Browsing Archive: May, 2012

I think I "can"

Posted by Amateur Teacher on Tuesday, May 29, 2012,
Summer offers the perfect opportunity to pick up and learn a new hobby. This summer it was my (and my husband's for me, heh heh) goal to learn to can. Early this year we purchased a pressure canner and with each weekly grocery store run, we've added to our stockpile of canning equipment such as jars, tongs, powders, and what have you. Well, today was the day. It was "our" (you know, MY) first trial run. I enlisted the help of my summer time partner in crime, my nine year old nephew, to get it...
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Fitness Friday! It's summer. Do I have to?

Posted by Amateur Teacher on Friday, May 25, 2012,
I must say, I am proud of myself. I got up early this morning and ran with a friend. We have been running consistently over the last few months, but the last week of school wreaks havoc on any well set and well followed schedule; be it for the school day or your own personal time. After a week of putting our daily workouts on the back burner, we were back at it this morning and it felt great!

After the school hours offered the perfect time to workout. We held each other accountable and made e...
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How about a post completely unrelated to school? Oh, yes!

Posted by Amateur Teacher on Friday, May 25, 2012,
That's exactly what this is. A post that has NOTHING to do with school. Why? Because today was my very first official day of summer vacation and I do not, under any circumstances, have to even THINK about school stuff. Although, I did look at school stuff on Pintrest, dang it. I guess you never really can get away from it, huh? So, what did I do today?

1. I watered the garden.
2. I planted herbs.
3. I sat down because I wanted to.
4. I went to the bathroom as many times as I needed to. Let me tel...
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Fitness Friday: Starting Small

Posted by Amateur Teacher on Friday, May 18, 2012,
First, let me say: SCHOOL IS OUT FOR SUMMER!!!! WOOT!

With that said, it's a perfect segue into this article on the home page of SparkPeople (y'all know how much I love SparkPeople). The article talks about starting small when beginning a fitness routine of any sort. During the summer my music teacher friend and I love going to a nearby lake, bike trail, and fitness loop to do what we call "mini tri's." We love it, but I"m sure we look like fools as we try our best at swimming, then biking, a...
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Check yo'self before you wreck yo'self

Posted by Amateur Teacher on Friday, May 18, 2012,
I have a student that cries everyday. For real. Every. Day. Why? It's as simple as me telling her to do something. "Sweetie, it's 8:00 and your book bag is still in the middle of the floor. Please, follow directions quickly and put it away." "I WAS ABOUT TO! WAAAAAAAAAGGGGGGGHHHHHH!" That is how at least two out of the five mornings go in our room. The class knows she is a cry baby and I see 17 pairs of eyes roll at the sound of the familiar whining fit pitching. The thing that frustrates me ...
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Last week of school sale!

Posted by Amateur Teacher on Monday, May 14, 2012,
I am typing this at 5:45 in the morning. Crazy? Maybe. Happy? Yes. Today is the last Monday for this school year. Tomorrow will be the last Tuesday, Wednesday the last Wednesday... you get my point. IT'S THE LAST WEEK OF SCHOOL. I am so stinkin' excited I decided to throw a sale in my TpT store in honor of this most wonderful of weeks.

It's not that I don't love my class. I do. But, I'll tell you right now that with the year I've had this year, ain't nobody going to be more thrilled than this...
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Fitness Friday... eesh

Posted by Amateur Teacher on Saturday, May 12, 2012,
Friday was Field Day. Really, I could stop my blog right there. Does more really need to be said? If you've been following me this year, then you know it's been a tough year. I thought, "We're going to be outside all day. There's no way we can't have a good time!" Boy, was I w-r-o-n-g. It was the worst. Horrible. Terrible. No good. Very bad. I felt like Alexander. They fought over who won, they fought over who had the ball, over who didn't have the ball, over who got looked at wrong, over cal...
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Mothers Day and madness

Posted by Amateur Teacher on Thursday, May 10, 2012,

Ok, so this is my FOURTH attempt at blogging tonight! My computer has been extremely uncooperative or who knows what reason and it has me ready to pitch a glorified fit! AGH! *insert fists and scowl and gritted teeth here.* I think Someone may be trying to teach me a lesson in patience... which is something that is in VERY short supply these last seven days of school. But, besides complain about how HORRIBLE my day was, I really wanted to show you the Mothers Day craft we got done in less tha...
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Fitness Friday... er, Monday?

Posted by Amateur Teacher on Tuesday, May 8, 2012,
Ok, ok, so I totally forgot about my promise to have a fitness Friday. Mostly because I was busy playing in the garden Friday. Which leads me to my fitness tip! GARDENING! It's spring time and everyone wants to be outside. It's also time for people to put the finishing touches on their gardens. Why not make it part of your fitness routine? Did you know that raking and digging can burn up to 500 calories an hour?! How about that?
So if you want to trade in your spandex for a spade for a day or...
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Paint, splinters, and Class! Yes!

Posted by Amateur Teacher on Friday, May 4, 2012,
We've been dumpster diving the last two weeks. Seriously. In honor of Earth Day (which is a holiday I totally think is bogus-that's just my two cents, but I'm not going there), we read The Lorax. And in honor of The Lorax, we have been recycling, reducing, and reusing our trash to make our own little Seuss-villes. Milk cartons, juice boxes, toilet paper rolls, you name it, are all in the process of being transformed into little towns complete with community buildings, houses, water sources, f...
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