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Wednesday, April 30, 2014

4-30-14

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Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Monday, April 28, 2014

Sorry!

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Thanks to my wonderful readers, I've learned that those of you who follow through me through email haven't been getting your daily updates.  I promise that as soon as I get a chance I'll check into what's going on.

In the meantime, please check in here.  Even when I don't gave anything interesting to say I still try to get a word art out to you.


Sunday, April 27, 2014

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Friday, April 25, 2014

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Wednesday, April 23, 2014

I tried to steal a car today

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I stopped at the store this morning before school and on my way out I walked right past my car and headed for a gray Honda.  I pushed the button to unlock the car and tried the door handle---still locked!

I was so confused!  I looked in the car and saw a plastic cross hanging from the rear view mirror and couldn't remember hanging it there.  I pushed the button again, tried the door again and learned once again that the door was still locked.

I just couldn't understand why my door wouldn't unlock and open.  I pushed the button a couple more times.

That's when I noticed something strange.  Every time I pushed the button and tried unlocking my car the car behind me beeped.  I turned to look at that car and pressed my button again.  To my surprise, that car ---my  car, the gray VW--- was unlocking itself, beeping and flashing it's lights every time I pushed that stupid button.



Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Spreading the love

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Through the years, you guys have offered up postcards, advice, presents and encouragement for my class.  I would like to try and return the favor even though I know that it's a debt I'll never fulfill.

We're done with testing and looking for something interesting to do that we can still call "work".  lol!  So, if you or someone you know would like to receive a postcard from us just send me the name and address.  It can be for any reason - encouragement, cheering up, a birthday or an anniversary, just because or maybe even for no reason at all.

Just send me the info and one of my wonderful Kindergarten students will write a message and we'll get the card in the mail.

It's kind of like our wishing fence that got destroyed, but this time the wishes are for you.

Monday, April 21, 2014

I didn't do it!

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I'm not sure how it happened and Orange Croc Guy isn't talking, but somehow the ham he cooked for Easter dinner ended up on the floor.  His only remark was..."You wouldn't believe me if I told you!"

UUmmm..yeah , I would cause I know you!

Thank goodness we were having dinner with our rag tag group of friends and there was plenty of food.  Someone else even brought a ham.

OCG is no longer allowed to comment on my cooking skills.  lol!

Sunday, April 20, 2014

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Thursday, April 10, 2014

If I had magical powers.....


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If I had magical powers, I would turn each and every person responsible for making  the stupid standardized tests that we are forced to give as well as each and every person who thinks it's a good idea to give them into 5 year olds and make them sit in a room taking the test that they think is so much more important than the children themselves.

Then, after they finished the test I would make them sit quietly in their chairs because other classes filled with former self important politicians and money hungry test making company CEOs now turned into 5 year olds aren't finished taking their test yet.

Once everyone is finished, I'll make them continue the rest of the school day as if it is just like any other day and send them home with the knowledge that they will have to return to school the next day take another part of the evil test.  Of course, I'll tell them to get a good night's sleep anyway.

After the second day of testing I would turn them all back into the so called adults they had been with their memories of the last two days fully in tact.

This way, hopefully, they will truly understand what is it that they are doing to the children and maybe.....just maybe, their hearts will grow three sizes and they will STOP the madness.

Don't you think that's a great way to use magical powers?

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Parallel Parking


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Everyone knows that I hate parallel parking because it's so freaking hard to do! 

Want to know what's even harder than normal parallel parking? 

Parallel parking on the left hand side of a one way street 

Now, that crap is hard!!! 

Monday, April 7, 2014

It's that time again...


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Please excuse the repost of a repost, but it's time for standarized testing again and I can't think of a better way to express my continued unhappiness with a system that thinks test scores are more important than children.

Dear Class,

You should not read this blog because you are five or six and you are in kindergarten, but there are some things I want to say and this is the place I always come to when I need to work out my thoughts.

There are just some things people shouldn't know about their kindergarten teachers. Things you shouldn't know about me. The day you stop believing that I live in our class room, have Santa on speed dial and am close personal friends with Zero the Hero is the day the world begins to lose some of it's magic and you start to believe stupid things like standardized test scores being more important than fairy tales and daydreams.

There are a few things that are more important than fairy tales and daydreams. A standardized test score isn't one of those things.

I want you to know that I am sorry. I am sorry that in around 9 hours I'll be responsible for giving you a standardized test. I am sorry that from this day forward you will be constantly bombarded with standardized test in school. I am sorry that someone somewhere, someone who doesn't know you and hasn't met you will draw conclusions about who you are and how successful you'll be in life based on how well you score on these standardized tests. I am sorry because you are five or six and you are in kindergarten and you should be playing instead of testing.

You were sent home from school on Monday and told to get a good nights sleep and to eat a good breakfast before coming back to class. You should be sleeping now. I should be sleeping now.

I can't sleep because I'm worried about you. I've thought all night about what I can say to encourage you; to remind you of just how wonderful you are. Right now, it feels important for me to say that while you are, can and will be lots of things it is the thing that you aren't that matters most.

You are not a test score!

Through the years you will be forced to sit through more of these tests than anyone can count and you will have teachers who will handle them differently. Some teachers will try to make you believe that the future of the entire world depends on how well you score, others will simply tell you to do your best and trust that you will. I hope that I have been like the latter, but fear that I have probably jumped back and forth between the extremes. I am sorry if I have made you feel pressured to do well. I am sorry because you are five or six and you are in kindergarten and you are not a test score.

There will be questions on this test that you can't answer. I know that you will look at me with pleading eyes expecting help. I am sorry that I won't be able to offer that help. Please understand that it makes me as sad as it will make you. It makes me sad because you are five or six and you are in kindergarten and you are not a test score.

You will take lots of test during your educational career. Some will be long, others short. Some will take forever to finish and others will go quickly. Some tests you will enjoy and find easy; others ~ not so much. Just remember that there is more to you than any test score can ever reveal.

Through the years you will take some important tests too. Your courage will be tested. Your faith, loyalty, honesty, willpower, integrity and patience will all be tested. These are the only tests that really matter. The only tests I truly hope you never have to say you've failed.

I am tired now so I am going to try to sleep. When I see you in class I will smile and remind you to go to the bathroom, to listen carefully to the directions, to think about your answers and to do your best.

That's all you need to do. Nothing more and nothing less. Leave all the worrying to me because you are five or six and you are in kindergarten and you are not a test score.
 

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Saturday, April 5, 2014

Friday, April 4, 2014

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Friends Forever by Shel Belle Scraps



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Have you checked out the goodies in the Shel Belle Scraps Store lately?  She has added some great thing to match the April Bits N Pieces theme.  Check these out...

http://www.scraps-n-pieces.com/store/index.php?main_page=index&manufacturers_id=64&zenid=0728c3245bf3161c15a6ec7ca7660603





Here are a couple of layouts I put together ...


 

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

April at Scraps N Pieces!


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I think we are finally seeing signs of spring in most of the U.S., although I hear some of our Canadian friends are still getting lots of snow.  I don't know about you, but I've been over winter for a very long time.  Hopefully all the fun things we have for you in April won't keep you inside too much that you can't get out enjoy some fresh air.  Just grab your laptop and find a good park bench or deck chair (and hopefully some good wifi), and enjoy both at the same time.

We plan to keep your Head in the Clouds with our April store collab kit.  This beautifully soft collection of elements, papers, alpha, templates, and quickpages will keep you coming back to use it over and over.
http://www.scraps-n-pieces.com/store/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=89&products_id=5304
Grab the kit here and bundle here.

All you designers out there will love the raise we are giving your CU stash this month.  Grab our Raise It Up CU embossed paper pack, on sale at 25% off the first week of April.
http://www.scraps-n-pieces.com/store/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=89&products_id=5355

What do you get when you combine a color palette and no theme with a bunch of UH-MAZING designers?  You get this month's Bits N Pieces products.
They were given the colors above and free reign to design whatever they wanted with it.  The results are incredible.  Grab each of these products for just $1 each the first week of April.  It's a perfect time to stock up and use them in the Bits N Pieces challenge in the forum.  Affordable digi-products plus forum points equals a great deal!
http://www.scraps-n-pieces.com/store/index.php?main_page=index&cPath=119

Don't you just love to gather with your friends, get a layout completed, and earn a prize for it?  I know I do, so be sure to put all these speed scraps in your phone or on your calendar.  And remember, these are all stored in the forum calendar as well, and you can schedule a reminder from it!  Don't miss out on all the fun!!
http://www.scraps-n-pieces.com/forum/forumdisplay.php?23-Speed-Scraps
Hope you have a great month!

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

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