Monday, October 5, 2015

The Good. The Random. The Fun. v. 40

The Good:
I was able to watch and capture the lunar eclipse! It was truly amazing to watch the red glow take over as the 3 planets aligned.

The Random:
This public art installation on the Hancock Tower began to take shape in the past few weeks, I took a trip to go see it - pretty cool!

The Fun:
I made some games to go along with our phonics lessons, perfect for a rainy Friday and early finishers moving forward. They were an instant hit.


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Sunday, October 4, 2015

Scav Hunt Sunday: Heels and Halls

Cooking Utensil: 
All are put to good use.

Going up? Or going down?

Finally brisk enough for a hot cup of coffee in the morning. 

Two new pairs of heels.

Part of:
Part of the walkway at Assembly Row in Somerville. I'm loving the parts that are reflected.

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Friday, October 2, 2015

September Randoms v. 2

colored cards...sushi supper...morning visitors
honey dish...coloring book...honey cookies
synagogue sanctuary...apples...math lesson
wrong reading...colored cauliflower
citrus fruits...illuminated cacti...sunday pancakes
recess reminiscing...pirate pumpkin...break fast
exit tickets...working together...sukkot decorations
fallout shelter...fall mums...illuminated door
lunar eclipse...public art...pb blondies

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Thursday, October 1, 2015

100 day countdown

I'd been toying with starting another 100 Happy Days for a while, but never committed. Then I awoke last week to an email: "can you be happy for the last 100 days of the year?"

Well, that sounds like a good challenge! So I'm off on another Happy Days Adventure. Great way to wrap up 2015...

So far, so much happiness:
1. signs of fall, about time       2. breaking the fast with JP Licks        3. a successful lesson
4. helping one another learn     5. getting hooked on Fallout Shelter    6. mums on display
7. awesome public art                5. peanut butter blondies     6. much needed rain in fun boots

What amazes me about each time I have done this challenge, is how suddenly ordinary moments are more appreciated. Simple fall plants puts a smile on may face, a lesson that was a success puts a bounce in my steps.

Even better, is I often "plan" what I may use. Thinking, "oh that is happening later, that will work" to then stumble over a better or different moment that makes me happy and smile. That's life, you never know what's going to happen!

I'm looking forward to lots of happy moments as 2015 draws to a close. That is for sure.
Little by Little
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Tuesday, September 29, 2015

When September Ends

Summer has come and passed....
 Wake me up when September ends...

{Wake Me Up When September Ends -- Green Day}

Where did September go? The start of the school year. The marathon of the Jewish holidays. Blink. September is wrapping up.

Fall has been late to make its debut in New England. I have been impatient.

I'm ready for crisp mornings. Stunning foliage. Jackets. Earlier sunsets. Pumpkin everything.

As September ends, the signs are creeping in. Brisker air. A hint of color here and there. Mums in the beds. Pumpkin flavored everything, everywhere.

Welcome fall and farewell September.
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Monday, September 28, 2015

The Good. The Random. The Fun. v. 39

The Good:
This year, I am working hard on using the "exit ticket" system. A quick question used to see if students understood the lesson. I created a spot in the room, with a square labeled with each kiddo's name, where they can put their note when done. I can see who didn't turn it in and can assess how the lesson went. So far - it's been a breeze to use and I love the quick snapshot I get from the lesson.

The Random:
Post Yom Kippur, we decided to break the fast with JP Licks. Nothing sounded better than a nice scoop of ice cream after 26 hours sans food or drink. We followed it up with a smorgasbord of other nosh, but this hit the spot.

The Fun:
Brookline has launched a series of mini libraries all over the town. The concept is "take a book, leave a book" a fun way to get a book to read without a trip to the library or shop. You borrow the book and bring it back when done. You can even donate a book or two, if you want! The TARDIS shaped one by school is by far my favorite!


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Sunday, September 27, 2015

Scav Hunt Sunday: Pancakes and Peppers

Love citrus flavors in my cooking as summer turns to fall.

Some afternoons we just need a little energizer. Thank you GoNoodle for awesome videos that get the kiddos moving and ready to learn again!

Less is More:
In 8th grade, I did a term paper on Mies van der Rhoe. He was a famous architect who coined the term "less is more" to describe his architectural style. Color me surprised when in Chicago last month, I found this shirt at a shop!

A batch and a half of pancakes, stacked high.

Photographer's Choice:
The planters outside school were updated this week, I think the pepper plant is such a fun pop of color.

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Thursday, September 24, 2015

"The wonderful thing about tiggers"

As a child, I was very active, very bouncy, but still a very kind and sweet kiddo. Eventually, my nickname Tigger was coined. I only liked this to be a "family nickname" because all my friends knew the Disney Tigger. The overactive extremely bouncy Tigger. I was afraid they'd type cast me.

I was the Classic Tigger. Bouncy, but sweet and caring. Confident in who he was. I still love this part of myself. And in the spirit of the new year, I am working on really accepting me and sharing myself with the world, down to this bouncy part of my personality. 

I can still be bouncy, I am still energetic, and I am still kind and caring. I am Tigger. I am me!
Little by Little
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Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Book of Life

All that matters now...
It's where we go from here...
There's an easier life if we live for today...
Find out all we are is all that matters...

{Christina Perri's cover of All That Matters - from Finding Neverland}

Yom Kippur begins tonight.

25 hours of somber reflection.
25 hours filled with fasting, praying, and meditation.

One of the most important images of Yom Kippur is the concept that the gates of Heaven are wide open and it's the last chance to get each of our personal prayers to God before the Book of Life is written and sealed for the year.

As a child, this was such a scary concept. What did the year ahead hold for me? Had my talking back cost me a spot in the Book of Life? My small lie? My teasing my sister?

Now, as an adult, I see it as a chance to ask God for guidance in the year ahead. The past few years have had their fair shares of ups and downs. If I've learned anything from them is that nothing is certain, but I can ask God to provide me with guidance and strength to take the year by the horns.

As Yom Kippur ends tomorrow night, as I hear the shofar blown one last time, I will focus on embracing the year ahead. Living life for each day and for what it is. Nothing is certain, I am ready to see what happens.

G'mar chatimah tova - May we be inscribed in the Book of Life for good.

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Monday, September 21, 2015

The Good. The Random. The Fun. v. 38

The Good:
A great Rosh Hashana in NY. Time with mom, delicious food, wonderful weather and services, and a meal with the family, too.

The Random:
My uncle teases my mom about flying to Oregon all the time because she often has a layover. Over Rosh Hashana, he joked that a wagon train would be faster and I went "the Oregon Trail!" I laughed SO hard when I saw this old game in the teacher's room when school resumed!

The Fun:
We've launched our first math unit. The kiddos are eating up the math centers! So far, the place value centers are all a hit.


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