Saturday, March 30, 2013

Solemn Saturday

On this night more than 2,000 years ago the family and followers of Jesus were consumed with grief.  They didn't realize what was going to take place in the morning that would change the course of human history. 

I hope you will plan to be in your place of worship tomorrow to celebrate Christ's resurrection.  Get up early enough to make the following rolls for breakfast.  (Photo from

1 can of crescent roll dough    8 large marshmallows (or one for each roll you’ll be making) 
Melted butter                          
Cinnamon sugar

Read John 19 while the oven is preheating to 350.  Unroll the crescent rolls and place on a rimmed baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Explain that this is like the cloth they wrapped Jesus in.

Give your child a marshmallow and explain that it represents Jesus, all white and pure because He was without sin.

Roll the marshmallows in the melted butter. This symbolizes the embalming oils.

Roll the marshmallows in the cinnamon sugar. This is like the spices used to prepare his body for burial.

Wrap the marshmallow in the crescent roll cloth, pinching the dough together securely. This represents how they wrapped Jesus’ body.

Put the rolls in the oven (symbolizing the tomb) and bake for 12 minutes.  While the rolls are baking, read John 20:1-18.

Open the tomb and remove the rolls. When they’re cool enough to handle, break one open and discover what happened to the marshmallow.  

JESUS IS RISEN!  Happy Easter!

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Tuesday Thoughts

Have you heard about the Sandy Hook ducks?  It is a wonderful and therapeutic activity their resource officer began to help the children of Sandy Hook Elementary School begin to heal.  Watch this video to get the back story.  Check out their Facebook page for some ducky pics.

Because I like to involve my students in real-world ways of helping others, I ordered rubber duckies from Oriental Trading so my class could participate.  Each child wrote his/her name on the bottom of a duck.  We enclosed the following pictures and a class letter to let them know about our school.  I hope you'll think about involving your children as well.

Reading Ducks to Sandy Hook students from us with love.
Ready to mail.  (Sorry, I can't get the pic to turn right side up.)
Our ducks like to read on the playground.  Our school was built in 1938.

Here's the address in case you want to participate.
Ducks of Sandy Hook
261 S. Main St. Box # 312
Newtown CT. 06470

Monday, March 25, 2013

Welcome Wagon

Hello there, Teresa.  So happy to have you join the rest of my Wagoneers! Hopefully, they will all follow you back to your blog, 2nd Grade Pig Pen.  There are lots of good ideas to be found there!

Sunday, March 24, 2013

Sunday Summary

Spring break is rapidly drawing to a close.  It has been a very-needed 10 days off.  I haven't set the world on fire with the things I've needed to accomplish.  However, I'll share some of   a few of the things I did.


1. Rest.  Nuff said!!
2. Had a pleasant lunch out with my kids and grandson one day.
3. Enjoyed a 3-day crop with my cousins.
4. Painted my soon-to-be finished craft room.
5. Trolled many interesting and helpful blogs, printing off tons of freebies.  Time for more printer ink!!
6. Worked on lesson plans. 
7. Made a BIG pot of my 10 Can Soup to eat on through the week. I submitted my recipe to  Gooseberry Patch in 2010.  The other day they sent me an email saying they are going to use it in a camping cookbook that will come out next year!

Saturday, March 23, 2013

Friday Fess-Up

Due to yucky weather, we postponed our trip. Soooo, I'm home to update you on my truths and prevarication. 

1.  Yes, I have ridden a camel in Egypt.  In 2000 I went on a mission trip with another lady to Cairo to help a Christian school for Sudanese refugee children.  During a weekend outing, we rode camels and that night watched a laser light show depicting the history of Egypt beamed against the pyramids at Giza.  The graphic does a good job showing how rough the ride was!!

2. No, I do not have twin grandsons.  I only have one dear grandson, who keeps my son and daughter-in-law very busy.  This is a long-ago picture of my little cowboy, who's now 8.  Don't you love his curls?

3. Yes, I've recently been blessed with a state award for elementary teaching.

Those of you who posted guesses, thanks for playing along.

Thursday, March 21, 2013

Welcome Wagon

Hi, Sandi.  So glad this linky brought you all the way here from Canada to join my wagon train.  However did you pick the cute blog  name Rubber Boots and Elf Shoes?  In just a quick peek at your blog, I gleaned many good ideas I want to try out.

OK, Wagoneers and Wagon Watch, roll on over to her blog and check it out.  Wagons, ho-o-o!!

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Wednesday Wonder

This first day of spring began with a light frost on the ground and new life in the pasture, a little buckskin boy.

Mama's on guard - Note the pinned ears warning me not to  get too close.

Getting sleepy in the warm sun

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Tuesday Tadaaa!!

I guess this is a week of firsts for me.  I'm having fun joining my first linky.  Now I'm going to attempt to post my first freebie. Hope it works so I won't have to walk the plank!  Please be so kind as to leave me a comment with some feedback.

After seeing Mary's Secret Treasure freebie on her blog, Pitner's Potpourri, I was inspired to make some pirate money to go with it.  If you're now in the mood for more pirate treasure, matey, check out her TPT and Teacher Notebook shops.

Pirate Bucks

Welcome Wagon

A great big HOWDY to my three new Wagoneers, who found me via my first linky!  There's Julie at Owl See You in Third Grade, Terri at The First Grade Princess, and Hilary at Second Grade is Out of this World!

Hope all my other Wagoneers and Wagon Watchers will roll on over to these three terrific blogs where you'll find some great ideas.

Monday, March 18, 2013

First Linky Party

This is the first time I've tried joining a linky party.  I hope I do it right.  If so, I'm very happy to have you visit my little red wagon.  Browse around and find an idea or two!

Here are my facts and fiction:

1.  I've ridden a camel in Egypt.

2.  My DS and DIL have twin 8-year-old boys.

3.  I won a state award for teaching.

Leave me a comment and feel free to become one of my followers.  Tune in Monday to find out which statement above  is fiction and which are facts.  I would do it Friday, but I'll be on a brief vacation with some folks (above) near and dear to my heart.  

Once you've looked around my blog and commented, visit the two folks who linked up before you and browse around their blogs, leaving them a comment and/or becoming a follower.  You'll want to also click on LaToya's linky above to visit her cute blog.

Finally, copy the linky badge above to post on your own blog and link it back to my blog. 

Now, let's keep this party 


Thursday, March 14, 2013

Thankful Thursday

I'm thrilled to announce my DonorsChoose grant, 
F-ANT-tastic Science,
was fully funded this evening!!!!!!

Soon I'll have goodies arriving for my Learning Gardeners.  They're going to LOVE it!!  We're getting an ant farm, lots of nonfiction ant books, a document camera for viewing, and a heavy-duty stapler for all the stories and reports they'll be writing.  Thank you, thank you, thank you, donors!!!!

Another blessing is the DonorsChoose gift card one of my now-grown-former-fourth-graders sent me!  Thank you, dear lady! You're as thoughtful now as you were when you were in my class!!

Welcome Wagon

Hello, Wadswob.  I'm so glad you joined my wagon train! Please introduce yourself and feel free to link your blog.  How did you run across my little red wagon?  Hope you find a few ideas here you can use in your classroom.

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Wednesday WooHoo

Three of my students have already earned their 100 point award shirts.  The race is on among my other competitive students to reach that goal.  Keep reading, Learning Gardeners!!

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Tuesday Topic

We're finishing the last bit of work on our rainforest unit.  Below is the display of their mosaic parrots.  They liked making the twisted-paper vines they used to frame frame their masterpieces. 

This is parent conference week.  Our PTO is sponsoring an art contest/fund raiser and have posted a display of each class's projects as they did ours below.  When parents come for conference, they may purchase their child's piece of artwork for $1.  Our halls look so pretty right now with a wide variety of projects.  It's really a simple fund-raising idea that doesn't require a tremendous amount of work.  It doesn't raise a lot, but every little bit helps in a Title 1 school!


All four of our second grade classes used the materials from my colleague, Samantha's, rainforest unit.  They have really enjoyed everything we've done and have been so excited that many have done research on their own at home on the computer.  Check out this unit in her  TPT store, Camp Learn S'More.