Sunday, September 21, 2014

Scav Hunt Sunday: Squares and Squash

Window:
One of the stairwells at school - gorgeous views from every corner of the school!

Square:
Four square, a popular recess game!

Picture in Picture:
Picture of a picture on my iPad.

Curve:
We start our cursive unit on Monday, exciting times in the life of an 8 year old!

Pattern:
It's squash season, each with it's own patterned skin.

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Thursday, September 18, 2014

A & B's Wedding

Over Labor Day weekend I took a giant leap in my photography work and photographed a wedding! It was the big day for the couple whose engagement shots I took during that snowy day in February. The warm day on the Cape was a nice change from 6 months ago! 

I am so happy with the images that I captured and even better, the couple is happy with them! 

Little by Little
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Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Song-osity: Distance

From a distance the world looks blue and green...

All summer I searched high and low for sunflowers to photograph. Finally, in summers waning hours I stumbled upon two, standing tall.

The distance these flowers grow, the heights they achieve, all in a few short months.

As a child, we grew sunflower some summers in our garden. I marveled at how tall they became, once I was envious of how tall they were and the view they had. But, I imagine if you're only going to grow for a few months, going the distance and reaching such lofty heights is quite the achievement!

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Monday, September 15, 2014

The Good. The Random. The Fun. v. 37

The Good: 
Last week, our last bought of summer heat broke and we were left with gorgeous blue skies and perfect temperatures. I wandered out in the midst of lesson planning to take some pictures and found some leaves beginning to change. So ready for some color on these trees!

The Random:
I finally got the 4096 tile! Long stretches on the elliptical pay off!

The Fun: 
I finally explored a new shopping promenade in the area. It has a ton of outlets and a Legoland center, the giraffe was pretty huge and awesome!


   
   

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Scav Hunt Sunday: Stripes and Florals

Stripes:
Monday's skirt, lots of stripes. At least no kid called me a zebra!

Packed:
Lunch all packed and ready to go.

Travel:
My commute to my new school. Many, many miles shorter than the old one!

Too cute cool:
Not cute, but the sun rising over the upper school campus of my school is pretty awesome!

Favorite:
Went out to take some pictures around my street. This little flower is so fun and is my favorite one of the remaining summer blooms.


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Friday, September 12, 2014

September Randoms v.1

trader joes...maimo view...got onions
pakora cod...cape cod...setting sun
wedding party...heart hands...editing progress
zaftigs brunch...messy desk...sweet card
first day...reading time...successful day
tbt kindergarden...our contract...contract signing
fresh salmon...daily news...stain buster
storm clouds...sunday breakfast...purple flower
favorite book...open windows...unfiltered sky
achieved 4096...jelly beans...math problems
four square...working breakfast...upside down
math games...shorter commute...evening vino

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Thursday, September 11, 2014

Birthday Graph

Birthday charts. Every teacher has one, usually it's a teacher designed "name, date, etc" poster. I adapted this from a teacher whose room I worked in during college and love using it as a first day math/about me activity. 

It's a birthday graph. The children are each given a little birthday cake. On it, they write their name, and the number their birthday is in their month (4 or 10, etc). Then they decorate it. 
After they've decorated it, we build our graph on the white board using magnets to tack them up. Then we talked about what we observed, this was a great way to get our math brains working.
Since I teach 2 sections of third grade, but we are one big class, I did this twice, then built the final graph. The second day of school, we talked about how it looked different then each individual section's graph and checked to see if our predictions of the combined graph were accurate or not.

Great way to start talking about math and get to know the kids and make a birthday chart!

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Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Song-osity: 8 to 3:45

Workin' 9 to 5 what a way to make a livin'
There's {no} better life...

And we're off. Back to school, work for me. The life of a teacher means the traditional 9 to 5 is more like 8 to 3:45.

The first few days have been fantastic. Getting to know each other, learning the ins and outs of third grade, building routines, creating and signing classroom contracts, thinking about our hopes and dreams, and lots of time exploring the room.

Each day has been smoother than the next. AndI know, I'll blink and it will be Thanksgiving, and the year will be flying by. Of course, some days as a teacher are long and hard, but knowing I am responsible for shaping these 41 children during the precious hours they are in my classroom makes the time spent planning and prepping and the days where I don't sit down until lunch so worth it.

I cannot wait to see what this year holds, the adventures we will have together, the discoveries to be made.

And while I may hear it close to 800 times a day, hearing a sweet voice say "Ms. Benjamin" makes teaching the most rewarding way to make a livin'

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Monday, September 8, 2014

The Good. The Random. The Fun. v.36

The Good:
After a busy week back to work, welcoming shabbat felt so good. I think I take it for granted during the summer when shabbat's arrival doesn't mean the arrival of a nice day of rest. 


The Random: 
Do street poles get cold? Because someone knit this one a little sweater...

The Fun:
The evening after the first day of school, I found "Hook" on tv. Considering my facebook post that am as I walked into Maimo was a riff on the line "To live would be an awfully big adventure" it was so fitting to watch one of my favorite movies of all time. 


   

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Sunday, September 7, 2014

Scav Hunt Sunday: Clothes and Toes

Color:
Some gorgeous deep pink salmon at Wegmans. Made for a tasty shabbat dinner. 

View:
 The view from the overlook along Cape Cod National Sea Shore. It was a stunner.

Stroll:
Nothing beats a stroll along the beach with your toes in the water.

Outfit(s):
My first week of school outfits. I only tripped going up stairs in the long skirt an about 12 times...

Blocks:
The first few days of school are all about building the foundations, or the blocks if you will, that our year will build around. The second day of school we read this adorable book and came up with a contract of how we will treat each other, or as we now say "otter"!



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