This has been a time of thoughtfulness, caring, and remembering. In my class, we have spent the last week talking about veterans and about peace and freedom that we gained because of their sacrifices. My heart was warmed when students began to make connections and share what they had learned with others. Here are some models that they created at home and brought to school for sharing after we talked about Flanders Fields and poppies.
Here are some poems they wrote about poppies and why we wear them on November 11th. They also colored this picture of the last post.
Here are some posters that were created using 3 or more pictures that were the choice of the student. They were asked to design a poster for Remembrance Day. I was very impressed with the results. The thoughtfulness was very moving.
Today we had the day off and the opportunity to visit the cenotaph and participate in the Remembrance Day ceremony. The legion put together the celebration and the various organizations participated in a parade and the laying of the wreaths.
The cadets from the various military groups stood guard at the 4 corners of the cenotaph. The girls guides, brownies, boys scouts and cubs placed poppies on the cenotaph and the various organizations and military groups laid wreaths around the cenotaph after the ceremony ended.
I loved seeing the children placing their poppies. Several of my students had this opportunity. I know that it really meant something to them.
Thank you for sharing this time with me. Heartfelt thanks go out to all the veterans, and their families, and friends. Words cannot express what your sacrifices have meant to all of us.
,Remembrance Day is a special time for remembering our veterans and those whose are currently serving in the military to allow us to live in a country that is free from war. Many of us never had to experience times of war and it is a difficult concept for some children to understand. All they know is what is shown and dramatized on television and in movies and video games.
This year, we were given a glimpse of what it might have been like when a soldier was killed while standing guard at the tomb of the unknown soldier. It was a sober reminder that, although we are a country at peace, many others are not and we need to continue to protect our country and help others protect theirs.
During the last few years, I have spent several days prior to November 11 sharing information, stories, videos, and songs with my students. I feel that it is important that they understand that they can make a difference. I also focus on acts of kindness and bucket filling throughout this time. It is a natural thing to continue to discuss this as we begin talking about it right at the beginning of the year. We discuss being thankful and caring at Thanksgiving, and then we continue to focus on peaceful and caring things we can do during November. That makes it easy to think of others when it comes to Christmas time as well.
This is an important time for many others as well. In Canada we call it Remembrance Day, but in other places it may be call Veterans Day or Memorial Day. The message still rings true no matter what the name. We have freedom because of the selfless acts of our veterans and military. I created these products for my students with that in mind.
I love the symbolism of the poppy. It really helps us to remember our veterans and it is always connected to November 11. I think it is great to reflect on the fact that it is the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month that we celebrate this time.
I love helping my students to understand how acts of kindness can make a difference. This poster shows how dramatic this can be if one person shares 3 acts of kindness and they continue to do the same.
This is one of the first products I made. I did a version for the Smartboard and a pdf version. It is still one of my favourites because it uses some video clips that are very powerful and it helps in explaining what we are trying to remember.
This is an attendance activity for the Smartboard. It is a fun way to sign in when arriving in the morning. You can change the names to fit your class. There are 30 poppies. The poppies will fly off the page. Just click on the image to get your free copy.
I hope that you will find this time of remembrance to be thought provoking and special as you share with your students. I know it is always a special time of sharing and discussion in my classroom.
As November 11th approaches, I wish to say thank you to all the veterans in my community, as well as my country and beyond, for your selfless efforts to obtain and maintain peace around the world.
On Saturday, 9 teacher bloggers met up in Vancouver. It was so exciting to get to see the people behind the names and the blogs that I had been following. Last year I met some of the teachers and they became great friends. I was so thrilled to be able to see them again.
We were also graced with the appearance of Rachel Lynette. She drove up from Seattle to be with us.
Don't we look like a fabulous group? Thanks to Shelley Rolston for setting this up and for Adria Williams for picking such a great location for the meet up.
Rachel was so much fun to have with us. She is so easy to talk to and she makes everyone feel special. I was so happy to spend time with her. Check out the coins she is holding for the parking meter. It was her second batch so that we could continue meeting even longer.
Amanda over at the Primary Gal is celebrating her birthday with a dollar sale. Many different teachers have joined together and put products on sale for $1.00 for Monday and Tuesday to help her celebrate. Head over to her blog to check out some of the great products on sale. The products below are on sale in my store.
Check out this Halloween blog hop and giveaway. You are sure to find some treats here!
Several teacher bloggers have joined together to participate in a Halloween Blog Hop. We are sharing some Halloween freebies and other Halloween products to engage and delight your students. Links to the different blogs can be found at Second Gradealicious. We hope you will enjoy trying out some of the different activities and that they will be engaging for your students.
Here are my contributions.
This is a collection of Halloween themed 100 charts using the Notebook software. It works for Smartboards and for anyone using the interactive software. The pages can also be printed out for paper and pencil use.
These are different tally charts that use fall and Halloween themed clipart. My students enjoy doing games using dice and number cards and learning about probability of odd and even. These charts allow them to do the same activities several times without feeling like they have already done it.
This is a set of several different Math activities that can be used to practice different basic skills. It is available for 50% off for the weekend.
It is Thanksgiving weekend here in Canada and some of my Canadian teacher friends have gotten together to celebrate by having a Thanksgiving sale in our TPT stores. Check out the links below to see the details for each of the sellers.
I will be out of town celebrating with my family, so I have decided to keep my sale on until Monday. All items in my store will be 20% off.
Have a wonderful weekend, and if you are Canadian, have a blessed Thanksgiving.
For all my teacher friends that I have met in the blogging world, thank you so much for being you. I have been truly blessed to have stumbled across TPT and the world of blogging. It has led me to YOU!
Today is my day for posting over at Teacher Deals and Dollar Steals. Hop on over and see what is happening over there. For 3 days you can get some of my Thanksgiving products for $1.00 each.
This has been an emotional time for many as we have waited for a decision in the job action that has been happening around our province. Teachers have anxiously waited to begin the school year, while taking a stand for students in this labor dispute.
We are finally heading back to the classrooms and to what we love doing...teaching! I can hardly wait to see my students and hear about all of their adventures.
I am linking up at Doodle Bugs Teaching for another five for Friday before I head into the classroom to prepare for next week.
It has been a difficult few months, but I am so happy to be able to get back into my classroom and prepare for next week's start up. It is also a little scary, because there is no easing into this year. We start full on Monday morning and hopefully we will have our new classes organized by the end of the week.
Whenever we were feeling discouraged, we just needed to think about these little ones. They came regularly with their mom and the other 2 younger siblings to visit us, bring us baking, share their hugs and support, and just remind us of why we were on the picket line instead of in the classroom.
I am feeling so grateful for all the support from the community and from other unions. We also received tremendous support from teachers in other provinces. Thank you to everyone who took the time to let us know that you understood and supported our cause.
I spent some time working on some new Dolch sight word sets during the past few weeks, and they are finally ready and posted on my TpT site. They are available for 50% off until Saturday night.
I made a bundle for the Chinese zodiac. The bundle includes 13 different sets. I know, I know, there are only 12 animals in the zodiac, but sometimes people use sheep, and sometimes they use goat, so I made a set of each. Each of these sets is also available by itself. They would be great for people studying animals or the farm as well.
I also made a pumpkin pie themed set and a solar system set.
The renovations are coming along, but we still don't have a sink, so we are doing dishes in the bathroom and the laundry room. Check out the supervisor. He needs to make sure that I am getting them done! How do you like his throne?
One way to burn off stress is a workout at the gym. Now that my daughter-in-law is living here, I have a workout partner. We took advantage of that this week to do a couple of sessions at the gym. Grandpa watched the boys while we were away.
Red is feeling comfortable as he makes sure to stay close to me wherever I am. Right now, he is my pillow as he is propped up behind me on the back of the couch.
I am linking up again with Doodle Bugs Teaching for her Five for Friday linky party. It has been awhile, but life has been anything but normal lately.
This has been a crazy month and it has been one full of happy moments, anxious moments, devastating moments, and fulfilling moments. It has made me appreciate my family and friends and it has taught me to avoid dwelling on the negative so that I can allow the positive to happen.
One month ago today, my son and his family arrived in Canada. He has been living in Korea for 14 years and I am so excited that he has returned home. Since he has arrived, it has been like a tornado of activity around our house and his house. (He just took possession a few days ago and is now living amongst boxes and stuff everywhere.) Of course, before he left, he decided to renovate our upstairs, so we are living with things everywhere as well. I finally got the living room and dining room mostly organized again, but we will be without a kitchen sink for a few weeks still. I love that he wanted to do this for us, but it is hard to function with everything happening around us.
My daughter was the victim of rental scam last week. It was devastating for her as we arrived in a new province and found she had no place to live and no money to look for another place. God was looking after us and had a different plan, so we met many people who helped to put the plan in action. She is now in an apartment and it has been furnished and stocked with food so that she is able to move on. She has also discovered that there are many good people in the world and that she can count on them. One family in particular has taken her under their wing and I feel at peace now with leaving her there.
This is supposed to be a week of joy and excitement as we head back to school. Unfortunately, in our province, we are not in school yet. We are on the picket line instead. Hopefully that will change very soon. I am very anxious to get into my classroom and start working with my kids. I have prepared materials for my students and I am eager to get to know them. I must continue to focus on that as we fight for their rights and best interests.
I have decided that I must take care of myself through all the stress and uncertainty that lies ahead. I am going to the gym and working on getting in shape. I am also trying to get more sleep and eat healthier. I have discovered a protein collagen chew that is really helping me with my joints and muscles. It has made a huge different in my mobility and many other things as well.
I am working on balance between personal and professional life and I am focusing on putting out positive energy instead of negative energy. This makes me feel better both emotionally and physically.
I am excited to be part of a special collaborative group of teachers that will be posting dollar deals once a month. My day will be the 7th of each month. Watch for a post about my deal coming up on Sunday. I am also joining in on a linky at the beginning of each month that is being hosted by Laura Graham of Where The Magic Happens. This Saturday, the special will be 50% off of featured items in our TPT stores. Hop on over to her blog and check out the stores that are participating.
Well, there you have it. Just a glimpse into my whirlwind of late. I hope you are having a calmer time wherever you are.
The winners have been chosen for the Diggin' Series!
Here is another chance to get 28% off on products from my TeachersPayTeachers store. For one day everything will be on sale for 20% off. TeachersPayTeachers will be adding to that, so you can save 28% by adding the promo code BOOST.
I have a variety of back to school products that were just added as well as new math products. I also have been working on adding to my ELA and classroom management and self esteem materials. Stop by and check them out.
Back to school time is quickly approaching for those of us in many areas of Canada. As our summer break is nearing an end, thinking about classroom setup, curriculum, special activities, and resources become common for many of us. I think there are some places in the US that are still on summer break and experiencing the same thing. There are sales everywhere and ads promoting back to school supplies, clothing, and gear.
Many teachers that I have been meeting through blogging are also preparing materials for back to school. There are a couple of special blog giveaways that I would like to highlight here today.
Kristy over at 2 Peas and a Dog is having a celebration for her birthday, her blogversary, and back to school. Hop on over to her blog to check out the giveaways. There is something for everyone. Each day a different grade level is featured. You can enter throughout the week.