Friday, August 29, 2014

Rainbow Day

I received this lovely thank you from a former student. Isn't the little book cute, with its arrow directing where to open it? So even though it's not a proper Rainbow, I'll still count it.



These small rubber-band bracelets were quite the thing this year. The student who gave me this one obviously knows how much I love Rainbows.


We did Tangram puzzles for each letter of the alphabet. S for Snake. 


I need to find a purple clothespin.



It's easy to be a Rainbow in our class. Just put on the headband.


Looks like I need to find a purple straw, too.


At least the tiles have all the correct Rainbow colors.





Sunday, August 24, 2014

Doctor De Soto: Dentist to the Animals

Doctor De Soto is a mouse. And a dentist. He treats all animals except those who would like a little mouse snack after their dental treatment. 



Mrs. De Soto helps out with the larger animals and she convinces Doctor De Soto to treat a fox with a toothache.


This isn't looking like a good idea. Do you think Mr. Fox is starting to salivate? Oh, Doctor De Soto! What have you gotten yourself into?

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Dull Tree to Interesting Tree

This picture of trees is a bit flat, no?


With a little bit of light, we can improve that.



Some highlighting . . . even better.


We could make it look cold.


Or tilt it so it's straight.


But I like it best this way . . . wondering what world we'd find if we walked through these mystical trees to the other side.

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Continued Backpacking in Italy

I loved Venice so much. The gondolas were amazing. And the buildings are so beautiful. It's a very exciting place to visit and no need to worry about cars.



Venice is not just water. This is St. Mark's Square.


Speaking of beautiful buildings, the Duomo in Florence is pretty fancy, isn't it?


Another quite fascinating place in Italy is Pompeii. This is the courtyard of a rich person's house.


You can see Mount Vesuvius in the background.


And more clearly here.

Image by Morn the Gorn

At noon on August 24, 79 A.D., Mount Vesuvius exploded. Volcanic ash and pumice stones showered onto Pompeii. Many occupants fled, but about 2,000 people stayed and were killed on August 25 by a toxic gas cloud that suffocated them. The bodies were covered with ash that hardened, preserving their bodies. 

Pompeii was not excavated until 1748. Just thinking about what it must have been like for the people living there when the volcano erupted is heartbreaking.


Let's leave Italy on a lighter note with the fabulous Leaning Tower of Pisa.


Good thing restoration work has been done to keep the tower from falling over!

Image by Saffron Blaze

Sunday, August 10, 2014

More From My Creative Artists

When I gave writing assignments to my first-grade students, they always illustrated their stories. This one was from a book report about a frog.


We did an assignment about penguins. I love looking at the different ways the students drew the penguins.


The babies are so cute!



This is one lucky penguin, to have a diamond and live in a castle.


Captions identify Mom and Dad.


Sometimes a student would write a little book for me. Those are always very special.




No wonder I love my job so much.

Friday, August 1, 2014

Creative Artists

One of my favorite things is seeing the creativity in children's artwork. Even though my students started this year at 4 years old, I still found their art delightful. 

How could you not love the wonderful smiles in this picture?


A very tall woman with a very tall pumpkin.


Happy children with scant, though fashionable, hair.


One of my students loved bugs. He included some in every picture.


This tiny girl watering a giant flower is adorable.



Such imagination! I love it.