Hurricane Michael took us by surprise. It was “only” a tropical storm by the time it whooshed through North Carolina, but it packed quite a punch. When I left school on Thursday, I was shocked to discover that the road was blocked by a fallen tree.
I reversed and nearly crashed when I saw this on the side of the road.
I guess it was originally in someone’s yard, a Halloween decoration. Not as playful as it was intended, but I’m adding it to Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge! (We are also more playful now that our power has been restored!)
Color Your World: Purple Mountains’ Majesty, Blush, Sea Green, Cerulean, Green Yellow, Vivid Tangerine
Whew! Caught up through the end of February. Don’t miss out on this digital delight: Search the photograph for the colors! You could be a winner!*
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Color Your World: Jazzberry Jam, Forest Green, Pacific Blue, Yellow, Outrageous Orange, Red Violet
Another cool puzzle to solve! Can you match the colors to the correct picture? Big prizes for winners!*
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Color Your World: Fern, Blue Green, Goldenrod, Melon, Orchid, Royal Purple
Yeah, I am behind on this blogging challenge but now you get to search out those colors in these photos! A terrific FREE online puzzle. Win a prize! Amaze your friends!
Color Your World: Piggy Pink
Having students read to piggies or teddies or Pikachu can be a valuable way to provide an audience for hesitant readers. Make sure they whisper read, so just their own critter can hear (and the room is not full of booming voices). Many struggling readers find this a powerful way to read books at their level without a sense of shame (“I should be reading chapter books!”). It also starts a habit which they can use at home, if no adults or sibs are available or willing. Hearing themselves read out loud is a confidence booster, perhaps jump-starting opportunities to read to younger kids. For some of my groups, I had their books placed inside folders so only their special listener knew what book was being read. This helped ease them through those early days of reading well below grade level. Some kids need that boost, others don’t.
I noticed that for many of my kids on the autism spectrum, this activity provided a chilling out experience. They usually read silently, clutching a dinosaur or Pokemon character. After the stress of the larger classroom, these kids needed comfort in a socially acceptable form. Before bean bags were banned due to fire regulations, they could also get a lot of form-fitting sensory input while reading to Kirby.
Personally, I read to Teddy. Piggy pink.
Color your World: Purple Heart
Pansies have long been one of my favorite flowers. Of course, we can’t have any within deer snacking range, which includes our porch. But I love their little purple heart-shaped faces and usually take the time to chat when we meet. They are excellent listeners and once they’re comfortable with you, pansies will tell you amazing secrets. I’m not going to violate their confidence about that; suffice to say they have a keen eye on the world around them.
Color Your World: Razzle Dazzle Rose
These razzle-dazzle “roses” caught my eye as they shone amidst the weeds and debris. I have no idea what kind of flower they are, but these fallen petals brightened an otherwise drab patch. I hope to do the same.
I loved Cee’s own entries for her Fun Foto Challenge (using the letter Y) and immediately searched for something I could use. I found him on our mantel.
Young boy with his dog.
Color Your World: Outer Space
This was a cool exhibit on thermal imaging at the California Academy of Sciences in San Francisco. I am holding a camera at the left of the screen, my outer space image being mirrored. Or is that an alien??
Color Your World: Screamin’ green
Rolling stones gather no moss, so this one was obviously glued in place! I do love finding hidden treasures on a hike.