Thursday, March 23, 2017

Celebrating Dr. Seuss

I am a lover of all things Dr. Seuss. I saw an awesome activity for Dr. Seuss' birthday on Teaching In Room 6 and finally was able to make it work in our schedule. The main task aligned so well with our current reading comprehension goals and it was great to switch gears and have some fun in reading groups!
The main task was to read a classic Dr. Seuss book, discuss the story in their small group, and then rename the story. We've learned how to use the theme and message of a story to generate a new equally fitting title for books. The added bonus here was to come up with Dr. Seuss worthy titles!
The kids loved this week of reading fun! It was great to let our hair down and do a fun project. The kids got a trip out of the new titles they came up with and they all got to flex their artistic muscles.

I'm so glad we finally did this project - for sure a yearly activity for me now!


   

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Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Fairwell Winter

Spring is here, I hear...
Spring is here, I hear...

{Spring is Here -- Frank Sinatra}

Happy first full day of spring...?

Winter hung on to the last moment this year.

Nearly a foot of snow in the last week of winter...
Windy and very cold temps right up until the equinox...

It was amazing to think we were "roasting" at the end of February with a serious taste of nearly summer and in the ice box straight through March.

I am usually a winter lover, but this year I am ready for some warmth.
Ready to not be cold.
Ready to see some color on the trees!

Spring...where art though!?


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Monday, March 20, 2017

The Good. The Random. The Fun. v. 12

The Good:
I saw the second show in my Broadway in Boston subscription this week. I had already seen this once before and it was just as fantastic the second time around!

The Random:
Sooooooo....March came in like a polar bear. We went from ending February with record breaking temps near 80 and got some snow last week and then had temps WELL below freezing...and then got a blizzard...oh New England.

The Fun:
I did a virtual 5k in honor of Pi Day. 3.14 miles to be exact. The entry fee went to support STEM education for girls. It was a lovely 14 with the windchill when I set out. I had a lovely wind burn but a lovely feeling of supporting a good cause, plus I earned some new hardware!


   

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Sunday, March 19, 2017

Scav Hunt Sunday: Stars and Shake

Rainbow:
Somewhere over the rainbow...

Lucky:
Oh my lucky stars...beautiful little origami stars gifted to my mom ages ago by a student in a college course she taught.

Yellow:
Bananas!!

Green:
Aloe there.

Shamrock:
My healthy shamrock shake. Super filling and super healthy!



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Friday, March 17, 2017

March Randoms v. 1

 coffee bean...100th day...ben franklin
desert making...presentation time...sparkly lights
new rug...beach stones...blue skies
honey comb...cereal day...story problems
macro feather...cereal math...blooming amaryllis
pink blossom...dr seuss...crayon rainbow
march snow...happy purim...making hamantashen
lucky stars...orca beans...pi day
no visibility...yellow bananas...shamrock shake


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Thursday, March 16, 2017

Roasted Veggie Stacked Enchiladas

Sometimes you just need comfort food...but don't want to spend too much time slaving over the stove. Am I right? I adapted a recipe I saw online to make this super easy, super filling pan of amazingness. 

Enchiladas are a super delicious meal, but all that rolling can be a chore. Also, all the veggies in this make it super filling and a smidge healthier than the traditional version! You can easily adapt this: use your fav veggies, real cheese/fake cheese, corn tortillas/flour tortillas - the world is your enchilada!
Rather than chopping and roasting the veggies for this dish (which by all means you can totally do!) I buy preroasted peppers and cauliflower in the freezer section at Trader Joe's. They also sell pre-roasted sweet potatoes in the cold case. Super big time saver for this dish.

I just put the veggies into the oven to get a bit softer (and less frozen) and then I start building the dish. It's easy to put together from there...
Layer salsa, veggies, cheese, and tortillas. Then roast in the oven until the cheese is all melty. Simple, right?
This easily serves 4-6 people and is super filling. Enjoy!



   

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Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Chag Purim!

So get your costumes on
Make noise and drown out Haman...
And remember and remember
What the day's about...


{Maccabeats -- Purim}

This year, in honor of Purim, I am sharing excerpts of an article my mom and Dale wrote a few years back.  It sums up how I have been feeling about Purim and its story this year, in light of events in our country, namely towards Jewish and other minority communities...

"Purim has, as we know, a frightening story. Once again the Jews face a serious threat from a man in power who has great hatred towards them. Megilat Esther, the Book of Esther, tells in great detail about this hate and Haman’s plans to kill the entire Jewish community of Persia. They are saved through the action of a great hero, Queen Esther, who risks her own life to save them.

It is a great strength that a community can unite in order to take a horrible event and reframe it. We do not dwell on the evil but on the survival. Just as someone under extreme stress can begin to laugh for no reason, in the face of the Purim story and the possibility of death and destruction of innocent lives, we laugh and laugh and laugh. We take the story and turn it on its head. Purim is topsy-turvy. Everything is backwards and upside down.

Purim is, with deliberate intention, celebrated with the community, a loud, colorful community. There are costumes and masks. These costumes help us to change our reality, and perhaps the masks serve to hide what we do not want to see. We do not like this reality, so we change it by changing what we see and what we wear.

But as we think of Purim, we are reminded that like other stories of our holidays, it is a story of hatred and violence. As adults, we are aware of Jewish history and how difficult it has often been for Jews to live in harmony with their non-Jewish neighbors. Our world is very different now."

--- "Send in the Clowns" by Idie Benjamin and Dale Sides Cooperman, originally written Dec. 2012

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