Monday, September 28, 2009


We're dog sitting for a couple of weeks while a friend is in the states. It's kind of interesting having a dog in the apartment. So far it's going well...except it's interfering with my piano practice time. Someone's got to rush home from school to make sure she doesn't have an accident.

Friday, September 25, 2009

This doesn't happen very often

At least never yet in my seven years of teaching primary.

For the entire week, the date has matched the number of days we've been in school.

Our calendar:

How many days we've been here:

Thursday, September 24, 2009

I like your face!

Thanks to my former partner teacher, I've been saying this to my kids for years. It's basically my way of saying, "I like you a lot!" But in all my years of kindergarten, I've never heard one of my kids parroting this phrase. Then this morning, our principal came into our entryway and one of my little boys exclaims, "Mr. Janett, I like your face!" Rumor has it that they like Miss Mac's face too. I think I'll be hearing it a lot in the future since my class is learning English and they latch onto phrases they can repeat. But, it could be worse...I really can't complain about the prospect of being told I have a great face everyday.

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

The Only Bad Thing

about using homemade tortillas for quesadillas is that they're not the same shape and that makes it difficult to keep the cheese inside.

Monday, September 21, 2009

Back to School Night

This is the cleanest my desk will be all year. And if you look carefully you'll notice it's all basically stacked in the corner.

Saturday, September 19, 2009

Gender Roles in Primary

There have been some wasps milling around us during break this past week. Today one of my boys asked one of the girls to please close her backpack so the wasps will go away. She took a step behind him and said, "I'm afraid." Without blinking, he proceeded to climb the steps and close the backpack...a knight in the making.

Thursday, September 17, 2009

From Head to Toe

This is our newest project in Primary. We read From Head to Toe by Eric Carle and decided to imitate his pattern.

Here is an example from the book of the pattern: "I am a ____ and I ____. Can you do it? I can do it!"

Here is my example:

And a student example: I am a bee. I fly. Can you do it? I can do it!

And my personal favorite:

(I am a skunk. I poop. Can you do it? I can do it!)

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

No Talent Talent Show

Carnegie we come!

Monday, September 14, 2009

Staff Retreat

This past weekend we had the opportunity to meet as a staff away from school. We had times of worship, prayer, hearing the Word, and fun.

Here we're all assembled for our Saturday morning session.

An afternoon pinata

The No Talent Talent Show

Video to follow...

Sunday, September 6, 2009

All for nothing

Yesterday morning I woke up prepared to spend the next three hours working on cinnamon rolls.

I dissolved my yeast, let the dough rise in my warm oven and prepared to roll the dough with an empty bottle.

After the dough was rolled, brown sugar and cinnamon sprinkled, and the rolls rolled and placed into the pan, they're ready to be placed in the oven.

So promising...

Unfortunately the oven didn't work exactly like I thought. After sitting in a warm, but not baking oven for at least an hour, we figured out a way to get these guys baking. Anticipation was high until they started burning.

All that effort, and only mediocre results. The tops were salvageable, and the frosting make them tolerable, but still...very sad.