Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Plays, 6th graders and McDonald's!

In November, I received a flyer for Chamber Theater Company's productions of "The Raven", "Tell Tale Heart", "Monkey's Paw", "The Necklace","Legend of Sleepy Hollow", and "The Jumping Frogs of Calaveras County" in the mail. I knew my group of Pre-AP Language students would love to see this! I knew some of these students maybe haven't had the opportunity to see a play or even get out of Pine Bluff, so I began preparing for the field trip that was MONTHS later. The field trip was approved, tickets paid for and permission slips were returned. We prepared by reading almost all of the plays before hand or discussing them briefly. The kids at least now had a general idea of what to expect and were super excited. Finally, April 20th arrived, and we were ready to go. Unfortunately, it was the beginning of the immense healthy amounts of rain that Arkansas was getting, so it started very dreary. I am proud to say that my students looked nice and their behavior matched how well they dressed. They had a great time and everything went very smoothly. Jeff was able to meet us for lunch since he works right down the road and when I introduced him, (brace yourself) THE KIDS APPLAUDED HIM! Yes, they applauded him. For that moment, he felt important I'm sure. It was such a wonderful trip and during our debriefing afterwards, I could really tell that they had really learned something. I can't wait to take my next trip!

Easter 2011

Another Easter has come and gone. We have made a little tradition out of spending Easter with Jeff's family in Conway, which is always so wonderful. It was wonderful to hear God's message and to see how much of it Parker's is absorbing school and at church. We were also able to spend time with family, and Parker was able to play/visit/swim with her cousins. She loves her "cousits". There was tons of good food and great company.

4 and 5 year olds and the zoo? Yikes!

I was feeling very brave one day and decided to go with Parker and her class to the zoo. It was complete chaos a wonderful time to spend with Parker. Sit back and imagine about 20- 4 and 5 year olds at the zoo. Needless to say, I was exhausted afterwards. The kids were very excited but kept asking these two questions, "can we ride the train?" and "can we ride the carousel?". I wonder why. I was able to take quite a few cute pictures of all the kids and Parker's friend, Elizabeth, in all of their sideways poses.

Our 1st Party at War Memorial Stadium

After receiving an invitation that read, "party will be held at War Memorial Stadium", we sat around and wondered what the heck they would be doing!? We had never been to a party that wasn't at The Little Gym, a pizza place, park or even a karate place, so we were a little excited about what could be going on. Turns out they rented the field, brought all types of footballs, soccer balls, baseballs and tee balls just to let them run around and play for an hour or so! Such a great idea. The kids seemed to have such a great time running around wild and getting out a small amount of energy that they have. Parker's friend, Emily, from school was there, so she played her heart out with her. Such a great time.

Wow! Behind Much?

Yes, I am behind on my blogging. My friend, Lacey, made sure to remind me of that Sunday. I mean to update, but then I just never find the time to do it. Sadly enough, I am home sick, blah. I am feeling better, so I am trying to squeeze in some blog updates while I am here. The last month or so has really flown by, and thankfully I was able to catch a few pictures of what we have been up to. A few happenings in April are: a birthday party at War Memorial, Easter, Benchmark (ugh), zoo field trip, and my very first school field trip!

One of my favorite pics from the zoo. I think I give this look quite often. :)