Posts from the ‘autumn’ Category

Harvest Fest

We made:

  • a rainbow with a pot of gold
  • lanterns from cans (with Jaala)
  • strings of popcorn with a needle and thread and when we popped the popcorn we let it fly all over
  • apple sauce
  • apple juice
  • pumpkin seeds from the pumpkin we got at Tony’s Maket
  • yummy squash from our garden

We harvested from our garden:

  • squash
  • beets
  • gourds (Adah was the queen of the gourds)
  • turnips
  • chives
  • broccoli
  • brussell sprouts and ate them raw!!!

Happy Harvest

Our Pumpkin Facts

  • It’s almost 30 inches around
  • It has dark and light orange
  • It is 14 inches high (including the stem) which is more than a foot tall
  • The stem is brownish and cut and it bends
  • It has scars
  • It’s big
  • The stem is four inches around
  • It’s bumpy
  • It’s smooth
  • It’s beautiful
  • The stem is pokey

Confessions of a Teacher & a Mama

Gosh, I’ve been such a good Living Classroom blogger for so many years now and then the bottom seemed to fall out of my life and my blogging inspiration went with it.  Many times during my life as a teacher I have had children with Autism in my classroom and off and on I would think, hmmm, they share so many similarities with my child. 

Every once in a while these thoughts would pop up with certain behaviors and how hard it has been for Autumn to just get through the day sometimes.  And then her new school had a meeting with us and said, “we think something is going on with Autumn and we think she needs to see a neurologist”. 

I knew it and I wanted it to not be true so badly that my entire being ached from every single cell.  So we had her tested and yes, she’s on the spectrum.  And yes I’m devastated and yes she’s still the same sweet, wonderful, challenging, beautiful, smart girl that she was before her diagnosis. 

I’m not so sure I’m the same person or mom or teacher but I guess that can be a good thing.  It means I’m learning and growing and processing and opening up to new things.  It’s not always an easy thing to do but I’m doing it one day at a time.  So be patient.  The information and the blogging inspiration will come back. 

Unfortunately teacher’s are people too and have problems and crises and children of their own.  I just wanted to put it out into the world, in case you’re wondering.  I have to say this entire experience has really helped me be present in the moment more, with my child and with my kids in the classroom. 

I feel like I’m even more aware of just sitting with them working out a problem, reading to them, helping them each at their own level of ability, understanding and emotional space.   Walk with me, we’ll find the way through, even if it is a bit slower now and again.  More soon lovelies…

Always with love and compassion,

Michelle & Autumn

Playing Catch-Up

I was gone for four days at a funeral and while we were away we adopted a battered Australian Shepherd – so my evenings/blog time has been taken up with catching up from my trip and our new dog, Rosa.

We’ve been making math problems with unifix cubes and writing math sentences on the board.

Asher concentrates:

Jackson said; “This is the only reason I come to school.” – YEAH RIGHT!

We tried using motion and inertia to get a marble to stay in a cup without a bottom:

We made mosaics with our glass from Village Green Nursery:

Harriette painted a portrait of me:

We studied Sea Plant Life:

We’ve been playing hang man build a woman/cat/dog/baby etc – we LOVE this game:

We went ice fishing with ice, water, salt and a string:

We’ve been reading “Ask the Bones” and some have been a bit scared so we broke the group in two but some of us are LOVING IT so much!

We’ve also been reading the “Miss Nelson” books, “Henry and the Underground Railroad,” and “A picture book of Harriet Tubman.”

Me made Oatmeal Soda Bread:


                              Yield:  1 loaf
2 ½ cups Oats

1 ¾ cups Buttermilk
2 cups  All purpose flour

½ cup  Cake flour

½ cup  Whole wheat flour

¼ cup  Brown sugar

1 ½ tsp  Baking soda

1 ½ tsp  Cream of tartar

1 ½ tsp  Salt

2 Tbsp  Butter, softened
1 Tbsp  Butter, melted (for the crust)


  1. Put 2 cups of oats in a bowl.  Add buttermilk and mix well.  Allow to soak for one hour before proceeding.
  2. Preheat oven to 400.
  3. Whisk flours, the remaining ½ cup oats, sugar, baking soda, cream of tartar and salt together in a large bowl. 
  4. Cut in the softened butter with a fork or your fingertips until the mixture resembles course crumbs.
  5. Add the soaked oats and stir with a fork until the dough comes together. 
  6. Turn dough out onto flour-coated work surface.  Knead for about 12 turns, just until dough is cohesive.  (Do not overwork the dough – it shouldn’t be smooth.)
  7. Pat the dough into a 6 inch round.  Place on a parchment-lined baking sheet.
  8. Using a sharp knife, score the top of the loaf in an “X” shape, about ¾ inch deep.
  9. Bake until the loaf is golden brown and a skewer inserted in the center comes out clean, 45-55 minutes. 
  10. Immediately upon removing the loaf from the oven, brush the top with the melted butter.
  11. Cool to room temperature before slicing (about 45 minutes.)

Monday! Monday!

Monday! Monday! Could we fit anything else into one day!

It was “Cooking with Kathleen” Monday and we made Pumpkin Bread – DE-LISH! We shared our bread with the entire school – we had to – the whole school smelled like fresh, yummy baked goods.

Over the weekend, Sarah turned the big yard into an autumn wonderland filled with hay bails, pumpkins and corn stalks. We ran, hid, climbed and made many nests during big yard time. We also picked some zucchini out of the garden for snack tomorrow.

Today we started our Leonardo da Vinci parachute project. So far, everyone’s parachute is coming along beautifully. We started by cutting out four triangles and decorating them for the final product which we will try to fly tomorrow.

We also tried our hand at weaving and making patterns.

A visiting violinist stopped by to play and let the kids try a little bit as well. He will be giving lessons at school each week if you’re interested.

Don’t forget tomorrow and Wednesday are class pictures.  Tomorrow is also dance class – p.u. is at 3:45!

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