January Currently

Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow!  I'm sitting here at my computer after having been sent home early from a PD day awaiting the big snowstorm.  And the big chill.  Or big freeze, as it is supposed to be.  MINUS TEN, people.... and that's without the windchill... coldest weather we've had in almost 30 years... don't you just love winter?

But time off from school means time for another blog post for you!  I'm linking up with Farley's Currently for January.
Snowplows and snow shovels... yes, that's what's going on around here.  We were only set to have two professional days this week - no kids - so I won't see my kiddos until Monday no matter what.  We've been off for 16 days!!  That's half a month... and I just know it's going to feel like the first day of school for my little ones when they return.  I'm not planning anything too major for the first day back next week... sharing what they did over break, math review, etc.  I have a great story I share every year in January
It's about a little girl who writes a note to Santa in January thanking him for her Christmas presents and asking about Mrs. Claus and the reindeer.  What follows is a year-long communication between Santa and the young girl.  It's a great story to share, and it is set in the Southern hemisphere, so Christmas is a warm time of year.  It's a great opportunity to talk about the difference in season in the hemispheres, etc.

I will admit, I started last night thinking about exactly what we're going to be doing next week (and of course, changed it when I went to school today and talked with my teammates!).  At some point I need to go through my school bag (wherever it is) and clean it out.  The paper fairy has not come by so I think I'm on my own....

A snow day tomorrow will give me some extra time and I might just attempt making Kruschiki (Polish bowties) again.
Every year on New Year's Day my grandmother would spend the morning making the bowties.  We weren't allowed to go over until the afternoon when she was done.  We LOVED to eat them dusted with powdered sugar... she made them so light and flaky - something I have yet to be able to duplicate.  Even though I have her recipe (just looking at her handwriting brings back so many memories), I've never been able to make them like she did.  But, just the process of kneading the dough, rolling it and frying the bowties keep me connected with her.
Alrighty... time to try to get some real work done.  Don't forget to check out the new collaborative blog out there - a new post every day!
Stay warm and enjoy the snow if it's coming to you!


  1. This time off has been wonderful, hasn't it? I'm feeling the pressure to get thing ready for next week, too!

    Fun in Room 4B

  2. No snow plows or snow for me as I live near the beach in the south. Enjoy your time off!
    Learn with ME in Grade Three

  3. Your grandma's bowties look awesome! What a great memory. :-) And I agree with you about the time off...it has been nice to recharge and relax. I hope you got a snow day!

    The Craft of Teaching


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