Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Slice of Life - Surprises!

There is a lot to accomplish on the home front to get out the door.  Mornings require juggling and balance, kindness and respect, guidance and letting go.  Often a little faith is needed and hopes for the day are rattling through my mind.  The girls are striving for independence.  Sometimes watching their internal struggle for that and liking things being done for them is tricky to live.  Daily, I remind myself all these things are shifting and changing.  Next year, I will have two not three girls to fill my mornings.  My drive to work will be all alone for the first time in 18 years.  I am intrigued by what this will all look and feel like and with that I have my own internal struggle with not wanting these mornings to change even when I am running a bit late.

Running a bit late, I dash into school.  I try to make quick sense of my classroom.  I needed to get to a staff breakfast this morning to greet and welcome our visitor for the day.  I was really excited because Wonderopolis was here to visit our school.  I scan the room, find a few people to chat with, grab half a bagel and as I am scanning for a seat - surprise!  I get to meet Laura from Wonderopolis and she hands me a box with my name on it.  Wonderopolis sent me an official Wonder Jar!  It's filled with such goodness.  Objects to foster questioning.  Objects to send us to the Wonderopolis website.  A model for creating our own wonder jars.  I can't wait to see where our learning goes from here.  Thank you Wonderopolis for supporting our learning and for surprises!

Dana at Two Writing Teachers, thanks for hosting.


  1. What a wonderful surprise!! I want a Wonder Jar now!
    I complain all the time about my rushed mornings with my young daughters, but I know someday I'll miss these mornings, too.
    Thanks for linking up today!

  2. I'm with Dana, I want a Wonder Jar now too! :) Seriously, I love how you capture the craziness that is a morning rushing to school. That is something I live daily and you are right when you say, "Mornings require juggling and balance, kindness and respect, guidance and letting go."

  3. I hope you will write about this Wonder Jar. What a great way to start the day, even if it was a little rushed at the beginning.

  4. Oooh, a wonder jar. That's awesome!
    I stumbled upon #wonderchat the other night since I follow Peter H. Reynolds (and he was hosting). Have you ever done ones of those.

    A drive by oneself... whoa! I can't even imagine that. Like Dana, my daughter is young. When I asked her "What does Mommy do for a living?" last week she replied by moving her hands back and forth as if she were driving a car. Nice, right? (True too!)

    1. Hi Stacey, I've done a couple #wonderchats but missed the one this week. It's always a great learning experience, I saw a tweet after that this week with a schedule for the year. They happen once a month and are probably something I will look at doing again in the future.

  5. Hi Ladies, I just looked on the Wonderopolis website to see if you could purchase a Wonder Jar but I don't see that as an option. I will ask a friend of mine who is an ambassador, if you can. I have read of people making their own with things you find and wonder about. I bet you could look through the website and find objects that lead you to a wonder.

  6. Love the struggle between appreciating what you have now even though it is so difficult to balance it all. We have to keep remembering we "are living the dream!" Thanks for helping us see a part of ourselves in your story.