Pencil shavings to plants

Guess what I found out this morning? Pencil shavings can go in the compost bin or be sprinkled around your plants! They're good for repelling gnats in houseplants when on top of the soil according to The Plant Doctor (on the Rachel Ray Show in March 2020). Hopefully my classroom plants will agree! I emptied … Continue reading Pencil shavings to plants

“Freak the Mighty” got me dismissed

Jake's class is reading "Freak the Mighty" together and completing activities that go along with the quiz. I re-read with Jake the chapters covered each day in class, and we talk about the book. It's something we enjoy together every day, and it helps his reading comprehension. Now if you've read that book, you know … Continue reading “Freak the Mighty” got me dismissed

Phonics help for young or struggling readers

You're into your first or maybe even second week of teaching your child at home due to COVID-19 lockdown. Great job!!! I'm proud of you! You're figuring it all out! Now after a day or two, you're realizing your child doesn't know the letter sounds or possibly is struggling with sounding out unfamiliar words. This … Continue reading Phonics help for young or struggling readers

I miss homeschooling so much!

I love my job.  I love teaching second graders, and I am really loving learning how to work in multiple ways to meet the different educational needs of special education students this school year. I sometimes am hit right in the face with how much I loved and miss homeschooling my kids, though!  Today, I … Continue reading I miss homeschooling so much!

The eclipse is coming!

This has been a topic of great discussion in our household over the past couple of weeks.  I honestly feel like it's like Game of Thrones, and he's yelling, "Winter is coming!!!" every time he says, "The eclipse is coming!!!" LOL. Jake is all about anything that is related to space, so he is all … Continue reading The eclipse is coming!

Fairy gardens at the Franklin Conservatory 

This was my favorite part of the Franklin Conservatory field trip; I love fairy gardens, and these take them to a whole new level!   I found it so interesting that they utilized broken items to house the fairy gardens, and they all worked together so well! I'm hoping to put a few together this … Continue reading Fairy gardens at the Franklin Conservatory