Today I told my first graders that there was going to be a new letter added to the alphabet. When they asked what it was, I made sure that there was silence while I told them that it was called “April Fool’s” and one of my kids actually fell to the floor when he heard this.

woke up thinking of “let the storm ring join, the cone never bothered me anyway” and i’m almost okay with going back to work


DIY Play Food: Click the links below for instructions on how to make your own play food.  Pictures are numbered from left to right, top to bottom.

  1. Wooden Wheel Donuts
  2. Sewn Felt Play Food
  3. Sponge Play Food
  4. Plastic & Felt Eggs
  5. Salt Dough Bread
  6. Scrap Fabric Play Food
  7. Wood Block Play Food With Labels
  8. Fabric Strawberries
  9. Wooden Bead Fruit

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"I have to tell you a secret…you look single, just like your mother."

one of my first graders

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Student overhearing that I recorded a song

Me: I'm going to be a rock star!
Him: Nah.
Me: I'm just kidding, I'm going to be a teacher.
Him: AWW YEAH!!!!

One of my students overheard me telling my co that the mix of my first song came back, and he asked if I would “bring my drum to teach us music sometime.”

Me, to screaming child: Woah, lower the volume dude
Him: Hey, I'm not a dude!
Me: What are you, then?
Him: I'm a bro.
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"THERE’S NO BEACH IN IDAHO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!"

first grader explaining Idaho to a classmate

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two first graders discussing chicken & dumpling soup

A: They have chicken and dumpling soup for lunch today!
B: Does it have dumplings in it?
A: I don't know, go look.
B: [searches everyone's cups, checks inside soup pots] I don't see any dumplings! Why do they call it chicken and dumplings?!?!?!?!
A: I don't know, my girl. I don't know.
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"Look, I’m making a Kandinsky flip book!"

first grader making a flip book with colorful concentric circles

I started showing the kids how to make flip books today and I brought in my Keith Haring flip book from when I was in fifth grade and none of them could believe that they could all hold a tiny cartoon in their hands

When you run demos of your calming projects/lesson plans and they just stress you out


people who think it’s funny to disrespect teachers really upset me

(Source: flowertwink, via wayward-and-sons)


My students are really into finger knitting, so I decided to try weaving their work into a rug using a hula hoop. The rug idea didn’t quite work (although it would have if we had another week or so, but I wanted to get something finished before vacation) however, what we had was enough to make a rather nifty wall hanging. Or a really big pot holder, as one of my students suggested! They were fascinated by the weaving and nearly everyone got to try it, and they were SO proud of the result!

Going to have to try this.


my fifth graders on a tire swing during outdoor PE today