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Sunday, August 23, 2015

Me by the Numbers, A First Day Ice Breaker

Back to school, back to school, we are going back to school!

I am so excited for the first day of the school year.  I can say that knowing I've already been through 2 weeks of Instructional Coach Bootcamp!  Woohoo!  This year, I am coaching in a different building!  I am looking forward to working with the teachers and my new principal.  Over the summer I was purusing Pinterest and saw a great pin for an ice breaker activity called, "Me by the Numbers".  You can check out that pin here along with the orignal post at the Math Coach's Corner here.

I decided to take it one step further and go digital with my copy and share with my staff when we do our ice breaker.  Here is my google slides presentation.  Here is what the screenshot will look like:
I used Google Drawing to create the shapes for the background.  I then added textboxes, pictures and clipart to add the finishing touches.  I enjoyed creating this digitally even though I was hedging on whether or not to use the brand-new batch of "Mr. Sketch" smelly markers.  Love these but went digital.

I think people will enjoy learning and getting to know each other through this fun sharing activity.  I also think teachers could use it with their students as well.  Hello Chromebooks!  Since we are a Google Apps district, the kids all have access to Google Drawing and the teacher could share the template with the students and have them create their own too.  Yay for digital!

I am looking forward to having a fun time with this ice breaker.  Cheers to a wonderful start of the school year for you if you're just beginning or even if you've already started!

If you decide to use this with teachers or students, please comment below and tell us how it went!



Monday, August 10, 2015

A-ha Idea #PB10for10


As August 10th loomed large, I began to panic.  I didn't have my mojo, my theme, my idea for the August Picture Books 10 for 10.  (By the way, thank you to Cathy Mere & Mandy Robek for hosting this exciting collection of treasures).  I felt a sense of urgency to come up with an idea...I began to wonder...Names?  ABC's?  All around favs?  Animal stories?  Nothing worked for me.  I even thought of skipping out this year and just reading others lists to develop a new TBR stack and a wish list for future purchases.  I then decided to head out to the library.  Ideas...IDEAS...I  D  E  A  S...
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I picked up this book...
Sozi has ideas and making sure to see them through to the end is really important.  So my idea for #PB10for10 this year is all about ideas and inventions-wondering what if, possibilities, imagination and ingenuity  coming together.  "Her idea" is clever-I don't want to spoil it so don't miss it!

My next book has been a big hit-I read it in the Fall of last year and I know my take away is to be inspired by the possibilities...I connected to this book when I read it as she took a walk to get away from her troubles when she got mad and couldn't make it work.  When she came back, things start to go just right and soon she had it nailed.  Sometimes time away helps things to focus better...


This lead me to think of my next great idea book which I first learned was a video from the  Partnership for 21st Century Skills and Fable Vision called "Above and Beyond" . Read more on their history here.  So I was thrilled when I learned the video was being adapted into a book called "Going Places"...I love this book because it inspires wondering and thinking outside the box about the possibilities if we just take the time to think about our ideas.  

My theme is coming together-the possibilities!  Oh, yes, they are flying now!  


I thought about inventions again especially since I was up at Cedar Point on the giant ferris wheel and the possibililites about Mr. Ferris and His Wheel.  What if he never invented this?  He made a significant contribution to how we can view our world.  I really appreciated his invention and how much I enjoyed the ride and the view from the top on the summer night...thanks Mr. Ferris.  Thanks to Kathryn Davis for writing this story so we could learn of this invention.


That made me think of the story-What Do You Do with an Idea?  You have to let it grow...time and energy help it along to see what happens next.  "I wondered what do you do with an idea?" It's important to stick with your ideas-they are yours and they matter and they grow and grow.  And can eventually change the world.  (I also bought this one.) 

I searched for more newer picture books that had a similar theme of inventing/ideas...I found this one-

Ziggy's Big Idea.  It's the back story on the invention of the bagel.  I read this with Natalie.  She loved listening to the story about how Ziggy worked to make his invention a reality.  We both liked how it included a recipe for making bagels.  We hope to try this on the weekend.  It was inspiring and made me think again about wonder, possibilities and ideas.  Ziggy's confidence is built by feedback from those around him.  I love the message of inspiration.  Making something even better... (need to buy this one). 


I then read The Extraordinary Mr. Qwerty-I like this book because it shows kids that they have great ideas and need to share them with the world.  Inspirational for sure!  When I first picked it up I wondered if it would be about the Qwerty keyboard...but maybe that's someone's book to write yet...hmm possibilities here...

I was finally able to read Beekle-and I thought about ideas of imaginary friends and wonder and play.  It made me wonder about how kids see the world...and think back to my first book about being in a book.  I think the author, Dan Santat, perfectly captured how kids come up with ideas and see that it's ok.  Courage and risk-taking are also part of this story that kids will connect with! 


My next book was how Ben Franklin created his first invention-swimming paddles.  He studied and hypothesized and invented and tested  the swim paddles.  I love how the author, Barb Rosenstock, noted what she imagined Ben to do in her follow up note at the end of the story.  Swimming was a great time for Ben to get his ideas.  I love how she played with words and how the type-set emphasizes actions-it could be a good mentor text for looking at other inventions and possibilities.  Ideas-wonder-investigations all to make things better a neat piece of history to note (mostly true).


My last book, more about imagination and wonder-Ally loves dinosaurs and her idea is to pretend to be one at all times on her first day of school. (I think I'll pretend to make like a tree and leave on my first day!--just kidding!). It's important to consider what others think too and Ally has a change of heart about her preferences from the first day to day two.  It's all about imagination and thinking of possibilities.  

10 for 10 done.

And now you must think of the possibilties for all the new picture books you have to read to your children,your students or even just you.  Enjoy wonder, invention and imagination as you consider the possibilities, the IDEAS A-HA!

Sunday, August 9, 2015

Golden Set and Rise


A summer's sun sets golden
prepare to say good-bye...

She gives us all a warning
the summertime is nigh...

Enjoying all her warm and golden rays-
Resting and re-energizing all these summer days!

Soaking in the sunny sun
Filling our days with fun!

She gives us all such hope
just daily being here...

As summer's sun rises golden,
telling Fall will soon be near...

By Amy Rudd
August 9, 2015






Saturday, August 8, 2015

Little Man Growing Up

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My #celebratelu this week is thinking about all the smiles and joy Kameron has brought to my life.  He's growing up right before my eyes...11 years ago today, we headed to the hospital to go through the induction process.   Baby boy Rudd was "done baking" and we needed to do some shaking!  24 hours later, we had our little K-man!

I felt so blessed the moment I saw that sweet little face as the doctor handed him to me.  My life continues to be full of treasured moments because of Kam.  He makes me laugh, brightens my days and generally keeps it real!  I truly celebrate his presence in our lives as a family and cherish the times we experience together.

Love you Kam!  Happy Birthday tomorrow!

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Snornado-A Sleepytime Silly



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A sleepytime silly...


snor·na·do
snôrˈnādō/
noun
  1. a sound, destructive noise coming from a person or thing who is breathing heavily (as a snore) and loudly while sleeping.

I love summer.  I love staying up late and sleeping in.  My kids do too!  Last night was no exception for the three of us staying up later than we normally do during the school year.   Kevin gets up very early for work so he heads to sleep while we're still awake.   We were reading, talking, and playing on our electronic devices having a great time.  Knowing that we had plans for a fieldtrip with a friend in the morning, I told them it was time to brush our teeth and "hit the hay".

Kam wandered upstairs on his own, brushing his teeth and heading for bed.  He quickly came back down and asked, "How am I supposed to go to sleep when dad sounds like a 'SNORNADO'?"  We all chuckled at Kam's creativity with snore + tornado and agreed that the noise coming from "Dad" did sound rather loud.  Kam turned on his fan (for white noise) and closed his door...lights out...asleep.


Saturday, August 1, 2015

Summer's Visit

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So thankful a special guest finally arrived this past week for a visit.  "Thanks for showing up Summer!"

"Oh, you're quite welcome!  I enjoy returning every now and then."

"I just want you to know how grateful I am that I could spend a little wedge of time enjoying your company before I return to work next week.  Here's what I loved most about you today:

  • rays of Sun shining down to warm my family as we splashed at the pool
  • breezes to cool us as we walked around the shore of the tiny lake
  • puffs of white cloud playing hide and seek with your friend Sun
  • music floating around us bringing us to move to the beat
  • bright light night as Moon visits full for the second time this month
  • reminders from your cicada friends that your visit will be coming to an end
Lake Anna, Barberton 7-31 by Kameron Rudd

So, thank you Summer for sharing your special qualities!  We've adored your visit!  Could you please stay just a smidge longer?"

"W e  l  l,   m a y be..."

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Tour de Parks!


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Girl Goes on Playground Tour with Dad!

Made with the Pic Collage App via ipad!

Close your eyes (not yet) and imagine being at your favorite parks from when you were a child (now).  What do you see?  Picnic tables, slides, waterfalls, trees, sun and sand to mention a few?  

What Nattie saw...
  • a worn and weathered picnic table where she sat to eat her packed lunch at the park preschool 
  • a slippery slide newly placed where the old steel pole and metal sliding board once stood
  • a wooden trail down to the basin of the Gorge where only muddy trails once existed
  • a sand digger to sit on and manipulate where only a giant sandbox once was
  • a rock climber where only rusted swings once swayed
A day out with her dad...a tour of his favorite parks from childhood.  Lots of memories floating around. I could see from looking at the pictures and listening to her delight that Nat had an awesome time on the park tour with Kevin.  I know he felt happy about taking her to see the parks.

I didn't go on the tour but it made me think about my favorite parks.  One of them was just across the street from my elementary school.  I played many games there and even camped there for Girl Scouts.  I remember venturing on snipe hunts!  I loved running up and down the hills...chasing squirrels up the tall trees.  I remember cooking in the covered shelter and having picnics with my friends.  I remember hearing kids laughing and screaming breathless as they tagged each other.  A great place to enjoy nature's blessings.

What memories do you have of parks from your childhood?


Saturday, July 25, 2015

Crazy vs Lazy Celebrations


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The writer in me felt excited to share all of the happenings from this week but wanted to share them in a clever way...I was thinking and typing and playing...I tried two different apps Piktochart and Venngage as I was inspired by 10 things to Try this Year via Alice Keeler -specifically #8-create and use infographics.  I needed to have a paid account to do the things I wanted to do...so for now I will stick with my pictures to enhance my description of celebrations...

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Google Apps for Educators.  I am celebrating all the percolating that occurred in my head as I learned about Google Apps and how they could be used in the classroom.  I can hardly wait to share my learning with the teachers at my school and try things out with the kids.  During our Winter Site Improvement Planning training, I created and shared this emaze documenting our work at Barber.  At our presentation, I ended with-"The world is going Google and you should too!"  Now, I've learned so much more and I'm brimming over with possibilities.

Kam had basketball camp this week at the University of Akron.  He attended with his whole team and they "had a ball"!  I'm glad he got to go.  I decided to make sugar cookies for the little team party they had on Thursday.  I tried this new recipe to make the cookies.  They turned out ok but I didn't have unsalted butter.  If you try it, make sure you don't add the salt if you don't have unsalted butter.  They tasted a little salty...

Another celebration this week was finishing up the building of the book baskets.  I worked closely with my friend Rosemary to get the books sorted into tubs and labeled for delivery.  We are so excited to have the books ready for the Akron Reads volunteers who will be tutoring our students this Fall.  Our next step is completing the training for the volunteers.

The week began "Crazy" and shifted down to "Lazy".  On Friday, we visited the library and checked out some new books.  After we got home, I got a big sheet and laid it out on the grass.  Natalie and I read books together in the shade and laughed and giggled as we read.  We spent time just looking up at the sky too-my favorite shape Nattie noticed was the cloud that looked like a giant hightop shoe.  

My attempt at an infographic using Venngage!

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A busy yet relaxing week...was yours busy or relaxing?

Monday, July 20, 2015

Mosquito Stops Time?




Can a mosquito stop time?  The answer in 3 minutes or less...

Bedtime...
Cuddling and snuggling...happy time!
Getting our reading on!
Story giggles...conversation and wondering...
Reading...chatting...
Feeling sleepy...
Lights out-click, click, click!

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"Mommy, I hear a mosquito buzzing!"
"Me too!"

Lights on--CLICK!
Hunting for the swatter...eyes darting around the room to find the tool that will end the zzzz-ing!

Nothing in view-a big tissue!
Arms flying through the air-the elimination process has begun!

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"Where'd it go?"
"There it is Momma-up by the clock!!"
SWAT!
SWAT!
SWISH
"Ugh!  I missed it!"

SWAT
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STRETCH-ST-R-ET-CH!
CRASH!
"What was that?" called Daddy from the other room.
"The clock!  I knocked the clock off the wall while swatting the stupid mosquito!"

Dead mosquito, broken clock!  It stopped time...yes, it stopped time!  Now no time!


Saturday, July 18, 2015

Celebrating Bug Spray and Itch Cream


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SMACK!


Another one down, but the bite is worse than the bark!

"Honey where's the mosquito spray?  I can't take it anymore!  These bugs are BAD!!"

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Nattie and I were playing out at the play park.  We already had several bites before the bug spray!  I guess I was wrong in thinking that the breezey-flowing wind and sunny-sun would limit the attack going on by the vicious mosquitoes that have come to reside in our yard this summer.  They are biting through clothes now!!  And they swarm you in the garage as you move toward the car!  I find it a little ironic that Nat wanted her giant magnifying glass outside with her so she can study the bugs up-close!

We came back inside after playing and picnic...red bumps on our arms and legs.  

"Momma, where's the itch cream?  I need it bad!"

"ME TOO!  Here it is!  (Let's buy stock in it I think to myself).

I here by declare-"NO Mosquito will keep me from enjoying the fun of summer outdoors!  I have bug spray and itch cream!  Take that Mosquito!  Take that!


Celebrating Defense and Resolve!

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Naked Truth at the Office

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truth
tro͞oTH/
noun
  1. the quality or state of being true.
    "he had to accept the truth of her accusation"
    • that which is true or in accordance with fact or reality.
      noun: the truth
      "tell me the truth"
      synonyms:what actually happened, the case, so;
    • what Natalie tells.


I've been working on a project with our district learning specialists and had to go into "the office" to meet with them.  I knew it would be a short meeting so I decided to take Natalie with me.  REALLY!?!  I packed up what I thought would be entertaining for her:  crayons, paper, stuffy, and books.  I prayed that she could just play quietly during my meeting so I could basically just "get in" and "get out".

As luck would have it, our secretary bonded with Natalie immediately and began an instant friendship.  While I was meeting with the specialists, Natalie conversed with Jeanne  and colored in her notebook.  As an aside, Nattie likes using crayons her way and often peels the paper from them.  Toward the end of our meeting, Jeanne had to leave so I didn't get a chance to thank her or say goodbye.  Later that day, I got an email from her...Slice!  Truth...

"Hi Amy,

Sorry I had to leave before you were done.  Someone was picking me up for lunch.  Anyway,  your daughter is just so sweet.  I loved talking with her.  She really makes you smile.  It made me miss how much I enjoyed doing day care before I came back to work. 

She took the paper off her crayon and I said, 'Oh no, now your crayon is naked.'  She looked at me with those really beautiful eyes and said, 'Those aren’t clothes.'  She is precious.  Just like her Mom.  I really enjoyed her visit.  Bring her and Wolfie by anytime.  I loved it.  Have a great day.

Jeanne"





Tuesday, March 24, 2015

A Slice of Cherry Cheese Coffee Cake

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 Have you ever been to a Pampered Chef party?  I accepted the invitation to go to a party hosted by one of my friends.  The room was filled with tasty snacks created to demonstrate the Pampered Chef tools.  

One of my favorite tools I purchased has been my round baking stone and rack/holder.  Since I purchased the stone, one of my favorite recipes is the one pictured above-Cherry Cheese Coffee Cake.  It's always been a big hit wherever I've brought it.  Yesterday was no exception!

My school staff had professional development training with Benchmark Universe.  I wanted to bring a "Birthday Treat" so I thought this would be the perfect choice.  I placed it in the conference room at the start of our p.d.  Throughout the day, teachers were asking for the recipe.  I found it linked here.  If you're interested, click on and try it out.  Everyone who tried it loved the little slice of "Cherry Cheese Coffee Cake"!

Monday, March 23, 2015

Still your Birthday?

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Yesterday, I celebrated another year older.  I will spare you the details of exactly what age I am...let's call it 29 and holding.  I have to share the events of my day because they were so perfect!

I woke up to my sweet little cherub-faced daughter saying, "Happy Birthday Momma!"  I think everyone should be able to wake up to happy little voice like hers with a special greeting every day.  Trust me, you would love it if you heard it.

The morning greeting was followed up with a special blessing at church on the way out after mass.  We always stop to visit with Father on our way out of mass.  It's such a special way to start off a new week.  Kam let it slip that we were going to celebrate my birthday.  So Father asked when it was.  I told him.  He blessed me with a special prayer and a send-off to a great year.  What an awesome birthday gift!

The day proceeded to be filled with greetings from friends and family via texts, calls and facebook messages.  These were examples of the wonderful ways my life is filled with blessings.

Next, we headed out to dinner at Nuevo Acapulco.  My family asked me if I wanted the waiters and waitresses to sing "Happy Birthday".  I decided, no, I didn't wish to be embarrassed in that way.  Our food was delicious and we were so full we could not head to Dairy Queen for birthday dessert.  Maybe tomorrow?

I laughed and smiled when I woke up today.  Nattie asked me, "Momma, is it still your birthday?"


Tuesday, March 17, 2015

March Mudness

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The strange look of the piles of mud in the yard (now that all the snow has disappeared) is concerning.  It looks like a cow pasture loaded up with cow dung...but we have no cows.  I mentioned to Kam when we pulled in the driveway tonight, "I wonder how those piles are going to get taken care of?"  

"Yeah, Mom!  Those piles do look bad!"

We'll just add it to the list of major yard work that needs to happen once the weather warms up a bit more.  It will be ok.  They will get taken care of!  The yard will look better-it's just not looking good now.

Fast forward two hours...

Kam raced outside to play basketball when his homework was completed.  While he was outside, he donned his Good Samaritan cape and started stomping down all the piles of mud (which we think are from moles).  As a result of trying to be helpful, his good basketball high tops became a mud-caked mess.  So when he came in the house, the mud came too!

Fast forward 20 minutes...

He tried and tried to clean them up down in the stationery tub without telling us and ended up spraying mud droplets everywhere so now the mud is in the yard and in the basement on the floor, wall, and washer.  I appreciate that he tried to stomp the mud but made more of a mess in the process.

March Mudness is making me crazy!

Monday, March 16, 2015

Belch Heard Round the World

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Oh. my. goodness...I attended my niece's birthday celebration tonight with my hubby's side of the family.  We all met at Chili's to surprise Lauren.  The kids were excited and prior to Lauren walking in with her dad, Kam and Nat looked the menu over and knew what they were going to order.  Nattie decided to get the kids pizza and mandarin oranges.  Usually, she doesn't order chocolate milk, but I let her since we were celebrating a special occasion. (Oh, Momma, what were you thinking?) 

The waitress brought out the drinks as we waited a little longer for the birthday girl to arrive.  We were all chattering away and having a grand time visiting and catching up on the latest with family.  The waitress also brought out some chips and salsa while we waited too.  In 15 little minutes, Natalie had slurped down her whole cup of milk.  Wow, she must have been thirsty.  She also gobbled down quite a few chips...and salsa.

"SURPRISE!" we all shouted as Lauren arrived.  And the visiting and chatting continued as the waitress took our dinner orders.  While we waited for dinner to arrive, Nattie was breathing on the window and trying to draw on it (please don't judge).  

Our dinner finally arrived.  Nattie started by eating her oranges. She started acting kinda funny and was not really interested in eating her pizza.  Surprise?..."Momma, my belly hurts!" she sheepishly admitted.

"It does?  I'm sorry."  I rubbed her back a little...
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Surprise-B  E  L C  H... I was sure the whole world had just heard the most enormous burp ever by the smallest little girl in the room.  I immediately thought-Remove the child from the room! She's going to throw up!  Luckily we were seated near the carry-out door. I quickly whisked her out the door to some fresh air and away from the crowd.  Wow, all I can say is wow!  Thank God she didn't throw up and ended up being ok.  Never again will we mix salsa, chips, chocolate milk, and oranges together for dinner.  It was a bad combination that lead an enormous belch (I'm sure) heard round the world!


Prayerful Slice

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As Natalie and I quietly prayed our little prayers...

I started out, "Dear God, thank you for the beauty of this day.  Please watch over and bless all our family and friends-"

Nattie chimed in, "and please take care of my friends Justin, and Griffin and Katie.  And I am giving up my binky.  I am not going to use it anymore.  I will be good without it God."

Amen.  No more bink...please Lord, please help us get through this!  So the dentist doesn't strangle me for not taking it away sooner. So I don't go crazy while she gives it up...she's ready and I know she can do this.

Saturday, March 14, 2015

Girl Scout Cookie Time

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Ding dong!  Ding dong!  Surprise!

"Hi, would you like to buy some Girl Scout cookies?"

"Would I?  Would I?"  (should I?  my hips say no but my heart says yes!  Heart wins!)  "Yes, I would!"

"Here you go, here's the order form."

"Ok, where are those peanut butter ones-oh, yes, the Samoas.  Those are my favorites!"

"Thank you, Mrs. Rudd!

"You're welcome"

I can't wait for my cookies to be delivered.  On days like today, I want to eat the whole box and cry about it later...

Friday, March 13, 2015

Guilty or Innocent

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Voting is now open...
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Does this look like the face of guilt or the face of innocence? Vote in the comments below!


I'm asking because this is the culprit who's charged with destroying our internet services for almost a week.  He climbed into the box out at the pole and chewed through our cable line, exposing it to the elements and eventually shorting out our line.  Our cable connection is finally fixed and our new modem is up and running.  I hope the little cousin learned his lesson and never plays with our cable line again.  Don't get me wrong, I like squirrels but I don't like when they mess with my hobbies and my work because of their chewing habits.

Have you ever had squirrel trouble?