Thursday, May 23, 2019

Nature's Classroom

We had our annual field trip to Drumlin Farm last week and it was a blast as usual! We didn't let the cold damp day ruin our fun and the kiddos learned loads!
Nature truly is the best classroom. A day with no screens, no paper, no walls. Everyone was engaged, enthralled, and happy and tired when we pulled back into school. Can't wait for next year!




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Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Rhododendron Garden

I want to wake up in the morning
Where the rhododendrons grow...
Where the fragrant breezes blow
Where the rhododendrons grow...


{The Rhododendron Song -- Unknown}

Portland has a lovely park space near Reed College filled with rhododendron plants galore. There are ponds filled with ducks and geese and waterfalls flowing through the hills. 

We've been several times over the years and it's such a welcome sign of spring - pretty colors and blooms, baby ducks, and a warm feeling in the air! 



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Monday, May 20, 2019

The Good. The Random. The Fun. v 20

The Good:
We saw baby sheep on our field trip last week - so fluffy!!

The Random:
This little guy has become obsessed with these sensory discs I have as a seating option. Lately, he stacks them and then gets comfy!

The Fun:
If it's a Sunday...I race! 3/3 Sundays in May so far and my best this month! I had a two minute PR at the Harpoon Five Miler yesterday with a super solid 44:12 time!

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Sunday, May 19, 2019

Scav Hunt Sunday: Patterns and Plants

G is for:
Green grapes!

Pattern: 
Pretty patterned pavers.

Hair:
Adorable planter - the succulents become the hair!

Paper:
Who still loves getting cards?

In a Row:
Make way for ducklings!

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Friday, May 17, 2019

May Randoms v. 1

 duck tush...delicate flowers...holocaust memorial
wet may...cactus bloom...asparagus season
providence capital...half six...newest medal
flower season...circular succulent...blue hues
narrow stairway...rhododendron bloom...grape bunch
wearing pearls...israels birthday...paver stones
pink seats...air plants...balloon bunch
greeting card...field trip...baby duck
sharp pencil...colorful wall...pretty petals

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Thursday, May 16, 2019

Things My Third Graders Say v. 27

kid 1: 30 more minutes
kid 2: how do you know
kid 1: i can tell clock

kid: how many legs do elephants have
me: ....
kid: is it 4...or 6
me: please tell me you're joking

me: what's your dog's name
kid: turbo
me: that's a great dog name
kid: not if all he does is sit in a chair all day long

me: what does that say
kid: 21...in minion language
me: try again
kid: how do you spell bananas
me: (singing) b-a-n-a-n-a-s ain't no holler back...
kid: what is wrong with you

kid: i can speak irish
me: oh really
kid: aye aye....see
me: that's pirate-ish

me: whose shoe
kid: not mine it's too small
me: thanks goldilocks
kid: don't you mean cinderella

kid 1: why did you go to lost vegas
kid 2: it's not lost it's las
kid 3: well people do lose things in vegas
kid 2: like money
kid 3: and clothes
me: gentle
kid: (writes) gentile
me: no...that's a non-jew
kid: oooo that's why i hear that word a lot

kid 1: what's a pop quiz
kid 2: it's a quiz that just...pops...up
kid 1: out of the air...?
kid 2: no out of the copier

me: you'd invent a shark person
kid: slash...shark slash person
me: really
kid: it'll be great

kid 1: i'm going to use reverse reverse psychology
kid 2: isn't that just psychology
me: this year is flying by
kid: years don't have wings

kid 1: it didn't say his name
kid 2: it did if you read it you'd know
kid 1: i read it in my head
kid 2: how'd that work for you

me: how about...
kid: your momma
me: just no

kid 1: i killed my ankle
kid 2: did you sit shiva
me: were you super-focused or goofing off
kid: i was super-focused on goofing off
me: thanks for your honesty

kid: i'm gonna open a wood store called shoulda-wooda-coulda
me: ouch
kid: only if you get a splinter

me: what did you write....?
kid: it's in hindi
me: ..... why did you write in hindi?
kid: it's what the native americans spoke
me: no, it's what the people in india speak....
kid: oooo that makes more sense


me: take the hotdogs out of your pockets
kid: i'm saving them for later
me: no really...no lunch meat in your pockets 




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Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Spring is Springing!

The flowers that bloom in the spring...
Breathe promise of merry sunshine...

{Flowers That Bloom in Spring -- Mikado}

There is a magical feeling to early spring. One day the trees are bare. One day there is a hint of color. Then you blink and everything is lush and green again.

I most love the stage where everything is emerging. That dramatic wait for the full burst of color. Spring slowly showing us what she has. Spring is what makes living in Boston where we're brown and barren for months worth it. That promise of new color and spring is one rainy day away!

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