Thursday, April 26, 2012

Small Success Thursday - "What time is it?" edition

So, my poor husband has to deal with me. Two trainings, having to keep the cell phone quiet, meetings during every prep time lead to overtime. Major unpredictable overtime. Today I actually checked my cell, answered him that I'd be there 10 more minutes but then answered another text. Then when I finally cleared my desk had to stop to talk to two others.

Anyway today we put aside the crazy days and failed attempts and look for some small successes to celebrate. Why? Sometimes moms can be very hard on themselves and our kids pick up on that. They may become hard on themselves or disrespect mom. Both are problematic.

So my successes are:
1) Made it to Maggie's first birthday party! So much fun celebrating 80's style.
2) Watched some baseball and hockey with my boys.
3) Two trainings were with my sister! Fun!

Now please consider yourself tagged, invited, coerced, whatever! Join us at Sherry's blog Chocolate For Your Brain.

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Small Success Thursday April Vacation

1) My classroom looks AWESOME because, when I found a tagsale bookcase, Dear Hubby gave it a back and helped me bring it in. Then he helped me change over books for my next unit. Then today my Zoe helped me so I could hang up some new charts.

2) Haircut!

3) Time out for lunch with one friend, a visit from another and the whole Bible Study gang tomorrow!

4) Read the first two books in The Hunger Games series. I really like them. I picked them up because I *had* to but thought the author did a very good job.

How about you? Any successes? Go here

Sunday, April 15, 2012

Help please!

I need some practice evaluating reading levels using our school's benchmarking kit with students who have not had this test yet. I'll be able to give you some very specific ideas for improving their reading and do a retest in summer to record progress.
I'm available Wednesday or Thursday next week. I can not do more than one at a time so the price is keeping kids playing outside while I work with one.
The test involves showing them a short text and listening for their fluency and self corrects as they read. Two sets of oral questions evaluate their understanding of information in and beyond the text. Then we ask about the text (author's purpose) and the student has the opportunity to write to show comprehension.
If you are interested email me at with the best day and time and the name of the child. It would also help to know "What grade level text can your child read and understand the directions and text?"

Saturday, April 7, 2012

Happy Eggday!

Murphy traditions continue today! Egg decorating with all the cousins. I think I'll actually make it after being sick and swamped at work for weeks. The goal of my blog was originally to help think about my spiritual life, living as a Daughter of the King. Piety, Study and Action are the three pillars I learned to think on through Cursillo. My work has been so overwhelming in study an action that I've had hardly a minute for piety. I did have retreat and Cursillo grouping which made a huge difference.
Will my blog every become again a weekly thing? Not for a while, but that's OK.
Off to enjoy my family!
Happy Easter.