Monday, October 31, 2011
Man, that last post was a hard one for me. I felt like it was important to tell why I hadn't been able to post: I have been hampered by technical difficulties. It's an interesting story. But while reviewing my post, I began to wonder what was taking center stage: the story of our painted pumpkins or my technology woes? They both seem important but for different reasons. The computer problems are frustrating, time consuming and I suspect, universal. The activity of painting pumpkins and sweet Ruth asking me with eyes filled with tears if she had to paint her pumpkin is more compelling. The thing is, I want to be the person with the compelling stories but often find myself as the person chasing my tail in the universe of ordinary.
|Our painted pumpkin patch|
|Even with paint, they make Jack-o-Lanterns|
|Except for Ruth, who couldn't stand the|
thought of painting her very first pumpkin.
I haven't been able to post much lately because we have been experiencing technical difficulties. When our first computer's hard drive died I just thought it was probably time since we'd had the computer for 5 years. After several hundred dollars and a new computer tower later, we determined that our old printer is no longer compatible and needs to be replaced. Next, the power cord receiver on my laptop broke off inside the computer. It can work but doesn't because it can't be powered. When I returned from Best Buy after finding out my warranty on the laptop expired in September (UGH!), our router stopped working. True story! By this time I could clearly see the dark cloud following me. You know, like Charlie Brown. Anyway, we have a new desktop computer, a new router/modem combo, and me - rebuilding the football season slideshow I have spent HOURS creating on my laptop but that cannot be retrieved in time for the end of season party. ARGH! We also have days of photos downloaded but not blogged because I haven't had the time nor the energy to do so with all the time I have put in to fixing our technology problems. So here are some pics and captioned details.
|When a student from another class saw our|
painted pumpkins he asked,
"Why did you paint them?"
I answered the only way I knew how to,
"Because we could!"
Wednesday, October 26, 2011
After attending the pumpkin patch field trip we were inspired to create our pumpkin patch in room 105. But of course Mrs. Ortner HAD to make it a learning activity. Last week we painted the pumpkin to give the kiddos a chance to make that big, sweeping motion with the paintbrush - good for fine motor development.
|Notice the detail of the vines|
Monday, October 10, 2011
I know you don't like getting caught to go in my bed but I can't sleep without you.
Words are a window to the soul! I have enjoyed getting to know Elijah these past few weeks. He is bright, inquisitive, and sweet. But reading these words told me more about Elijah than I had gathered since school started. As high level as his thinking is, he's still just a six year old little boy that can't sleep without the comfort of his beloved kitty. Somehow this note helped me see Elijah and love him like his teacher should. Oh, and I love that cat, too!