Tuesday, April 29, 2008

So, my mini-van has serious health problems. What can you expect at 170,000? grrrrr. Jason says that he can't operate until the snow melts. I just pray she will make it through this weeks' surgery.

It's not like Jason has anything else to do. I can't understand why he isn't excited to get on the ground and take a look.

Monday, April 28, 2008

OMG... This is me...

I saw this skit and I realized this is me... but this is how excited I will be when I get my first teaching job.

Saturday, April 26, 2008

The rules:

1. Pick up the nearest book (at least 123 pages).
2. Turn to page 123.
3. Find the 5th sentence
4. Post the 5th sentence on your blog.
5. Tag 5 people.

"It was ten years since I had been six." Jerry Spinelli "Star Girl"

Friday, April 25, 2008

This week we've started our poetry writing unit. hmmmmmm.... It's great. As I've mentioned. I love poetry. On Wednesday, I did a unit on Odes.... thus my Ode to Socks.

We read Shel Silverstein yesterday. Hooray. I used the smartboard both days.

I heart the smartboard.

Thursday, April 24, 2008

I own this!!!

Students are so funny.

I like to be a little cheesy in the classroom.

I told them to put "I own This" on pages of homework they thought they did well on. They loved it. Many booklets came in with "I own this" on various pages. Some students will even erase it or put, "I'm going to own this." Just a responsibility issue. In one of the last booklets, a student wrote

"Mrs. Aakhus, I'm just renting..."

Kids just make me smile.

Wednesday, April 23, 2008


Ode to Socks

Today we studied odes. I used the term rather loosely. I wanted the students to think of odes as something that didn't have to be too serious. We read "Ode to an Artichoke," "Ode to S'mores," "Ode to Feet," "Ode to Pablo's Tennis Shoes." Also, we viewed a keynote presentation of "What a Wonderful World" song by Louie Armstrong. The kids seemed excited. We had fun anyways. We smiled and laughed. We talked a lot about feet. I gave them an example of my ode. It was to Socks. I can't write about serious things any more. I sound like I want to be deep. And really, I come off as really an idiot. So I wrote "Ode to Socks"

Here's my final draft!

Ode to Socks
By Roberta Louise Guillemette Aakhus

Socks! Oh how I love socks...

Every morning I search...

in my basket.
in my drawer.
even, under the couch!

Socks! Oh! How I love socks!

Warm, Fuzzy, Loved

White, Black
Striped and Polka Dots

Thin, Thick
Long and Short

Wool, Cotton
Fresh and Smelly

Socks! Oh! How I love socks!

Friday, April 18, 2008


After Reading Kurt's blog, I'm inspired. Ok. So I'm a copycat. What a great idea.

Tonight, the girls and I will watch a movie. I think it's called "The Waterhorse" Jason is going to go and practice for his imaginary band tonight. It's going to be a quiet night! Finally!