Sunday, August 21, 2016

Family First


As important as the first week of school is for teachers and children to establish a routine and a learning environment, we also know it is more important to take care of family first. Unfortunately, I am back in the states to help with a death in the family. 
With the start of this school year. This is definitely one of the challenges of living overseas. Thank goodness the majority of our military students are flexible and able to adapt to changes when necessary.  It may not be the ideal start of a school year for the Beezy Teacher, but we will adapt to the changes as well.

Although it’s difficult today to see beyond the sorrow, may looking back in memory help comfort you tomorrow.” ~Author Unknown

No words could ever express our appreciation for the love and support the community of Hondo, Texas has shown to us after the passing of our dad.   We are deeply and eternally grateful for being a part of a wonderful community in one way or another
From the Hondo Police Department, to the Hondo Hospital staff, Hondo Funeral Home, and the St. John’s Parish Community, the support given to our family during this difficult time was a soothing balm. 
The Bereavement Committee of St. John’s and other supporting parish family members offered their skills at hospitality and food preparation to provide the small reception following the service. This allowed us to focus on the comfort, love, and healing taking place. 
Coming together as a community to support each other, remembering our dad, and sharing memories with grieving families and friends, are all parts of a continuing tradition at St. John’s Parish in Hondo.
For those who attended the services, the lovely flowers and donations to foundations and charities in the name of our father, we thank you.  We appreciate you taking the time to come and share in the remembrance of our dad. Although this is a sad time for all of us,  we find comfort in knowing how fortunate, he was in knowing you.  We will miss him so much but it gives us comfort at how loved he was by many.
Losing him has been a very painful experience. Your loving support has been a great help. Thank you for being there when we needed you most.

                  We’ll always love you.

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

The Beginning of the End of an Era!

My, my where did the time go? It seems like it was just yesterday my family and I were getting on a jet plane to take us to Europe for a two year teaching commitment. I guess it is true that time does fly when you are “beezy” living life! Our 27 plus years have been filled with fun, work, and travel. I‘ve been very fortunate that my job has given me the opportunity to work with such brave and beautiful children, travel the world, and experience many cultures. After 10 years in Texas and 27 years in Germany - a total of almost 40 fantastic, challenging years – I have decided to RETIRE at the end of this year.

 Although my enthusiasm, dedication, and passion for teaching has not diminished, I am ready to try different things. I have a lot to be thankful for and will leave at the end of this school year with cherished memories and experiences from my time living and working overseas. This last year will be filled with mixed emotions, but I am looking forward to what this year will bring and wish all of you a great 2016-2017 school year!


The last 30 years: https://youtu.be/7iZ4cHvsKDE













Sunday, May 29, 2016

Remembering with Honor

On May 30th, Memorial Day, we remember those military men and women who died serving their country. Many memorials are held on this day to honor our fallen men and women. We ask that you take the time to share the importance of our military members who helped to keep our country safe and free. 
The children were asked to use their favorite iPad app to come up with a poster, picture, or meme to honor our soldiers.  Here are a few:

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Up, Up and Away!


 
It always amazes us how “high” our students have risen during the school year academically, physically and socially. But unfortunately it is time to let our “babies” move on up and continue their journey to reach for the stars. And we know they can do it!

Our students from last year showed us just how high they can go during their study of space. It is out of this world!
Voki:

 
 
Check out all the awesome activities by Ms. S's first grade class!

Space Activities:

 
 

 
 
 
 
 






 



Creative Snacks:
 
 
 
 

Sunday, May 15, 2016

To Do List: Technology


 

Yes technology! If you are not already using technology in the classroom, consider adding it to your To Do list for the summer. There are lots of programs and apps out there that can be easily incorporated into the early childhood classroom. This post showcases children’s work and activities using technology and with just a little bit of effort and time, you too can use these programs too!

We suggest picking one or two of the programs/apps and spending some time this summer playing with them. These are some of the programs/apps that were used this year:  Voki, Chatterpix, Thing Link, Little Bird Tales, and a few others. Get a feel for what it does and how it can be integrated into your teaching and student activities. You will be surprised how easy (and fun!) it can be.


Voki’:
Voki allows us to focus and get the class ready to learn!














Thinglink:

Thinglink allows you to take an image and insert videos, books, links….




Chatterpix
Used for animating their work!







Shadow Puppets 

Books about Names Reviewed by Sock Puppets - SafeShare.TV










Little Bird Tales


iMovies





 



Tagxedo & Wordle
Word cloud designs!



QR Codes


 











Apps!
Apps such as Pic Collage, Stitch, Skitch and so many other can be used for creating learning posters, anchor charts, and labeling activities



 




 


 
Technology Pinterest Board: