He's getting so big, but tonight he wanted me to rock him. And to teach his daddy the "hey, hey pretty baby" song because "daddy needs to practice." After 5 days of fever his sister is finally a little better, but he succumbed tonight. I love how snugly he is when he's sick, but oh, I wish the cough and fever would go away! He's pitiful, and we need a break!
I don't post much about work here, but after today I feel like shouting to the rooftops!! Last night the #geearsbustour arrived in our little town. Educators and stakeholders from around the state, but mostly Atlanta, came to see the good work that these ladies and their colleagues are doing at our school. I was so proud to show them off, and even more proud to be part of their team. Scroll through to see what the back of their shirts say. That pretty much sums us up. @tonilanneau@laurieherrington#readrightfromthestart#ccpkrocks#ilovemyjob#teachersoftheyear
A few weeks ago we received a happy little package in the mail. We won this amazing giveaway from @livieandluca and @moseyhandmade The crown is beautiful, and these are our favorite, favorite shoes because they go with EVERYTHING. We've had at least four sizes of the gold. Thank you so much!! We love, love, love our prize! Scroll through for outtakes. You know she won't let me get a real picture! Words: DELIGHTED, THRILLED, ASTONISHED
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I've had my eye on these stepping stones that I've seen used for occupational therapy. They are really cool, but they're also really expensive, and I haven't been able to justify buying them. I'm so glad I didn't! Upside down plastic flower pots work pretty well! They are fairly wobbly so they are a good gross motor workout- great for balance and coordination. He was so proud! Words: BALANCE, CAUTIOUS, SUCCESSFULLY Is there a big ticket item on your wish list? Have you found a less expensive alternative?
Magnetic letters and @magnatiles. We built tall towers and then rescued the letters with the fire truck. For children who don't recognize all of their letters yet, limit the letters to some they know and some they don't, and relate those letters to something or someone meaningful. Words: RESCUE, COLLAPSE, CAUTIOUS
It's been a while since I've posted an introduction, and there are a lot of new followers, so here goes! I'm Salley and here are five really random things you might not know about me!
I don't have a middle name. None of the women on my mother's side do. My husband's mother and grandmother don't, so of course, we didn't give our daughter one either!
I love data- collection, analysis, tracking. Spreadsheets make me ridiculously happy. Especially spreadsheets that show unbelievable amounts of student growth. This is such an exciting time of year for me!! My favorite course in college was the ONE elective I had- art history.
I am INFJ. I've struggled a lot since having children with having enough time to introvert (that's a verb, right?), and I'm still working on that. I'm a much better mama when I do.
if I hadn't gone into education, I definitely would have done something with food. I could spend all day in the kitchen and be blissfully happy! I'd love to hear more about y'all! Introduce yourselves in the comments. Photo cred: Miss 5, this afternoon
Super simple invitation to create. It's amazing how just putting the paper on the wall changes the experience! I think I'll hang it vertically next time and provide stools. Words/ phrases: VERTICAL, SURFACE, NEGATIVE SPACE
Happy Easter to you and yours! We hope you had a wonderful day!
The results of our egg experiment- details in our stories. Words for the experience: PREDICT, INGREDIENTS, PIGMENT. These are the pretty ones. From top to bottom: onion skin, turmeric, purple cabbage, and beet. Scroll for the not-so-insta-worthy failures. I did not plan ahead for this, so I was expecting some. The spinach/ spirulina and the grape juice did NOT work. Oh well. Happy Easter friends!
Quick little alphabet Easter Egg hunt for the three year old. Sister is doing a spelling egg hunt, and I've linked an Easter egg phoneme blending activity in my profile. Why didn't I get out the plastic eggs earlier? The possibilities are endless! Felt letters are from the @targetsdollarspot
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Favorite. Easter book. Ever. The Country Bunny, published in 1939, was so ahead of its time. As a child I loved the story and the illustrations, and my children are captivated by both. As a mother I appreciate the underlying messages of anti- racism and feminism. You see, there are really five Easter bunnies. One of whom is a little brown girl bunny who never let go of her dreams. Also #workingmomgoals If only I could train my children so well! Written by DuBose Heyward and illustrated by Marjorie Hack. Are you familiar? What's your favorite Easter book?
It's #nationalsiblingday How awesome is this picture of me and my little sister and my grandmother and her little sister? And how funny that each set of sisters is dressed alike- intentionally or not! And how NOT funny that we didn't take a single picture of us together this weekend? We had so much fun celebrating. She has the best friends because she is the best one! @amandanmn You're going to need a new insta handle soon!
Our irises, picked from a creek at the river, have been going strong all week. I love bringing a piece of the river home with us. These have almost bloomed out, but the palmettos are still going strong! #palmettosaremyfavoriteflower
We're so happy with our outdoor chalkboard! Besides being lots of fun, there are so many benefits to drawing (or painting) on a vertical surface- gross motor skills, spatial awareness, and bilateral coordination to name a few! Our chalkboard still needs a frame, but we couldn't wait to get started! Do you have an outdoor play space? What is your favorite element?
This was one determined little violet. She pushed her way toward the light out from under a huge (comparatively) piece of bark. Last year we found enough violets to candy, but not this year. That's really the fun of the seasons and the woods. It's never exactly the same, and you never know what you'll find. Or what little lesson you'll learn. Today's lesson: perseverance.
This one is going in a frame! Watercolor is Miss 5's absolute favorite medium, and she's learning so control it, layering the paint to get the effect she wants. Watching her move from exploratory strokes to deliberate ones is so much fun!
My grandmother made these sweaters for my sister and me when we were little. The river was hers, and that makes this picture even more special to me. I was determined to get a good shot. I'm not proud of it, but bribery was involved. It was so foggy and dark. I'm amazed any of the pictures turned out. I'm so thankful they did. Thank goodness for the @acolorstory app!
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In process. I've been trying to get this project to happen all weekend. Seems I'm the only one interested beyond this step. The idea was to use the rubber cement resist technique I've posted about before and add some shimmery gold. I've learned we don't have the patience for all that. At least not at the river. Vocabulary: RESIST, TECHNIQUE, and if we ever get there... SHIMMER
Good night sweet insta friends! We hope your weekend was as beautiful as ours was!
It's a mud kitchen morning! Grandmama @annemking2 made our first mud kitchen at the river. It's so much cuter than ours at home! I need to do a mud kitchen blog post, but for now- here are some pictures! Isn't it adorable?
It was a beautiful day for a boat ride!
Bed presents are a family tradition for us. I remember going to my grandmother's house as a little girl- there was always a bed present. Something small that told us how much she was looking forward to our visit. Check out Miss 5's bed present, waiting for her when she arrived at the river! Her brother had a train set. I wish I could have captured his face. Complete and total joy!
One more (half) day until spring break! We can't wait to be in our happy place. It's been too long. My mother took this picture in the fall. He's grown so much since then! Where is your happy place?
Running and rolling down a hill in party dresses. Oh to be a little girl! I have to admit, I kind of wanted to join them. Looking at this picture makes me wish I had.
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Can I please have this as wallpaper? The dogwoods couldn't be any prettier than they are right now. And that sky. Have you ever seen anything so blue? #nofilternecessary
I cooked tonight in our outdoor "kitchen" ( a work in progress) see our story. Desperately hoping I can start cooking outside more often. I hate calling the children in so I can cook. A snacky supper is a weekly thing around here. Not that they're all bad. Anatomy of a snacky supper: protein, fruit, vegetables, nuts, and something sweet. I try to consider the rainbow when I assemble the "meal." This one is leftover chicken nuggets, blackberries, pineapple, sugar snap peas, pickled raddish, peppitas, peanut butter with pretzels, and dark chocolate. What's your favorite dinner when you're short on time?
We met our sweet, sweet neighbor yesterday. We have been waiting for so long and she's finally HERE!! Scroll through for some seriously excited familiar faces. Note the grubby little hand in the third picture. He looooooves her! We all do!
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A rainbow meal. Not a traditional St. Patrick's day meal, but Korean works too, right?! Recipe on the blog! #bibimbap#myfavorite
Joining in the #greenstack of books fun with @hereweeread Just in time for #stpatricksday Two shelves of (mostly) green books. Plus the two we read tonight- favorites from the green shelf.
I JUST reorganized all of our books because they were a HOT mess. The children just threw them haphazardly on the shelves and we had no sense of order. I decided to organize the books by spine color, and it's working really well. The books may not be organized in a way that makes sense to me, but the system works for the children. If you want books to be accessible, that's what matters. Years and years ago I used a label system in my kindergarten classroom so kids could find and put books back in the correct tub. It worked like a charm. There was a small label on the book and a corresponding identical label on the basket. You can see the small label on the book- Stand Tall Molly Lou Melon. It belonged in the "Bid Idea" basket because it is a great book for teaching "the big idea" or theme.
Shortcut is another favorite from my teaching days- one of Donald Crews's lesser known books. The simple text is perfect for teaching foreshadowing, and it's a fantastic mentor text for writing instruction.
What did you read tonight? #shelfie
As we set up our playroom/studio, I'm trying to make sure I leave room for some mama play too. Maybe, just maybe I'll do some painting. Or something creative besides cook. This "palette" is an old magazine. I tend to pile the paint on pretty thick- this way the used magazine page can be thrown away or cut up and used for another project... Any ideas??
Knee deep in clover. They ran through it, rolled in it, and tripped over it. Nobody was patient enough to look for the four leaf variety. The simple, magical joys of childhood!
There's something about the light lately... Here's another shadow play moment- with Grandmama. I'm so excited for daylight savings time this weekend. More time for outdoor play!
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