Wednesday, April 30, 2014

After the Storm… #PrayforMississippi

Source: Ann Voskamp, Facebook share
Hi friends! So sorry for the absence recently. As a result of the tornadoes that swept through our little corner of the state earlier this week, I have been without cable/internet. Therefore, my blogging has been on hold. I am beyond grateful to report that our family and house are all safe and in tact. Other than power outages, we have felt very little effect from the storms in our home. I have been determined not to even let myself think of the inconvenience of no power, internet, or cable in light of what some have experienced this week.


Source: Facebook Share
I have had time to meditate on these storms, and I do intend to share my thoughts with you soon. For now, I just wanted to let you know that I'm here, all is well, and the people of our state covet your prayers at this time. Any of you who have experienced nature's wrath in this context understand all too well the time, healing, and endurance required to recover from this wreckage.

If you are curious, you can view a slideshow of aerial photos of the Tupelo tornado damage here.

I'm so happy to be connected with you again!

Sunday, April 27, 2014

Sunday: Be Inspired and Rest 4-27-14

Happy Sunday, friends! I wanted to share a few of my most inspirational (or simply delightful) encounters online this week.  I can't take credit for any of these gracious expressions or hopeful links, but I do hope that passing them on will provide some joy to you today! If you find something you would like to Pin, please take time to visit the original source, if available, and Pin from there. I have provided an easy-to-click hyperlink credit to any traceable sources. When applicable, I've also included my favorite quotes from some of the reading passages so you can have a small preview before you read on.

I hope this is encouraging for you! Have a lovely, restful Sunday!

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Source: Ann Voskamp, Facebook share

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Source: Youtube, 78-Year Old Grandma Rides a Roller Coaster for the First Time

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Source: inCourage on Instagram

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Source: inCourage on Instagram

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Source: Relevant magazine
"True Christianity—to be near the kingdom of God, to understand the very fibers that hold together the essence of Christianity, to put our faith into bold practice—means handing over our own agendas in place of serving God and others." ~Craig Borlase 
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Thursday, April 24, 2014

Five for Friday: April 25, 2014


Happy Friday, friends! I hope your week has been lovely. Mine has been crazy-busy, but here are a few snippets I managed to capture along the way.

It's a little belated, but here's an Easter snapshot. :)

This is a not-so-typical DIY project from our household this past week. I managed to cut a nasty little slice in my thumb, which resulted in my husband creating this impressive heavy-duty bandaid for me. What do you think?!? 
If only I had some of that cute, colorful, patterned duck tape around the house… we are obviously too traditional. ;)
Our classroom is very full of life this week. The students have been collecting everything they can to contribute to our little observatory here. We currently have tadpoles, caterpillars, and one chrysalis. 



One student also found this beautiful butterfly. They have been fascinated by it. 

I am late sharing this activity, but I just love these little fraction kites my kids recently created. They also wrote to describe the equal parts in their kites. It was a nice, seasonal, math and writing, art activity.


I had to capture this wow moment today. I found myself writing requests for end-of-the-year parent conferences today to send home along with progress reports. I cannot believe we are already there. We have four weeks of school left. Holy moly.

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Sunday: Be Inspired and Rest 4-20-14

Happy Sunday, friends! I wanted to share a few of my most inspirational encounters online this week.  I can't take credit for any of these gracious expressions or hopeful links, but I do hope that passing them on will provide some joy to you today! If you find something you would like to Pin, please take time to visit the original source, if available, and Pin from there. I have provided an easy-to-click hyperlink credit to any traceable sources. When applicable, I've also included my favorite quotes from some of the reading passages so you can have a small preview before you read on.

I hope this is encouraging for you! Have a lovely, restful, happy Easter Sunday!

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Source: Twitter @Proverbs31org

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Source: A Holy Experience, "When You're Tired of Being Torn: Why He Came"
"You alone are the God for us — because You alone are the God who has been one of us." ~Ann Voskamp

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Source: Easter Art Print by LAShepherd on Etsy

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Source: Easter Printable Digital Word Art by 1DogWoof on Etsy

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Source:  Relevant Magazine, Good Friday Means Nothing Without Easter Sunday
"The full Gospel of Jesus Christ is an intertwined story of life, death and resurrection."
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Friday, April 18, 2014

Five for Friday: April 18, 2014


This is such a fun, eventful time of year for our firsties! I had trouble choosing only five things to share this week, but that's definitely a good problem to have, right?!?

After studying the life cycle of plants, we have transitioned to focus on the life cycle of other living things… frogs, butterflies, and ladybugs, to name a few. Here are a few activities and projects that we have used to demonstrate life cycle in our classroom.
  • Frogs




  • Butterflies



  •  Ladybugs



We introduced our new unit with one of my favorite texts: The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle.
To reinforce the reading skills of retelling a story and responding to texts, the students created this caterpillar book report. It's a great visual craft that, in which the students write to retell the beginning, middle, and end of the story as well as write their own response. I provided this example to get them started:
and these are samples of their work...




In addition to the book report, the students created this days-of-the-week flip chart to sequence foods the caterpillar at throughout the story. 

These little Easter pictures were favorites among my students as well. We combined tear-art, foam stickers, foam paper, handprints, and gummie worms to create these little Easter chicks.



Last, but not least, many of our plants have grown quite well this week! My kids have been so positive about the experience. For the ones that didn't sprout as quickly (or at all), they just called them "late bloomers" and carried them home with pride. 

I hope you all have a delightful Easter weekend!