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Thursday, April 30, 2009

Friday's Favorite Family Foto

Welcome to Friday's Favorite Family Foto hosted by Deborah. Click on the Foto button in the right sidebar to view other wonderful family photos.

This first photo is of my daughter, Karen, on her wedding day. She got dressed in a room at the Ritz Carlton where the reception was held, and in this photo she is looking out the window waiting for the limousine to take her to the chapel. She is so relaxed and happy.

This next photo is of my grandson, Brandt, getting ready for an Easter egg hunt.

Brandt is forever exploring his surroundings! Here he is checking out the rocks in the planter.
Brandt loves playing with the hose and pouring water all over the place. In this photo his hair is wet and he has a snotty nose. Doesn't get any better than this for summer fun.
Visit other participants who are sharing their photos and have a wonderful weekend.

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

The Gifts of the "Gifted"

I retired from the teaching profession 5 years ago after teaching elementary school for 31 years! I sub now and I'm enjoying every minute of it. I think that I enjoy teaching more now because I don't have the added responsibilities of conferences, lesson plans, testing, endless meetings, and all the other "junk" (I'm being nice here) that goes along with the daily grind of being a dedicated teacher.
I've been subbing where my sister-in-law teaches (5th/6th grade gifted students) and I feel very much at home in this particular school. I've subbed in all 3 of the 5th/6th gifted classes and I'm in awe of these kids. Here is a small sampling of a compass rose assignment that goes along with reading Treasure Island. I'm amazed at the detail these kids have included in each compass rose! The children also have to keep "sea logs" and summarize each chapter and use vocabulary words correctly.
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One day I was explaining subject pronouns and object pronouns and one boy said, "Mrs. Fulton, you're killing me here. You're destroying everything I learned in kindergarten"! Apparently he was taught to use the pronoun "I" whether it was the subject or object of a sentence. When I showed him how pronouns can be placed either before a verb or after, he understood that "I" or "me" could be used depending on their placement in a sentence. These kids learn at a phenomenal pace and they thirst for new concepts and challenges everyday.
The primary directions have to be added to this colorful compass rose!

This compass rose was done using math and a lot of detail.

~~~~~Simply stated but nicely done~~~~~

These children have their heads buried in books that are at the high school reading level. I saw some "book reviews" today that were 3 and 4 typed pages long. Alleluia!
I really look forward to being with these kids because they continue to amaze me with their enthusiasm and their ability to learn so much so quickly.

Sunday, April 12, 2009

Friday, April 10, 2009

Pink Saturday and Happy Easter!

Welcome to another Pink Saturday celebration hosted by Beverly at How Sweet the Sound. Please stop by and visit other participants who share their lovely pink treasures.

Since Easter Sunday is tomorrow, I decided to go with a bunny theme this Saturday. The following are two bunnies from Rabbit Works by Bunnies by the Bay. The lady on the left is Rainbow Bunny and the lovely lady on the right is Rose Rabbit. They are decked out in their finest outfits to celebrate Easter.

This next photo is of another rabbit with glorious ribbons, roses, and beads. She is all set for the Easter parad
This next pretty bunny is dressed in her Easter finery with lace, flowers, and ribbons. She was a yard sale bargain for $1.00.

Finally I have a photo of two darling bunnies in a watering can. I made this about 8 years ago when several teachers got together to do some much-needed craft therapy. We also made other seasonal crafts and found this "crafty" gathering to be quite relaxing.
Happy Easter to all of you.