Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Just Pick a Class-- Any Class

We pulled out the Russian ushanka again for "Draw the Schedule Out of a Hat Day".  We drew a different sticky note out of the hat prior to each class to see which class we would hold next.  It was just suspenseful enough to make it a fun and different day.  

Monday, February 20, 2017

I Got Shoes, You Got Shoes, All God's Children Got Shoes

This was a fun day.  Especially since I dug through the stuff in my garage and located my roller skates.  I got to skate all around my classroom, passing out papers and answering questions. Boots clomped, bells rang, and I only fell down once when I was trying to take my skates off and was standing on one leg.   

Saturday, February 18, 2017

No Desk Blanket Teddy Bear Day

No Desk Day is always one of the students' favorites, although I have never had a student bring a giant pink dinosaur to school before.  To be more specific, it was "No Desk Blanket Teddy Bear Day", meaning that the students could bring blankets and stuffed animals (hence the giant pink stuffed dinosaur) to school.  We had all of our normal classes, and the students did all of their work in spite of the unusual circumstances, and I am happy to report that they got their usual high scores on their work as well.  

Thursday, February 16, 2017

He Leadeth Me by the Anabaptist Orchestra Strings

Cookie and Chocolate Day

After we learned about St. Valentine, a Catholic priest who helped Christians and was martyred for it, we enjoyed cookie and chocolate day.  Several of the students brought goodies to share and we munched away all day.  Yummy.  

Monday, February 13, 2017

Wear the Same Color Day - My Skirt is all Messed Up

I have decided that every February Fun Day does not have to be earth-shattering, especially as we are having one every school day this month.  So, this was a new one and I thought it was pretty fun.  
Sometime in January, I had asked the students to write down their own suggestions for February Fun Days as a journal entry, and one of them had suggested that we have a day in which we wear only one color.  Since the school uniform colors are brown or navy blue, we went with those colors.  I even found a navy sweater and blue socks.  And what on earth happened to my skirt that it was sticking out like that?  I have no idea but it certainly looks strange.  I think we were having static cling issues.  

Sunday, February 12, 2017

Coffee and Chocolate Day

Coffee and chocolate day was a new February Fun Day for us this year, and it will definitely be repeated.  We got three regular coffee pots for coffee, and one large fellowship meal one with hot water to make hot chocolate. 
The teachers brought coffee, hot chocolate, creamer, sugar, marshmallows, crushed peppermints, whipping cream, chocolate cookies, York peppermint patties, and MINT Hershey kisses.  The students added chocolate bars, chocolate milk, bags of miniature candies, cappuccino mix, cinnamon sticks, Cool whip, and some amazing homemade bread dip stuff which we really enjoyed after all that sugar.   
The teachers set it all up in the morning (except for the cookies and candy which were put out after lunch), and in between classes the students could refill their hot drinks and have them at their desks.  

Thursday, February 9, 2017

I am the Candle of the Lord

      I had never tried this one in a basement classroom with only one window before, but it worked.  We turned off all the electric lights for the day and used only candles.  Scented candles.  Lots of them. So, not only did our room have a lovely ambiance, it also smelled, well, . . . kinda strong and flowery.  We also roasted marshmallows, although I think next year we will try the smaller ones; they might roast faster.  
      And, if you would like to hear the song, click here.  

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

My Hat, It Has Three Corners

I know, hat day can be a little trite.  We challenged the students to be as creative as they could be, and they were.  My favorites included a coonskin cap (worn by a lady, thank you), a furry Russian ushanka, a fedora,  and a bright green frog hat.  

Saturday, February 4, 2017

February Fun - Crazy Sock Day

The fun has begun. The first February Fun Day was crazy sock day and we definitely had a variety of interesting socks.  My favorite ones were the ostrich socks.

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Funny Girls Wear Sweet Covering-Bonnet Things All Day at School

The day after the colonial honor roll party, the seventh and eighth grade girls all decided to wear the mob caps that I had sewn for them. (These are just the 8th graders though.)  They wore them all day.  They took tests in them, ate lunch in them, and played dodge ball in them as well.  Neat girls, neat coverings.  It was a happy day.  

Saturday, January 21, 2017

A Colonial Honor Roll Celebration

When the students arrived at our front door they were welcomed inside and asked to sign the Swan's Inn guest register.   We used only candlelight the entire evening.  

The teachers were the cooks and the servers, and our guests were the students, of course.  
crackers, cheese & pickles
mini pot pies
crusty bread, butter & jam
chocolate pudding with whipped cream
fruit tarts
hot chocolate

The entertainment for the evening consisted of three of us teachers playing fiddle, fife and guitar.  We found real colonial music to play as well.  

I found an entire bolt of white fabric for just $7, so I sewed mob caps for all twenty of the lady students.  They looked lovely in them.  We finished the evening with true colonial parlor games such as "Answer the Question" and charades.  

Friday, January 20, 2017

Gettin' Ready for Honor Roll

Get it?  Swans' Inn?  I've wanted to have a colonial inn honor roll party for quite awhile, so that was the theme for our second honor roll party of the year.  

The invitations went out early in the week.  There were printed on parchment paper and I used a real quill dipped into ink to write their names on the inside and outside of every invitation.  They were sealed with candle wax.  

I asked some of the other teachers at Shalom Mennonite School to help with all the food and they were AMAZING!!!!  We stayed after school the day before the party and made forty-eight mini pot pies and forty fruit tarts.  

Next I asked my hubby and sons to move all of our living room furniture and rugs out of the living room and into the kitchen and study.  I still have two couches in my kitchen.