A Busy Friday Eve

It was another buy day for me- this time with fun.

Teaching:

We got through the day. I realized today that I only have 11 days to go and I’ll have managed to go through a whole term with no days off. I was tempted yesterday though!

This morning we printed the letter d (very quickly), had music (the kids went outside so they could actually sing and I got my classroom for my prep for the first time this year), and we did more work on counting by the kids 10s. The kids know this well and the only problems were because of short comings of the worksheet.

This afternoon we had silent reading, did a directed drawing of Santa that didn’t turn out great😥 and went outside to play.

Not an exciting day, but the kids were still crazy- they are already in full Christmas excitement mode!

The funniest thing today was that pretty well every person in the school commented on my hair. It made me start to wonder how bad I usually look.

I did a bit of puttering around my room.

Shopping:

A friend gifted me with a quick shopping trip after school. She had inquired about when the quietest time was and they were right- it was very quiet. It was an awesome half hour spent together and the first time I have been shopping, for anything other than groceries, since last December! I found a couple of shirts, running capris and a dress:)

Eating:

My friend Emily and I had done a sushi car dinner at the start of November for her birthday and tonight we repeated the experience. It was awesome to catch up and a lot of fun, at least until my brother had to come jumpstart my truck because the battery died during dinner. I have no idea why, but I’m guessing my battery is getting old and I don’t drive enough for it to stay charged.

Crafting:

I m busy trying to get a stocking name done for a friend for tomorrow. My grandma always said that if you had a job to do, get it done right away. I guess that has stuck with me. I am feeling the pressure though as this stocking is homemade and absolutely gorgeous!

I’d better go work on it.

Have fun!

AJ

Wednesday

It was another busy day!

Teaching:

We are up to 101 items collected for the food bank. The children were asked to bring baby items today and one little girl brought used items from home-Avery sweet gesture, but not what is being looked for. I added the bag to the pile, but will have to arrange for it to disappear.

It was nice this morning as I feel like I was so productive before work!

We got through chalkboard spelling and started learning about patterns. I’ve decided to do just a short unit on patterns as they get tons in kindergarten and grade two, but grade one is mostly just consolidation. We will do some movement and art to practice.

We did relay races in gym and the kids are getting better at them. One little girl is just too competitive so we talked about learning to do the movements right being the focus.

This afternoon Fin the puppet showed up to help us finish our happiness sunshine’s. The kids created suns where the rays show things that make them happy.

I left school right away for a physio appointment and then met my cousin to get a mini tree she was getting g rid of. It was then out to Costco for gas.

Stitching:

If I ally got home and took a look at a stocking project I’m altering for a friend. This might be what I talk about for my SAL update this weekend as I don’t think I’m going to get it and my cross stitch done.

Well I need sleep. Have fun!

AJ

Friday Eve Again

Wow these Friday Eve’s come quickly!

Teaching:

We got through printing a this morning. I keep telling the kids that they are the only ones who can beat their bad habits! During printing they were all doing a’s right, but we’ll see how they do in normal printing activities.

I got some prep done during music class and then we tackled counting by tens after recess. We played Around the World and amazingly the kids were doing great, even on the first round!

This afternoon we created cards for seniors. The public library is giving care packages for seniors and our cards will be included. I was super excited with how much care the kids took.

After school, I tackled more report cards and am now done 13. I won’t finish tomorrow, but hopefully I’ll be close!

Exercise:

I was late getting home so there was no run for me tonight. Thankfully I got 4.8km in yesterday with Dennis and today I did the NourishMoveLove 30 minute dumbbell full body circuit. I think I’m going to feel it tomorrow. Today I realized I’m missing workout classes where I get my hour of exercise without having to do any thinking.

Well it’s time for some knitting and a Hallmark movie!

Have fun!

AJ

Monday Musings

It was an okay day- nothing out of the ordinary.

Teaching:

We got through a journal entry and then while the children had music, I gathered my courage and called Telus. I actually got a guy who was super helpful and went through all my options with me. My new phone is in its way.

We played games in the gym while we can and then had lunch. I got a couple of rows knitted during lunch.

I had to start assessing reading during my guided reading time today. It is the week of assessment as we then had the kids do their collaborative goals for the report card. The children then had centres while I got PHE assessed. Too much assessment!!!! Poor kids:(

Shopping:

Just as the last child got picked up my phone rang and it was the courier. He wasn’t willing to put the package at my door and would only leave it in the foyer of the building. Of course just this weekend a notice was put up about robberies in the foyer and from mail boxes. I had no other choice so I literally sprinted down the hill, and thankfully it was still there.

Knitting:

My package was my lovely new heated blanket. I have spent the entire evening under my new blanket trying to get a second sock made in a day.😳. I am 34 rows from the end and have a very sore hand. I think I’ll get back to work in the morning.

Have fun!

AJ

Happy Weekend

My Friday’s seem to come so quickly this year. I keep thinking it’s because I have a good class so the time goes quickly as the Fridays sure didn’t come this quickly last year!

Teaching:

On Tuesday I sent home a sight word mini book with two of my kids and one girl brought it back today. She read it to me and the next one. I have sent the third one home with her for the weekend. What I noticed was that I spent about ten minutes working with her this morning and the rest of my class just kept doing what they were supposed to be doing. So nice!

We did a pre- reading lesson on doing picture walks with the book, Enemy Pie. The kids were so impressive as I asked them what pre-reading strategies we had talked about so far, and they got them all! Most of the kids noticed the enemy list in the tree house.

We also did a lesson on tally marks today. We had covered these briefly a few weeks ago, but some children were having difficulty so we spent yesterday and today reviewing the concept and everyone seems to have it now:)

Finally this afternoon we did McCracken spelling, had gym and played outside. A pretty Good Friday!

I also got the art from yesterday put up.

I am calling it Windy Fall Leaves and it was done with pastels. With older grades I get them to also colour the background.

Exercise:

By the time I got home there were only ten minutes until sundown so I did a bosu workout after dinner instead, and I think I am going to hurt tomorrow. I haven’t been on my bosu in a while and I can tell.

I never have problems exercising- all my troubles come from eating. I have stuck with the MetPro program so far and it gets one more week before I give up on it. It has gotten me off of sugar and I noticed it now has me down at a level 3 (I started at 6). Maybe they have figured out that I’m not a typically sized person?!?!

Well I’m in my jammies, have a cup of tea and am going to read my book now.

Have fun!

AJ

Monday Musings

The day went pretty well. I am attributing it to everyone feeling more at ease because our principal was away for the day.

Teaching:

We got through a journal entry about peace and I was super happy that so many children volunteered to read what they had written- even the little guy who cried the first time!

We had gym and did the stations approach again- hoop jumps, plank, jumping jacks and squat jumps. I did them with the kids and got quite the workout!

This afternoon we had silent reading. I always do guided reading during this time and today a little girl came up and asked when she got to come. I couldn’t believe I missed her on my plan!! I really praised her for coming and asking though.

We also did a cut and paste about peaceful versus not peaceful actions. We did it as a class and it went super smoothly.

We ended the day with outside playtime. I really wish I had worn about five more layers! It was so cold today and the kids were super excited because the forecast called for snow. None showed up though.

I spent some time after school working with my teaching buddy on the report card templates. They have changed it again on us. This is the fourth time in four years🙄😖

Shopping:

I did some more online shopping today as I work to use up gift cards. I have purchased an electric blanket from Walmart which should be here by the 20th and I spent an hour picking two books from Chapters to use up my store credit as I didn’t want to forget about it. I have the new Oh She Glows cookbook and a modern top down knitting book coming, hopefully!

House:

As I write this, I realize I forgot to do my floors today:(

Knitting:

I have made a list of projects I have upcoming and now I just feel overwhelmed:(

I was working on the October Hat, but screwed up and had to rip out again. Maybe I had better put this to the side for a bit.

On the list:

Sweater test knit

Fix my coral sweater- wore it today and I want the sleeves longer

Socks for Jacqueline

Toque for Lyndsay

Toque for secretary’s daughter

Fix purple sweater – I want it skinnier and longer

October hat

Mitts out of Weekender leftovers

I know it’s all fun, but the length of the list makes me nervous. Now I just want to get them done and off the list!

Well that’s it for me today.

Have fun!

AJ

Friday Eve

This thought got me through today!

Teaching:

I actually had to get my big mean voice out today as my kids were noisy and not listening. I felt really bad, but I guess it’s pretty good to get to November before having to do that.

This morning we did a pre reading strategy of making predictions with the book, Dear Mrs. LaRue by Mark Teague. I love this book, but it definitely made me realize that some kids books are written for the parent reading them. It was probably too hard for them to understand but they did a great job of making predictions based on the front and back cover.

We finally got to some math! We did greater than and less than. We watched an introductory video and then did some practice on the smartboard. We didn’t get to the worksheet, but everyone seems to be understanding the concept. I thought it would be more difficult than even/odd, but I guess not.

This afternoon we made our poppies for the Remembrance Day wreath. Our assembly will be virtual but the wreaths will be displayed in the front hall. All but one student finished and that was because of talking!

We unfortunately didn’t make it outside to play today which was a shame because it was beautiful, but the poppies had to be done!

Exercise:

I didn’t feel like running, but had made a commitment to meet Melanie and so off I went. We got 5.59km done so pretty good for a Thursday night!

Eating:

I haven’t been super impressed with the MetPro app yet, but I see they’ve finally put me down a level. I am wondering if they’ve taken into account my size at all??? I will give it a few more days, but so far, the only plus has been that it is getting me off sugar!

Knitting:

I ripped out my toque so far and am looking for one I can do with two strands of fingering held together. I hope I find one soon as I don’t like being without a knitting project. As I write this, I’m realizing that I think I have three blue toques and here I am making another one?!?!

House:

I am very happy that I got my sheets changed and I got my dishes loaded and the dishwasher turned on today:)

Ok I’m off to read in bed.

Have fun!

AJ

Another Day

I wish I had something exciting to tell you about!

Teaching:

We started the day with our body science talk, what used to be called sex Ed that they now start in kindergarten. Ours was very garbled and it was tough for the kids to understand, but they did really well!

We also had a gym class! This morning g I went downstairs to see a teacher who is a gym specialist and she gave me an idea. I set up a tabata timer on my phone and the kids worked through stations- two foot jumps through hula hoops, burpees, figure eights and scissor jumps. It went great and they loved it,plus I didn’t have to clean anything g as they touched nothing.

This afternoon Fin came to talk about what to do so that problems don’t get big. We got through two -take a break and listen. I can’t believe how much the kids love a puppet!

It felt like a pretty good day as we went out to play at the end of the day. It was odd though that one of my little girls noticed that the sky was getting g really dark and she started crying. I think she was worried about a thunderstorm, but we don’t get those very often.

Medical:

I went to physio again and had him do IMS on my left hip this time. It was a lot of needles!

Shopping:

I am trying this MetPro app as it is based on metabolism and I’ve always been super interested in that. I’ll let you know if it’s successful. So far it has me eating more food, and I had to go buy some today. What I really notice is the lack of sugar, which is probably a good thing!

Reading:

I’m reading Doctor Dearest by RS Grey right now and I’m going to go snuggle down in bed and read.

Have fun!

AJ

Trivia Tuesday

Sorry for no post yesterday- I went to bed at 8🤣

Teaching:

It was quite the day because we had an inside recess and lunch! We got through printing, two lessons on rights and responsibilities and a math game. At the end of the day we had a dance party. It was fun to see the kids boogie- some of them have some great moves!

We were just about to dismiss when a code yellow was declared (hold and secure) because there was a bear up the street. I ended up having the kids for an extra half hour🙄

Exercise:

I had had enough by then and decided I needed a run whether I had a running buddy available or not. I didn’t do the hills I was supposed to but got a decent 5km in.

Trivia:

We were back to the five of us and general trivia.

Put the Harry Potter movies in order.

Prisoner of Azkaban, Order of yhe the Phoenix, Half Blood Prince

Finish the quote…

You drive for show, putt for dough

What do men brag is hot?

Car

Where is Skip the Dishes headquartered?

Winnipeg

What two states border Manitoba?

North Dakota, Minnesota

Who was president during 9-11?

George W Bush

The music round all featured “one”.

We came second in the Kahoot round but got the drinks as the first team had already won.

How many soldiers are in a Roman legion?

3,000-7,000

How many children did Jill and Tim have on Home Improvement?

3

What type of food is a Kennebeck?

Potato

What three countries in the world start with Ch?

China, Chile, chad

What was the name of the Russian space shuttle?

Sputnik

Well that’s it for me!

Have fun!

AJ

Happy Friday Eve

It is crazy how excited the children are, they are almost beside themselves!

Teaching:

It was a pretty good day. We got through some McCracken spelling this morning g before music. Then we tackled graphing our favourite candy, though we didn’t manage to finish:(. This afternoon we did a directed drawing of an owl, but some kids haven’t finished that either.

I thought mine was the best I’ve ever done though! I’ll be sure to show you the kids as they outlined and coloured theirs.

Medical:

After work I went for a massage and found out that my adductors are incredibly tight which might be causing the problems with my Soas and my hip. Hmmm I’d better google how to roll an adductor.

Knitting:

I have spent the evening knitting and have finished my InStillness Mini sweater by Alicia Plummer.

Sorry for the night shot but at least you get to see it. I followed the instructions except I added four rows to the collar as I wanted it to be a little higher. This sweater uses Gathered Yarn: The Harvest is Here. It is a super soft yarn and was lovely to knit with! The pattern was easy to follow and quick to make:)

Well that’s enough accomplished for today.

Have fun!

AJ