Pencil Bouquets

colored-pencils

So I’m coloring little family member finger puppets for my nursery class lesson and Mikey decides we should sharpen all the colored pencils.  Great idea, except I don’t think Joshy is quite ready for pencil sharpening.  Loading the washer and dryer, yes.  Pushing pencils in the electric sharpener, no!  Mikey on his own came up with the plan to let Josh watch the sharpening take place on a chair, then hand Josh a handful of pencils to go take to Mommy.  Joshy happily brings the little handful bouquets to me and grins while toddling back to get more. 

It totally took me back to classroom teaching days.  Every kid wanted a classroom job, especially class leader.  There were those students who were the best little cleaners and pencil sharpeners.  And I loved when the responsible kids were the ones who were the leaders, because they would remember those important duties like taking the lunch count and attendance folder to the right place all on their own, no reminders needed. 

So here’s to learning and growing and teaching each other one little lesson at time.  May my kids learn important skills to help them cooperate and interact appropriately at home and school and play.

Thank You Columbus!

So I’m still going to free sewing classes every Thursday and our next project is to make a tiered/ layered skirt.  Upon further googling I think they are also called gypsy skirts and they are “sew” easy to make.  You can do lots of layers.  I currently have one similar to this, but in brown.  It’s so comfortable!

Well I headed to Joann’s fabric store in hopes of finding the perfect fabrics to coordinate and do a multicolored skirt.  We (the boys and I) searched high and low and through every row twice.  I finally found my match in the red tag remnant bins and got brown and red dotted material with shiny silver stripes going through it.  They were 50% off the already reduced price!  Just what I was hoping to find- treasure in the leftovers!  I spent less than 5 bucks on my elastic and material and I’m so stinking excited, because I think I can make 2 skirts!  So thank you Columbus for discovering America and for having such a great day for sales!