Monday, December 7, 2015

The Good. The Fun. The Random. v. 49

The Good:
On Monday, the Oil Menorah Factory came to Maimo for the 3rd graders. They learned how to press olives, gather the juice, separate out the oil, and then even lit it in a menorah! An awesome morning for sure.

The Random:
Jay had fun teasing me about how insane the Common Core math is (I agree a bit with that....). I saw this on Facebook and we had a random hashtag conversation.

The Fun: 
We hosted the First Annual Friendsgiving Saturday night. Turns out my apartment can hold 16 people and it was a great night of food, friends, and fun. I made corn bread stuffing, latkas, and others brought goodies too. We ended the night with a laugh so hard you cry game of Cards Against Humanity. So much fun!


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18 thoughts on the matter:

Claire Justine said... {Reply}

Sounds like fun :) Thanks for hosting..

aspiritofsimplicity said... {Reply}

I completely agree about common core math. I have a feeling it will change again before much longer....someone will figure out a better way to add 2 + 2 and it will probably be even more convoluted. I haven't played Cards against humanity yet but I want to.

ImagesByCW | OceanDreamIllustration said... {Reply}

That house, and your conversation - hahaha - Looks like a good week. Making and having dinner together with friends is what I miss most not living in Germany anymore.

Gina Kleinworth said... {Reply}

Great week!!!! I know my kids would have been fascinated by that lesson :)

Heather{Our Life In a Click} said... {Reply}

So cool about the menorah oil! Happy Chanukah! Friends giving sounded like a blast! It's amazing how many people you can fit in a space!!

Chere Mama said... {Reply}

OH, I wish I lived closer. I would have loved to see the olive press and the lighting of the menorah with the oil. What an amazing activity for your kiddos. I had a great laugh at the Common Core Math house. I heartily agree!!

Linda Kay said... {Reply}

The menorah oil lesson was a great one for the kiddos in class.

csuhpat1 said... {Reply}

Looks like you had a great week. The menorah lesson is one for all faiths.

abrianna said... {Reply}

I wish I could have been in your class on Monday. I have never seen olive oil made before. The common core math house made me laugh.

Happy Hanukah!

Jill Foley said... {Reply}

love the conversation!

Adrienne said... {Reply}

Just ordered that game for the kids - and me too, if I'm keeping it real! We love games like this that keep us laughing! Love the first annual friends-giving ... such a great tradition to start!

Ohmydearests said... {Reply}

Oh I would have loved to have attended the olive oil lesson! And that supper looks like so mch fun!

Sherrie said... {Reply}

Hi Tamar,
Great lesson of how the Menorah is lit.
Have a great day!

Anonymous said... {Reply}

Thanks for the FB, which shows to me the absurdity of the common core. Really hope for teachers and elementary school children this will be dumped, asap!

Happy Chanukah, Tamar! I've seen a couple of different spellings on this feast -and hope your chanukah cactus is blooming - as you may recall your joke on my blog to my text that my Christmas cactus blooms whenever it wants to:)

Linda said... {Reply}

You know, they've been changing the way math is taught ever since I was a kid. And yet, it's still hard for kids. Can't we do better?

packmom said... {Reply}

What a fun day for the kids seeing that whole oil pressing process. I bet they appreciate the whole tradition even more now. Friendsgiving sounds so fun! And I've got to say not a fan of common core math myself. I tried to embrace it but it totally turned my great at math 5th grader into a hater. Thank goodness in 6th grade they move away from it more and he's finding his love for math again.

Anonymous said... {Reply}

What a great experience for the kids! Sounds like you had a great Friendsgiving.

Shoshanah said... {Reply}

Just out of curiosity is their anything specific about common core math that gets you? Being a math person every time I see someone posting a problem that doesn't make sense, my normal thought it that it actually does. I know I'm in the minority, but wondering your opinion as someone who is actually teaching it.