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Hour Seven PawB11: White Board Contest

How about a little levity? There is nothing like a good dry erase marker and some friendly competition at the office.  Mike keeps us in stitches anyway, but he’s also quite the White Board Artist and my kids aren’t too bad, either.  Time to write the surgery appointment up in the corner and erase it from the middle of the white board to make room for…well…you’ll see. 🙂

And more ponies!  FooFoo (the one in the Mario Contest video) requested that I draw the following picture…twice. The first was for her and the second was for her best friend, Charlotte. After she colored them both, she decided she likes Charlotte’s best.  I believe these are the baby pony versions of Princesses Luna and Celestia. Please correct me if I’m wrong. I’m just the human copy machine.

Baby My Little Ponies: Princesses Luna and Celestia

Pretty Ponies for Charlotte

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Hour Six PawB11: Adrenaline

Have you ever been going along minding your own business…blogging or whatnot…when all of a sudden your world shakes? And I don’t mean an earthquake. I mean you hear bad news or there’s sudden danger in your world type of shaking? What if you heard sirens coming closer…closer…and you step outside and smell smoke? You look to your right and there’s a wall of fire visible just over the rise. Your neighborhood is on fire. People are pouring out of their homes with arms laden with whatever they could carry. You realize you left the door open and your two dogs are now running free and scared as fast as they can go, dodging in and out of the neighborhood greenery…and your children are still playing inside. You call for the dogs and run inside to gather your family in your arms and load them into the car knowing the smoke that you can see swirling across your windows means the fire is just behind.

Adrenaline is pumping.

You are thinking with clarity and speed, but you can’t be two places at once. You must take your family to safety, check on the elderly neighbor down the road that doesn’t drive…no time to chase those dogs! You lift a silent prayer and GO! This is the terror that faced so many in Texas this year.  My new friend Casi lives in Texas and relayed this to me today when I spoke with her on Facebook:

I know that there was a ton of chatting and posting on the KLTV fb page of missing animals, found animals and a place for animals.

For example, my dear friend Karen had to evacuate. They have 6 horses, but they only have a 2 horse trailers and no way to get the cows out. They sent out texts and posted on fb for help to get their animals out. Anyone with trailers were asked to come immediately. People with extra land would allow others to “store” their animals there.

There was a large community support. The news mentioned it a couple of times on the air. They would also air missing animal reports and give out numbers of farmers/ranchers that had large trailers and were willing to help.

One of our local community centers became a pet shelter for misplaced pets and evacuated pets.

kltv.com and facebook.com/kltv have [personal stories]. I tried to search through kltv’s fb. They have a WEALTH of stories and personal postings. But you have to scroll all the way back to July/August. We had several friends who evacuated their entire ranch.

If you couldn’t find extra help or didn’t have time, you had to mark your horses/cows with your name and phone number and set them free and hope they could get out and be found.”

“Hope they could get out and be found.” What a thought. Your only recourse would be prayer and the kindness of strangers…and what if you return and you have no home? No fences for your cattle and horses? No hay in the barn for winter? It’s been a year of drought, and now this? Heartbreak. You can help the “strangers” that have been helping. They aren’t equipped for such large-scale rescue, rehabilitation, and rehoming. Please consider a generous donation to a worthy cause listed with PawsitivelyTexas.com.

Third Grader's plea using Tux Paint.

Third Grade PowerPoint: https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1U3Hl6PcwRjwYLLutEOPsIOnnDA5ntUPgF9b-kUHMjhA/edit

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Hour Four PawB11: Kindergarten PhotoStory

It’s finally finished and uploaded!  When I gave the assignment to blog, I let my students choose what they wanted to say and do. I didn’t edit unless they asked me for help.  Most students like the program TuxPaint (a free download from http://tux4kids.com) and the Kindergarten art is in this video.

The voice-over was recorded on my iPhone for the student who wanted to write a story but didn’t know how to spell the words. The audio was edited with the free Audacity program I love so much and I added a song by one of my friends in the UK who said I can use it any time I like…and I like right now. 🙂 Another student also wanted to write a story, but didn’t want me to record her voice so she chose to dictate to me. You can read her story at the end of the video. (I did my best to type exactly what she said and only edit what she specified needed to be changed.)

Since I’m a little ahead…whew!…I’ll add in another pony if I can find one…nope. Ponies are evading me, but fourth graders are cute, too!

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Hour Three PawB11: Ponies for Pawcurious

I have finished the Kindergarten video, but I have promised serious cuteness and it’s time to deliver.  And I also promised Dr. V, the mastermind behind this Third Annual Pawcurious Blogathon, some PONIES! (My kids are going to be so excited!)

I work with the best kids every week in my Computer Lab.  The Preschool is in a different building and I have recruited the help of sixth-grade teacher, Mr. Jerry Diehl, in carrying laptops and helping see to the needs of the “My computer just messed up!” shouts of the adorable K3 and K4 kids.  They’re getting the hang of clicking and dragging on a mousepad which isn’t easy when you’re not even sure what a mouse is or why you can’t just touch the screen and it do what you want.

So, I didn’t ask my preschool kids to create on the computer for the Blogathon like I did my older kids.  Instead, I interviewed them. Some were too camera shy to even give their name and after a while of speaking three-year-old my interviewing skills began to disintegrate into unintelligible gobbledygook, so here’s the very first interview to please your sweet tooth.

And, as promised, the first installment of PONIES!

Apple Jack from My Little Pony Friendship is Magic

I’m not gifted in the art of Sharpie like Drs. V & Finch, but my girls wanted me to copy a picture they found on the Internet somewhere of Apple Jack.  There will be more pretty ponies…and at least one rainbow…soon!

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Oh, and I still need a fundraising thermometer thingamajiggy to keep track of what you fabulous people are giving.

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I had hoped to have my Kindergarten PhotoStory ready for this post, but it’s still uploading. SOON!

Hour Two PawB11: Fire! Fire!

When you say “forest fire” in a room of kids, you never know what they’re thinking until they tell you.  They know fire drills. They know fire trucks.  They know Smokey Bear says, “Only You Can Prevent Forest Fires!” But what is a forest fire?  Sadly, in Texas there’s not much forest left after the devastating fires of 2011.  To me, it conjures up images of Bambi and his friends racing through smoke and heat and looking for each other on a small island while their homes disappear before their very eyes. It’s all very quiet in a loud sort of way.

This is what a forest fire is to one of my second graders.

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Tree Burning by Second Grader

Again, quiet in a loud sort of way. You can almost hear the crackling and popping of the tree sap and the water in the trunk heating and creating small explosions in the bark. The wind shifts and you find yourself coughing from the smoke…and seeing the flames lick the dry grass. Hush. Listen. It’s a fire. Can you hear the danger? Can you hear the panic in the silence of the forest creatures as they make split-second decisions: run, climb, hide, which baby to carry out first…

A moment of silence for those who weren’t fast enough or chose the wrong direction or the wrong tree to climb…a moment of silence for those who gave their lives returning to save another…

…A prayer of thanks for those who were there on the other side of the brightness of the dark to give care, food, water, shelter…those with open hearts and open arms…like you.

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Oh, and I still need a fundraising thermometer thingamajiggy to keep track of what you fabulous people are giving.

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I had hoped to have my Kindergarten PhotoStory ready for this post, but it’s not quite finished. It has music with voice over and I’m cropping photos, so maybe for Hour three.

Thanksgiving Break Is Here

Our students had a great time with their classmates and teachers today and I’m sure they brought home some items you can cherish, such as glittery pumpkins, stories about turkeys, and songs about Pilgrims.  If you have missed my other two Thanksgiving posts, please look below for pictures concocted by our elementary students with their digital chemicals in my Computer Laboratory and the link to the mp3 merry melodies sung by our Preschool Department.

Now it is time for the Middle School to shine.  Being older and wiser, you will see the various techniques they employed which our younger students have yet to try.  The Souls’ Harbor Campus has several computers the students have used before at our Lily Campus and several students bypassed MS Paint for Tux Paint.  You will see the difference in tools available to them there.  Other students have knowledge of the Print Screen function which gave their backgrounds a bit of extra reality using MS Paint.

I hope you enjoy seeing the 5th, 6th, and 7th Grade Art as much as they enjoyed creating it.  Have a blessed Thanksgiving and we pray for your family’s health, safety, and spiritual well-being as our nation turns eyes to the source of our many blessings.

7th Grade Art

5th Grade Art

6th Grade Art

7th Grade Art

6th Grade Art

7th Grade Art

5th Grade Art

5th Grade Art

5th Grade Art

5th Grade Art

5th Grade Art

5th Grade Art

5th Grade Art

5th Grade Art

7th Grade Paint

5th Grade Art

5th Grade Art