Saturday, September 29, 2012


We said goodbye to our Monarch friends last week.  We enjoyed watching them form their chrysalis, emerge and then begin their journey to Mexico.

Before leaving, I was able to feed a few of them.
This one was VERY hungry. :)

While enjoying our monarch caterpillars, our science teacher also found a few of these little guys munching on parsley in our raised beds out back.

Tiger Swallow Tail Caterpillars!

She told us that they will winter in the chrysalis stage and then emerge in the spring.  So cool!  We can't wait to see these beautiful butterflies emerge!
Science Rocks!

Sunday, September 23, 2012

Painted Teacher Stool

After seeing so many cute stool makeovers on Pinterest, I just HAD to make that my summer project.  Here is the basic tutorial I used from Hooty's Homeroom.

I took my regular old classroom stool and sprayed it with a base coat of Krylon primer.  I then sprayed over that with Krylon black gloss.
I did 2 coats of black and then let it dry for 24 hours.   I cut out a fabric circle and using my homemade modge podge:

(Recipe:  50/50 elmer's glue/water  Be careful not to make it too runny)
Thank you Pinterest yet again...

I slathered on a coat on top of the stool.

I then placed the fabric over the top and did two coats of modge podge on top.

(Don't worry.  It dries clear.)

I let that dry for 24 hours and then sprayed the whole thing with a a gloss coat.
Ta da!

I love my new stool!

Friday, September 21, 2012

Monarch Eggs Hatching

My daughter was struck with strep today so while she is resting I can finally pay attention to my badly neglected blog.

This past week we finished up our Back to School Night, this included introducing our new grading system, new online math textbooks, new progress report, and breaking the bombshell that our county has a new abilities test that it is using to help identify AAP students.  Needless to say there were a lot of questions from some pretty overwhelmed parents.  It made for a very long week, so although my poor girl is sick, I was not too upset when I had to take the day off.

On a lighter note, we had three monarch butterflies emerge in our classroom yesterday.  It was very exciting.  We actually do a very large Monarch unit in the spring, but it is always fun to start the year out with these little guys too.  This year my students were able to see some video I captured of a few Monarch eggs actually hatching.   Here is a short video I put together for it.

I am always amazed at how small they are!
Hope you have a wonderful fall weekend!

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

9/11: We're Still Standing

I forget each year just how much time the beginning of school takes up.  My little blog defintely was put on the back burner these past 2 weeks!

However, on a day like today, I just have to take a moment to remember the terrible series of events 11 years ago.  My post last year said much of what I personally felt/experienced on that day.  You can read about it HERE

This year, I just wanted to share a poem I saw that was written by a student named Hannah Schoechert.  She was in 7th grade at the time.  I thought her poem beautifully captured the emotions of that day.

We're Still Standing

Those twin towers
Standing tall with pride,
Fell with grieving hearts.
Stunned, America cried.

But we’re still standing.

Bin Laden tried
To crush our land,
But we stood our ground
With our flag in hand.

And we’re still standing.

Red for valor
And the blood that fell.
White for purity
Our heroes tell.
Blue for the justice
That will be done,
Proving once more
These colors don’t run.

And we’re still standing.