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Abominable Snow toddlers!

That’s exactly what they are when they have to go Now and the poor teacher (me) is trying to get them out of the durn things. I swear that who ever invented them didn’t actually have toddlers! And here’s the thing. We are in the same building that the kids live in, so there is no reason to put them in a snow suit. It doesn’t snow in our building.At least not in the last 2 years,anyway. Actually our building is so hot its usually about 80 degrees in our classroom. Absolutely no reason for snowsuits.

Then there’s the issue of overalls. Sure they look cute. But guess where the straps go during toileting? Yup!  So do the tails on onsies.And pretty dresses look cute, but you can’t really play outside or paint in them

Who comes up with kids clothing anyway?


In explicable signs of the times.

Or at least signs in our center.

  • Do not eat the crayons
  • Eat paste at own risk
  • Duck (over the sink)
  • watch for glue(in bathroom)
  • bath with clean water-5 cents (Also in bathroom)
  • Don’t pet the penguin
  • Broom closet(on the door that leads outside.
  • Caution, this sign is sharp (the entrance)
  • Exit (on my office)
  • Never eat a purple Brussels sprout (infant area)

And people wonder why I get lost and confused in our building? (scratches head)

Brussels Sprouts

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Guess you needed my flipflops more than I did.

Santa Claus with a little girl

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Seriously. When I went into my office I left my flipflops by the door. Someone stole them. We have a lot of that going on. Some of it is true need. I understand that. but seriously? Stealing my flipflops?! Those were the only ones that I had. And there is no way on earth that I am going into the shower without flipflops.The shower is absolutely disgusting. But that’s its own issue.

While I’m laughing about it now. (they’ve been replaced) I am also saddened by thefts in our building. Nearly everyone has had some thing stolen. And no one in our building has a lot to steal. Anything they have that’s sellable is probably the most valuable thing they own. One lady who literally only had the clothes on her back to start with had a sweater stolen. The management is now telling residents not to take their shoes off in bed, because someone might steal their socks. That sounds funny, but they are not kidding!

And the preschool center gets burglarized a lot. Apparently there is a secret market for used toys? Seriously though, stealing the Christmas gifts for low income preschool is seriously pathetic. I’m not sure why you feel the need to victimize two and three year olds. Those were the only gifts the kids would get. Maybe  they were stolen for your own child, but really, that doesn’t help!! and the kids did nothing to you to desrve having their gifts stolen.

Dude, What’s with the snails?

Seriously. It seems like every time I’ve turned around this week, A kid’s handed my a snail. And ofcourse I accept them, because the kids are all enthusiastic about their rather slimy treasures. Its hard to resist a three year old pulling on your shirt and practically shouting”miss turtle,Miss turtle. Look what I got.” as they thrust a snail at me like its a major prize. And for them ,it is. Any treasure they can find or catch is. Even though snails aren’t my treasure of choice, I will never show that to a child. Not when they went to the trouble of catching it for me.

And a farther comment on snails. Did you know that snails are artists? Yup, they are. They can paint. I can prove it. If you don’t believe me, just try this experiment.


1. catch snail

2. Put snail on black construction paper

3. Leave it alone for a few hours

4. Look at the result. The Snail painted!

5.Preserve artwork and watch parent’s faces when you tell them about the artist!

Helix pomatia, Helicidae, Burgundy Snail, Roma...

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random family conversation

“there’s a cockroach in my coffee”

“what’s it doin?”

“I think, the backstroke

“Mama ,mama. I could be president!”

“would you like that?”

“Nah, ya gotta listen ta too many idiots” (from the mouths of nine year olds)

“Mama,Mama,mama.A puppypuppypuppy PUPPY!” (the next door neighbor got  a dog.)

(Yoav to Spikey) “Woll over. Woll Over. Woll over!”

“she’s a child, not a dog”

“i axed fer a dog!”

(Spikey looked at us and rolled over.)

Whoohoo! I found a broom closet! (origionally March 9th,2011)

Whoohoo! I just found a broom closet! Yay! I wasn’t actually looking for  a broom closet. I was on my way back from the bathroom and couldn’t find my room.Can I admit that I can get lost in the hallway a lot? I do. last week I found the shower the same way I found the broom closet.i got lost in space and took a wrong turn. Some day, I may figure out how to navigate, but I doubt it. We’ve been here three months and I get lost every time I go out the front door.

I really do get lost in space.Everything blurs together and tilts up. I may wander around outside my own front door for hours if Ry or one of the kids doesn’t catch me. To be fair, our room, 403B, is labeled as the kitchen and the shower is labeled “Don’t eat the paste.” So you you can’t blame me for getting confuzzalated.

And yes, Ry teased me about “coming out of the closet. “

Progress with dolls

Today I was looking through a Kaplan catalog during break.I ended up looking at the dolls, because something caught my eye. It was the Native American dolls! Yes, realistic Native American dolls, a boy and a girl. They are not dressed in the stereotypical outfits with feathers and leather dresses. They were wearing the same pants and shirts as the other dolls.(Asian,Hispanic, Caucasian and African-American.) It made me feel so good! I haven’t ever seen a doll like me. Well, not entirely like me, since I pass for white, but like my daughter.I think its progress to have a Native American doll that any little girl(or little boy for that matter) can have access too. A doll dressed like every other  doll takes away the whole Native American Myth and shows that we are just like anyone else and dress the same as anyone else when we aren’t in a  ceremony.

Today’s questions:

  1. Have you ever thought about the Native American dolls in Toy Catalogs and used in classrooms.
  2. Would you (if you were a teacher) include these Native American dolls.
  3. Why don’t other school supply companies have those Native American dolls?
  4. What other Native American toys could be included?
  5. Are there other minority dolls that are not included?

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