Wordless Wednesday

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A bit of pic and text overload this week and you may be wondering why...................I firmly believe that our students should be taught to respect animals, learn how to treat them correctly, as well as being responsible for a care routine - perhaps a class pet?  Below are the pics I share with my students, each accompanied with its' own particular story.

Let me introduce you:

This is Blue - our most recent rescue dog.  He is nearly 4 years old and had been abused.

This is Holly who was with me for 15 years - she passed away in April 2013 at 17 years old.  Also a rescue dog who suffered abuse.  I miss her daily.
This is Nora - my very first rescue dog - sadly died too young at 9 years of age.

This is Toffee enjoying the sun!  She is almost 15 and is our only rescue cat.

The next 4 puppies we fostered for a week.  Hubs had to take a week off work to help me!  It was a pretty crazy week with our animals and the new ones all together.  I don't think my home has ever smelt the same - lol!

This is Spot - we sponsor him because he will never be able to go to a new home, won't be euthanized, but is costly for the rescue center.

So, these are the choices my family make.  Many of my colleagues sponsor children's education around the world.

Do you have someone special to sponsor?  Have you met them?  Do you receive letters and pictures?  I would love to hear your stories.


Field Trips - love 'em or hate 'em?

Hi everyone!  Sorry I haven't posted in a while!  My diary is packed full until the end of June - our last day is June 30th and I feel a little bit like I'm drowning!  My 'to-do' list is getting longer by the minute and I'm jumping from one thing to the next, without actually finishing anything or achieving very much!  I hope I'm not alone in this!  I really need to try and organize myself a little bit better.
Since I found out that I am moving to 2nd grade and moving rooms, I just want to get started with my packing!  I know I shouldn't be thinking about it now, as I still have 5 weeks to teach, but it is so hard to concentrate on the rest of this year.  I should be teaching and concentrating on my firsties, but find myself collecting resources and planning room themes!!  Many friends have been sharing resources and links to blogs to help me along the way and I just want to get moving!  
My poor kiddos are currently in the middle of standardized testing and when those are completed, they have to do end of year testing.  I know the last few weeks are going to be a hectic trying to cram in last bits of curriculum.  At least I am looping up with my class and know them already!
In the midst of all of this madness is of course those end of year trips!  We are very lucky to be able to do as many as we like.  With every new cross-curricular topic I teach, I try to plan a trip or invite a professional to come to our class.  We are currently studying animals, which will extend to mini-beasts by the end of the year.  Somehow we have managed to squeeze in a couple of trips.  I absolutely love being outdoors with my students.  Outdoor classrooms are currently coming to the fore and apparently every outdoor lesson is equivalent to six indoor lessons.  I am always amazed at the knowledge my students glean from one little trip!  Another advantage is that students are more relaxed and I get to spend proper personal time with them.  I know many teachers do not enjoy field trips, but for me - these are one of the highlights of my year.
How do you feel about them?  Have you planned many this year?  What has been one of your favorite all time field trips?  One of my total favorites was a week-long trip to Paris and Disneyland - we had so much fun!  These days I am not so keen on the residential trips, but I do love a day away!! 
We will be visiting this wonderful country park to study a woodland habitat.

There are some amazing  free resources at the following website:  
Nature Detectives
I hope you find something there that may be of use to you.
One other trip we have planned is to Tropical World and Mini Zoo.  I have already visited ahead of time to check it out!  One disadvantage is the length of time travelling, but I know my kids will love it!

Our very last trip will be to a miniature railway - just for fun and a class picnic.  If weather and time permit, we hope to go rock-pooling and enjoy an ice cream together - a good mix of educational, pure fun and relaxation.

Now I have to hope that I manage to get everything packed in without becoming overwhelmed and also complete all the end of year paperwork.  The thought of report writing always seems to bring me out in a rash - lol!

I am sure many of you have now finished for the year - if not, I hope the last few days and weeks run smoothly and you have a feeling of accomplishment at the end!

Wordless Wednesday Classroom Views

This is the view from my classroom - the field is nearly ready for Field Day!

What's your view like?  Are you looking forward to your Field Day?

Hope over to Christina's blog: Sugar and Spice to check out more Wordless Wednesday's posts!


Teresa Williams Fundraiser

As you all know, we sadly lost our dear friend, Teresa from 2nd Grade Pig Pen, recently.  She was a big part of our bloggy group and we are still coming to terms with her loss.  She would be bowled over to know how much everyone cared for her - we have been inundated with sweet, kind messages from all over the blogging world.

As a group, we came together to remember her, but also to do something positive for her family.  Teresa's family are facing huge medical bills and funeral costs and we felt by doing a fundraiser, we could in some small way help her family members who have been left behind.  Teresa was the sweetest, kindest lady, with a great sense of humor - she made us smile every day!  Now it's our turn to make her smile by helping out her family when they are in most need.

To that end, we put the call out for donations to make some fundraising bundles to sell in Teresa's store.  Many TpT sellers donated their best-sellers and we were able to make 5 bundles in total, with all proceeds going directly yo Teresa's family.

The Bundles are as follows:

Please consider donating to this very worthwhile cause - you'll get some fabulous products into the bargain!  Teresa's store will also be on sale during the TpT Teacher Appreciation Sale.

Thank you so much for all your sweet messages and any donations you may make.  Generous hearts!

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