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As the warm air and cool rain came together with the fading October sun, the result was nothing short of breathtaking. The faint beginnings of pastel bands against the gray sky were even further contrasted by the rich warm browns, blazing reds and striking yellows of the surrounding woodlands. We drove and watched. We watched […]
ac·com·plish·ment/əˈkämpliSHmənt/ Noun: Something that has been achieved successfully. The successful achievement of a task. The gritty grind of his training wheels offered me comfort as I listened for his scratchy scraping coming around the far corner of the loop he was allowed to ride. Then, the slow rise of those wheels and ever-lengthening stretches of […]
Today students will begin an “I Am” poem as a way to connect to each other through writing and share a little about themselves. Below is my example. “I Am” I am creative and curious I wonder about what lies ahead I hear the whispers of the weeping willows I see secret kingdoms I want […]
I’m always looking for engaging activities to convey a specific meaning to my students. I’ve quickly learned that the way to most kids’ hearts (and heads) is through their stomachs! Food makes any lesson more engaging it seems! 🙂 When I came across this video on the importance of delayed gratification, it got me thinking […]
Wasn’t it just yesterday that we were bidding farewell to a year that flew by and preparing for a summer full of adventure? It sure seems that way to me! And yet, here we are once again, preparing for the start of another brand new school year! I know I’ve said it before, but I’ll […]
I found this Wordle of my blog back in a draft post and decided to share it!
We departed from our typical routine today of writing in response to a picture prompt. Today, we listened and watched poems, we discussed them and compared experiencing poetry to reading poetry. After responding, we brainstormed – everyday ideas that might become the subject of poems. Then we wrote. We thought, we talked, we wrote. Below […]
In fairy tales Things always begin With “Once upon a time…” And poems begin With ideas and words Joined by rhythm and rhyme. So whether you’re reading Of princes and knights You’ll likely find Love and laughter. And poetry is My life’s true love A real-life “Happily ever after.” Author’s note: This is very much […]
The kids were up later than usual, one of their particular perks of spring break and the fun of Gramma and Papa’s house. We piled atop one another, fleece jammies slipping on nylon sleeping bags – it might be spring break, but we’re still in the U.P. where temps are hovering in the 30s and […]
For the second straight year, I find myself both relieved to have written my way through March and slightly sad to see this challenge come to a close. My sadness is a bit heightened today due to the fact that I completely forgot to post yesterday. The exciting prospect of having the week ahead to […]