"One can never consent to creep when one feels the impulse to soar." ---Helen Keller

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Rest for the Weary

Summer --- I live for it!!! I go at such a break neck pace each school year that I am just exhausted at the end of the school year. If you are anything like me, you walk into your house and then begin to realize that there is soooo much work to do there. You have been making piles of stuff, putting things off until summer and then find yourself overwhelmed the first few days home. Either you tackle it like crazy or your take a much needed break. I have done both, but a few years ago, I discovered that taking the break for a few days did wonders for my attitude. When our daughter began college, we bought a little place near Auburn, so that we could visit often without being underfoot. My mother and I started a tradition at the end of her freshman year. We head out to the cabin, the moment I can leave school and stay a few days. I am sure most would think it is the most boring time ever, but for us it is a chance to have some quality time together with no schedule or list of things to do. It lets me wind down from school, rest up, and come back home refreshed.

I really think all of us need to find some time over the summer to just rest. The Lord took a break after He created the universe! Now, I am not saying that we are doing anything that difficult, but we should follow His example. Jesus even modeled this for us. There are just times when you need to take a break, take time for reflection, then you will find yourself refreshed.

The pressure to pull off high test scores, trying to motivate unmotivated students, and the ever changing world we live in can leave us drained. Give yourself some time this summer. Then, reflect on what went right this past school year and what went wrong. Then look for solutions!!!

I have given myself a few days, so now it is time to get the house in order. Whew!!! I will be researching and sharing what I find in the coming weeks. I am also going to be teaching my daughter to sew. I am sew excited. I am also learning to can which is something I have always wanted to do. I started at the cabin.





My very first canning project. Tomatoes. Macaroni and tomatoes are my comfort food.



August will be here before we know it. Find some time to renew your mind and body. Find those projects and reflect on what works and what doesn't. Have a great one!!!


Monday, June 4, 2012

Bell Ringer Idea

Looking for a way to start your day? Scholastic has a new addition to their website called Daily Starters. It has something for math, language, and a fun fact for every day of the week. There is a teacher view and a student view that you can project onto the board for Morning Work.

This is an example of a grades 1-2 day.

Here is an example from grades 3-5.

There is even one for kindergarten.

Looks like a good way to get the kids started out on the right foot for the day.