Saturday, 22 June 2013

My Work Here is Done and a Few Great Giveaways!

It was my last day of school yesterday and it was truly an emotional day. I connected to my class this year like never before and I'm still not sure why the bond was so strong. I have thought and thought about this and I keep coming back to the same thing, the L word. Probably the most powerful word ever - LOVE. When I first started teaching I was so busy trying to be a good Mommy cause my daughter was so young then and struggling with all the kids who were so needy at school that I could never find the right balance. Now that my daughter is all grown up, the balance has shifted and I connect to my classroom kids in a different way and for the first time in a long time, I just don't want to give them to the Grade 2 teacher, I want to keep them. I looked around the other morning and they were all so intent on what they were doing. One of them looked up and asked how you spell the word "written" and they all chimed in with the right spelling and then one of them pointed out that you can find that word on just about any story book cover and I had a huge lump in my throat. I have it now while I'm writing this. But I'm happy and proud to hand them over to the next teacher. I truly feel that my work here is done. And in a few months, I will begin again....we'll see what the next group brings. As always, I am hopeful. Really hopeful cause I am going from having 12 kids to 23 next year. DOUBLE Gulp!

From one emotional story to another, my blogger friend Lisa from Learning is Something to Treasure is having a Kindness of Our Hearts Giveaway on her blog. All donations from this giveaway will go to her friend and 1st grade teammate Kathy. Kathy was severely injured in an accident while towing her beloved horse in a trailer behind her. She is now recovering in the ICU, but sadly her beautiful horse was killed in the crash. For a $20 donation, you get a fabulous bundle of products and at the same time, get to help Kathy and her family. Hoping that she gets well soon. You can check it out on the pic below.
One last Giveaway from my blogger friend Corinna, who is always worth checking out. This is her 300th follower giveaway and it's huge! Only one more day to enter!

Saturday, 15 June 2013

Field Trips and a Pout Pout Fish Giveaway!

5 Days left! If you read between the lines you should be able to feel my excitement! I am still slacking off with the rules and I like it. This is how they decided to work the other day.

Yesterday, we went on an amazing trip to the Biodome and had the best day. Here's the thing about Field Trips. We went to visit animals in their pseudo natural habitat and yet my kids are completely out of their natural classroom habitat and they end up acting a bit animal like, if you know what I mean. The animals themselves were actually quite calm, the kids were wild. On the bus ride back, I thought they might actually nap a bit, but nope they were wired. Eventually I realized I couldn't beat em, so I had to join em. 

OK - there were a few nappers.

Onto the Giveaway! I just finished up an Ocean unit - so much fun! The Pout Pout Fish was a huge part of the fun, so I wanted to give you the chance to win this! Isn't it cute?! Pout Pout is sooooo soft - you will love it! Just enter the rafflecopter below to win the Pout Pout toy and Book and Good Luck!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Sunday, 2 June 2013

June Currently, Rules - Who Needs Em and a Field Day Freebie

I'm linking up with Farley for the Currently this month, head on over to her blog, I'd love to know what you are Currently up to...

I'm still in school. Yep. 15 more days. I actually know how many teaching hours too. Bad I know! 
And what always happens to me at the end of a school year is, of course, happening again. I start to completely abandon  lighten up on the rules. Just slightly. I can't help myself. Here are my reasons and I can defend each one.
1. I'll never have this class again.
2. It's REALLY hot in my room.
3. I LOVE my kids and want to have fun with them.
4. It's HOT in my room!!!
So, the other day, we were in the middle of a Pout Pout Fish activity and I told my kids we were going to paint the fish right away. Their response: Well, what about our morning work? I told them we were skipping it today. Then, one of them said to me: You mean we are painting right now first thing in the morning? Me: Yes! I turned back to the board and I heard - I love you Miss. Music to my ears. And so we painted. With our shoes off, of course.

The Pout Pout Fish is such a sweet story and there is so much you can do with it. I've been using Deanna Jump's unit cause she has such amazing and easy ideas. 
This is my Pout Pout desk
Since I do only have 15 days left,  here is my Field Day Freebie. You can use it before the Field Day or after.  Even if you don't have a Field Day, you can still use it. Just click on the pic.

Saturday, 1 June 2013

Booking Across Canada with Please Louise

Hi there! I'm linking up with Reading with Miss D for the Booking Across Canada Party.
Basically, I am supposed to share a book that is representative of my province. Quebec, BTW:) So, here it is...BUT, it is more of an author who represents my province. Her name is 
Marie Louise Gay
   and these are just a few of her amazing books.

She is a fantastic author and illustrator, who was born in Quebec City and now lives in Montreal. My absolute favourite of all of her books is Please Louise.

Why I Like It: When school first begins and I get a batch of new firsties, I am dealing with so many things. I know I don't have to explain this to you, you get me. And once things start rolling along and I feel that my kids are ready to go a bit deeper into the books I read to them and maybe begin some kind of connecting, I use Please Louise. I use it because it is a sure fire connect book for any kid. I haven't met a kid yet that could not connect to this book. My kids are also french speaking, so the fact that they are able to get this story in both languages from me and from the French teacher is an added bonus. It is complete understanding for them.

The Story: This is the story of an older brother and younger sister who don't always live harmoniously together. Imagine! Louise bugs her older brother, Jake so much that he just eventually wishes she would go away. It becomes a lesson in - be careful what you wish for- and ends more than happily. I LOVE it.
If it is not part of your classroom library yet, it is so worth it. You won't be disappointed. Marie Louise Gay is actually the illustrator in Please Louise. Although it is my favourite, all of her books sit on the shelf of honour in my classroom. I am truly a fan and always will be. That fact that she's from Quebec, well...that I am just extra proud of.
Have a great week!