Christmas in 4R 2015

December is such a crazy month, with preparations for Christmas concerts and programs, adjusted schedules, and weekend commitments.  It’s nice once the dust settles to look back at all the fun we had around Christmas time in our school.  🙂

We did everything from sharing candy canes with cars in the parking lot to Christmas programs full of angels and shepherds, Christmas parties to art projects.  Below are some pictures to show what we’ve been up to at Christmas time in 4R!

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I’ll leave you with one last picture from my Christmas celebration with my family.  Merry Christmas to you, and God’s blessings as we start a New Year!!

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Merry Christmas 2014

Being that it’s Christmas Break, I thought, what better topic to blog about today than our Christmas festivities!!  I would like to share what we were up to during the month of December to celebrate the Christmas season, and I’d also like to share a few snapshots of my time at home with my family.

Early in the month, we had our annual Christmas ornament workshop.  Both 4th grade classes combined to make different ornaments and Christmas decorations at different stations.  Half the class worked on these projects while the other half did an additional Greek Mythology activity in the other 4th grade room.  Halfway through our time, the groups switched.  It was great to have moms and grandmas involved with our ornament making!  Thank you to all our amazing volunteers!IMG_1268

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This December, I found a printable calendar online that had a different “Random Act of Kindness” for each day of the month.  One of the days said to “Candy Cane Bomb a Parking Lot”…so we decided to spread some holiday cheer and do just that.  It was a lot of fun to sneak candy canes onto every car in the school and church parking lot one morning.

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The final week of school leading up to break saw MANY fun activities and preparations.  We were busy preparing for Christmas programs…

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…spending time with our Kindergarten Book Buddies…and eating lots of sugar in the process…

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…and finally, enjoying ourselves at our class Christmas party!!

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After a crazy, stressful, jam-packed 3 weeks of December fun, it was nice to come home to my family in Wisconsin.  We had time on Christmas Eve with extended family, and have enjoyed many hours of game-playing, food eating, and family bonding.  We will cap it all off with our annual family board game tournament in a few days on New Year’s Eve, and then it will soon be back to Indiana and back to the daily grind.

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May you all have restful, safe, and merry Christmas breaks, and I pray you all keep in mind the true reason for the season.  Merry Christmas, and Happy New Year!!

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Like all good things…

…summer, too, must come to an end.

It has been a wonderful summer break! I had the opportunity to spend just over 3 weeks with my family in June and July. We spent much of our time in Wisconsin, but also took a family road trip to Washington, DC for a few days.

Here are a few highlights from our vacation adventure:

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But alas, like all good things, even summer must come to an end at some point.  But that means that the excitement of school starting up again soon is upon us!!  I’ve been hard at work getting things ready for the new 4R Class of 2014-2015!!  A few new updates and changes to our room, along with some returning favorite things.

Here are a few pictures of our room for the year:

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Ready for a great new school year!  Bring it on!!  🙂

Summer Travels

Well, this teacher’s summer travels are finished for another year.  Back in town and sneaking back into the classroom to begin some projects and start getting ready for the new school year!

I posted a few weeks ago about my roadtrip to Maryland, so I thought I’d share a few pictures from my other travels this summer as well.

I stopped in Chicago on my way to Wisconsin to spend the day with another college friend, Emily. We decided to try out another hot dog place that we had never been to before (and believe me, we’ve hit quite a few of those in our years in the Chicago area!!).

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It is called Hot Doug’s, and they have quite the interesting menu.  There are all sorts of sausages named after celebrities, the “game of the week” (it was alligator sausages while we were there) and other fancy specialty sausages as well.

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The traditional, Chicago-style hot dog.  If you order one, don’t you dare ask for ketchup!

After lunch there, we wandered around downtown Chicago, took in some of our favorite sites, and munched on more yummy goodies (including the amazing Giordano’s Chicago-style pizza!).

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Fun day in Chicago with a very fun person.  Love ya, Em!

Time in Wisconsin was spent with family.  We celebrated the 4th of July with yummy goodies, a good old-fashioned Sheboygan brat fry, a 2-mile race with my aunt and cousins, parade, and fireworks.

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My cousin’s first race, and she did awesome!

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Family photo at the parade (it was a little sunny, haha).

We did a few other family fun things while I was home.  A day trip to Green Bay to visit the zoo and Lambeau Field, a 11-mile bike ride to a local state park, and mini-golf to celebrate my brother’s birthday.

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Me and my mom, or a couple of penguins?

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Lambeau Field…Go Pack Go!!

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This was after the ride TO the park.  Notice there is no picture of how we felt after the ride BACK from the park.  🙂

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We played two games of golf.  I did not win either game.

There are still a few weeks of summer left, but they are always filled with eagerness to get back in the classroom and start gearing up for another year.  I hope you all are having a great summer so far.  Enjoy the few weeks we have left!!

(And stay tuned for a post on my classroom renovations!  It’s going to be great!)

Roadtrip!

As proof that teachers do have SOME fun during their time off, I wanted to share a little bit of my long weekend trip to visit friends in Maryland.  While visiting, we spent some time at the beach, and took a day to go into Washington, DC.  It was a wonderful taste of the area, and a great time spent with my college friend, Melanie, and her husband, Wes.  (And their kitty, Toonces!)

Here are some highlights from my trip:

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The weather was gorgeous for a beach day!  (Sorry about the squinty sun eyes, Mel!)

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We waited in line for the National Archives.  Once inside we were able to see the Declaration of Independence, the United States Constitution, and the Bill of Rights.  Only the Constitution was dark enough to be able to read.  The others were VERY faded.  (By the way, according to the guard we talked to, LOTS of people come in and sing the preamble song from School House Rock.  So, we weren’t alone in our nerdiness.)

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This was my favorite monument, with my favorite president (and my favorite Melanie!).  However, at this point it was VERY hot, and we had been walking for quite awhile.  We are not looking so fresh here.

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Two thumbs up for the White House!

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Standing in front of our nation’s capitol.  At sunset.  A pretty good combination, if I do say so myself.

After leaving Melanie and Wes and heading back to Indiana, I took a brief side trip to the Antietam National Battlefield.  I didn’t have enough time to do the 8 mile driving tour, but I did have a little bit of time to wander around the area near the Visitor Center and see some things.  (I also picked up some fun things for our room in the gift shop!  Can we say Abraham Lincoln finger puppet, anyone?)  The Battle of Antietam was the bloodiest battle of the Civil War, so I figured if I was going to see one battlefield, this would be a good one to see!

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A great weekend!  Hope everyone is enjoying their summer break so far!  I know I am!  🙂