Saturday, October 26, 2013

Five for Friday/TEAM DELANEY

{1} A Kinderlicious Halloween!
So, late Wednesday, I started out with this lovely thrift store find, and dreams of portraying my version of Goldilicious.

A couple of half priced yards of gold lamé later, along with a gallon of tacky glue and oodles of borrowed accessories, Goldilicious was born. She was so happy to meet her friends at school.  

Presenting...Goldilicious, Blualicious, Pinkalicious, Purplicious and Yellowlicious 

{2} Witch's Brew
We've been singing vocabulary rich, Witches Brew by Hap Palmer all month. 

To culminate, we made the cutest ever craft from Miss Kindergarten. You can find it here.  I modified the inside to extend the song and had my kinders put 3 yucky things in their brew (girls???...hmmm).

{3} Patterned Pumpkin Matching Game
Using Patterned Pumpkins from Krista Walden , I made this memory game (a.k.a. Concentration) for my stations.  You can find the clipart here

{4}  Sight Word Flip Books
Having trouble getting your little ones to remember finger spaces?  Try taping a witch finger to your every (ok, almost) time! Witch fingers work great for tracking while reading too!

{5} Last, but not least...TEAM DELANEY

A little story to share about a precious little girl...
Many years ago I had a wonderful room mother named Diane.  I became friends with Diane and her family outside of school.  Diane was special not only because she was my room mother and friend, but she had eight sweet, smart, beautiful children, who teachers would fight over to have in their classroom.  One hot summer night, Diane passed away in her sleep of heart failure, at just 43 years of age. Just two weeks later, her husband passed away, of a broken heart they say.   Her eight children were mostly teenagers at that time.  They all wanted to stay together, so they did.  The two oldest children were in their early twenties and were given guardianship.  Janice was one of the two sisters who dedicated her twenties to going to parent-teacher conferences, handling finances, chauffeuring her siblings to sporting events and sleepovers and all of the other obligations involved in being a parent, including ultimately celebrating graduations.  After all of the children became adults, Janice married a local firefighter and now has children of her own, a baby boy and a two and a half year old girl named Delaney.  Delaney, the fierce one they call her, is fighting the battle of her life.  She's fighting brain cancer and thus, Team Delaney has been formed by her dedicated uncle and the community.   Janice and her older sister, Jennifer, helped me make this scarecrow about 26 years ago when they were very little.  I thought it would be fitting for him to wear the t-shirt this month.   You can find out more about Delaney and her fight here and here. 

though she be but little, she be fierce



  1. Wow, what a heart-wrenching story. Thanks for sharing your Five!

  2. My heart broke. I am so sorry. I'm sending good thoughts their way.

  3. What a powerful story!!!! I am sending prayers their way! Thanks for sharing!