Wednesday, April 29, 2009
Tuesday, April 28, 2009
When gramma had the "day off" she bought the grandkids some pansies to plant in their fairy garden. They love getting dirty, love using the hose, love using watering cans and love getting wet, so this was just awesome all around! They put a small crystal at the bottom of each hole, as that is supposed to help them grow better.
Saturday, April 25, 2009
Tuesday, April 21, 2009
I say that and hopefully Kharma won't bite me in the ass - it was a lot cooler today and rainy, but overall the weather has been nicer. All the snow has melted and the kid's bikes and swings are out, along with the fairy garden (will post later).
who is younger than her already has her training wheels off. In fact, when she came home today, she went up to her room for some alone time and when she came back down she had drawn a picture. It had a picture of her with a bicycle and NO training wheels with a BIG smile on her face ... and then a picture of her WITH training wheels and BIG frown on her face - wow! What a way to express your feelings! So tonight we took the training wheels off and Jay ran up the block with her. His favorite saying, "pedal faster". She did quite well for her first time, but Jay already had to establish a few rules like, no talking when you are pedaling. As she was biking she commented on all the birds that were flying overhead. Second rule, no saying, "I'm sorry!"
Hopefully I can take some video of Jasmine on the 2 wheels and post that soon!
Monday, April 20, 2009
Saturday, April 18, 2009
With Halloween treats we let them eat them for about 3 days and then they get to choose a few items to keep and the rest gets taken to Jay's work. With these big things it is harder to do that. I'm tempted to leave them in window so they melt - then I have an excuse to throw them away - oops, my bad ;)
PS: You can see me laying on the couch here - this is Easter Sunday, I spent the day on the couch recuperating from a night of stomach flu - ugh! Eating too much chocolate this year was not my problem, too bad!
Anything you want me to talk about or see more of? Anyone have a good salad for me to try? Did any of you answer my riddle? (I know Les and gang did) Did any of you think about the 20 years ago... I was post? Does anyone have a children's author they like that I should try with my kids? Don't be shy to respond or share!
Thanks for reading!
Tuesday, April 14, 2009
Friday, April 10, 2009
Wednesday, April 8, 2009
1) I am willing to make the assumption that most of us read to our children when they are small, but as they learn to read on their own this seems to stray... don't let it! Most all of my students, even in grade 6 like being read to. Love is a strong word for anything they do at school, but they do like it! They especially like it, if the book is good and you share it in an interesting way (change your voices, dialect, etc.).
2) As you read, ask questions, like: "What do you think will happen next?", "Why do you think she did that?", "Do you think that was very fair?" "What would you have done if you were him?" These types of questions promote deeper thinking and help their imaginations develop.
3) You can also take time to point things out as you read, like: "Wait a minute - this word says "there" and this word says "their", but they are spelled differently - how come?" or "I like how she described this character. I can picture her in my head and she reminds me of your Auntie Nanny."
4) With toddlers, small picture books are by far the obvious choice, but quickly they can advance into longer books (Veggie Tales, The original Disney books) and even small novels by the time they are 4 or 5 (Rainbow Magic, Magic Treehouse). Books like The Magic Treehouse Series can be re-used of course when they are old enough to read on their own. The current trend, in even junior language arts, is to teach using picture books. Many picture books have valuable morals to be taught, vivid illustrations to discuss and even grammar and vocabulary to comment and build on. I am currently planning a unit for my grade 5 class using Chris Van Allsburg's picture books - he is the author of Jumanji, Zathura and Polar Express and many other great books. The website link here takes you to a number of his books and even has a teacher's guide printable to help you determine what the themes are and what you could discuss as you read the books (easily can be done at home on a smaller scale). Another author who has units published for his works is Robert Munsch, questions to ask your child as you read his books and activities to tie into what you read - some of these are great for even toddlers.
5) I will assume that your older children are reading to themselves, hopefully, but make sure your younger children (who can't even read yet) are also reading to themselves. Little kids can flip through pages and imagine what the story is about or if the story has been read to them a hundred times say it through in their own words. Tuesdays after supper we have family reading time, where the kids start with their own books and read to themselves - we also read to ourselves at this time (role modelling reading-it's important!)
6) Have friends reading time. Kids who read around the same level should read together. We watch movies together, play games together and hang out together, but we rarely read together. Reading with a friend helps your child learn appropriate reading strategies that you may have forgotten, it helps them feel comfortable because someone else is reading similarly to them (so if it isn't perfect it is okay, because others their own age are doing that too), it gives them a chance to ask questions and get answers from someone else's perspective besides a grown up. My class is currently reading Riddle Poems to each other and working together to try and solve them - Try this one:
Tuesday, April 7, 2009
Sunday, April 5, 2009
Friday, April 3, 2009
20 years ago I was 14 years old and in grade 9 at Shaunavon High School. My sister Leslie would have been 11 and Deanna would have been 9. I was a very innocent kid, not doing much of anything... likely started Air Cadets this year with my dad, worked on yearbook and played badminton and volleyball on the junior team.
15 years ago I was 19 years old and in my 2nd year of univeristy in Regina. I lived in the Luther dorms and this summer I was hooking up with my husband for the first time!
10 years ago I was married to Jay for almost a year and was supply (substitute) teaching in the Alta Vista area of Ottawa where we had our first apartment.
5 years ago I had Jasmine, she would be almost a year old by now. I was still on materity leave and had just started my Stampin' Up! business.
This year I am working half time in the afternoons, teaching English to grades 5 & 6. Jasmine is almost 6 and Devin is 3. Jay and I are tired, but life is good!
Today I had a parent teacher interview with a grade 5 parent, took Jasmine to the book fair at school, put together 5 new X-men figures (Storm, Magneto, Wolverine, Cyclops and Deathbird), picked Devin up from Nursery School, had chicken noodle soup for lunch,put the kids down for a nap, scrapbooked with my girlfriend Linda, consoled a very sad Devin when he woke up from his nap, signed the Direct Engery Forms from the guy who serviced my furnace, I had a good long chat with mom Quirk, had barbecued hamburgers for supper and I am currently completing my blog entry from yesterday! Tonight I need to walk/run my 3rd day of training for this week (run 2 minutes, walk 1 minute - 7 times)
Next year I hope to be sitting out on my new deck drinking a margarita.
In 5 years, Jasmine will be in grade 5 and I could potentially be teaching her. Devin will be in grade 3 - this is crazy to even dream about right now. I could also be back to work full time, but I hope not - I love half time, maybe I will go 3/4 time - that would be ideal! I hope to be an A4 by then, the highest pay scale I can be. With any luck, our house will be paid off and we will be able to replace all our windows and do some landscaping. We hope to have gone on a family trip somewhere exotic by then and we will be planning our Family French Immersion trip to Northern Quebec around this time. (or that's the plan anyways!)
Thursday, April 2, 2009
15 years ago I was 19 years old and in my 2nd year of univeristy in Regina. I lived in the Luther dorms.
10 years ago I was
5 years ago I was
This year I am
Next year I hope to be
In 5 years I hope to be