Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Terrific Tuesday!!

Just while ago I received an email announcing Sonic Drive-In of Oklahoma City had donated $600 to my Donors Choose grant.  WOOOOOO HOOOOOO!!!!!   Thank you,  Sonic!! 

My grant request is for a Literacy First comprehension kit.  There are assessments, which pinpoint specific comprehension skill strengths and weaknesses.  Also included are leveled books, activities, worksheets, etc., etc.  What's great is all the teachers in our school can use the assessment kit.  Only $3532 to go.

Check out the details at http://www.donorschoose.org/project/measuring-comprehension/882605/

Monday, October 29, 2012

Monday Mention

My prayers go out to all the people affected by hurricane Sandy, including my nephew, Nathan, and his wife, Becca, in New Jersey.

Sunday, October 28, 2012

Sunday Snack

My cousins, sister and I got together this weekend to crop ("scrapbook" for you civilians).  My cousin, Lori, brought a deliciously sweet spin on Party Mix.  WARNING:  It's highly addictive if you have a sweet tooth like I do!
Graham  Trail Mix

In a large bowl mix:     
6 cups honey graham cereal     
1 cup honey  roasted peanuts
1 cup coarsely chopped pecans

1 cup butter in a 3-quart pan
Stir in:
1 cup firmly  packed light brown sugar
1/4 cup light corn syrup
Bring to boil and boil about 2 minutes.

Pour butter mixture over cereal mix and stir to coat. Spread mix in a single layer onto a lightly-greased aluminum foil-lined jelly roll pan.

Bake for 10 minutes.  Transfer to waxed paper and let cool completely. Break into pieces and mix in 2 cups pretzel sticks and 1 cup M & Ms

Saturday, October 27, 2012

Saturday Salutations

Hello, Ann.  I just noticed you slipped in.  Welcome aboard my little red wagon!  Don't forget to sign up for my posts by email.

Friday Fun

Friday my students and I enjoyed listening to my friend, Sandy, tell us all about butterflies.  She has been       raising them for 30 years and has so much knowledge about these beautiful creatures.  She has a wonderful website where she posts hundreds of her beautiful photographs. Here's an example from her website, http://pbase.com/bfmom.  Thanks so much for coming, Sandy.

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Thursday Things

We just finished our read-aloud, Charlotte's Web, today.  The following sack scenes were carefully created by my 2nd graders.  Boy, were they engaged!  We just used large paper grocery sacks.  I cut a window in each, and they used those scraps to create fence, hay bales, etc.

Here's a close-up of the interior.  You can see Charlotte, made of skinny strips of black paper, dangling in front of the hay.  She's probably talking to Wilbur below her.

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Wednesday Warble

Today the students at my school enjoyed a performance by three members of the Tulsa Opera.  They presented a cute story, "Mooch the Messy," by children's author, Marjorie Sharmat.  I played the part of the mail rat, singing my lines.  Do you suppose I should include this on my resume? 

This was a wonderful experience for the children at my school.  Very few have heard an opera before.  From my vantage point at the front it was fun to observe their faces as they watched with rapt attention.  Even our little PreKs were totally entranced.  I'm thankful Tulsa Opera makes these school visits.

Sunday, October 21, 2012

New Wagoneers!

Welcome aboard, Michele and Heidi.  Glad to have you riding with me on my little red wagon!

Saturday, October 20, 2012

Saturday Snack

Just saw this snack recipe while enjoying watching a favorite Saturday TV show, Oklahoma Gardening.   Besides being healthy, it could be served in many cute ways. Bon appetit!

Fresh Fruit with Cinnamon Yogurt

6 ounces. vanilla low-fat yogurt     
1/2 teaspoon.ground cinnamon
Mix together and set aside.

2 c. prepared fruit, like peeled, cored, sliced apples; peeled, sectioned oranges; stemmed strawberries; peeled, sliced kiwi; pitted, sliced peaches; peeled, chunked bananas; peeled, chunked pears, etc.
1/4 cup 100% orange juice

Put prepared fruit in a bowl Sprinkle with orange juice and toss.  This add flavor and prevents browning of the fruit.  Arrange fruit on 4 pretty saucers.  Scoop dip into a small custard cup for each.  Serves 4.

For a fun treat for kids, skewer the fruit pieces on cute, colorful cocktail stirrers or chopsticks.  Serve each person's dip in small paper party cups.  Turn it into a breakfast treat by adding in strips of French toast.  This is a tasty way to get more fruit into your child's diet. 


Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Wednesday WooHoo

Here's a shout-out to my friend, Michele, who recently entered the blogging world.  Stop by her blog  and leave an encouraging comment.  http://TheFunBarn.blogspot.com       

Tuesday Turnout

I'm so thankful for parents who get involved with their children's education.  We had parent conferences Monday and Tuesday evening.  Every child but one was represented, and hopefully I can hold that one very soon.  Quite a few conferences included both parents.  Children always benefit when parents and teachers  work together.

Monday, October 15, 2012

Monday Milestone

My blog has now passed 1000 views!!  It's fun to check the stats to see where my viewers are:
Australia, Canada, China, Germany, Italy, Japan, Malaysia, Peru, Russia, South Africa, South Korea, Sweden, Tajikistan, United Arab Emirates, United Kindom, and the United States.
Five different continents!

To celebrate I'll give away some pumpkin parts of speech pages I'm using with my 2nd graders this week.  The first three of my Wagoneers (followers) who post a message will receive them.  Please leave an email address where I can send them.

Friday, October 12, 2012

Friday Fun

Pictured below are character maps we made while studying My Name is Yoon.  This is a picture book and one of the selections in our Treasures reader.  They turned out really cute, and my students were impressed with themselves for drawing Yoon so well.

The words (mad, stubborn, and happy) describe how Yoon felt at different points in the story.  They wrote Yoon's name in English on the tag above her head.  On the other side they wrote her name in Korean.

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Thursday Chuckle

My students were amazed when I was telling them about my first class 42 years ago starting out with 36 first graders.  I didn't even have enough desks for all of them.  They were especially amazed that it was sooo long ago!  Two of my girls were still thinking about that long-ago point in time when they came up to me a bit later and asked how old I am.

"As old as dirt," I replied.

They looked at each other with puzzled expressions.  "How old is that?" one of them asked.

I just love second graders!   They make my day.

"That means really old," I told them.

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Wednesday Wish

     My DonorsChoose grant is posted on Sonic Drive-ins Limeades for Learning website.  I need your daily votes, using every email address you have, to get it partially funded. Go to www.LimeadesForLearning.com. Click Find a Project and type in keyword: steeley.  If I get enough votes for funding, my grant will get $600 applied toward the total.            
     Because my grant is for a large amount, it will need donations as well.  Right now DonorsChoose is matching all credit card donations dollar for dollar up to $1,000.  Go to http://www.donorschoose.org/dr.steeley.  Enter PUMPKIN in the "Match or gift code" box on the payment screen when you place your donation.  Click "Apply," and proceed through the donation process. This matching offer is only through October 15!
     If my grant is funded, it will benefit not only my class.  All the kindergarten through third grade teachers at my building will be able to use the assessment materials in the comprehension kit.  We will be able to use it year after year. I will be so grateful for any amount you are able to give.  It is tax deductible as well.

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Wednesday Warble

Following is the song I introduced to my students today.  It helps them learn skip counting by 3s and lays the foundation for multiplying by 3.  Sing it to the tune of
♫♪ Beautiful Dreamer ♪♫
3    6    9    12
15  18  21
24   27  &  30 What fun!

3    6     9    12
15  18   21
24  27 & 30 We're done!

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Thursday Thoughts

I'd never watched anyone die before today, not the last difficult hours.  As my brother said, "Dying is hard work." After a several-years-long, sad dwindling away, my 94-year-old mother was released from her frail body.  Clinically, it's an amazing process the body goes through to prioritize its final functioning.  Emotionally, it is difficult to observe the natural physical progression of death.  The grief of losing my loved one was tempered with the relief of seeing her valiant struggle for each ragged breath give way to peace.

Monday, October 1, 2012

Monday Memory

When the first day of October rolls around, I always think of my grandmother.  Ethel Mae Hankins was born near McMinville, Tennessee on October 1, 1888, 124 years ago.  Years later she moved to Oklahoma where she eventually met and married my grandfather, William Ernest "Ern" Edwards.  The third of their brood of six children was my father, Jack Hankins Edwards.

Grandma was an exquisite cook (without recipes), kept an immaculate house, could crochet faster than I have ever seen, and loved and thoroughly enjoyed her grandchildren. Although she has been gone 44 years, I still enjoy such good memories of her.  Her last living child is my 93-year-old Aunt Tessie.  She reminds me so much of Grandma with her sweet demeanor and her big heart.

I'd love to hear your family stories about your favorite grandparents.  Leave a comment.