they are featured in Woman's World magazine this week!

Are you wondering what this banana is doing here at a shower? Normally. for teachers. packed lunches can get pretty boring and mundane.  But for one teacher. today was a different story.    Our reading specialist Susan was so excited to share with us that  in her lunch today she found this banana with "I Love You Mommy" XOXOXO   From Your son. Her son is in fourth grade.   Can I get a AWWWW!!!

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Brown Bag Popcorn Book Club

This is the best idea ever and I'm using it on Fridays before our weekly theme tests.  I got this idea from Finally in First blog. A form of Literature Circles but way tastier!! Students are given  a paper divided into four squares.  The four squares are titled Character, Setting, Events, and Ending.  While I'm popping the corn in our school popcorn popper they are busy using their basal and filling in the four scores.  They glue this to a brown paper bag and we fill them with the popcorn. I divide the students into 4 groups and choose a leader to lead the discussion groups. I have prewritten questions for all the groups to answer.  Lots of critical thinking is going on in these groups that always surprises me!!

Here is my para pro Audrey dishing out the popcorn for a student.

Thinking, eating, talking, eating, thinking, eating................

Easter Highlights

Easter came late this year but it gave me plenty of time to get my tablescape together. The Easter Bunny Tea set with cream and sugar, and napkin rings I picked up at a garage sale for $4.00 for the WHOLE boxed set!!

These tea cups with spoon were so adorable and fun to try to use-so "Alice in Wonderland"!!
I got this glitzy bunny at Marshall's during Easter season.  I've actually used her for a few baby shower tablescapes.
Don't you love how the creamer bunny is looking up at the Easter tree?

Our foyer display compliments of my kindergarten teacher friend, Jodie, who donated the bunnes to me so they could be famous on my blog!!