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A Mommy Keelyn Day

Today I was home from work with my sick little girl.  She was sick through the night and in the morning when I had to make the decision to send her to school or stay home with her the answer was clear.  Poor little button!  But I’m sure all of you can identify the need to be with your mama when you are feeling that way.  My 6:30am riser slept in until 9:30 and then asked to be relocated to the couch.  She tried to be up a few times but it didn’t last long as she told me she was feeling dizzy.  A few movies later (thank you Netflix) and lots of snuggles she had started to perk up and that’s when I could see the boredom creep in.  A quick Pinterest search later and I found a fast and easy salt dough recipe  ornament that had 3 simple ingredients, flour, salt, warm water.  I knew this would be perfect for my recovering 4 year old as she was doing somersaults on the couch.  She could measure, pour, mix the ingredients independently and then use her mad playdough skills to roll and cut.    She came up with the idea to make it colourful.  She said purple and pink but I convinced her that red and green would be more Christmasy.  It’s also a no-bake we just put them on parchment on the island to dry.  We made 2 batches and it made about 30 ornaments. I think I might try this out with my students too! In a few days once they are fully dry  her and her little brother William will paint them.

A simple, quick and easy gift for all of her Great Aunts, Uncles and Grandparents and a super fast boredom buster!  I think I’ll try it again sometime but show her how to roll balls and make snowman sculptures!

This was her favourite part!  My 4 year old loves to get her hands dirty!

This was her favourite part! My 4 year old loves to get her hands dirty!

It has a really nice consistency. Very soft and easy to knead for small little hands!

It has a really nice consistency. Very soft and easy to knead for small little hands!

When I asked her if I could help her answer was "No mommy I know how to do this!"

When I asked her if I could help her answer was “No mommy I know how to do this!”

Halloween Happenings in 3B

As a teacher, Halloween in school has a different feeling then when I was a student.  I remember waking up this morning (after staying up way to late preparing treat bags for my own children to take to school) and feeling like I just wanted to stay under my warm covers.  It’s crazy in school on Halloween the kids are super excited and it’s hard to maintain their attention and focus.  Combine rain and indoor recess all day it makes for some interesting times.  Of course my commute in was a nightmare the normal hour was closer to an hour and a half and it was literally bumper to bumper until I got to the 407 which got me to school with 20 minutes to spare.  So naturally the day started out pretty frantic and I was in a panic yucky feeling. However once I saw the students in 3B I calmed.  They were so cheery and obviously excited that it was hard to stay grumpy.  It’s funny because this week we read the book Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day and I was feeling a little like Alexander especially since they don’t celebrate Halloween in Australia 🙂 but like I said it is hard to stay in a funk when you have  group of 22 very happy faces smiling at you.  

After running down what our day would look like I had the kids do a writing activity for me where they talked about if they liked Halloween. They had to choose yes or no and provide 3 reasons to support their answer.  Students had a variety of answers. Most said yes because they like to carve pumpkins, dress up and get candy.  But a few said they didn’t like Halloween because they don’t love to dress up, or they have a peanut allergy so they don’t get many candies.  Interesting to hear their point of view.  I also realized that we need to do some more practice on paragraph writing (let’s add that to the day plans for next week).  We also played Halloween BINGO which was well received especially since I had Halloween themed prizes.  We’ve been having some difficulty with cooperation so I had them play BINGO with a partner and they had to take turns covering the card and come to a consensus together if they wanted to change their card at the start of new rounds.  We also reviewed our “Be Board” and decided that it would be a good idea for the winners to be humble.  I was really proud of them they demonstrated cooperation and had a lot of fun as well.

After lunch students costumed up and prepared for the Fitness Walk.  Traditionally our school does the walk outside in the community but the weather had other plans for us so we did the walk in the school.  We did several passes and walked through the gym where our Kindergarten students were watching us.  Halloween music played, students laughed, danced and cheered on their peers.  I like the outdoor fitness walk but I think I liked this more. There was just so much happiness and joy and a really sense of coming together as a school.  When the walk was over we returned to class where our principal read us a Halloween story and the students in my class “Trick or Treated” with the goodies their peers brought.

It was pretty fun today.  The students did a really great job of coming together, cooperating and they showed me that a holiday in school doesn’t have to be a stressful event.  That simplifying and just enjoying the moment is the way to handle it!

So thank you 3B you are the best! 

Happy Halloween!