Saturday, November 8, 2014


Discover. Play. Build.

Ruth Ayres has a link-up on Saturdays where people link to posts that are celebrations about their week. I love this reminder to celebrate every day.

  • I got to spend the day with my two favorite children. We had a yummy lunch while watching the Badger game on a humongous screen at the student union. If you can't be at the game (it was away), the next best thing is watching with a bunch of Badger fans. It was funny because whenever the game wasn't on, a person was turning off the tv audio and we had some loud, fun music. I didn't know that football dj was a restaurant job. 
  • I love watching my writer's group at school. They enjoy having the time to create individually or together. Some have decided that they want to do the Scholastic Kids are Authors contest and are writing picture books together. Their excitement is amazing. It's great to see what they do when they have the time and space to be creative.

  • My drawing class was very enjoyable this week. I finished a drawing I had started the week before. At the previous lesson, I had an “Ish” moment. I kept trying to draw an acorn and it wouldn't look the way I envisioned it. I will admit that I became very frustrated and had to take a time out in the hall. When I came back in, I stopped trying to make it perfect and went for trying to make something acorn”ish” and that did the trick. This week, I added more acorns and am happy with the drawing. With five minutes left of class, I did a very quick still life drawing that I didn't hate. I think it's good to experience frustration when I am learning to remind me of what some of my students may go through.
  • NaNoWriMo has begun. The camarderie is fantastic. So many people are going through the same adventure together. There are word sprints on Twitter and Facebook. There are writing challenges with our region. We had a write-in last Saturday at the library (four of my fourth and fifth grade students attended) and another write-in happened with a smaller group of folks Monday night. Writing with others doesn't necessarily make me write more or more quickly, but it is way more fun. The food is good too.

    I hope you have also had a week full of many moments to celebrate!


  1. Love hearing all about your week, Crystal, & those acorns are wonderful. I just bought a box of acorns (hard to find her in CO) so perhaps I'll have the class do some drawing of them. Glad for the idea. I like your connection with your frustration & what our students feel sometimes, too. Have a great Sunday!

    1. Thanks Linda. Acorns are a nice fall symbol that are fun to examine up close. I hope you have a great week.