Saturday, May 19, 2018

Details on How to Make the Silhouettes for Mother's Day

I put together an instruction sheet for the Silhouette Pictures so I will remember how to do it at the end of each school year.  I thought it would help other teachers as well.  I tried to put as many details as possible so whether you are TECH SAVY or NOT, you can do this!  YES YOU CAN! :)

Here is the link:
How to Make Silhouettes of Your Students

Let me know if it is helpful.  I would love to see photos of the ones that you create!

Until next time..........

Sunday, May 13, 2018

Remember Using an Overhead?

Technology has come a long, long way.  I remember in the "old", I'm not old.... not really old.....
I remember "a while" back, teachers used overheads!  Do you remember those days?

Well....... now PowerPoint did the trick.  It was fun to see the students faces when they saw their photos were now silhouettes.

They loved decorating the frames for their moms!

HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY to all the moms out there!!

Saturday, May 12, 2018


I was invited to the luncheon by TRTA.  They presented me a "big check" and a certificate from the local chapter. 

Wednesday, May 2, 2018


Well, Well, Well,....... LOOK WHAT HAPPENED!

The Children's Museum of Houston had numerous applications for this award.

I had to answer questions, submit letters of recommendations, put together a portfolio with essays and photos. Then they narrowed it down to four people.

Then FIVE board members came in to visit the classroom, the children, and my teaching abilities at different times.

If heaven had a phone, I would call my daddy! He would be overjoyed with excitement!

It was a long process, but I won!! I am the Martel Early Childhood Educator of the Year!
Yes, I am excited!!

Saturday, April 28, 2018

Texas Retired Teachers Association

The Texas Retired Teachers Association has a classroom assistance grant program that rewards public school teachers who demonstrate commitment to public education and children through the creation of innovative projects, programs, special events, or unique learning platforms. This year they received 104 applications and awarded thirty $500 grants to teachers throughout Texas. 

My grant was to purchase floor robots knows as Blue-Bots to help my ESL students learn skills such as cause and effect, sequencing, counting, letter recognition, problem-solving, early programming skills, and STEM.


Sunday, April 22, 2018

Earth Day - Recycle Buttons

In honor of Earth Day, I did a crafty project this weekend. 

A friend of mine is willing to make a quilt for me using my daddy's shirts.  (He recently passed away in July.  We miss him so much - more than I can put into words.)

I decided that I would cut the buttons off the shirts before sending them to my crafty quilting friend.  This was a harder process than I thought.  Not the actual process of cutting of the buttons, but the overwhelming amount of emotions. 

I am okay with using the shirts, but I am not okay with what it means. 

It means my daddy will never wear them again.  
It means I will never see him in those shirts.  
It means he is not longer here to go places with me.  
It means we won't be going on vacations.
It means I come home to an empty house (except for Gizmo).  
It means I don't have anyone to cook for anymore.
It means I can't talk to him any more.  
It means my best friend is gone.

I sat and cried for a long while.  Gizmo knew that something was wrong and he sat with me.  He tried to cheer me up by bringing me his toy.  He kissed away my tears.  I know that I can't say, "Daddy", because that confuses him and he thinks that he is here or that he will be coming home and Gizmo will go sit in the entry way, yapping every once in a while, as if to say, "Hurry up, we are waiting on you."  I think that Gizmo knew those were daddy's shirts.  He sat on them, sniffed them, and at one point wouldn't even move.

So, we took a break, collected ourselves, and started again.  We powered through and managed to get a collection of buttons.  Now we have a lot of buttons, different sizes, shapes, and colors.

Now a quick trip to Michael's to get some tools, jump rings, and a chain.........

We managed to make a necklace!  

We did right by the Earth and daddy would be proud!

Saturday, April 14, 2018

Grant from TRTF

I am so excited!  I am going to receive a grant from the Texas Retired Teachers Foundation.  There were over 100 applications received from all over Texas and mine was one they chose.  I hope we can work out a time where they can come to the school and present it to me.  I look forward to spending it. YES - I will be spending it on technology! :)

Monday, April 9, 2018

Say Thank You to Yourself

Make a list of things you want to do to make your situation better.  Do something small to help you reach your destination.  You can do it!  You can make it happen! 

Monday, April 2, 2018

Positive thoughts!

Let's think good thoughts! 
Look at where your class was a the beginning of the year .........
then look where they are now!  They have made a ton of progress and that is because of you!

Details on How to Make the Silhouettes for Mother's Day

I put together an instruction sheet for the Silhouette Pictures so I will remember how to do it at the end of each school year.  I thought i...