I really like knowing what my last day of the month picture is going to be and I enjoy playing around with collage maker in Picasa 3. This month flew by. I notice that there are fewer flower pictures this month and there is LOTS of green too.
Saturday, May 30, 2009
Kind of neat the way water will ball up into round little droplets....I have learned much this year through professional development as to why it does that. But sometimes one just needs to appreciate the beauty of natural phenomenon and not get bogged down in details.
Friday, May 29, 2009
He is so fascinated by "Rolly Pollies." Every time we enter or leave the garage area he must search them out and capture a handful to show me...I am glad he isn't afraid of the them any longer and enjoys the search. Plus, he is willing to catch and release so "they can be with their families." He is growing into a good steward.
We toured Blanchard Springs Caverns yesterday. After hearing the park ranger, Mom, and Dad say don't touch, the Little Guy finally got to touch a piece of the cave. It was really funny hearing him explain the difference between stalagtites and stalagmites. He couldn't quite get his tongue wrapped around the words. Finally, ended up saying "lagmites and lagtites." I love being a mom!
Friday, May 22, 2009
Driving home yesterday afternoon, I noticed that this farmer at least had put in some rice. We have had the wettest May on record and those crops requiring a long growing season are at risk of not having enough time to reach maturity. I am glad that my lively-hood doesn't rely on this risky business anymore. Though, I do miss working in the fields in the spring....
Today and tomorrow I will be listening to & watching several presentations of others' EETT grants. I was fortunate last fall to have received a $150,000 technology grant for my school. The presentations are being held in this building.
Sunday, May 17, 2009
If you have never observed a milkweed plant up close you really should. The petal curve way back away from the central portions of the flower. And yes, the Monarch butterflies really love these as a host plant. Hopefully, in a few weeks I will be blessed with finding a crysalis and some caterpillars. Keep your fingers crossed.
Monday, May 11, 2009
On Mother's Day, we went out to eat and played outside. The little guy discovered this snail crawling on the deck. I love seeing the world through his eyes. I feel blessed to have him and hope to always remember to show awe in his discoveries.
Saturday, May 9, 2009
Today my son's daycare had a tea party in celebration of Mother's Day. They gave us kisses in a spoon, a card in which he had written "I love you!", and a cupcake. My favorite was the silhouette of my son. His teacher is very creative and knows moms as well. I love that she took the time to make the celebration so very special. And of course being the softy that I am I cried when "C" gave me my gifts.
Wednesday, May 6, 2009
Today was my final meeting with the science coaches and I decided to join the elementary/middle school teachers in their exploration of hydrophobic/hydrophylic substances. Our final activity was to make modified lava lamps. Awesome! Put some water and some vegetable oil in a bottle, add 10 drops of food coloring and drop in pieces of alka-seltzer. Again, awesome I am going to show this to my students tomorrow. Can't wait for their reactions.
One of the little guy's favorite things to play with is sidewalk chalk. Today, we covered most of the sidewalk with chalk but he didn't want me to do anything just watch him. It has been a truly amazing to watch his skills develop as he has grown.
Monday, May 4, 2009
Another plant my grandmother gave me a start to is this Hen and Chicks. It is a succulent that lives in an old cast iron kettle that sits on my deck. I have never seen it flower but it is a prolific reproducer. Tiny little "chicks" form within the leaves of the "hen." These can be broken off and passed to someone else quite successfully.
Sunday, May 3, 2009
Saturday, May 2, 2009
The assignment was to use any of a number of possible media forms to create a presentation that could be shared with lower grades. This is just one example of what the students ended up doing. I cannot even begin to express how proud I am of their accomplishments. Please visit the class wiki later to view other examples. I have also posted the instructions and rubric on the school webpage. Please feel free to use my idea and modify it to fit your needs.