Saturday, October 3, 2015

Hometown Tragedy

On September 21st our small community was rocked by the death of a 12 year old boy in freak accident at his home.   He was the same age as my youngest son and my son was supposed to be on the same hockey team as this child (we had turned down the position and went with another team).  My son's team and his team are still closely linked.

His funeral was Thursday.

Being in special education, this wasn't the first funeral for a child that I had been to.  Often our students are medically fragile, are more susceptible to viruses or pneumonia, or just don't have a very long life expectancy.  Since I started teaching 25 years ago, I think I've lost 30.  I imagine them running through the Pearly Gates with legs that now work, and voices that now sing.  Their souls free from bodies that kept them in pain and prevented them experiencing everything they wanted to.

This was different.

This shouldn't have happened.

This was a freak accident that on any other day, would have turned out differently.

So as a team, we went to the funeral.  They wore their jerseys over their suits.

My children had never been to a funeral before, let alone, one for a friend.  Neither had any of the children on his team.  They served popcorn for the children and they could pick up a bag as we entered the big gym attached to the arena.  It seemed fitting to be held at the arena.  I mean, that's where we spend 90% of our free time.

They had photo slide shows.  My son was in several pictures as they played on the same team a few years back. His coach spoke, his teacher from last year spoke, and finally the family spoke with stories and happy memories.  The senselessness of the situation could not be missed but the Reverend who spoke emphasized to the children that life must go on and they can't be afraid that the same thing will happen to them.

There were lots of tears.

There were lots of laughs.

His hockey number is now being retired and it has been painted into the ice on pad 1.  The organization had stickers made up with his name and number that all the players will wear on their helmets.

This is something that the children will never forget.  This is something that I will never forget.

Tonight give your children an extra hug and tell them that you love them.

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Happy Fall y'all blog hop

This hop is hosted by my friend Stephanie at Mrs. D's Corner!!!

I cannot believe that today is the first day of fall.  Where did the summer go?  I can't complain though.  It's been a beautiful September and it's still supposed to be beautiful this week.  

Because of the beautiful weather, the leaves really haven't started to change yet.  Even so, there are still signs of fall around.

After Halloween last year, I had my boys throw our pumpkins out into the back lot (we live in the country) and this is what happened.

A Pumpkin!

With no work on our part, we ended up with one small pumpkin.
It's just starting to turn orange.

I had never really examined a pumpkin plant before so we decided to do some investigating.

The first thing we noticed was that the pumpkin leaves were BIG.
And the stems are PRICKLY.
Who knew?

They were too prickly to pick so we decided to find some other leaves.   

We found a variety of leaves that were different sizes, shapes and colours.

We then decided to do some leaf rubbings.
We took the paper off our crayons.
We put one leaf at a time under white paper and rubbed the crayon across it.
This is great fine motor work. 

We got some stunning pictures.

Thank you so much for stopping by today.  I made a little word game freebie that is perfect for fall.

Head on over to my friend Dianna at Sassy, Savvy, Simple Teaching for more fall ideas and a freebie.

Sunday, September 20, 2015

September Woes

I can't believe that September is half over.  September has kicked my butt for sure.  Trying to set up my class, update some products and keep my family rolling has wiped me out.  Hockey has started up again and I have no time for anything.

So I apologize for not posting more and I hope to get my groove back soon.

In the meantime I've updated a few of my farm resources with new fonts and graphics.  If you have already purchased them, please go and download the new version.  If you haven't got them yet, I've bundled them together and it will be on sale for only $12 for the next couple of days.

Sunday, August 30, 2015

Special Sunday

August is almost over and I'm back to work on Monday 
(the kids don't start until the following week though).

To celebrate I'm joining my Special Ed Teacher friends for a Special Sunday.
Each teacher is offering a product at either 25% or 50% off (or both).

On TpT just enter #specialsunday in the search box and you will find all of the products being offered tomorrow.

I'm offering my Fall Math and Literacy Work Stations for 50% off.  
That's like buying one and getting one for free.

And I'm also offering my Fall No Prep Bundle for just $5.  
That's only $2.50 a packet. 

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

It's a BOOST!!!

Did you hear? TpT decided to have a one day BOOST sale today.
My entire store will be on sale today and you can also get another 10% off by using the code: MORE15

Here are a few items you might like.

Saturday, August 15, 2015

Fall No-Prep Math - Numbers 1 to 5

My Fall No-Prep has been updated and refreshed with all new graphics and fonts.  It includes 20 simple activities for your pre-K or K students that need practice with numbers 1 to 5.

 Click on the picture below to grab it .

Before you check out, head on over to the stores below to see what they are offering on their September items and be ahead of the game for the new school year.