Today is a day filled with excitement for little people. Streets will be flooded with little phantoms, zombies, and princesses. Spidermen will be sighted, as well as some wizards and Jedi masters.
This year, I am not feeling the vibe for Halloween – instead of feeling the excitement, I cannot wait for it to be over. The reason may be that I am tired and would love to be able to sleep uninterrupted until refreshed. I know, however, that the children are excited for the day so I have done the usual preparations for the celebrations: I have decorated the classroom, prepared some activities, and co-created a Halloween door.
We do love our door and have been enjoying it for the past two weeks.
Tomorrow I will take down the decorations and prepare the space for our next festive celebration.
It is that time of year when I receive many leaf bouquets. I enjoy the colours of the Fall leaves and am always pleased to bring them into my classroom and enjoy the array on my desk.
No matter what year it is, the children in my class show their appreciation of nature’s beauty by collecting the leaves that have fallen on the ground. I remember my own children doing this when they were younger. It is a practice that does make me smile.
(This post is linked to Becky’s Square Challenge for which we will be posting square photos featuring lines during the month of October; and Trent’s Weekly Smile challenge which focuses on sharing all things positive. )
On Friday last week when I arrived home, I was so excited to see that I had received an ARC of Adam Silvera’s upcoming Fantasy release Infinity One from the team at Harper Collins Canada. Fantasy fiction is my favourite genre and when I heard about this series, I knew that I wanted to read it. On Friday, I admired the cover and loved the lines of the Phoenix. The ARC looks beautiful and I expect the cover of the finished hardcover will look absolutely stunning.
I have started reading the novel – I set aside my October TBR piled with no compunction. I am loving it so far! The story explores sibling relationships, being comfortable in your own skin no matter what your sexual orientation, and (I suspect) finding your inner strength. I look forward to seeing what the magical battle in New York will bring.
The past few weeks have seen the advent of the beautiful array of colours in nature as the leaves of the trees change. In the school playground a couple of years ago, some Maple trees were planted and they are currently showing their beauty.
The red leaves are stunning this year and I can understand why Canada has taken this leaf to be a part of the flag. I see this tree from my classroom window and enjoy its beauty when I am on duty outside in the playground.
On Friday afternoon, I gave my students the opportunity to play with blocks in the last period of the day if they had completed their tasks for the week.
A group of girls pulled out the pattern blocks and started creating with them.
When I looked closer at their creation, I noticed that they had created a series of three dimensional patterns which they repeated a few times.
I had to snap some pictures quickly as this is evidence that they have taken their learning further than expected. My intention is to print these pictures, add my comments, and insert the pictures into their Math folder as evidence of level 4 application of their learning. So exciting!
Have you seen child create a three dimensional pattern?
While at the resort in the Dominica Republic, we had the opportunity to eat at a number of restaurants. While waiting for our ride back to our room after eating dinner, I could not help think of Becky’s challenge as I looked at the curtain of shells behind the bench.
I loved the shell curtain and looked a little closer at the objects. I could not help but wonder where these shells had been found as I had seen none on the beach during our walks.
Maybe we should have tried walking early in the morning but, after our late nights, I found it a little difficult to get up at 5am.
As we had not seen any shells in the wild, I was pleased to have at least seen these.
Yesterday all Canadians voted in the elections – or at least, one hoped all Canadians would. (According to the stats, 68.5% did). My family and I strategically went to vote soon after we had eaten an earlier than usual dinner as we wanted to avoid waiting in any vote lines.
Our strategy worked and we were in and out of the voting room quite quickly – no long line awaited us! What made me smile, though, was the fact that both my daughters are now voters. Performing our civic duty is something we can now do en famille. It made me proud to see them registering to vote and then casting their ballot for the first time.
(This post is linked to Becky’s Square Challenge for which we will be posting square photos featuring lines during the month of October; as well as Trent’s Weekly Smile challenge which focuses on sharing all things positive.)
At the resort we booked into when we visited the Dominican Republic, we had the opportunity to eat at a varied number of buffet selections. The first buffet we visited was the one nearest to our room. The selection was good and we enjoyed our meals there. I loved the slatted walls and the holiday feel about the space.
After a couple of days, we discovered a larger buffet. A was a bit of a walk from our room but one that was manageable. When we first entered the room, I loved the clean lines of the place and it was definitely our most favourite place to eat. (This was the place that had the amazing dessert selection).
We had access to a third buffet restaurant which we tried out and, unfortunately, I did not take a picture of the environment. The place was buzzing but we did prefer going to the ones nearer to our room.