Saturday, September 24, 2016

A House Becomes a Home!



The summer has come and gone and DoDDS teachers spent it by traveling, visiting in the states or simply looking at paint colors, bathroom fixtures, and flooring.  One of us is building a house in the states and the other is building a house in Germany. Who knew there could be so many variances when building a house in different countries? Especially with all the city codes, yikes! But we both know that the end result will be great and neither one of us can wait to move into our new abodes.

It is a good thing we spent some time talking about buildings with our classes this past year. We were able to recognize the vehicles used and some of the processes for building a house due to our previous study on buildings.  Our end results will not be as grand, but definitely more permanent!

American House:  





German Haus:


STEM House Building Project: 

The Three Pigs are trying their best to build a house that will protect them from the Big Bad Wolf. For their STEM building project, they were given materials such as cardboard, tape, craft sticks, popsicle sticks, cereal boxes, or pipe cleaners – anything that would promote creativity and solution of the problem! Check out some of the creations!


I just made a new Voki. See it here:





Other activities:





Coding:











Pinterest Board:
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Sunday, September 18, 2016

Travel Destination: Italy




There are many thoughts brought to mind at the mention of Italy. Great food: pasta, risotto, and tiramisu; great architecture: Piazza San Marco, the Sistine Chapel, and the Tower of Pisa; great art: Birth of Venus by Botticelli, David by Michelangelo, and the Last Supper by Leonardo. These are just a few of these greats, many which are results of the renaissance.

What is the renaissance? Renaissance is defined as “the activity, spirit or time of the great revival of art, literature and learning…”(http://www.dictionary.com/browse/renaissance). What a great idea to bring to the classroom! Teachers of young children are always introducing great books, ideas and people in the classroom. So add a twist and have a renaissance in your classroom. Just don’t forget to include the pizza and gelato!















Activities:








Youtube Video:

https://youtu.be/g5mpdzUlFmw

iPad App:


Italian Creative Snacks:









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.