Monday, December 17, 2012

Prayers for Sandy Hook Elementary

As a teacher and mother of a 7 year old, I am still trying to process the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary Friday, December 14, 2012.  I wondered how I was going to talk to my students about it today. How am I going to talk to my 7 year old about it?
As I read my devotion this morning, it made me realize that I find myself asking Why God? a lot more than I should... Who am I to question Him anyway?
Joyce Meyer: Promises for Your Everyday Life - a Daily Devotional 
 Why We Ask 'Why?'

Do you ever find yourself in a tragic situation and asked God, 'Why? Why is this happening to me?'

For one moment, let's imagine that God actually answered that question. Would His explanation change anything? The effects of the tragedy would still be with you, and the pain would be just as severe as it was before. What would you have learned?

When we ask God that question, I think the real questions we're asking are: 'God, do You love me? Will You take care of me in my sorrow and pain? You won't leave me alone, will You?' Is it possible that, because we're afraid God doesn't truly care about us, we ask for explanations?

Instead, we must learn to say: 'Lord, I believe. I don't understand, and I'll probably never grasp all the reasons bad things happen, but I know for certain that You love me and are with me, always.'

I believe it often takes more faith to go through something victoriously than to be delivered from it. Put your faith in God and you'll come out stronger on the other side.

Prayer Starter: God, I believe in You, even when circumstances try to fill my mind with doubt. Help me to remember Your love for me and to put my faith in You, no matter what happens. 
Immediately the boy’s father exclaimed, “I do believe; help me overcome my unbelief!” Mark 9:24 NIV
Jesus said, "Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these." Matthew 19:14

 Please take a minute and pray for the families to find peace and healing through God's love.  

Wednesday, December 12, 2012


Ok so I found the cutest 12-12-12 activity yesterday to do with my 6th graders involving the 12 Days of Christmas. For the life of me, I can't remember which site I found it on. I am pretty sure it was a blog that I if you know, please post a comment so I can give proper credit. On to the show...

The Cost Of The 12 Days Of Christmas 

Materials needed: pencil, paper,and a computer
website:  PNC Christmas Price Index
The students take a virtual trip around the world collecting prices of each item in the 12 Days of Christmas song. Some prices have increased since last year, so they must figure the percent of increase and add it to the original price. Also they have to multiply by how many items they have. The cost of each golden ring is multiplied by 5. 

This is great for decimal/percent conversion, multiplying decimals, adding decimals, and several other objectives. 

The students colored the corresponding picture for which day of Christmas I assigned them.
They also found the total cost of Christmas.

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

It's Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas...

My hall decorations for Christmas. 

The students made a factor Christmas tree this week while reviewing for 9 weeks test.  They all had different numbers on the star and they had to prime factor the number and use exponential form on the trunk. They had so much fun decorating once they factored their trees.