Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Song-osity: Masterpieces

Someday, everything is going to be smooth like a rhapsody...
When I {sculpt} my masterpiece. 

{When I Paint My Masterpiece - Bob Dylan}

This past week had too much sadness and heartbreak. My photographer's soul needed some time with my camera this weekend.

I went out to Lincoln to the De Cordova Museum. They have an extensive sculpture garden and I wandered around the grounds for an hour and change enjoying the stunning works in the collection.

Spending time with such beautiful and masterful works of art warmed my heart. It reminded me there is still much beauty and light in the world today.

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Monday, November 23, 2015

The Good. The Random. The Fun. v. 47

The Good:
I made a batch of Cream of Carrot soup - perfect for fall!

The Random:
"Ms. Benjamin, is South Virginia a state?"
I hear the most random ideas when we start our 50 states study!
"No Costco is not a state, even though people go there all the time..."

The Fun:
Saturday night, Emily and Dani and I had girls night. Wine, movie, and vegan mac and cheese - perfect lazy night!


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Sunday, November 22, 2015

Scav Hunt Sunday: Books and Bricks

When I grow up:
Who says you have to grow up? I still read my favorite children's books regularly to keep my soul young!

Pretty basic, yet structurally important, pattern.

A splash of this in my coffee makes the holiday season delicious. 

Beware of the orange triangle?

Frosty leaves just look fancier than their non-frosty counterparts.

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Thursday, November 19, 2015

Things my third graders say v. 10

kid: raise your hand if you're a poodle. nobody? ok

kid: you two are the weirdest teachers I've ever met!
ms. brooks: thanks, we'll take that as a compliment?

kid: first graders just keep getting smaller each year!

kid: where's venzoola?
me: Venezuela? 

ms brooks: what would the girl in the story do?
kid: i dunno, i'm a boy i can only think for myself!
kid: why did my mom pack me raisins when i'm going to the dentist!?

me: don't whine
kid: ugh i know i'm not 21....

me to another teacher: third graders can still be concrete
kid: i'm not attached to the ground!

kid 1: You don't have to get married to have children. You can go to this place where they give you genes to have a baby.
kid 2: I think that's only in Russia.
kid 1: I love chocolate. 
kid 2: he's is going to marry chocolate.
kid 1: I'll marry a chocolate girl. 
kid: pack up isn't really school it's just the weird end of the day time

kid 1: the grammar on my note (for the western wall) was wrong
me: hashem doesn't care about grammar
kid 2: especially since we haven't learned it yet

kid: ms. benjamin is like the paparazzi 

kid 1: it's impossible!
kid 2: don't say that because in that word is the word i'm possible!!
kid 1: how are you spelling it!?

kid: it's ass-ee-uh
me: no it's Asia...
kid 1: whose so noisy in the hall?
kid 2: 4th grade, isn't obvious!!
kid 3: danger! danger! 4th graders!!

kid: mcdonald trump is running for president

kid: a segway is the thing paul blart mall cop drives on

kid: it's the prime marina?
me: prime meridian...

kid: when is the scholastic order coming
me: i placed the order yesterday
kid: so tomorrow?
me: it's not amazon prime...
kid 1: why did the tarnigole (chicken) cross the road? 
me: ok let's stop with the hebrew jokes, this is general studies.
ms. brooks: not to mention none of those words are in our phonics unit...
me: yes, that too!

kid: why did the titanic sink?
me: the shup was speeding to NY to be impressive and it hit an iceberg
kid: so basically you're saying it was the captains fault?
me: yup

kid: what was the old lady's motivation for eating the frog
me: it's a story, it's fiction, enjoy it!
kid: i mean she could have died...she had to have been motivated to try eating a frog!

kid: I like the squeaky markers, that means they works super good!

me: those are cats...not numbers. we're adding numbers please

Little by Little
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Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Song-osity: Hello Darkness

Hello darkness my old friend...
I've come to talk with you again...

{Simon and Garfunkel - The Sound of Silence}

I may be the only person in the world who loves when we turn the clocks back. I love the early sunsets. The dark nights.

Ever since I was a child, I remember enjoying the chilly evenings...seeing all the lights with a warm glow from the windows. The cold, dark evenings make you want to cuddle up on the couch and enjoy the peace.

The summers are all about go go go. We stay out late, cook out, enjoy the sunshine.
Winter we turn in, enjoy time with family and friends, light fires and cook up comfort food.

It's a perfect balance and for now I am so glad to welcome the darkness earlier and earlier.
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Monday, November 16, 2015

The Good. The Random. The Fun. v. 46

The Good:  
I am an avid Class Dojo user at school. I started a Dojo revolution and got tons of other people using it too. I was amazed when I became a Class Dojo Mentor this week - stoked for any chances this will bring me!

The Random:
I filled the school display case this month. I hung up our landform dictionary page on Monday, got back to my class, and realized I misplaced my coffee cup. Yup, it was locked back in the case. Landforms and coffee mug display, anyone?

The Fun: 
Met up with Emily to play with her adorable Hava-Poo, Teddy! SO fluffy!!


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Sunday, November 15, 2015

Scav Hunt Sunday: Scarves and Shoes

Anthropology always has the coolest things!

We love Go Noodle Brain Breaks. This week we danced to the Cat Party video - so hilarious, but the kids got their energy out!

Something new:
New gym shoes. Love me some Asics.

Starts with C:
Colorful counters in math centers.

Several years ago, Avi knit me a scarf with this fun yarn. She used the leftovers to knit a mini-scarf. My camel beanie baby Humphrey has worn it since.

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Friday, November 13, 2015

November Randoms v. 1

true words...cheap gas...social studies
weather man...broadway show...red leaves
getting ipads...hard math...dinner time
pumpkin spice...balancing act...yellow leaf
birthday boy...he's five...cyclops clementine
landform dictionary...shabbat treat...fallen leaves
binge watching...sun set...display case
go noodle...relaxing evening...red cup
happy mail...cookie crumbs...landform creations

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Thursday, November 12, 2015

Fall has fallen

Fall has fallen in New England. More leaves on the ground than on the trees. The once vibrant hues becoming muted as they crunch beneath my feet.
The color that lingers, I savor. Soon the colors will be gone, the temperatures even lower, and inevitably a blanket of white will eventually cover the ground. But for now, fall is falling.  

Little by Little
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