November 30, 2010

My Chicken!

I was going to post a picture of a 3rd grade project today, which is great - but this is WAY better!

Recently, I've started to get my crafty and creative tools together after living away from them for one year. I noticed something was missing the other day - I didn't have a tape dispenser. Instead of buying a regular old tape dispenser from a boring office supply store, I decided to buy a fun and unique one that I first saw on this blog. I put it on my Amazon wish list while I was living in Belgium, but it had since sold out. (Insert sad face here.) Lucky for me, I spotted it on eBay and Mr. Wonderful bought it for me. (Yay!)
Imagine my surprise when I came home tonight to find this lovely sitting on my dining table!

It totally made my very long day.

 I LOVE it!

(Insert happy face here.)

November 29, 2010

Pinch Pots

Just in time for the holidays.

It felt good to get my hands dirty with 3rd and 5th grade today. It's been a while. 

Inspired by this blog and this book, I am trying to take a picture and post everyday. 

November 28, 2010

The Leaves Are Changing

I can't believe November has practically come and gone.
I love this tree outside of our apartment. It's so big and the colors of the leaves are gorgeous! I took this picture this past weekend, and it reminded me of so many things that I have been wanting to blog about.

Where to begin?

I'll begin with a book that I am reading, and whose cover happens to look like the photo above.
The Happiness Project, by Gretchen Rubin. Have you read it? I am almost done with it and will write more when I finish it.

Another big part of my life is school - which for the most part is going great! I teach 650 students once a week. I still don't know how I am managing to do it all, but we're doing it! My students are lovely, spunky and good.  They are all good, even though there are a few who push my buttons and test my patience, they are just kids. 

These photos are from a project that I did with the Pre-K class last week before the break. I had cut the leaf shape out of several pieces of tissue paper and had the children glue the pieces on a piece of paper with an old paint brush. 
Some students were very precise about where they placed their leaves. About 10 minutes into the project, I heard, "Teacher, ya acabĂ©." (I'm finished.) When I looked at the clock, I had about another 10 minutes before it was time to clean up, so I encouraged them to keep adding more. 

Some students worked in a radial pattern, which was pretty advanced.

But I liked the pictures that looked like the leaves had fallen onto their paper, and the students had let the leaves lie where they lay.

November 6, 2010

It's my Brother's Birthday...

He's a teacher, like me.

Martin High School Lip Dub 2010 from Tricia Regalado on Vimeo.

I guess crazy, creative educators run in the family.

Happy Birthday Dan!