You know this has happened before and will again. I have complained about it before and will again. However, yesterday was particularly frustrating because although it was cold, the sky was perfectly clear. I can’t think of a reason why I sat here in virtual silence, but I didn’t like it!
Speaking of perfectly...have you read “Mooseltoe”? It’s a great book for the holidays and part of a series. My students always love it. The concept is entertaining. The words and rhythm are excellent. Perfectly perfect is Mr. Moose’s mantra. And it’s just predictable enough for the children to feel satisfied that they “figured it out” before the end.
We made train photo frames yesterday from a kit. Yes, I’ll take a picture today. Only completed nine yesterday, so I’m waiting until today for photos. The kit consists of a foam train, twelve self-adhesive decorative pieces, and three pieces that have to be adhered with glue. Then the child’s photo is glued into a little window. I’ll wait while you take a moment to visualize that process: fifteen pieces + five-year-old child x fifteen =
Perfectly perfect photo frames!
I was amazed by how successful this project turned out to be. Of course I made one first so I would know the process and discover a couple of tricks for handling the pieces. I’m a stickler though for “child completed” projects. I hate to see displays of work that has obviously been done by the teacher!! So each of my students did their own work, one at a time, at the table with me. What I did was hand them the pieces, one at a time, and point to my example to show them where each piece belonged. If all of theirs aren’t perfectly straight, so much the better! This is their keepsake from kindergarten. It’s supposed to be a little lopsided and amusing, especially if they keep it until they are forty!
We did several fun projects and activities yesterday. When the weather is miserably cold and everyone has to stay inside ALL day long, it’s time for glitter, markers, stickers, puzzles, and playdough! We’ll get back to phonics in January. Lol
I came home yesterday to a tree filled with birds. About a fourth of them stayed still while I took a few photos. The rest flew away to sit in the trees at the edge of the pasture. I have increased my feeding to include a couple of new feeders. I am quite happy with one “recycled” feeder. There is a hollow metal pole in the yard that used to support a satellite dish. I had a small feeder mounted on top of it until the base froze and cracked last winter and finally fell apart last week. It had a wooden base and a long wooden post that fit quite neatly into the metal pole to keep it stable. I thought about making another one when I spied the portable fan I had put on the porch to dismantle and put into the trash. Flash of genius! I took the fan off the base, turned it upside-down, and put the support post inside the metal pole. Now I have a feeder that is twice as big as the old one, and it has pie-shaped ridges that keep the seed from falling out so easily. Yes, a photo tomorrow.
I also made a suet holder after seeing one in a magazine. I simply attached one of those metal “cages” for suet to a one-foot length of scrap lumber. That makes it easier for woodpeckers to use it because they can hang on the cage and have a support for their tail. There was a downy woodpecker using it yesterday.
Well, I DO have internet this morning, so I’m off to visit a couple of blogs and send some emails.
Have a wonderful day!