See You Tomorrow!

At work today, I had after school bus duty.  This basically consists of standing by the buses as the kiddos head out for the day and reminding them to walk, not run, to their bus. 

As two fourth grade girls walked past me, one of them heading for the bus by me and the other one walking to a bus further down, I overheard them saying goodbye to one another.

girl #1:  See you tomorrow!

girl #2:  Ok

girl #1:  Oh, I mean today.

both girls at once:  FaceTime!!

I just shook my head and stood there thinking, kids these day. 

My first thought was immediately followed by this second thought, damn it, I think I have become one of those old crotchety ladies who think such things as “kids these days!”


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Simple Sunday – Blooms and Bikes

Blooms Collage

Blooms at the Botanical Garden; a great way to start a Saturday.


Boys, bikes, and balls as we head to our neighborhood park; a great way to start a Sunday.

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Google Docs, OMG!

Tonight Carter came home from school very excited to show me his Google Docs.

Apparently, today was the first day they set up their Google Drive.  Carter showed me his drive in which I could see some documents he had been working on and one lone folder. 

Today they learned how to create a new folder.  They were instructed to title their new folder “My First Folder” (boring!!!).

Well, Carter thought this to be boring as well and so he added a little extra to his title.


He showed it to me in a hushed voice, informing me that I was not to tell “the teacher”. 

Your secret is safe with me, Carter.  🙂  

I love the excitement he so obviously holds for that very first of folders. 

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John Glenn’s Face

Today in class my students partner read a passage about John Glenn and then answered questions involving problems and solutions.

As I was walked around listening to them read and answer the questions, I noticed a girl and her partner struggling.  Finally one of them raised their hand and I went over to see what I could do to help.

They could not find the answer to question number 1: 


I asked them if they had reread the paragraph.  They said they had. 

I asked them to show me the paragraph they had reread to see if they were reading the correct one.  They were. 

I gave them my go to, “Hummm, well what do you think it could be?” answer.

Exasperated the student finally said, “I don’t know what problem John Glenn had with his face!” 

Keeping a straight face, I asked her to read the question to me out loud.  She did and immediately the lightbulb came on.  They eagerly went back to work while I walked away stifling my laughter. 

Poor John Glenn and his face problems… 

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My Classroom Door

This morning the outside of my classroom door looked like this:


It is awesome and I love it.  The parent organization at my school is apparently pretty amazing and organized to have done this not just to my door, but all the doors of all the teachers at my school.  Not only that, but each door is customized to fit the personality of each teacher.

I love owls and my favorite color is orange (owl theme, and my name all in orange letters, sigh).  It is this, the personal touch, that really gets me.  And it is this, the getting to know each and every one of my students on a personal level, that makes this job so amazing. 

So fulfilling.       

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Simple Sunday – How Much for the Cat?

The boys set up a store in our living room this morning to “sell” their snap block creations.  Using the tickets they gave me, I purchased three items, then paused and asked, “How much for the cat?”


The cat was not for sale.

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How do you Plot Your Lions?

In our classroom, we have been working on data collection and graphing.  We have spent time using tally charts, frequency charts, pictographs, picture graphs (also referred to as scaled picture graphs, just to make life more confusing), bar graphs, and line plots.

As an end of the chapter check point, the students were asked to identify graphs and charts as well as transfer data from one type of graph/chart/plot to another graph/chart/plot.  On the identification portion of the activity, they were given a word bank, a box containing a variety of graph/chart/plot names, that they could use to match with the correct data collection tool.

One of the students had correctly matched up the graphs/charts/plots with the vocabulary names for these items.  She did, however, misspell the line plot.  In very neat handwriting she had written, lion plot.

It made me laugh.  I circled the word and drew an arrow to the correct spelling of the word, but she received full credit for her lion plot.

Line and Lion Plot Collage

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Parenting Fail – Soap vs. Shampoo

Somewhere along the way Husband and I neglected to successfully define and differentiate between the two body washing products used in our house – soap and shampoo.

This was only recently discovered, and quite by accident.  You see, both boys got haircuts last weekend.  Cody just had a trim and some layering as he wants to continue to grow it out.  Carter, on the other hand, got it cut quite short.

The first post haircut shower, Carter’s hair, short as it was, still managed to tangle.  It was maddening, impossible – but there it was.  It was also dry to the point of being almost brittle.  It was only after I specifically asked him exactly how he washed his hair that the soap vs. shampoo parenting fail was revealed. 

Carter, who is about two weeks shy of his 9 year old birthday, has been diligently washing his body with shampoo and his hair with Irish Spring deodorant soap.  Nine years, nine! Oh, how I hang my head…

I have always wondered why Carter’s hair has had a propensity for tangling – now I know.

On the bright side, at least his hair does not sweat!

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Simple Sunday – A Mini Vacation

Today felt like a mini vacation.  Yesterday we completed a long list of errands and tasks, leaving today open for fun.  We went to the Phoenix Zoo, followed by lunch out, and finally ice cream, before finding our way home.

While the zoo offers many attractions, the boys found a stone frog statue that entertained them for quite a while while Husband and I sat on a bench in the shade.  We are members at the zoo, so I felt no rush to remove them from the frog to see live animals.


Cody joined us on the bench for a while, but not too long.


Even though we did not actually accomplish much and it is early in the afternoon, I am as tired as this sleeping monkey (although not as cute). 

Sleeping Monkey

The boys have decided to take a splash in our pool so perhaps I will lounge poolside and check for holes in my eyelids (an expression my dad was fond of saying) while Husband keeps an eye on them from his perch up-top our outdoor patio table, where he is busy installing a new ceiling fan.  Apparently he still finds it necessary to be a bit productive. 

But not I.


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Bad Joke

In my classroom, we end our day with about ten minutes of a share, telling, or joke.  There is a sign-up list the students use to maintain some order in the process.  Many of the students lately have gotten into telling jokes.  Some are pretty darn good and I try to remember them so I can tell Cody and Carter when I get home. 

I say try because I usually don’t end up remembering them.

This week a student stumped the entire class with this riddle:  what word stays the same when you take away the first, last, and middle letter.  I will get to the answer in a minute.

After dinner, I remembered the riddle and told it to Husband and the boys.  They did not know and wanted me to tell them.  I told them I would let them think it over for about 20 minutes.  This caused much groaning and complaining.

Perhaps in retaliation, Carter busted out with one of his many joke books.

carter:  What is the hardest part of skydiving?

husband: Jumping out of the plane?

carter: In a disgusted voice, No poppa!

me: The ground!

carter: Yes momma!

I am good with kid jokes.  I don’t know if I should be proud of this or not.

Carter tells a few more jokes (what’s black and white and black and white and orange?  Two skunks fighting over a basket ball.)

Not to be outdone, I chime in with a fart joke that was told in my classroom (one I gently suggested to the boy may not have been the most appropriate of topic choices (but secretly I was fine with)).

me:  What is the best place to fart?

Cody, as if on cue, lets one rip and Carter laughs and answers “here?”

me:  No!  A gas station!

Carter in a voice filled with what sounds like exasperation and shame that I am related to him says, “Oh, momma!”


Oh, and the answer to the riddle…

EMPTY    becomes   EMPTY      M T




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