A Disappointment

Well my life was affected by Coronavirus:(.

Teaching:

I had eight children away today so there were only 14 kids in my class and boy was it different. The class was quiet and calm as for a change- it was major players who were away. It was lovely- almost like a holiday!

We got through writers workshop where we did persuasive writing, and library and we made mosaic tulips for our window. We finished the day with gymnastics.

I was amazed that we got the art done, but I guess that again just shows how calm the class was.

Reading:

I made myself finish the kids Bookclub book right when I got home. The book, The Year of the Ray by Grace Lin. This book is a very quick read and deals mainly with the idea of dealing with change for children. It was a good read, but I wouldn’t say you have to run out and buy it.

Knitting:

I have been busy knitting my cardigan this evening as I was still thinking I may get it done for Saturday morning. However that no longer matters as the knitting show is cancelled due to Coronavirus. I know this is very small compared to what people in different parts of the world are dealing with, but I am extremely disappointed as I was so looking forward to this event!

As I was knitting I was thinking about the fact that I haven’t stockpiled any toilet paper or food, but I’m good for books and knitting for two weeks in my house🤣🤣🤪

Well, I’m going back to knitting.

Have fun!

AJ

Woah Wednesday

What I learned today…I don’t like people who feel the need to flaunt their power just because…😖

Teaching:

We started the day with an assembly for pink shirt day. The kids were pretty well behaved and the assembly itself was good- probably because two teachers planned it. I think the best part was the video or Don’t Laugh at Me by Mark Wills. Of course, I don’t think any teacher actually paid attention, going by how many pointed out the cute cop to me🤣🤪

We also got through a lesson on reading strategies and a lesson on using the number line to do subtraction. I so love having my prep in the afternoon (I switched as another class was having a field trip) as then I have all this great morning time to actually teach! With just a minute to sword fight, etc my students were then able to focus for a full 20 minutes during the math lesson. I felt like singing hallelujah!

This afternoon we started a Social Studies art project that the kids were super engaged in! Hopefully I’ll have photos tomorrow.

We ended the day with one of my students reading a book to the class. She was so proud and it seemed like other kids were interested. Thankfully that will be their sharing for April.

I ended my work day with another three report cards and then had to run very fast down the hill.

Dentist:

Well my tooth fell out again last week and I managed to get into the dentist today. He cemented it back in again but is putting in a request to do a standard bridge. Oh yeah, more dental work. It’s pretty sad that I was able to explain dental work terminology to some confused teachers at lunch.

Reading:

When I got home my first order of business was to finish the kids Bookclub book as the other teacher still needs to read it too. This month we read, The Science of Breakable Things by Tae Keller.

It was a good read. It deals with the very serious topic of depression in a way that is appropriate for kids. I did find it overwhelmingly sad though and wondered if a few more lighthearted moments could have been added. I also wondered how a therapist husband hadn’t explored therapy or meds before the situation got dire?

Exercise:

I didn’t have time for a Hallmark movie tonight, so I just made up a workout. I really wanted to go for a run, but it was already dark when I got home. I did a minute of jogging with four pound weights in each hand between these moves:

25 shoulder presses

40 squats

20 front raises

40 plié squats

40 reverse lunges

20 bicep curls

40 bridges

40 Russian twists

40 second plank

20 full sit ups

25 crunches

25 reverse crunches

20 dips

25 pullovers

I did each move with 8lb weights, but that won’t be lasting long as I promised myself I would move up to a new weight in the next month.

I figure it is better than nothing, but I sure hope I get a run in tomorrow!

Knitting:

I got permission to share my test knit! I test knitted for Josée Paquin, which I was super excited about as I love so many of her patterns. I got to do the Laughing Out Loud Hat which was a gorgeous solid colour hat with a nice spiral design.

The hat was a great excuse to buy and try out Brooklyn Tweed: Shelter yarn in the colour Pumice. This yarn sure knits up softer than you’d think and it was great to knit with. I wouldn’t say it had great stitch definition though.

The pattern was super easy to follow and knitted up quickly, so I would definitely recommend it!

Tonight, after I finished my workout and the Bookclub book I got to sort and determine yarn weights for the odd balls that have been living under my coffee table. I have a goal to use up 8 more skeins before I go to Fibres West in Mid March so I printed off some hat patterns today and figure I’ll tackle some of these small balls.

Well, that’s all my excitement for today (said facetiously)!

Have fun!

AJ

Plan, Prep, Prep

It was a busy day, but pretty good overall.

Teaching:

Today got off on a weird start as I had a note in a student planner from one of my previous students. It just seems so weird, she is now old enough to be taking the mom role on the house as I remember her in grade one!

This morning we had some fun with story elements. After reviewing characters, setting, problem and solution. We wrote stories with a beginning, middle and end. However, we did these stories how my Nan used to play a game. Each student wrote on a piece of paper, “Once there was a —- who lived in —-“. They then folded the paper back and I redistributed the papers to a new person. Each student then wrote, “one day (and a problem)” on their new sheet. The papers were folded and changed hands again and the students wrote, “suddenly (and a solution”. We collected the papers up and read them out. They were certainly entertained by the zany stories. Some examples:

Once upon a time there was an army man who lived in a tent. One day he got lost in the deep sea. Suddenly the ball went into the net.

Once upon a time there was a penguin who lived on a rainbow. One day he got lost. Suddenly they found Santa Claus.

Once upon a time there was a princess who lived in a castle. One day they forgot to go shopping. Suddenly everything went back to normal.

All of the stories were crazy and made no sense, but they just made the children laugh harder. I don’t think they’ll forget the parts of a story any time soon!

We also did some storytelling for math. I have found my students are much more engaged when the addition story problems feature themselves, so we did a few more practice stories before our worksheet. We had skateboarding, hockey, beyblades and one little girl requested it be about her family. Awwww!

This afternoon we tackled the penguin research again and it went well again. Telling the students that their work can’t be marked unless they come up with their partner really seems to have helped the partner work in the room. That is one of our goals this term.

Reading:

Finally after work, I went to the kids Bookclub. I was super excited about this one as it was on Artemis Fowl and I picked that book. We had a really good mix of people who loved it, liked it and didn’t like it. There were 18 students there today and we had good discussion!

It was back to prep for next week once Bookclub was over, though it did make for a nice break!

At home, I have started the book, One Plus One by Jojo Moyes. I’ll let you know what I think when I get further along. It’s difficult to tell how far I am as it’s a large print edition.

Exercise:

I knew there was no way I would be doing 9km tonight which was the Squad Runner mission, so I just went out for my usual around the park run. It was a nice run and I’m definitely happy with my times! 6:48, 6:51, 6:46,6:29, 6:58. It really seems to be helping that I start running before pressing start on my app. I can’t wait to see if I can push myself to be faster once the ice is gone!

This is where I ran in daylight, though today I ran in the dark:( There were still lots of people out though!

I also got my 200 banded squats, 50 bicycles and 50 leg drops done this evening:). I feel like this may be contributing to my faster speeds so want to keep it up!

Knitting:

I am working on some kid hand warmers to fulfill a class in HPKCHC. I’m hoping to see some cute hearts into them.

Well I’m going to go crawl into bed!

Have fun!

AJ

Lazing

Every once in a while I get the feeling that everything in my life is a wreck- house, car, work. Those days I just need to tackle some jobs.

Exercise:

I ended up having an awesome day of exercise today. This morning I headed out for a 12.5km run around a local lake. It was gorgeous, I managed to run 0.2/km faster and I completed my Squad Runner mission. This was in serious dairy today as running 27km between Thursday and Saturday is not normal for me!

I got my squat, plank, push-up challenge done mid day and then completed Lyndsay’s Legs on Fire workout this evening!

It felt great to get all this done as lately, though my weight is fine, I’ve been feeling pudgy. I think it’s just been because I had not been doing as many workouts each week. Hopefully today is a turning point to correcting that situation!

House:

I have to admit I had a lovely nap after rolling and stretching and woke up with much more energy. I managed to get all my laundry done, my deck completed, my decor switched from fall/winter to the spring/summer colors, and my garbage, my house generally tidied up and things put away, and recycling dealt with. It made me feel much calmer to at least feel like I had accomplished something around the house! I can’t believe I haven’t switched my colour scheme until May, usually this is something I do in March. Today just felt like Spring with the windows all open and an awesome breeze:)

Crafting:

I worked on my rug done today, but will need about 90 minutes tomorrow to finish my square for the week.

I really wanted to be looking in my new knitting books for my next project, but I think I’ll make myself wait until my tabard is done.

Cooking:

Saturday is always my day to try and clean out any odds and ends out of the fridge before I grocery shop on Sunday. Today I cut up a head of broccoli, mixed it with a tiny bit of oil, garlic, salt and pepper and roasted it at 450 for 15 minutes. Oh my it was great!!! I will definitely be doing this more often!

Reading:

I finally finished another book. Love Walks In by Samantha Chase.

I don’t think I’ve ever taken so long to read a Samantha Chase book before. I loved the family dynamic again, but I think I just found the premise a little unrealistic. I also wish the characters had been more explained earlier in the book. I loved the book by the end, but it definitely took me a while to get into it.

I also got started on my next book which is the next kids book club book- My Life as a Book. I’m halfway done. So far it’s interesting:)

I have two more books waiting that I really want to be reading so that should get me through this book quickly🤣

Movies:

I have data leftover for the month so I’m enjoying a Hallmark Movie. It’s called My Perfect Romance. So far it’s cute, but I have to admit I like the movies where the primary characters can’t stand each other at the start.

The secretary is a hilarious character and steals every scene she is in. I also have to admit I’m a sucker for Christopher Russell:) Well I’m going back to the movie now:)

Have fun!

AJ