Sunday, August 26, 2012

My First Week as a Teacher

Yes. Last week was my first week as a co-teacher in my classroom with the lead teacher at Dancing Moose Montessori.

I can't even begin to describe how the week was. Some days were amazing, others I thought "what am I doing," then I just felt plain happy with where my life has gotten. Friday was by far the best day. I really bonded with the other teacher in our class, and the children were so great. Overall, it was a fantastic day.

I love teaching, I know I'll be able to teach more when I'm a lead teacher someday, but for now, I'm still learning.

I have some pictures of my week last week:
My cute lesson plan book :)
Stonebridge Golf Course; my new favorite place I found to have lunch!
My school and my class! I LOVE IT.
It's always weird being the "new" girl, but I'm trying to make friends! The children keep me smiling though; that's why I love working with children. 

This weekend has been so fun and nice: Friday I just had a relaxing night and got pizza and watched movies with my boy, then Saturday went to dinner with a big group of old friends, then out for a friend's birthday, and today I swam and just relaxed. It's been so nice. 

Here is a picture of my cat Lucky, drinking pool water:
Silly old cat :) 
I'm going to bed early, so that's a short post. I hope everyone has a wonderful week. Take care. 

Thursday, August 16, 2012

DMMS


I start Co-teaching on Monday! I cannot wait; finally I get to do what I love. No, I'm not a lead in the Montessori classroom just yet, but that's okay, I enjoy gaining more experience and knowledge on my journey. Dancing Moose Montessori is a part of my path, and I'm so thankful to this school. They helped me find out about the Montessori Program that was so new to Westminster College. It's so exciting. Plus, it's a beautiful school located next to a country club! WOW.

Here are some pictures of my new school:

We get a chef at our school :)
Huge community garden! Isn't this part cute? Giant Moose :)
 I love what Dr. Joyce Sibbitt writes about the school: "Montessori education focuses on the whole child. It involves sound educational practices that build upon a child's knowledge with activities that are interesting and engaging. Children learn to approach learning creatively, observing their surroundings in ways that challenge what others may see as mundane and commonplace. The Dancing Moose Montessori classroom is filled with beautiful materials designed to teach concrete lessons that precede abstract conceptualization. The environment is conducive to freedom and spontaneity because ethics of peace, order, and respect are upheld in the classroom community."

Some people might think that the name is odd, but listen to why it's called Dancing Moose Montessori: "The name Dancing Moose Montessori School is connected to the founders' philosophical beliefs about curriculum. It emphasizes the creative lens that might be applied to nature. A moose, indigenous to Utah, may be seen simply as a long-legged rather awkward animal. For others, though, this magnificent animal moving swiftly through the wooded mountains might indeed be perceived as a dancing moose. DMMS encourages the creative, free-flowing ideas that individuals bring to the curriculum. Creative expression is applied to every aspect of the DMMS curriculum." 

 I'm so excited to start this journey!! I hope I'm taking the right path, I've worked so hard, and Grad school is just beginning...so it's going to be a long year :) I can't wait to make the most of it.

My Montessori Program really was the best. Here are some pictures:
What I love about Montessori's, are the materials; honestly, they're beautiful. Classrooms of Montessori's always are really.

OH, and today is my 8 month anniversary with my sweetie!! We're celebrating tomorrow though. He's the best.
This was a wedding, my friend Nicole's wedding, pictures I never posted (just a few):
All dressed up
My mom and cousin - mismatched twins!
Oh and other exciting news: WriteOnCon was a blast! I'm going to have a post about it on my writing blog in the next few days. But that's not the exciting part, I finally reached 30k on my novel. THAT'S A LOT, well for me. I'm on the path! Woo.

Now I'm off to a big fat Greek family dinner at Rio Grande Mexican food HA! :) Have a great night.

Monday, August 13, 2012

Weekend of Fun & a Week of Freedom

Well, how are we doing on this Monday morning? I'm very well, even though I didn't sleep 100%. This weekend though was one of a kind, and I had SO much fun.

First I went to Gracie's 1st Birthday. Here are some pictures:
Birthday Girl :)
Puppy Cedar and a gigantic bone!
I gave Gracie the card on the left :)
Total, there were 9 dogs...at one point, there were more dogs than humans! That's a lot of dogs...
Gracie's Birthday Pizza ha!
 It was such a fun party! The dogs were so cute together and my boyfriend brought his two dogs: Shane and Lucy. Adorable.

That wasn't the only birthday this weekend though. It was my Nana's 89th Birthday! BIG ONE. It was fun though, because my Uncle from California, flew in to surprise my grandma. It was sweet. We had a huge BBQ with steak, twice baked potatoes, garlic cheese bread, salad, and a German Chocolate Cake.
YUM
Will met my Nana and Uncle for the first time! AH. It's big that he's meeting so many of my family members. This Thursday it will be 8 months officially and not official-9 months. That's a long time! I'm so excited for fall and to decorate his cute little cottage for X-mas (yes, I'm already thinking that far ahead). We really want to go to Harry Potter Land (he wants to see The Walking Dead exhibit) at Orlando Studies in October, so we'll see if it actually happens. 

Okay these next pictures aren't a big deal, so lets not make it one. I'm NOT thinking of marriage anytime soon, but I realized I really want to have a "forest" wedding. And how cool would it be to have a Smore Station? Yea. Awesome!
 I just love that stuff the woods and forests. The trees just add a different element to it. That's why I love Oregon so much. But it would also be amazing to get married on a beach, but I would want to by a lighthouse...in Oregon :) I want to go back there so bad. Bummed I couldnt' this summer. I think I am going to go to Bear Lake in a week or so though, thankfully!

I did say this is a week of freedom, and I meant it. This is it. I start teaching NEXT Monday and then school back up in September for a year...and then another year. This week I'm going to enjoy every moment. Today I'm getting my hair trimmed (not real exciting I know) and then going out with the girls to a place called Melty Way. ALL GRILLED CHEESES. Yup, I'm excited. It's going to be fun to have that girl time.

Anyways, enough rambling, I'm going to go do some writing :) xo. 

Thursday, August 9, 2012

My 2 Week Summer

It was almost a week ago that I finished summer school...too bad I start back up again September 11th through the whole year. Okay, no, that was negative...I'm really excited, but it's just a ton of work, plus adding on teaching. I cannot wait to start my first day as an Early Childhood Teacher! Yesterday I bought my Lesson Plan book and little pencils and erasers for my students. They can take them home, I am just the new teacher, so I wanted to say HELLO in a cute way :) 

I start the 20th, so that doesn't leave me a lot of time to enjoy summer. I have to get so much done in these two weeks (which I've been doing all this week), and it makes me a little sad I can't just lay out and swim everyday *sigh* oh well right? 
Least I had time to make cookies! SNICKERDOODLES yum :)
And I've been in a writing FLOW lately. I have up to 72 pages of my novel now. Go check out my writing blog for more details!
Me and my mom definitely had a summer BBQ the other night with cheeseburgers, corn on the cob, and THIS juicy red watermelon that was so pretty, I had to Instagram it of course. 
Tonight I'm going to go help my cousin teach Greek Dance practice to the middle schoolers. I'm excited, just hope I remember the steps...that was so long ago! But it'll be fun to give back. Between running errands, writing a ton, there are so many goodbye parties, birthdays, and well...Gracie's 1 year old birthday. Am I speaking of a child do you ask? Nope. Not even human. Gracie is my friend Steve's adorable Golden Retriever who I love!
LOOK HOW CUTE SHE WAS! Go Utes ;)
She's already one years old and this party is going to be awesome. Dogs are all invited, so Will is so excited to bring his cute Shane and Lucy. My cousin Nicole was trying to make a dog cake or something; I think I'll stick to cooking for the humans ha!

As I said, I've been writing like crazy and just in time for WriteOnCon. Well...somewhat in time. Usually you can find an agent or send a query at this time, but I'm not too close to being done. Haven't even finished my first draft of my novel yet - so I might have to just sit back and listen to interviews and meet other writers.
 However, for NaNoWriMo which in writing a novel in a month, is my new deadline. I'm going to have my first draft done by that point...it's my ultimate goal :) It ends at the end of November. So if I keep going the pace I'm going - well, I'll have no problem finishing it. You can follow this information more on The Written Word, my writing blog.

After all this 2 week summer talk, I must add that I simply cannot wait for fall to come (Autumn) as some people like to say. I love the weather, the changing of the leaves, the fashion, the holidays...ah everything! SO EXCITED. Well that's all for now; have a wonderful Thursday everyone. xo

Thursday, August 2, 2012

8 Weeks Done!

Tomorrow will officially be my last day of summer school at the Montessori Innovation at Westminster College. It has seriously been so amazingly wonderful, yet so time consuming. I haven't had much of a summer, but I met so many wonderful people who I know I'll stay in touch with forever, and met so many amazing and talented professors from around the USA! The Montessori materials are breathtaking and you can see why children in Montessori schools have such high success rate when it comes to education. This program at Westminster is just getting started, and it's so great for the state of Utah!

It's been a long 8 weeks...but we did it! It doesn't end here for me though. I did get a job at Dancing Moose Montessori as an Early Childhood Co-teacher! I can't wait to finally teach what I've been learning all these weeks. I know I'll grow from here and hopefully be a lead teacher by next fall 2013! I still have more classes and meetings throughout the year with this program, and then next summer I take a few more classes for my Master's Degree in Education.

Everything is falling into place and it's been wonderful. Here is a picture of me and the Early Childhood students. There are a lot of students in the Elementary classes that I've spent weeks with as well, but these are my girls. The ones that have been by my side through this entire process:
This was my favorite week: Sensorial, with the greatest teacher from Florida! Loved her. Such great energy. 
Here is a glimpse of my EC classroom that we spent most of our time watching presentations and practicing with the materials. This room, with all the materials, most likely cost $10,000! Everything was brand new. Amazing. 
I can't believe it's ending, but I'm thankful to have two weeks of summer at least, and to say I did it. I went an entire year feeling lost after graduating college, and now I found my path. Everything fell into place for me and I'm so thankful and blessed.

I'm proud of myself and my Crew. Good job girls! We did it.