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Thursday, November 15, 2012

Turkey Toupes and Weekly Woes

Happy Thursday!
And I am posting so late this evening, so it might be Friday before some of you read this- so
I will give you a Happy Friday to go with your Happy Thursday...
and I might even raise you a Giddy Saturday and a Glorious Sunday..
The Weekend is upon us!!!
What! What!

This has been a trying a week- for sure.

I was getting dinner ready for the Littles Tuesday night-
(they are uber lucky that  I am functionally able to feed them at the end of my day)
and I got a text from a good friend.

She asked how my day was

(that was her first mistake)

because I was very honest.

It had just been "a day".

So she then asked if it was an
or an

I immediately replied COFFEE!!!

Within a few short minutes she was at the end of my driveway.
Just a few minutes more and we were in Starbucks.
It couldn't have been more than a 20 minute span between the first text and the the first sip-
yet, somehow- I was better.

First she asked about what was going on, and I shared as much as I could without having to go into too much detail
(do you find it exhausting at times to vent to a NT- a NON TEACHER
There's just so much to explain! You can start with one topic and in just a few minutes you are somewhere else because you have to give the back story or you have to explain what this certain strategy is or the difference between anchor standards and core standards or basal vs non can be a ton of explaining.)

So sometimes it's just easier to say
'I had a bad day",
drink the coffee,
and change the subject.

I did all three.

I knew in pretty quick that things would be better.
When I went in to order, this is what I saw-
The Holiday decorations at Starbucks!!! I just love them- I may have to go back in and ask for them when the Holidays are over- ya'll be on the lookout in case they are in your neck of the woods:)

We both have a child in high school- so we gabbed about that. Talked about Christmas coming and Black Friday Shopping
(she wants me to go at 3am....ha ha)
and we talked about her daughter (who was in my class last names, but remember the cutie patootie who ALWAYS made her hair curly in her craftivities???)

It was just what I needed!!!
I raise my mug (full of coffee, not spirits) to kind hearts and squirrel friends everywhere!!!


We had a lot of fun in math today working on a Turkey Craft from Susan @

We are using a 'program" called Developing Number Concepts and it gives the students the opportunity to work in a "range" of numbers. Their range might be 4-6. That means he is fluent with parts of 4, is developing fluency for 5, and needs practice with 6.
They were able to choose anyone of their range numbers to complete this activity in Susan's Turkey Day Activity

They did exceptionally well.
A few snapshots of their work:

This turkey ate seven pieces of chocolate cake...I would be smiling too.

Elvis Turkey has nine jellyfish.

This turkey needs a support group.

"We're eating turkey when?!??!"

Not only am I the President of Hair Club for Turkeys, I'm also a client.

So much fun! And so many ways to show that you can represent your understanding of a number! Many of us have two- three days next week- your kiddles will love it!
You have plenty of time to check it out:) Click the pic to head over-

I must flee from the computer chair, as tomorrow is a "jeans" day and mine are currently in the washer!
See you 'round this weekend:)


  1. Ahhhhhh. Coffee... And red cups... and Starbucks' decorations. That combination can make even my worst day at least a little better!

    But the best way to spend coffee time? Reading a post written by YOU!

    Sending you a hug, Missy Squirrels...

    Finding JOY in 6th Grade

  2. aw -
    Kim is so sweet!!!

    and those decorations are TOTALLY needed by you!!!

  3. So when did you say you're moving to Michigan? I'll be that friend at the end oy your driveway.....


  4. I am literally laughing out loud at your commentary under your adorable turkeys! Thanks for putting a smile on my face so early in the morning!
    Ѽ Lori
    Teaching With Love and Laughter

  5. The Hair Club for are hilarious!

    I am glad the coffee helped! I hope you are able to snag those squirrels! =)

    Heather's Heart

  6. I was just stopping by to wish you a Happy Thanksgiving! Enjoy your time off!! Thanks for the great photos and captions of your turkeys!

    The Picture Book Teacher's Edition

  7. Love the Hair Club for Turkeys. Hilarious!
    The Hive


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