Wednesday, November 25, 2015

"My Turkey is Jesus."

Happy Thanksgiving, friends!

I just had to pop in and share photos from our Thanksgiving Feast last week.  We had SO much fun making our own Indian headdresses (with pattern shapes on them), and painting paper bags for Indian vests!  All SIX classes created Thanksgiving place mats, too, and our awesome room moms (plus a few extra) helped us set the "table."

"I am thankful for love and I am thankful for God."

"I am thankful for God.  I am thankful for the sun." 

"I am thankful for Mrs. Carnes."

I mean seriously, it can't get much better than this!

We used loooonng butcher paper and put it ALL the way down our kindergarten hallway.  Parents help supply the food; it's just awesome!

Oh, and I'm SURE you know that precious little activity where the students can create disguises for their turkeys??  Well, mine was a little last minute, as I wasn't planning on doing it since my little ones don't like to color that much.  (I didn't think it would go over well).  However, they had some GREAT ideas, and I just couldn't help but snap a picture of this one.  Too sweet...and I love that he even gave Jesus a goatee! 

I guess I need to mention that, no, I do not teach at a Christian school, but I'm hoping that the work my students have done this year are maybe a product of the love I've shown them through my actions?


I'm praying that each of you have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

{Wallpaper from my Cuptakes app}

Monday, November 16, 2015

I'm BACK!!

Well, if anyone is still out there in the world of blog readers, I'm back!! I've seriously missed you!  Not writing/reading blogs for almost a month is something I hope to never miss out on again. :)

The past few weeks have been absolutely crazy-- long story short, we had a teammate leave, and our kinder team worked HARD to find a replacement and to take care of her precious class.  We have a GREAT new teammate, and all is right with the world now!

So, what have you missed from my classroom?? Here are the highlights:

The kiddos dressed up as book characters.  It was so fun!!

{w/ Clifford!}

Also, a giant visited our classroom and left footprints all over.  We used them to measure various items in the classroom. The kids LOVED measuring and seeing which items were longer/shorter!

Oh, and who can forget planting pumpkin seeds BACK in to the pumpkin?

Community Helpers Week:
Mrs. Davis and I got to put on the firefighter uniforms.  SO HEAVY!!

The kiddos got to dress up like community helpers on Friday, too, so of course we joined in!!

Now, here's to getting through one more week with the little ones before Thanksgiving break!  We'll be working hard on Thanksgiving place mats, Indian vests and headdresses for our feast this week!

Monday, November 02, 2015

I Teach Because...

The past few weeks have been super crazy and exhausting.  As in, 12 hours at school multiple times a week...last minute reading assessment deadlines, and a team member transition.  BUT, this last Friday was such a fantastic reminder for WHY I teach and WHY I absolutely love what I do and wouldn't change it for the world!  SO many fun dress up day festivities...I loved it!

I teach

...because of the kids.
...because of the hugs.
...because of the accidental "mom" titles.
...because of the "light bulbs" I see that go on.
...because of the sweet messages I get from former students.
...because of the love notes that I get from my sweet kinders.
...because of the READERS I am creating.
...because of the well-mannered five year olds I spend my day with.

...for fun dress up days!
...for the smiles!

...for so many more reason that what I've listened!! Teaching is so much more than what "outsiders" realize, and even though my job is a tough one, I wouldn't change it for the WORLD!

Why do you teach?

Saturday, October 31, 2015

Happy Halloween!

Wow! It's been way to long since I've posted, but I know you'll understand when I say work has been crazy the past few weeks!  Lot's of deadlines and extra work at school, BUT I'm so thankful to have the opportunity to work with such amazing ladies at school. :)

We had so much fun dressing up as the Pinkalicious girls!

And just for fun, a picture of Darth Vader and Disgust (from Inside Out).

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

I've got a NEW CAR!

Gosh it's been way too long since I've posted, but life is CRAZY right now!  I know this isn't really teaching/classroom related, but I'm just too excited not to share. :)

I got a new-to-me car!!

{Melvin, from CarMax, really pulled out all the stops.  Check out that yellow bow!}

It was totally a long time old car was really becoming a hott mess.  I'll definitely miss the memories; I learned how to drive in that car, after all!

But y'all, this new car is FANTASTIC!! I have a new-to-me 2012 Ford Edge.  It's fabulous!  I mean, check out that sunroof!

I think Andrew's favorite part is the fun console...

I bought it on Sunday and have already gotten to drive some girl friends around...I'm just loving it!


Hopefully I'll get back to sharing some fun we've had in the classroom soon.  So much fun is happening this fall!
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