You're Loved.

So for a little while, I’ve been following this fantastic blogger (and I now own a couple of her books) named Holley Gerth.  She’s another one of those who writes into my heart.She’s started “Coffee For Your Heart,” which allows those what want to join in a chance to be encouraging (with prompts she sends out) every Wednesday, whether through their blog, their Facebook, or a Tweet....more

A grateful heart: That's Professor Wrecking Ball to you

 I'm used to grade complaints, pleas for leniency, well wishes, the occasional hug. But at the end of last semester, I was blown away by one of my classes....more

Grandparents Challenge: Share a hobby with my son

My son is a lucky little guy. He has three sets of wonderful grandparents who love him to pieces. They think he is adorable (and he is), they love to brag about him (and he is brag-worthy) and they all read this blog (hi, everyone!) So, with all that in mind: I have a challenge for them:...more

Winter Break is for Teachers Too

In two days, school reopens after Winter Break.  I miss my students, most of them that is.  My colleagues are the best.  I love them not only as colleagues, but also as friends.   I do not miss:...more

Conversations With Kids...A Vegetarian Christmas

Actual conversation I held today with several 5th graders:Kid #1: "So, you're a vegetarian, right?" Me:  "Yes.  And what does this have to do with the reading lesson?"Kid #1:  "Well, so you don't celebrate Christmas then." Me:  "Being a vegetarian doesn't have anything to do with Christmas.  It just means I won't be eating ham for Christmas."...more

Collecting Details

I like the idea of this prompt, because there’s a whole lot of truth there.  I spend a good chunk of my day wandering from task to task, collecting details in my brain about what I’ll write next.This week’s challengeTo recap, here’s what to do for the challenge. As always, feel free to adapt the challenge as you see fit. The object is to get you writing:...more

Changing the world vicariously...

Do you remember the Faberge Organics shampoo commercials from the 1980s? It boasted the simple premise of the doubling effect; one girl uses the shampoo and likes it and tells two friends, who tell two friends, who tell two friends, "and so on and so on and so on..." One shampooer evangelizing the world for Faberge....more

5 Sensory Table Ideas for Christmas

Sensory tables are terrific tools for hands-on learning. Students can practice scooping, measuring, engage in imaginative play, conduct scientific experiments, and take creative risks. Sensory tables benefit a child's cognitive, physical, emotional and social development....more
Love these ideas!  I'm always looking for ways to keep little hands ...more

How to Do Meaningful Arts & Crafts With Young Children

 The first step toward doing meaningful arts and crafts with little ones is understanding the difference between art and craft....more

25 Days of Good Deeds (Christmas Countdown)

It's almost Christmas!!  Well not really, but it's getting a lot closer, a lot faster.  We still have to write our letter to Santa and I need to plan Christmas Eve and Day meals.  Yes I know when I said we split our holidays that it giv...more