Thursday, January 2, 2014

Currently January

Welcome to January 2014!  It is Currently time again!
Loved the movie Saving Mr. Banks....had to go home and watch Mary Poppins.  Now listening to the Broadway musical...also fabulous!
I made snow globes as a Christmas present for my class.  I used beads and baby food jars.  However when I finished I had 4 jars that just wouldn't seal securely.  So I went to the store and bought four jars.  Kind of like someone I know who needed tuna cans.....  I dumped the baby food into ice cube trays and froze it so I could have the empty jar.  Now the frozen cubes of baby food are treats for my puppy.  She loves them and because they are frozen they keep her busy for a bit!
Genius hour is just that-genius!  I can not take credit for it, but am thankful for whoever pinned it!  Jen, from Runde's Room for some getting started ideas!  Genius Hour is also helpful and full of great ideas.  Before break, students brainstormed and narrowed their topics of study.  I can not wait to return and see what happens.
I got a kitchenaid mixer for Christmas and can't wait to put it to use.  My FAVORITE bread recipe uses Chai spice and brewed tea. Such a strange combo, but delicious!!!
Chai Spice Bread Recipe
At church with the junior high group that I help with, we split up into small groups and got through a stack of cards.  It is pretty cool and I thought I would try them out with my class.  During our Circle of Friends, I started Ask, Read, Do cards.  On the calendar, I put each card behind each day of the month.  This month, I may just put them all on a ring and flip them.  Each card has a task.  A question we all answer.  Something we should read or something we should do.  Last month was a trial month and we had lots of fun.  #classroomcommunitybuilding
Memory or Tradition-
Whenever we got a Christmas card in the mail, we would put them up on the back of the front door (I am sure there are now much cuter ways to display Christmas cards)  Anyway after Christmas, we took all the cards off the door and put them in  a basket.  Before dinner, each night, we pulled out the first card and prayed for the person/family that sent the card.  Then put the card at the back and cycled through the basket during the next few months.
Your turn...go link up and don't forget the rule of 3!
Laurie <i><b><a href="">Chickadee Jubilee</a></b></i>
Happy Thursday,


  1. I have a kitchen aide mixer too and LOVE it! I actually haven't ever made bread with mine and that's something I should do too!

    I love how you pray for families using their Christmas cards. That's a wonderful idea - thanks for sharing!

  2. Stopping by from Farley's link up: I love your Ask, Do, Read cards I think they would even work with middle schoolers when we need to 'fill' the time at the end of class some days.

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  4. I love your Ask, Read, Do cards. What a great idea! I am sure your students love it!
    That is so sweet of you to pray for families using their Christmas cards.
    I'm glad to hear that you loved Saving Mr. Banks. I definitely want to see it soon!
    Thanks for sharing!
    Tricks of the Trade in First Grade

  5. Love your Ask, Read, Do cards! Such a great idea!! I also LOVE LOVE LOVE Mary Poppins! :)
    Happy New Year!
    Found your blog through Currently and I am your newest follower. Would love for you to head over and check out my blog! Missy TheAdventuresofAClassyTeacher

  6. My KitchenAid mixer is looking pretty old! Oh my it is....25 years old! It still works like new...You'll love yours. I love your Ask Read Do cards. I'm always looking for more ways to build community...That's a good one!

  7. I'm in love with your favorite Christmas tradition. How so very sweet.
    ❀ Tammy
    Forever in First

  8. I was laughing about your baby food until I read your explanation. That's brilliant!
    Your bread recipe sounds divine!
    I also really like your Christmas card tradition...very kind and loving.

    Grade ONEderful
    Ruby Slippers Blog Designs

  9. Adorable blog! I love the idea of praying for the people of your Christmas cards. What a cool thing to do. I keep hearing about this Mr Banks movie. I'm hoping they will show it in Korea, but who knows.
    Gig ‘Em Teacher

  10. I love that classroom community activity as well! Have you ever seen the blog Engage Their Minds, Terri talks a lot about Genius Hour too. I wish my puppy didn't balk at frozen things, your baby food idea is so creative! :)