Sunday, August 31, 2014

It's been a while!

I cannot believe it's the last day of August! Where has the year gone?
No, seriously.... I don't know where all the time goes. It's been a busy year in my classroom and my life. We've moved house and are now all settled into our new place and area. I've had some relaxing holiday breaks and travelled to some pretty incredible places. 

Here's a few things that have been happening in my classroom and my life....

Shopping time!
I've made another classroom shop. It's the same as last year's shop- just a different table cloth. It's been great for Math lessons and really engages my class.

Starry Night!
We've been learning about Van Gogh and his "Starry Night" work. I loved getting to create my own version. Students will get to make their own versions too. I was fortunate enough to see the real painting in NYC recently - amazing.

Chocolate + The Chocolate Factory!
We're reading all about Willy Wonka and his amazing chocolate factory. It's perfect because the shops are selling bars of "Wonka" chocolate and there's even a golden ticket competition happening. Talk about connections to the real world! It's great.

Beautiful book
I've read "Wonder" by R.J Palacio. I loved it. I think all Teachers should read it. Actually, I think all people should read it. Yes, it's aimed a younger audience - but it reminds you of seeing beyond what people look like (or how they behave!) and how precious each person is. It will make you cry and laugh and remind you that Teachers can make a huge impact on those around them... and kids too :)

Green smoothie goodness!
I've gotten back into green smoothies recently. They make you feel so energised. My favourite so far has 2 cups of greens (spinach, silver beet, kale all work well), 1/2 cup of juice, 2 green apples, 1 banana and some LSA or chia seeds. YUM! Make sure you drink plenty of water after - your body needs the water to help process it all. I aim to have one every 2-3 days.

Raspberry and White Chocolate = divine.
Another recipe (I'm getting a bit off track...) that I'm loving is from here. They are amazing! I've made them twice now and they disappear in a few days...I tell myself they're healthy but my husband reminds me that sugar and butter are in fact not quite so healthy. I laugh and tell myself that if something contains fruit then it's healthy.

 Sweet would I stay awake without it? We had an incredible trip to the U.S over the summer... I miss it so much. Especially NYC. My heart belongs to New York! I have this mug as a constant reminder of our holiday. It's good to reminisce.

There's no better place on Earth.
Here is my favourite photo from our trip. Empire State Building on one of the coldest Winter days. It was brilliant. I remember eating "Five Guys" burgers after we saw the sites..even more brilliant!

So that's me!

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