Tuesday, April 17, 2012

What a Way to Start Your Morning

I have always loved living in Florida.   No snow days, sandals year round, beaches close by...what could be better?  Well this is what flew over my house this morning.

The Space Shuttle Discovery

I am fortunate enough to have grown up near Kennedy Space Center.  Whenever a rocket would go off or a Space Shuttle would launch, we would head out to our front yard to watch.  I can't tell you what an amazing sight and privilege this is to see.  Today the Space Shuttle Discovery was being flown to the Smithsonian in Washington D.C. on the back of a 747.  It started out with a sunrise as the back drop...

Then it started flying closer and closer toward us.  It was amazing to look up and see it from my driveway.  How spectacular is this? 

It was perfect timing because we just finished up our Space Unit with a Space Shuttle Craftivity.  I will have more posts and info about this soon.
Happy Tuesday!

Monday, April 16, 2012

A Teacher's Dream

I was fortunate enough to receive this amazing pencil sharpener from Classroom Friendly Supplies.  I had read so many positive things on several blogs about this quiet little thing and I knew I had to try it.  We were having so many problems with lead falling out of our pencils.  I really thought it was the pencils until I read others were having the same problems using electric sharpeners.  My kids were so excited because we were all so frustrated with leads falling out.   Then it arrived!

When the kids saw it they gathered around the table bringing me pencils from all over the room.  I guess my love of office supplies has rubbed off!!  So the pencil sharpening began... I was in AWE!  Look at the point on this guy.  AMAZING!!!!  Even better the leads DO NOT fall out.  It's so sharp and it lasts so long. 

When my daughter arrived in my classroom after school she sharpened this entire tub in less than 10 minutes. 

I wasn't so sure about a "crank" style sharpener since my original antique crank literally takes the muscle power of the Incredible Hulk to get a semi sharp pencil.   My entire team was so impressed we ordered one for each 1st grade teacher.  Our fourth grade team was at recess one day and I told my daughter's teacher I had a pack of pencils for her, ready for FCAT.  I had my daughter go inside and bring out my little blue baby.  You should have seen all of these teachers huddled around the bench taking turns sharpening pencils.   Too funny.    Try it.  You will love it.   Classroom Friendly Supplies