Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Halloween Countdown Calendar

I've seen a lot of perpetual calendars and countdown calendars on the web lately. I decided my friend needed one full of treats. Making people things is my way of showing love. So I searched and searched for inspiration. Finally I found this Halloween calendar from Pottery Barn Kids. Perfect! I spent all weekend cutting, and sewing, and cutting, and sewing. Finally...

She loved it! Another friend has requested one. But, I don't think I can pull this off again. Sorry! There will be something special for you in the future Mrs. H! xo

Friday, September 24, 2010

Week in Rap

I subscribe to-and love- Free Technology for Teachers. Today they turned me on to the site Week in Rap, by Flocabulary. The week's news, no matter how depressing, gets a little lift. This won't replace Jon Stewart, but it is certainly a welcome companion.

Side Note: Flocabulary creates resources that help teach concepts through hip hop. How many ways can we make 8? Click here to rap and find out!

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Study Aid

So...I haven't taken online classes for a while. The last time I was in school I was making pate a choux and studying the alternate types of wheat. 3-4 nights a week and working full time-it was no easy "A."

I've just started a foundations graduate course in Educational Technology at UF. I have two friends who have gone through the ET program. One is just beginning her PhD. work, one just finished. I will be studying for the GREs this year so I can apply before year's end-yikes!

I don't need any motivation to read and study for my course, but it can't hurt. I though a notebook cover was an appropriate introduction to Gator life.

Saturday, September 18, 2010


That's all I can think about right now. My body seems to be rejecting anything that is not laden with it.

Last night, for the first time in my life, I ate a whole pint of ice cream. I didn't even feel sick.

I'm just going to ride this wave out until I can't cram another sugary treat in my mouth. Now, where did I put those Mike and Ikes?

Friday, September 17, 2010

Scrappy Snake

I am doing a jungle themed music unit with my Kindergartners. To get me in the mood I made a snake who will be our guide through the jungle. The kids loved Silly Sam! One student even asked my if he was real. Ah, I love Kindergarten.

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

I just love my friends!

I convinced some friends to make peace shirts. Well, it really wasn't that hard to get everyone together. One friend just stumbled into the room and we wouldn't let her leave! I'm so glad. We had a wonderful afternoon of giggles and inspiration!

Here's a sneak peak at tomorrow's art lesson!

Saturday, September 11, 2010

...but it's for my classroom!

I'm having so much fun making things for school. I just can't stop. I can't! I started this a t-shirt to wear for International Day of Peace, September 21st. We are singing and celebrating so I thought I should make a shirt to wear.

Then I decided I should have a peace theme item for my classroom. This was going to be a
"peace, love, happiness" hanging, but I had a hard time figuring out how to make the face look cute. Since I teach music, I think this is appropriate.

New Washer and Dryer

YEAH! Last weekend we went to a coin operated laundry mat to wash clothes. Let's just say I was a bit out of practice. Last time I gathered quarters for the wash was in college. After window shopping and some online research we decided on the MAYTAG 4000/5000 washer/dryer set. Thank goodness it was Labor Day weekend and everything was on sale.

The delivery guys came today and I have just completed my first wash cycle. Ahh. The spin cycle is so quiet I could barely hear it-even when I was in the garage. I still have to idea how to use all the buttons! The manual says it requires HE (high efficiency) detergent. I have to do some more research on that. I've been using Seventh Generation (mainly because they don't test on animals) and I've got to make sure it's still okay.

Happy no-quarter-washing weekend to all!

The Stack

Spin Baby Spin

Monday, September 6, 2010

Five Things About Me

I love being a teacher. Not only do I get hugs every day, I am also inspired by the wonderful teachers around me. One of our second grade teachers asked her students to make a hanger mobile with five objects/pictures that define them. I was so inspired I had to make one!

1. I am a Pisces and I love anything having to do with the ocean.

2. I was born and raised in Massachusetts. I love the Red Sox and am loyal to all my Boston teams.

3. I love to bake. I still have the cookie cutters I used to make cookies with my mom when I was little.

4. I love music. I love making music. I love teaching music.

5. Come on-who doesn't want world peace?!?