So We Paint

Thursday, October 26, 2017 1 comment
Today was a day. TODAY WAS A DAY! It happens now and again and today was it. So I grabbed the boys, drove home, pulled out the paint and brushes, and we painted. 

The school bag stayed in the car. The dinner was cooked, not microwaved. The stuff will wait. 

Today we paint...tongues out and everything.



DonorsChoose Giveaway

Sunday, October 22, 2017 3 comments
I love fall. I love everything about it. I love pumpkins (to look at not taste!) I love the crunchy leaves and silly Halloween fun. I love being a mommy in fall because the weather is cooler (well at least I hope it will be soon) and we spend more time outside. I love being a teacher in fall because of all the fun Octobery things. 

Fall makes me happy. Fall reminds me to slow down and enjoy the little things. It reminds me to put down my phone and take a look around. It reminds me to share the love, too.       

That's why I'm giving away a $20 DonorsChoose donation! Woo hoo! Enter the Rafflecopter! Contest starts today and ends on Halloween! 

Good luck! 


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Fire Prevention Week FREEBIE

Sunday, October 8, 2017 5 comments
This post is sponsored by the National Fire Protection Association and Sparky.org. All opinions, funny stories, and awesome tips are my own! 

Did you know October is Fire Prevention Month and October 8-14 is Fire Prevention Week? We take fire safety seriously around here and find that now is a good time to remind ourselves of the need for a plan. 

The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) has a really helpful website for parents and educators but they also have an interactive (and super fun) website for kids! They share exclusive content is an easy to navigate format. 

I have spent quite a bit of time on both sites and want to share a few mom/teacher highlights.


Mom Card~

1. When T was little, we took a white piece of paper and drew our fire safety plan. It was basic but effective. NFPA provides a guide for drawing an escape plan that is designed to be done as a family and is suited for where T is now. Click the picture to print your own. There are several other free downloads including a fact sheet (must read,) info on smoke alarms and sprinklers as well as tips for staying safe while you travel. While on the subject, be sure to know where your child goes during a fire drill. I do and I am even in the building with him. 
2. Sparky has a NEW app and we can't get enough of it!  



Sparky's Fun House invites young children to practice their literacy and math skills while learning how to stay safe. It is a win win! While M is a bit under the age range (he's perfect for Sparky's Firehouse,) he has enjoyed sitting with T and being in on all the action! He especially loves the robot game!


Teacher Card~
1. As a first grade teacher, I am all about safety and helping my students know how to stay safe. In fact, part of this month's homework was to discuss your fire safety home plan. I have added Sparky School House to my class blog and LOVE the ready to use resources! Check it out and then visit Sparky to print them all!   
2. There are activities for a wide age range of students, all the way through adult learners. There are songs and videos for the younger grades as well as mazes and challenges for upper grades. There are lesson plans that you can adjust to meet your classroom needs. The NFPA.org is a great resource with a wealth of information for home and school.

For our younger friends, here is a fire safety planning page just for you! It is just a tad fancier than the one we first made with T. Be sure to add the date! His tree drawing on our original is one I will always treasure! Click the picture to download your FREEBIE! 
While October happens to be Fire Prevention Month, it is something we need to be thinking about year round. When we change our calendar page each month, we review our safety spots. It takes 30 seconds. 

Make plans this week to chat about fire safety. Maybe take the quiz as a family. Draw your plan and post it somewhere you know will keep the conversation going. 

Stay safe friends. 

What We're Reading Sunday

T has always loved books but this year (3rd grade) he has really become an avid reader. He can't wait to get his hands on a good book. I am loving it, but you know, trying to play it cool. :) Here are a few of his recent hits:

As for M, hitting the 2 1/2 mark has really changed his reading interests. I'm kidding. He still loves hearing the same stories, playing with the board books, and pretend reading T's books as he snatches them right from his hands. We wouldn't have it any other way. Here are his current hits:

As for me, I am loving every minute of reading with these two. I've been reading lots of teacher stuff but am also visiting these when I can:

What are you reading?

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