Archive | October, 2014

A Sunday Share

12 Oct

My husband is watching “Bathurst” today so I’ve been hanging out online this morning catching up on my blog reads (actually procrastinating because I should be going up to school  to do some work!) .

I’ve stumbled upon the My Little Sunshine House Sunday linky and I thought I would give it a go.

The prompt is to share what we are reading/inspired by/ looking at at the moment.

  1. Reading: I rarely read books during the school term – I am just too tired.  But last Saturday (school holidays) I did sit down on my lounge on the deck and read a whole book: The Farmers Wife by Rachael Treasure
  2. Inspired by: I am currently in the planning stage of my next BIG overseas holidays,  Next year my husband and I are off to America for 6 weeks,  So at the moment I am being inspired by my travel brochures 🙂IMG_5658
  3. Looking at: Yesterday I took my Mum to see the Lion King for her birthday.  So I’ve been looking at the program – amazed at the costumes and set design.IMG_5656

So there you go – I quick little Sunday post 🙂

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The start of Term 4

11 Oct

This week saw the start of our fourth term.

Tuesday was our first day back.  The students had class and I had a Professional Development day about reading (yep a PD day on the first day of term) so I didn’t get to see my class until Wednesday.  And as I had long service leave at the end of third term the students were beyond excited to see me (which is always good for your self-esteem 🙂 ).  It took us 40 mins just to mark the role in the morning as they all had SO much to tell me.

So needless to say that with only 3 days in the classroom this week my Five for Friday post will be a little “lean”!

  1.  Baby Cards – We had two families have new babies this week – both boys.  So it was a perfect opportunity for some ‘real life’ writing.IMG_5591
  2. Teddy Bear Hospital – We had medical students come to school to run a Teddy Bear Hospital workshop with our classes.  The students participated in 4 activities (sun safety, dental hygiene, exercise and healthy body).  This is a great FREE program run by the University of Queensland.IMG_5602
  3. Teddy Bear Maths – We couldn’t bring our Teddy Bears to school for the day and not make the most of it! So we used our Teddy Bears for maths, we read to our bears during “Read to Self” and we wrote descriptions about our bears during “Work on Writing”.IMG_5599
  4. Sounds in Science – During our “Project Time” this week we have been focussing on our science unit.  This term we are looking at sounds.  The students loved making HIGH and LOW sounds with the musical instruments.  However we did agree that we would NOT make a very good class band.IMG_5615
  5. Inquiry Time – During our inquiry Time this week I had 8 boys work together to build a camp site.  They made a fire (they even put pom poms on sticks to use as marshmallows), tents and swags to sleep in.  I suspect a few families went camping over the holidays.IMG_5620

So that is Week 1 down with a very busy 8 weeks to go until Christmas holidays.

Wendy Wu Tour – India

3 Oct

Hello – I have returned from my holiday to India (with a few extra days in Hong Kong tagged onto the end for shopping purposes 🙂 )

I went to India expecting the worst.

My travel agent tried to talk me out of going, everyone warned me that it would be confronting and smell bad! And with a few recent planes falling out of the sky and Australia raising the Terroist warning to high the day before I left –  I went away feeling a little cautious.

I didn’t feel confident enough to self travel through India so I joined a Wendy Wu tour called the Golden Triangle Tour (deluxe).  We visited Delhi, Agra, Jaipur and Gurgaon.

A highlight was definately visiting the Taj Mahal. Amazing craftmanship for a time when they did everything by hand.

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You know it’s a special place when they make you wear these over your shoes!

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I also loved the people and how they lived.

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What I didn’t love so much was the poverty. There are some very poor people in India.

This was the view from my 5 star hotel room.

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It definately makes you feel bad when you are sleeping in comfort and there are people out your window living on a empty block on land (sharing it with goats, cows and buffalo) and sleeping under a tent!

Each day I would collect all the hotel toiletries from my room and give them to the begging children at the tourist detinations we visited – everyone needs a cake of soap and a toothbrush!

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Overall I’m glad I went and it didn’t smell any worst than other Aisan countries I have visited.

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So where to next?

I’m in the middle of planning a 6 week holiday to America for next Christmas 2015 and there is the possiblity of a short Bali escape next Easter!  Until then, my passport has been safely tucked away 🙂