Even though it is early in the year, I already have a number
of sick students. I am absolutely astounded at how loud a 6th grade
boy can blow his nose. Some of my “nose
blowers” sound like a race car flying around the track, or a musical instrument
of some sort. Sometimes when the “nose
blower” starts, I will actually glance around the room thinking everyone is
going to be snickering or disgusted; however, they are usually all on task and appear
to be oblivious to the racket. It is probably
just as well that they appear to be unaware that there is suddenly a herd of
elephants in the classroom because I might accidentally give them my, “I know,
right?” look. Maybe when I see a student
approach the Kleenex box, I should announce, “Everybody take cover!”
Have you ever wondered if
mannequins have butt cracks? You have
probably not ever asked yourself this question…..or if you have, you are not
going to admit it! I know I have not
ever pondered this question; however, obviously my grandson, Brady, has! Recently while at the mall, I noticed he and
a buddy were standing in back of a male mannequin snickering rather
loudly. I quickly realized what they
were doing, as did Brady’s mom who instantly put a stop to it. Just in case you are wondering what the
answer is…..”Yes”….at least this one had a butt crack according to my grandson
(of course I did not peek). I can only
imagine what the future of mannequins will be.
I would suspect they will have robotic gestures and will turn to look at
their watch, wink at people passing by, point to something in the distance, or,
who knows, ride a trike around a toy store!
Frizzy Unruly Hair.....Welcome to your daily weather update…HUMID. It just so
happens that I have Scott hair….I was taught this at a young age….Scott, meaning
my bloodline (James and Mary Scott). So,
as a young child I learned that Scott hair is curly hair that quickly becomes
frizzy in humid weather. If you have
curly hair, you know that it just does not mix with humidity. Almost every day is a bad hair day. Gels, frizz control products, mud, oils, and humidity
hairsprays just don’t work. I feel like
I am always looking for products and/or shortcuts to keep the frizzies at
bay. Every month in Florida is
August! I have always wanted straight
silky hair…you know the kind that flips back and forth in an adorable pony tail
when you jog (of course I would have to take up jogging to experience
this). So, to all my curly headed friends, I
feel your pain.
I have twins in my class again this year….identical twin
boys. Yesterday I asked one of them what
the best way to tell them apart would be.
Now I am thinking of physical characteristics. I am looking for a telltale feature…for
example, a freckle, mole, eye brow arch, a bigger nose, creased earlobe, or
even thinner fingers. I am subtly
scanning his face as I wait for his response.
He excitedly takes off his glasses to show me that the inside arm of his
glasses is a different color than his identical twin brother. I might be in a little trouble here.
Online Dating. As I
prepare my classroom for this new school year, I have hooked up four computers,
a SmartBoard, a printer capable of printing in two locations, and a document
camera.The good news is everything is
working!The bad news is….one of my student
computers keeps giving me a message in Chinese; I have absolutely no idea what
it is telling me!Hopefully I have not
connected with an online dating site in China.I might need the network manager on this one.
Red Light Alert. I should not admit
to this, I know. Driving down the road the other day, I suddenly realized a red
light was flashing on the dashboard of my new sparkly car. The word, “Pass”,
was displayed with the annoying red light. I thought, “Pass…..is this car
telling me I need to pass?” Then I realized there was a seat belt picture
displayed behind the tomato red light. Finally, I figured out what the problem
was…..my purse was so heavy that the car thought there was a passenger sitting
beside me and that he/she had failed to put their seat belt on! Obviously the
sensor was getting annoyed that the GUY (*smile*) was not buckled in. Stupid
sensor…..what does it know? I guess I am going to have to start buckling my
purse up too!
Potty Training! I
remember the struggle of trying to potty train my son, Buck. I can remember pulling up to his preschool
day after day and seeing him standing there sweetly smiling, holding a plastic
bag that contained his soiled big boy underpants. I started worrying that I might still be working
on potty training him in middle school.
Watching my daughter, Jodi, work on potty
training with her son, Ryder, has been interesting. I noticed that the sticker chart wasn't working, the M & M’s weren't working, nor was the poopy dance.
up with a wonderful idea for anyone having trouble getting their little one to
cooperate with potty training. The “Poop
Fairy”! Think of the Tooth Fairy……only
this magical fairy leaves little gifts under the child’s pillow if he or she
has success on the potty!
matchbox cars (from a garage sale), gum, candy, etc. Sometimes she would resort to using one gummy
bear from a pack. You could even
purchase a specific toy that involves many pieces and put one under the pillow
each time there is success. If you think
a treat for each success is overkill, you could use the sticker chart, and
after x number of successes, then the fairy leaves a gift under the pillow.
a lot of verses in the Bible that speak to parenting, like, “Train up a child
in the way he should go, and when he is old, he shall not depart from it”
(Proverbs 22:6); however, I sure could have used a few verses about potty
training a child in the way they should go!
Unfortunately, such a potty training manual cannot be found in the
need some free potty training charts, here is a great site!