Posts made in August, 2012


Posted by on Aug 24, 2012 in Uncategorized | 2 comments

“We the people of the United States in order to form a more perfect union..”

The word “preamble” means, literally, to walk before. Our preamble walks before the Constitution, listing our reasons and justifications for the document. If the vocabulary were simpler, it would be an easy document for children to comprehend.

One strategy for vocabulary development is to pay attention to these Latin roots, and Greek roots, too. If students learn that “scope” means see or watch, then the meanings of the words “telescope” and “microscope” open up. Especially if we add the knowledge that “tele-” means far. With a telescope we can see or watch from far away. And, “television” also means see far. “-ology” means the study of, so “biology” means the study of life and “geology” means the study of the earth. Do I think intermediate students are old enough to study this? Not as a memorization activity, just as a curiosity. Give them some information, then reinforce it when another example comes around.

Word of the Day Set 2 # 5

Kids need many opportunities to grow their vocabulary. Help them in every way you can!


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Sweet Treat Notes

Posted by on Aug 23, 2012 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

“All you need is love. But a little chocolate now and then doesn’t hurt.” —Charles Schultz

Today I am reviewing an amazing product by Jaime L. It is called 32 Treat Tags, Bag Toppers, and More. It has a fantastic assortment of tags for all kinds of fun treats! She includes suggested uses for most of the products. My co-teachers were drooling when I showed them the reindeer noses, turkey toes, owls, and gators. I am using the “lucky” charm tag on Monday when my students arrive! There seems to be an unending supply of fun ideas. The kids will love it, volunteers will love it, your friends will love it. It is a great resource. YOU will love it! Buy it on TpT.

It is worth the price (really it is worth much more!).


Word of the Day Card

One of my favorite cards!

Set 2 # 4

See you tomorrow.


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Catching Up

Posted by on Aug 22, 2012 in Uncategorized | 2 comments

Technology is running away from me! I am afraid I will never catch up. I don’t know how to do too many things. When I copy things onto my blog, they sometimes disappear. I don’t know how to copy buttons to make things easier. Being a guest blogger required 8–10 emails and many fruitless searches to correct errors. I am working on reviewing an amazing product and I can’t figure out all of the connections I need. I don’t know how to post it so that a person can click on it to get what they need.

And now I go back to school. My time for learning this is going to diminish greatly. I need an e-learning coach! I love blogging, but I can get so frustrated!!!

Here’s today’s Word of the Day:

Set 2 # 3

And if you missed it on Christina’s blog, here is yesterday’s word of the day:

Set 2 # 2

And yesterday in my guest blog at, I explained how I use this activity for the first day of school:

Someday I hope to be able to do all of this without any of the hassle!


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Posted by on Aug 21, 2012 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

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In-Service Monday

Posted by on Aug 20, 2012 in general school | 0 comments


You will NOT marry during the term of your contract. You are NOT to keep company with men. You MUST be home between the hours of 8 pm and 6 am unless attending a school function. You MAY NOT loiter downtown in ice cream stores. You MAY NOT travel beyond the city limits without the permission of the chairman of the board. You MAY NOT ride in a carriage or automobile with any man unless he is your father or brother. You MAY NOT smoke cigarettes. You MAY NOT dress in bright colors. You may UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCES dye your hair. You must wear AT LEAST two petticoats. Your dresses must NOT be any shorter than two inches above the ankle.


To keep the schoolroom clean you must: Sweep the floor at least once daily. Scrub the floor with hot soapy water at least once a week. Start the fire at 7 am, so that the room will be warm by 8 am.

I guess things do change in education. I wonder what I will learn this week. It is a balancing act: doing what you want to do to get your classroom ready for the first day and learning what the administration wants you to learn to get yourself ready for the year. Most of the time, I’d rather play in my classroom, but there are always a few insights to be gained. I may even learn a new word or acronym!

Today I begin posting Set 2 of my Word of the Day cards. All of Set 1 can be found in past posts. More Word of the Day cards and activities can be found at my TpT store.

Set 2 # 1

We are having technical difficulties working out my guest blog on Sugar and Spice right now! I hope it works. 🙂

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