A Center in a Bag!

Dear Readers,

I have a story I just have to tell. It’s about my older sister (even though she tells everyone I’m older), who I’ll call Brown Girl. She is so giving. She is always giving me & the rest of our family gifts.

Even though this gift she gave me today is not even the biggest gift she’s given me, it was really what I needed. You see she gave me 25 books with the accompanying audio tapes. This is significant because I was just reading another teaching blog about the teacher having a listening center. Since I had older students I didn’t think to have a listening center. Add to the fact that my school had no resources. Well, now, thanks to my sister, I have the following titles:

  1. This Is The Way We Go to School by Edith Baer
  2. Abiyoyo by Pete Seeger
  3. The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats
  4. Happy Birthday, Moon by Frank Asch
  5. Geraldine’s Big Snow by Holly Keller
  6. The Girl Who Loved Wild Horses by Paul Goble
  7. The Legend of Sleepy Hollow by (Adapted by) Freya Littledale
  8. The Vanishing Pumpkin by Tony Johnston
  9. My Favorite Time of Year by Susan Pearson
  10. Clifford’s Halloween Fun by Norman Bridwell
  11. Jamberry by Bruce Degen
  12. Make Way for Ducklings by Robert McCloskey
  13. Millions of Cats by Wanda Gag
  14. Happy Birthday, Moon by Frank Asch (duplicate)
  15. The Brave Little Tailor by (Retold by) Freya Littledale
  16. Sally’s Room by M.K. Brown
  17. Jamie O’Rourke and the Big Potato
  18. The Seven Chinese Brothers by Margaret Mahy
  19. Jesse Bear, What Will You Wear? by Nancy While Carlstrom
  20. Grandma and the Pirates by Phoebe Gilman
  21. Clifford, We Love You by Norman Bridwell
  22. It’s Valentine’s Day by Jack Prelutsky
  23. Chicken Soup With Rice by Maurice Sendak
  24. Curious George Rides a Bike by H.A. Rey
  25. The Popcorn Dragon by Jane Thayer

Even though some of these title are for young children, I will use these to make up my listening center. I’m going to plop them into some bags, label them, and create some other sort of activities to go with them. So there you have it- A center in a bag!

By the way, if you know of any activities I can use to make this center more interesting, feel free to drop me a comment!

Thanks!!!

Free Coloring Pages

I am receiving so much free stuff. I just received my weekly Hedgie’s Treasure Trove from Jan Brett’s website. There are 100 pages offered of:

True Friendship

1.) When you are sad, I will jump on the person who made you sad, like a spider monkey hopped up on Mountain Dew.

2.) When you are blue, I will try to dislodge whatever is choking you.

3.) When you smile, I will know you are plotting something I must be involved in.

4.) When you are scared, we will high tail it out of there.

5.) When you are worried, I will tell you horrible stories about how much worse it could be until you quit whining, ya’ big baby!

6.) When you are confused, I will use little words

7.) When you are sick, stay away from me until you are well again. I don’t want whatever you have…

8.) When you fall, I’ll pick you up and dust you off– After I laugh my a$$ off.

9.) This is my oath… I pledge it til the end.  “Why?” you may ask… because you are my FRIEND!

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Friendship is like peeing your pants, everyone can see it, but only YOU can feel the true warmth.

Happy Valentine’s Day/Anniversary!, Part 2

100_3647Ricky & Annette w/my niece Tiffany as the hostess.

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Happy Valentine’s Day/Anniversary!

Today is my anniversary. It is also the day of my annual Valentine’s Day party that simply everyone wants to attend. Here’s some pictures of past Valentine’s Day parties.

100_3630These are the tables that I rented in my dining room. There are three of them. So, I was able to host four other couples-Ricky & Annette, Saudia & Wesley, Erick & Cheryl, and Diane & Sly. A great time was had by all. The gifts in the window is lingerie for the men (wink, wink)

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Getting Ready For My Party!

I am getting ready for my big Valentine’s Day/Anniversary party tomorrow. I rented the tables earlier. They will be delivered shortly. I have this little theme going on- my colors are red, black, or pink. So, there will be one red table, one pink table, and one black table, with the chairs and the chair covers with bows. To complement the tables, I got a dozen balloons- 4 red, 4 pink, and 4 black. I am so excited. I am decorating the house right now. I have red and pink bulbs that I am going to hang from the ceiling in my dining room, as well as various heart decorations.

I purchased decorated take-out containers from Michael’s that I’ve filled with various chocolates for the chocoholics. I have chocolate covered fortune cookies, love coupons, and love lotto lottery tickets.
I also purchased some candy in a cute little bottle labeled Love Potion that I will include with the various naughty gifts I’ve bought. I am so looking forward to tomorrow. I’ll post pictures on Sunday. Bye!

HAPPY VALENTINE’S DAY!

Hello everyone! Good morning! Good morning! Good morning. You know what today is. The day for lovers. It is also my 10th Wedding Anniversary. So Happy Anniversary to me!

I usually have this big shindig where I move the table chairs out of my dining and go out all. I rent 3 round tables and 12 chairs. I decorate the living room and dining room with, what else, hearts. I buy lingerie for the men (wink, wink), and chocolate for the ladies. I make a keepsake scrapbook of last year’s festivities and give those out also.

For dinner, it’s whatever my heart fancies. Last year, we had homemade mashed potatoes or rice pilaf, freshly snapped peas, and salmon in citrus sauce. For dessert, we had cream puffs, caramel apple pie w/vanilla bean ice cream, and chocolate cake w/hot fudge filling that just oozed out once sliced into.

The caterer? Moi. Yes, I cooked the bulk of the food (I had a little help from Costco w/the dessert), shopped for the gifts, and completed the keepsake books.

Sadly, I will not be doing it this year. I simply have too much on my plate. I will be saving it for the summer when I am on vacation. How ’bout that? A summer Valentine’s party.

Well, until next time people! Here are some pictures from last year’s shindig. Enjoy!

Scholastic Treasury of Storybook Classics

I just bought Scholastic’s Treasury of Storybook Classics. There are 16 DVDs with 100 stories of beloved classics.

storybook-classics.jpgThere are so many stories in there. I have most of the books in the collection, but I have been on a quest to buy all the books in there. I am using this as a teaching resource.

For the Unit Opener for the Imagination Unit, I have the perfect idea.  I am going to be introducing & reintroducing compare and contrast. I found this graphic organizer here and am using this as a complement to the DVD and the book of Harold & The Purple Crayon.

First I read the book to them, then let them watch the tape. We explored the difference between watching it and having it read to you or reading it yourself.

That’s just one of the uses for this. There are so many good stories in there; so many that I love. Phillise loves Chicka Chicka Boom Boom, David loves Where the Wild Things Are, and I love Harold & the Purple Crayon.

I purchased it at Costco for $65 after tax. That is less than a dollar per story. Some are even in Spanish.So do yourself and your child a favor and purchase this. You won’t regret it.

Until next time people!

Handwriting Worksheet Generator

When I was subbing a couple of weeks ago, one of the teachers that I was working with had these handwriting worksheets that I thought were so cute. She bought the program at Lakeshore. This, however, is better. It’s free! That’s right up my alley. If you would like to create your own custom handwriting worksheets, go to this website and print it for free instead of paying for it.

Make your own worksheets online @ http://www.atozteacherstuff.com
Name:_______________________________

Date:_____________

Practice at home.

(traditional manuscript font)

These worksheets can be printed in modern or traditional manuscript. There are also many other resources there. Check it out!

Here’s the link:

http://tools.atozteacherstuff.com/handwriting/handwriting-practice.html

A Picture Of Moriah!

My little sister just gave me a picture of Moriah. Did I mention that I helped deliver her? Isn’t she one of the most beautiful little girls you’ve ever seen? Look @ all that hair. She looks just like my little sister when she was a baby. When my little sister goes out, people always stop her to get a look at Moriah. Can you blame them? Look at that face!

Dolch Sight Words!

What are Dolch sight words? The Dolch Word List is a list of frequently used words compiled by Edward William Dolch, PhD. The list was originally published in his book “Problems in Reading”, The Garrard Press, 1948. Dolch compiled the list based on children’s books of his era. The list contains 220 “service words” that have to be easily recognized in order to achieve reading fluency. The compilation excludes nouns, which comprise a separate 95-word list.

Many of the 220 Dolch words can’t be “sounded out” and have to be learned by sight. Hence the alternative term “Sight Words”.

From 50-75% of all words used in school books, library books, newspapers, and magazines are in the Dolch Basic Sight Vocabulary of 220 words (preschool- 3rd grade). There is no way that some of these words can be sounded out.

I found a great resource of these on Jan Brett’s website. In case you don’t know who she is, she’s an author. She’s written many books. Some are retelling of other stories. Her stories are Berlioz the Bear, The Umbrella, and many others. This is an example of the resources that she has on her website:

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Here is a list of other websites that have the Dolch word lists available for printout and use:

http://www.janbrett.com (The prettiest and most colorful)

http://www.fcboe.org/schoolhp/shes/sight_words.htm

http://www.kidzone.ws/dolch/kindergarten.htm (Kindergarten sight words list)

http://www.kidzone.ws/dolch/grade1.htm (1st grade sight words list)

http://www.kidzone.ws/dolch/grade2.htm (2nd grade sight words list)

http://www.kidzone.ws/dolch/grade3.htm (3rd grade words list)

http://www.learningbooks.net/xDolchSpanish.html (words in Spanish & English)

http://www.theschoolbell.com/Links/Dolch/Contents.html. (This site contains a wealth of information. It has a complete lesson plan that can be used, along with all the materials necessary. I highly recommend this.)

Check it out!

BOB Books by Bobby Lynn Maslen

**This review is a bit long, but worth it. So bear with me; especially if you have a child learning to read.
I signed up to preview the BOB books @ momcentral.blogspot.com in July. I didn’t know what they were, nor had I heard about them, but since I was trying to teach Phillise how to read, I thought that I’d give them a try.

I finally received them and was pleasantly surprised. The books are a joint effort by husband and wife team Bobby Lynn Maslen and award winning illustrator John Maslen. She writes, he illustrates.

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First of all, they come in this cute little box. (I love cute stuff) Inside there are 12 little kid-sized books. Before I allowed Phillise to see them, I took a look at them myself, like I always do. I was immediately drawn to the child-like drawings. The author explains that part of the charm of the book is that children can draw the simplistic characters themselves and they’re right.

“Kay. I think you can draw these. Look at ‘em,” I said.

She said, ” I sure can mom.”

“Do you know what else you can do, baby?,” I asked.

“What mommy?,” she said.

You can read it all by yourself. See. The person who wrote it said that she wrote these especially for little boys and girls just like you, so they can say, ” I read the whole book by myself.”

“Here, give it a try,” I said while gently handing her the books.

“Mommy, I don’t know how to read,” said Phillise.

Just try it and I bet that you can do it. Just try it and see.

“Okay,” she said.

Though she was hesitant, she tried it. And guess what? She did it. It took a few tries, but she read the whole book. All by herself. She was so happy. I was so happy. We were high fivin’ all over the place.

I had been trying to teach her to read most of the summer, without success. She was ready. She knew all the alphabets and sounds, but she didn’t have the confidence until she read the BOB books.

Well, after that, she read the 2nd one and we’re currently working on the third one.

This is one of the best learn to read programs I’ve ever used. I love them. I will be purchasing the rest. Some will be for home and some for the classroom that I will have soon.

Do yourself and your child who’s learning how to read a favor and buy these books. There’s a special going on now. You can visit the website @ www.BOBbooks.com and see for yourself.

FEATURES OF THE BOOKS:

  • There are 12 books in each set, each written in three-letter words and short sentences.
  • There’s a sounds/picture dictionary to introduce readers to each letter.
  • On the back of the book, there is a preview as to what the story is about. Bobby Lynn even offers suggestions on how to talk about the story with young readers.
  • A few letters are added in each sequentially ordered book, with only five sight words (more on this later) introduced in the whole set.

Here is the first book

Set 1, Book 1:

Mat.

Mat sat.

Sam.

Sam sat.

Mat sat. Sam sat.

Mat sat on Sam.

Sam sat on Mat.

Mat sat. Sam sat.

The End

That’s the whole book. It’s so simple, yet it works. (In case you didn’t know this, simple works!) It gives children the confidence that they need to continue trying to read, so they can say, “I read the whole book.”

Couple these books with the starfall.com site and your child will be an expert reader in no time flat!

If you would like to know more about the Maslens, here is the link: http://www.bobbooks.com/maslens.htm

Check it out!

Mommy, I’m Writing A Post!

I was writing a post when Phillise went to get her Barbie laptop and informed me that she was going to write a post also. Of course she can’t type, especially not a post. The laptop isn’t real, but it’s so cute that she thinks that she can and she is going to try whether she knows how or not. Isn’t that the cutest thing? I must be doing something right. My baby wants to be like her mommy. Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.

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Roxaboxen by Alice McLerran

I know that this picture is big, but bear with me. It had to be large to show the detail. Just look at the book and use your imagination. Are those sticks or are they horses used to gallop around as they fight to slay the mighty dragon? Those are some of the questions that you might have asked yourself if you were a resident of Roxaboxen.

Roxaboxen was a magical land made up of sticks, stones, glass & discarded boxes that were magically transformed by its inhabitants who had something that money couldn’t buy- imagination. This book is a tribute to imagination.

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Continue reading

The ABC’s Of First Year Teachers

I found this on a website: www.education-world.com

THE ABCs FOR FIRST YEAR TEACHERS

  • Admit your mistakes — and learn from them.
  • Be firm but flexible.
  • Communicate with parents.
  • Develop a homework policy — and stick to it.
  • Empower your students; don’t just lecture to them.
  • Find time to attend after-school events.
  • Get to know all the teachers in your school and make friends with the cooks, custodians, aides, and secretaries.
  • Have the courage to try something else if what you’re doing isn’t working.
  • Institute a clear discipline policy — and enforce it consistently.
  • Just listen — both to what the kids are saying and to what they’re not saying.
  • Keep a journal.
  • Learn your school’s policies and procedures.
  • Model desired attitudes and behavior.
  • Non carborundum ignorami. (Don’t let the imbeciles wear you down.)
  • Overplan.
  • Prepare interesting lessons.
  • Quit worrying and just do your best.
  • Remember that you teach students first, then you teach whatever academic discipline you learned.
  • Stay alert.
  • Take pictures.
  • Understand that the learning process involves everyone — teachers, students, colleagues, and parents — and get everyone involved.
  • Volunteer to share projects and ideas, and don’t be afraid to ask others to share their ideas with you.
  • Work within your limits.
  • Xpect the unexpected — and plan for it!
  • Yell if you need support.
  • Zero in on your strengths, not your weaknesses. (Remember — nobody’s perfect)

Attention: Job Opening

Attention all women, there’s a job waiting for you. It will be the hardest job you’ve ever loved; but you will love it. Here’s the job description:

POSITION :

Mother, Mom, Mama, Mommy, Ma

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JOB DESCRIPTION:

Long term, team players needed, for challenging permanent work in an, often

chaotic environment. Candidates must possess excellent communication and

organizational skills and be willing to work variable hours, which will

include evenings and weekends and frequent 24 hour shifts on call. Some

overnight travel required, including trips to primitive camping sites on

rainy weekends and endless sports tournaments in far away cities. Travel

expenses not reimbursed. Extensive courier duties also required.

RESPONSIBILITIES:

The rest of your life. Must be willing to be hated, at least temporarily,

until someone needs $5. Must be willing to bite tongue repeatedly. Also,

must possess the physical stamina of a pack mule and be able to go from

zero to 60 mph in three seconds flat in case, this time, the screams from

the backyard are not someone just crying wolf. Must be willing to face

stimulating technical challenges, such as small gadget repair, mysteriously

sluggish toilets and stuck zippers. Must screen phone calls, maintain

calendars and coordinate production of multiple homework projects. Must

have ability to plan and organize social gatherings for clients of all ages

and mental outlooks. Must be willing to be indispensable one minute, an

embarrassment the next. Must handle assembly and product safety testing of

a half million cheap, plastic toys, and battery operated devices. Must

always hope for the best but be prepared for the worst. Must assume final,

complete accountability for the

quality of the end product. Responsibilities also include floor

maintenance and janitorial work throughout the facility.

POSSIBILITY FOR ADVANCEMENT &PROMOTION:

Virtually none. Your job is to remain in the same position for years,

without complaining, constantly retraining and updating your skills, so

that those in your charge can ultimately surpass you

PREVIOUS EXPERIENCE:

None required unfortunately. On-the-job training offered on a continually

exhausting basis.

WAGES AND COMPENSATION:

Get this! You pay them! Offering frequent raises and bonuses. A balloon

payment is due when they turn 18 because of the assumption that college

will help them become financially independent. When you die, you give them

whatever is left. The oddest thing about this reverse-salary scheme is that

you actually enjoy it and wish you could only do more.

BENEFITS:

While no health or dental insurance, no pension, no tuition reimbursement,

no paid holidays and no stock options are offered; this job supplies

limitless opportunities for personal growth and free hugs for life if you

play your cards right.


This is an old one but I had to put it up anyway. I love it. Enjoy!!!

So Creative!

My little girl is so creative!

She made this creation out of pennies and different coins lying around the house all by herself.

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I’m creative and her grandmother is an artist, so she’s definitely a natural. I am so proud of her. Whenever she wants to do something, she does it. If she asks me to do something for her and I take too long, she does it herself.

Graduation 2007

It’s official. My baby has graduated from high school. Here are some pix. Enjoy!

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This was such a cute picture of us that I just had to post it.

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Sam, Auntie Camille, Dakota

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Me, Phillise, Phillip, Camille, Sam, Dakota & David

Confessions Of A Crazed Post-A-Holic

For all my fellow post-a-holics out there, there is help. I went to my very first Post-A-Holics meeting yesterday. Here is an actual transcript of my recent visit.

Me: Hi! My name is Leila and I am a crazed post-a-holic.

Group: Hi, Leila!

Me: Today is my 76th post in a month and a half. Sometimes I post two to three times a day. I…I (sniffle, sniffle) have to stop myself from posting & posting. I wake up in the middle of the night to post. One day, I posted five times, but I deleted it so my husband wouldn’t find out. I want to post more, but I somehow manage to dig deep down and stop myself.

Group leader: It’s okay. You’re among friends. Let it out!

Me: Even though I stop myself sometimes, I don’t know how long I can control it (sniffle, sniffle. Nose blow).

Group leader: If you continue to come, we can help. Tell me more.

Me: I’m such a moocher now. I can’t believe how low I’ll sink to get an idea for a post. Everything is a potential post; it’s all fair game. I hear anecdotes and want to post about them. My kids don’t trust me with stories anymore. They think it’s going to end up on my blog. Seriously, I would never tell that story that Dakota told me about

Still me: Commenting… OMG it’s the worst. Whenever I read someone else’s blog, I have an irresistible urge to think of the best, most thought provoking comment ever. I think that maybe, just maybe that will lead them back to my blog and I’ll have an opportunity to comment on the comment that they leave on my blog and that will lead to more comments; maybe even another post.

Group leader: It’s okay. Let it out. Confession is good for the soul.

Me: I know that you’re here to help me. I think I’ve hit rock bottom. (Sniffle, sniffle) Can someone help me? Please!!!!!

Group: (Group hug.) You’re among fellow post-a-holics. It’s okay. You’ll be okay.

** Out of the corner of my eye, I see one of the sneaky group members sneaking to her laptop to write a post. Dammit! She beat me to it!

Before I go, I have this story that I want to post about how….

Can Post-A-Holics Anonymous really help me?

Prom 2007 update

 

 

 

 

 

phil-and-christina-in-room.jpgHey, I just left everyone hanging about Sam’s prom. Here are some of the pictures from the champagne party.The decorations were nice. I made it luau themed. I handed out leis to the first 15 guests.
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Her hair was so cute. He was so handsome.They were just too cute together. Look at the back of her dress. Isn’t it cute? I had to take a picture of it. The camera doesn’t do it justice. I did not want to stand next to Chris because she’s so small. She’s about a size 2. I look a little wide, but still cute. Do Phillip and I even look like we have a son graduating from high school?


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I swear he was just a baby. Where did the time go?

My Personal Promise

 

First and foremost, I promise to make my classroom a place of refuge, a safe haven, a place for them to feel comfortable.
I promise to treat them as if they were my own. (Yes, this is a good thing.)
I promise never to embarrass them or make them feel ashamed.
I promise to do the best I can with your most prized possession.
I promise to take care of this extra special person in my care.
I promise to return your precious package in the same condition, if not better, than you gave it to me in.
This, my dear sir or madam, is my personal promise to the children.
** This is my personal promise to you. **

Baloney (Henry P.)

I wrote a post, Not the besta’ of Scieszka, reviewing John Scieszka’s book, Henry P. Baloney. As you will recall, I felt like something was missing from the book. However since my opinion isn’t the one that matters, I felt that I needed to rethink my post.

Well, after writing my review, I started thinking about whose viewpoint was important anyway! So, I gave my 9-year old little boy the book to read for our Guys Read book club since I had only read it to him, he hadn’t read it for himself..

Needless to say, he loved the book. He loved the weird words. He even asked me to look up the different languages. We looked up words in Finnish and Inuit. He also wanted to know what a Spoonerism was. I didn’t know what a Spoonerism was so we looked it up. I learned something new.

Once he found out what spoonerisms were, he wanted to try to “spoon” other words.

I was so proud of him for taking the initiative to come to me and learn more. He actually read the book more than a week ago, so I was quite surprised when he came back and wanted to talk about the book. What a beautiful surprise it was to have my baby come to me to learn more.

Once again, thank you Mr. Scieszka!

Blog Nog

This thing called a blog is so intoxicating. It is so addicting. Like any drug or mood altering substance, more is required.

I find myself checking my blog and feed stats excessively. I find myself re-reading my posts and congratulating myself on how cute, original and/or good they were.

Well, what do you know? I actually have some people willing to read what I’m writing. So once I discovered that people were actually reading my stuff, I had to give them more.You’re my adoring public. Off course I have to give you more. (smile)

At first I just wanted anyone to read it. Then I got a “hit”. Then I wanted ten hits, then 20, then 30. Next stop, the world! (evil villain laugh) :)

Phew…. that was close. Okay, I’m back! I was straying; going off on a tangent.

That’s how this blog thing is. How many readers are enough? 10?…. 20? ….100?….1000?

I don’t need 1000 readers a day. Do I?

Well, maybe just 999!

Make it fun! Part 2

Here is another cute little website that I use at school. It’s great. The website is very child-friendly and is easy to navigate around. It teaches stuff like chunking, which is basically breaking the words into little chunks to make them more manageable.  It also teaches the long vowels and short vowels. Learning all of this will help your child learn to read. It will help you stay up to date with what teachers are teaching. It is also great for homeschoolers. (Nick!) :)

The website is: www.starfall.com

Check it out!

Tongue-in-cheek Parent Letter

 

As y’all know, I am trying to do as much as I can while I get ready to get ready for my first year of teaching. One of my things that I want to do is compose a parent letter to introduce myself, let the parents know what to expect, to get contact information, etc., etc., blah, blah, blah. N-e way, I happened upon this tongue-in-cheek parent letter written by tamasha. This letter comes with a word of caution from tamasha to not actually send it. Just write it to get your frustration out. With her permission, I have printed it here for you to laugh at and enjoy. Hopefully, you’ll enjoy it as much as I did.

Dear Parents,

It is more likely than not that, as his teacher, I have a great deal of affection for your child. I might, in my own way, even love him (but don’t count on it – I might not even like him). However, unlike you, I do not worship your child. I will not believe everything he says (and you will be upset when I don’t), but I will believe much of it (and you will be upset that I do, especially if it makes you look bad). I will not cater to his every whimsy or acknowledge his every complaint (especially if it’s about homework).

But, I will do my best (which might not be that good because this year it’s based mostly on instinct) to make your child feel safe and comfortable and happy and loved (or at least liked, even if it’s really just tolerated) in my classroom. Which is more than some of you can say about your homes, despite their size (huge) and addresses (swanktastic).

Unfortunately, with some of you I will never win. If I don’t give your child enough homework that means he is not challenged enough, he’s not learning anything, you’re paying all this dough for nothing. If I give him too much homework I’m stifling his creativity, taking away from family time, soccer, violin, or gymnastics. Interestingly, there is never “just the right amount” of homework.

If I inform you that your child is struggling with attention / timeliness / organization / abstract thinking / empathy I am complaining, hurting his feelings. If I don’t inform you of this, I am not communicating well enough.

Lucky for me, as the “hired help,” I only have to teach your child for ten months. You’ve got him for as long as you both shall live.

:)

With the utmost sincerity,
Tamasha

To Die For

I was so lucky. About three weeks ago, on one of my weekly trips to Michael’s, I got my heart’s desire. Imagine how happy I was when I saw that Sizzix’s personal die-cutting machine & the accompanying die-cuts were being retired so they were on sale for 60% off.

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Now let me just tell you, I’ve had my eye on this machine for quite some time, but didn’t want to pay the original price of $89.99. Can you imagine how it felt to pay $35.99 before tax. OMG, for the just a little more than what I would have paid for just the machine, I was able to pick up the alphabet die cuts too. I just couldn’t bring myself to pay the original price of $149.99. However, $59.99 was just fine with me.

Talk about happy. I was more than happy; I was ecstatic. I was able to pick up these items for a song and dance. Am I a blessed woman or what?

I plan to use mine to scrapbook with my daughter for fun, but I will also use it to complete projects at home. I was so happy to find these things because sometimes the teacher’s workroom just doesn’t have what I want. Other times I just want to work at home. Now I can do that.

If you’d like to do the same or if you’re looking for a personal die-cutting machine of your own, try these sites. I found great deals on die-cuts on ebay and on the Sizzix website.

Even though this is small, I am trying to do everything that I can to prepare myself for the job that lies ahead of me. Sometimes, though, all I do just doesn’t seem like enough. Help!

Educational Quotes

I love it when I find a quote that takes the words right out of my own mouth. In my earlier article, I stated that I want to be a victim of my own success. Well, I found the perfect quote that says just what I was thinking. It sums up my teaching philosophy perfectly.

A good teacher is one who makes himself progressively unnecessary.

-Thomas Carruthers

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