Saturday, November 29, 2014

Why Ask for What You Don't Have?

Tired of having a stone in your soup? How about some cactus soup! Cactus Soup is a version of the story Stone Soup with a Mexican twist. What a great chance to compare different versions of the same story and get a glimpse of the Mexican culture and foods. And with food being a focus with all the upcoming yummy holidays, why not take the opportunity to try some of those foods, YUM!

You can even take the Mexican culture into the Christmas holidays. Mexico has some wonderful Christmas traditions from poinsettias to piƱatas! They begin celebrating Christmas on December 12th, so it would be an excellent occasion to transition from Mexico’s Christmas traditions to America’s.

So many wonderful books and so little time!! 

Related Stories:

Cactus Soup Video read by Eric Kimmel
San Miguel  shares in the celebration!

Cactus Soup Story Elements:


Additional Activities:



Cactus or Stone Soup Pinterest Board:
Cactus Soup Product:

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Much To Be Thankful for!:

With the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday, many of us try to take the time to reflect about things we are thankful for and to share this message with our young students.

As I lay here in a hospital bed, (YES the hospital with a broken leg!), I have had plenty of time to think about what to be thankful for, after some moments of self-pity of course J, and the list continues to grow longer and longer. Wow! The opportunities that I have been given, the people I have encountered in my life, family, friends, and being able to do what I love, teach young children.

And we have been very thankful to be able to share some of our personal and classroom stories through The Beezy Teacher. Just look at all the wonderful things young children are doing in the classrooms. What teachers of young children accomplish is amazing. We all have much to be thankful for!
**Ms. Beezy wishes you a speedy recovery! :)

Thanksgiving Books


I Am Thankful Educreations:

Pictures of Turkeys from Ms. L and Ms. D’s classes

Books About Turkeys
Pattern Block Turkeys:
Floor Puzzle Pattern Blocks:

Pattern Block Magnetic Board:

Great Resources:

I found several wonderful pattern block activities over at Confessions of a Homeschooler! Click on the picture to take you there!

For those that know me – know how much I love Eula the Cat (sorry Flaca).  Well my favorite cat debuts again on December 2 in the book titled:  Square Cat ABC !  Congrats to Ms. Schoonmaker! I’ve preordered mine and am already generating ideas for classroom activities.  All the books I mention on my blog can be found at Amazon. 

Pinterest Boards:
Fall Smilebox:

Click to play this Smilebox slideshow
Create your own slideshow - Powered by Smilebox
Make your own photo slideshow

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Laterne, Laterne