Thursday, December 19, 2013

Around the World with Little Raindrop: From New York to Georgia!

Hiya, Readers!

So, did I tell you what I did last month in November?

NO?!?!! Golly, I'd better hurry up!

Well, we all know November is a pretty cool month for many of us. Cool because it's c-c-cold, and cool because we get to celebrate all the things we're thankful for during Thanksgiving! But I got to do some reaallly cool things on top of all that!

At the beginning of the month, Miss Lucy took me with her on a super duper fast Amtrak train to New York City! I sure love trains! I had been to the city before, but I hadn't seen some of these other sights before now...

Let's hang out here and watch the world zooooom by!

The New York City Marathon finish line!!! Wowie!
I wonder how many water bottles they used up?

Without water, there would be no baked goods! Mmmmm, cake!

This cute fat little pigeon looks like he needs a drop of water!
(Just DON'T let him drive a bus!)

WHOA. Times Square!

This is the Washington Square Arch! It was completed and dedicated
wayyy back in 1895! The fountain we are leaning on was built in 1872.
That's, like, older than Grampa Drop and Gramma Drop!

Then, during the week of Thanksgiving, Aaron's family took me with them on a road trip! The best part was when we went climbing on rock walls like monkeys at Stone Summit in Atlanta, GA. It was SO FUN! I hope I get to go climbing again because it was super cool!

Gahhhhh! I'm up so high!!!

Don't we just look LOVEly, hee hee!

Yay, we are on our way home again!

It was great seeing all the sights in the city, and just hanging out and having a good ol' time with family and friends. I can't wait to see where I'm going next! :D

In the mean time, I better go make sure Miss Melanie is staying on track with the illustrations. She just finished some really fun activity pages, and I want to see what she is working on now!

See ya around and around!

Saturday, December 14, 2013

Tales of a Third Grade Classroom: Activity Page Tryouts!

Hi, Kids!

Do you remember how I said in October that I am working on new Activity Pages for Mr. H's class to try out? Well, I've already made a whole bunch of them! Here are some final images for you to see for yourself:

 Aren't they fun?!

You might even notice this new logo on the page...

That's because with every new Activity Page I share with students, or post on the blog here, that logo will let people know that I am still testing out these activities! Sometimes I make mistakes, or create a puzzle that could be too hard, or even too easy, for kids. It's good to learn how well I am doing or not!

In fact, I sent them to Mr. H's students this week, and the kids have been trying out the activities! These kids sure look like they're having fun!

The cutest Crabby Cumulonimbus, ever!

GREAT JOB, kids!

Guess what? YOU can even try out these Activity Pages for yourself! Just have a parent click on each image and Print each page, and viola! You have your very own Tester Page! Send us photos of your finished pages and let us know how you like them to Or if you want to send it through the Snail Mail instead, ask for further instructions on how to do so via email. If you include your mailing address, I will even send you a button as a Thank You!

Thanks SO much for your help! Because of you, Little Raindrop's book is going to be totally AWESOME!
~Miss Melanie

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Around the World with Little Raindrop: Lake Lure, North Carolina!

Hiya, Kiddos!

BRRRRRR! Boy, is it chilly CHILLY! *shiver*

It's a good thing it snowed so I could land on someone's jacket and get inside to thaw out, or else I would be stuck in a sheet of ice somewhere all Winter long! How on Earth am I supposed to type if I'm frozen?! Anyway, I hope you're all toasty warm somewhere right now, and maybe even doing some good deeds while your elf keeps a close watch on you! Christmas is just around the corner, you know!

Speaking of good deeds- I haven't yet told you about the good deed Miss Karenna did back in October: she took me along to Lake Lure with her family! Isn't that so sweet of her?! Here are some fun photos from our trip...

Karenna and I are getting goofy on this long car ride!

MMMM, spaghetti!

What... I have something on my face? Where?

A nice day to go out on the lake!

Look at the pristine water! I can even see my reflection!

AHHHH! It's sooo relaxing here!

Everybody look at the camera and say "SANDWICH!"

Such a lovely view with such a lovely friend!

Can we send this picture to my Mama?

It was great being outdoors and so close to nature again! Sometimes it is easy to get caught up in all the fun indoor stuff, that we forget all about the even MORE fun outdoor stuff! This trip made me realize how important it is to stay connected with nature and the people we care about most. That reminds me... I need to go write a letter to Mama Drop ASAP!

So whether there is sand or snow outside your window, make sure to take a step outdoors for some fresh air! You never know what Mother Nature will teach you next!

Keep on flowing!
p.s. I found some pretty amazing photos of the lake here, too! :D