Thursday, November 29, 2012


What's that saying?  If you don't like it, change it?
I don't think it applies to math tests.
See what I have to put up with?
A+ for originality, I guess.

Friday, November 16, 2012

Good Deals

I was at a yard sale this summer.  Amid the cowboy boots, dusty vases and slightly used bedsheets, I spied them...a set of Little House on the Prairie books.  Mint condition.  Nine of them.  They called my name.

I was hesitant to ask their price.  Everything in the garage was overpriced, likely the result of the owner spending too much time lingering over each item, nostalgic, sipping glass after glass of Pinot Noir (these were not Boones people). 

But, a Little House set!  How could I risk waiting much longer?

I nonchalantly stepped up to the seller, and asked the price of 'those kids' books over there'. 

Evidently, she had not been nostalgic for the Ingalls.  Probably more of a Twilight fan.  "Oh, a quarter each....but if you buy them all, you can have them for $5."


And then came the awkward moment where she thought she was all that and a bag of chips, and I had to break it to her that nine quarters is only $2.25  . 

I got the entire set, and a pair of cowboy boots thrown in, just for kicks.

Saturday, November 10, 2012

Why The Cha-Cha-Slide is Part of Our Curriculum

Yes, why indeed?

The Cha-Cha-Slide is a perfect example of overlapping lessons, as well as making efficient use of your time and resources. 

Among other things, it teaches:

*right from left
*sense of direction, namely front and back
*following directions
*working together as a group (Everybody clap your hands! clap clap clap clap clap clap clap)
*counting 1-6
*self-reflection and improvement (How low can YOU go? Challenge accepted!)
*rhythm and tempo
*classic ballroom dance moves (cha cha, yes?)
*copyright infringement and consequences of such

And now, it's time for you to get funky!

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

The Patterson Christmas Project

This year we chose World Vision for our annual Christmas Project.  The kids have been making Christmas cards and selling them, for a donation, to raise money to buy a goat for a needy family.  And guess what?  With 3 weeks to go, we've already exceeded our goal of $100!!  So far, the total comes to $136.
There's still time to order your cards...give me a ring to get yourself a piece of that!

Thank you to all those who have generously donated to our cause.  Together we can do great things!