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Friday, November 20, 2015

Happy Thanksgiving

I have a lot  to be thankful for this holiday season.  I've lost 2 dear friends from work this past year.  Both very unexpected and a huge loss for our school.  I'm thankful that they were a part of my life and were 2 wonderful friends to have.

I am thankful for my family and their good health.  My mom is doing well after her surgery and radiation treatments.  Her spirits are high and we try to help her stay positive.  My dad has adjusted to life using an oxygen tank.  We also try to help him stay positive and busy.  They both celebrated with a trip to Las Vegas back in October.  I am blessed to have such loving and supportive parents and I am thankful to call them mom and dad.

I am thankful to have a fun. loving, energetic bunch of kindergarteners and very supportive families.  They are the reason I get up every morning and to be the best teacher that I could be for them.

I enjoy doing directed drawings with my's fun to see each of their personalities come through in their drawings.  I found a cute one from Proud to be PRIMARY.  I didn't use watercolors, but they still came out adorable.  Stop by her blog to get this fun and cute project.

Enjoy your family and friends and be thankful for all that you have.   Have a happy Thanksgiving...I have 3 days next week and then a short break.  

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Monday, September 7, 2015

New School Year

I hope everyone has had a great start to the new school year.  It's been difficult adjusting to the fact that Sheri no longer with me physically at school.  I do know that she's with me in spirit and there are times that I feel her standing by and supporting me.  I am reminded of her with a sign in our learning garden that was dedicated to her in her memory.  It's located right outside my classroom door.

It's also been an adjustment and learning curve with our administration changes at school too. Change is good, although at times it can be difficult.

My class of 20 kindergarten students is going well.  They are an eager, energetic, fun, and inquisitive group of 5 & 6 year olds.  A few more than I had last year, but it's been fun so far.  They are still learning the rules and routines of our classroom, but we are getting along well with one another.  We spent the first week discussing and learning all about being a bucket filler rather than a bucket dipper...I am so happy that my sister introduced me to this book a few years ago.  It's a great beginning of the year story to read.  You can find a copy on Amazon "Have You Filled A Bucket Today?"

Well, tomorrow is day off for me, but unfortunately I am a little under the weather...sore throat, sniffles, and a cough.  Guess, I will be resting all day .

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Monday, May 4, 2015

Can't Believe it's May...

Where has the time gone?!?  I can't believe that another school year will be done in just a few weeks.  I have been lucky to have a great class this year and will truly miss my students and families.  It's been a rough 3 weeks with the sudden passing of my dear friend, co-author, and kindergarten colleague...I miss her so just isn't the same.  I am hoping that with summer around the corner that I can heal myself and figure out what school will be like without her there.  There definitely is a big void at school.  One thing that I have learned from this tragedy is that I need to tell the people in my life how important they are and how much I appreciate and love them...tomorrow is never promised.

I hope everyone has a fabulous summer and recharge yourselves for a fun and exciting new school year next Fall.

Love to you all,

PS...if you can, please help her young family and donate.
Thank you so much XOXO

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

With A Heavy Heart...

Dear Friends,
I apologize for being MIA for the past few months.  I am trying to find balance between work, family and finding ideas to blog about.

It's been a difficult week thus far because I need to let you all know that my dear friend and co-author of our blog has tragically passed away.  Sheri was an innovative teacher who always looked outside of the box to create meaningful activities for her students.  She was also a supportive and encouraging colleague for myself and the other teachers at our school.  She helped many of us create projects for DonorChoose and create fun activities for our students.  She is missed by all of us and her shoes will be very difficult to fill.  She has touched so many lives with her kind spirit.

I would like to thank all of you for welcoming us into the blogging world.  It's been a fun adventure that Sheri and I have started.  Thank you for visiting our kindergarten classrooms and supporting our projects.  I am unsure where I will go with our blog...I hope to continue on this adventure and I hope you will join me too.

But until then,  A Hui Hou and Aloha Oe...Until we meet again, Sheri.  I love you and miss you tons.

PLEASE help us support her family during this tragic loss.  Please share the link too.


Saturday, January 31, 2015

Who Will Help Me?

This week we explored different versions of The Little Red Hen... we finished off the week by making bread.  I used the bread in a bag recipe from http://



We had a great time!


Sunday, January 4, 2015

Snowman Fun…

After returning from maternity leave, I felt like I needed to work on building community in my classroom.  We don’t have snow in Hawaii, but we have newspaper! The challenge was to work as a group and build a snowman, using newspaper and masking tape (some friends were a little excited about their snowmen and wanted to add decorating during free time).  The objective was simple… I thought… build a snowman with your group, it must be able to stand on its own.  I was hoping for teamwork and collaborating.  Two teams were unable to produce a product, they enjoyed playing in the newspaper, another group spend their time reading ads, one group ended up with several snowballs, but lacked the communication to actually assemble a snowman, and two groups were very successful.  HOWEVER everyone had fun. I wish I had pictures of them in action, but like I said one group was clearly playing in the paper, and other groups needed help peeling the masking tape… Great activity, if you do it with your class I would recommend prepping masking tape by sticking 4-5 inch strips around the tables in the classroom, as my friends had a hard time peeling the tape. 

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

14 in '14 Linky Party

Miss Kindergarten, A Teeny Tiny Teacher and Dragonflies in first have created a fun linky party to sum up 2014.  You can come up with your own 14 moments or use their suggested ones.  I am going to try and use we go!

It's been a rough end to 2014 for my family.  We've suffered an unexpected loss of my uncle, another uncle is sick and working on getting better, and my mom and dad have suffered some health set backs.  We are working together to overcome these obstacles and I need to make a better effort on spending quality time with my family.

Healthier Choices
My mom is currently going through her 2nd round of radiation treatments.  She is wanting to make healthier choices, so I have decided to join her on this journey.  Tried my first spinach, banana, blueberry, and raspberry juice on Christmas day...wasn't as bad as I thought.

My Niece and Nephew
I am very lucky to be able to watch my niece and nephew grow into their own fun person.  They are sweet, kind, loving, funny, and smart kiddos.  My sister and brother in law are doing a pretty awesome job.

I have watched my niece grow through her participation with her halau.  She has grown so much and has shared her love of hula just like my Grandma Oda.

My niece has been our "photographer" for our holiday cards since she was 3...she will be in 9 in January.  I've been playing and learning more about Photoshop and loving the idea of creating my own photo cards.  Here's our 2014 holiday photo...lucky to be married to this man for 11 years today (12/30/03)

Teaching for 16 years and still going.  Yes it's gotten more stressful, but the rewards of watching my students grow each year is priceless.

I've enjoyed my journey in the blogging world and I feel I am still fairly new.  I'm just happy that I've been able to blog more often.  

I love Pinterest!!  I've found great pins for my classroom and baking.  
I love directed drawings and this has been my favorite one so far.  I got the idea from ARTventurous

My favorite dessert to bake during Christmas is Santa Hat Brownies!!  Here's a photo that I made for my sister.  I got the recipe from Gourmet Day Today.

A mother in my class makes beautiful jewelry from shells and beach glass that she finds here in Hawaii.  I was fortunate to be given this beautiful key chain.  It is my new key chain for my classroom keys.  If you'd like to check out her website go to Sea Kissed By Kris.

Nothing really new for me this year that has become a favorite.  

Since I am not a husband only gets!  Couldn't narrow it down to just one so here's our favorites:
 Calfornia Pizza Kitchen, Ruby Tuesdays, Macaroni Grill and Paesano's.  

I couldn't narrow it down to just one, so here's my favorites :)
Hawaii 5-O, Revenge, and Blue Bloods. 

I loved the Christmas Movie Marathons on The Hallmark Channel!!

Jeans and a comfy blouse/t-shirt.

I found this one on Facebook and it sums up my family right now.  

Phew, I did it!!!  It was fun going through my pictures and remembering the important parts of 2014.  Here's hoping for a fabulous, healthy and fun 2015 to all you!!