Saturday, 15 February 2014

Mish Mash

School is back, two weeks down so far and I have to say I'm very much enjoying teacher Pre Primary two days a week this year.  I have taught Pre Primary before and I did love it then too so I shouldn't be surprised.  It is nice though, having my ex students from last year again as well as some others and what is even better is the lack of hard work that the Kindy students bring at the beginning of the year.  Pre Primary students already know how to sit down, listen, put up their hand, follow instructions, behave, cut, count, glue, tidy up and really, everything that you'd need for a smooth running classroom at the beginning of the year.  My one half a day with brand new Kindy kids is putting me in bed by 8pm due to the sheer amount of full-on-ness they bring to the room.  And then times that by 20 little bodies.  

There has been a plethora of school related photos of instagram lately because my life has been taken over by preparation of new resources, planning lessons and neverending checklists.

In other news, my mystery surprise veggie which everyone who commented thought was a pumpkin, seems to be said pumpkin of the butternut variety and has just begun to fruit.  I found this one this morning when I was heading out to the car.  I've been looking each day at the flowers and wondering when they are going to start vegetablising but this sneaky one obviously has been doing so for a while whilst hiding under a nice big shady leaf.  I'm a bit concerned it might bake sitting on the pathway like that but we'll just wait and see.  There are a few other flowers that are starting to look a bit vegetablish at one end too.  It's all a bit exciting.  Pumpkin bread, pumpkin scones and pumpkin and corn fritters might be featuring a bit in however long it takes for them to grow and ripen. 

Finally, in some craft news, there isn't realllly any news because of the complete take over of my life by school work but on the nights where I have been awake past 8pm and not dead on the couch or busy cutting for 3 hours (my Tuesday night this week) I have managed a little bit more of my Bertie Couch Blanket, only the last 2 rows of purple this week but it has still come a long way since you last saw it at just two rows long in total! It's getting to the stage where the weather really needs to cool down before I get much further on it.  Hot days and a lap length blanket draped on me are not necessarily too enjoyable.



Bron said...

Oh double yay for pumpkins. Xxx

2paw said...

Oh, lots of lovely starting school things you have made. It is nice to have some 'experts' from last year. I didn't ever teach Kindergarten, but Preps and Grade 1s can be hard going.
I am amazed I identified a pumpkin. Yum, butternut is the best kind too.
Well done on your crocheting, every little bit helps. I 'knitted' two scarves today from that wide tape. I may even knit a third!! I love the pattern in your blanket and yes, it is too hot to make anything big.

San @ Made in Hem said...

The blanket looks beautiful already! But what are you going to do with all those threads? I like to tug them in while I go, or when there are about 8 hanging loose. When there are so many at the end of my blanket I know I will never finish it... Have fun at your job!

Michelle Lee said...

I love seeing people growing fruits and veggies in their garden. I really need to get a start on my garden soon :( How long more do you have to wait before you can harvest your pumpkin?

Anyway, love the blanket that you're knitting. Very colourful and pretty :) It's been awhile since I last fact...I think it's been months???

Wendy Sice said...

The beginning of your year sounds very similar to mine, as I have Pre-Primary, and half of them were my kindy kids last year. So nice to have them do a cutting activity and not be running from child to child to save their work from being cut to shreds!! Am also making a thousand and one labels as we have embraced the explicit teaching method this year and need word walls for everything. It has all been about printing, laminating and cutting. Exhausting but satisfying start to the term.