Sunday, September 29, 2013

Sunday Survey

A cloudless azure sky.  Perfect temperature--not too cool, not too warm.  Sunlight streaming through not-yet turning leaves. Wanting to spend some quality time taking in this fall serenity from my patio.

Realizing *sigh* my lesson plans won't create themselves. Back to the computer I go.

Now, tell me about your Sunday afternoon.

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Favorite Play Dough Recipe

A friend requested this trusty recipe.  Hope you find it useful too.  Make sure you don't have anyone with a wheat allergy using this play dough, though.

Traditional Play Dough
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 cup warm water
  • 2 teaspoons cream of tartar
  • 1 teaspoon oil
  • 1/4 cup salt
  • paste or liquid food coloring
Mix all ingredients, adding food coloring last. (If you use liquid craft paint for coloring, plan to reduce by equal amounts the water you add at the beginning.)
Stir over medium heat until smooth. Remove from pan and knead until blended smooth. Work in more flour if dough is sticky.  Place in plastic bag when cooled.

Saturday, September 14, 2013

Saturday Survey

The new school year is chugging right along.  I feel blessed to have 19 sweet 2nd grade cherubs here in Coweta, Oklahoma where kids started school on August 15.  Would love to hear from others.  


Please leave your info as per my example, including your name and blog link.  Then invite 2 other blog friends to join this poll.


19     2nd     Coweta, OK     8-15-13



Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Remembering 9-11-01

Click HERE to see pictures of the National 9/11 Memorial

On this twelfth anniversary of a nation-changing event I want to recall the myriad acts of selflessness made by so many that day.  I do not want to even mention the evil entities connected with that day lest anyone of that ilk feels venerated.  

Of course the first responders, some of whom gave all, are to be praised again.  Many news stories and photos of the events of that day showed survivors helping survivors-often strangers to each other.  So many, many people across the nation reached out to help in whatever ways they could in that time of national heartbreak and long afterwards.  

Political bickering and petty differences were set aside for a while in the halls of Congress.  For a brief time they pulled together for the common good of our wounded nation.  Too soon they returned, though, to politics as usual.


Americans flocked to churches for peace and solace and  answers to questions for which there were no good answers.  Sadly, it didn't take long for numbers of these seekers to drift away.  However, many, many other church members remain ready to stand in the gap for those in need.

It is this I want to remember:  the good that came about as a result of those acts of evil.  This date is a time for every American to take stock of the way our nation is headed.  It is a time for our people to search their hearts to make sure we impact our personal spheres of influence with the same intensity of goodness demonstrated by Americans from coast to coast that dark day and in the months the months followed.  It shouldn't take a national calamity to bring that about.  It is our responsibility as Americans.

Saturday, September 7, 2013

Great Site

Wanting to find more teacher blogs at your grade level or subject area?  Be sure to go to Fern Smith's blog.  There are about 500 blogs posted there.  You should be able to locate just what you're looking for.