Sunday, January 30, 2011

Week 20: Vocaroo - Take Two!


Ten weeks ago, we tried Vocaroo for the first time! We all enjoyed listening to each other read aloud, right? Well, now that it's Week 20 of this blog, I figured it was time to Vocaroo once more! 

1) Pick a page or paragraph from a book, a poem or something you have written.
2) Go to Vocaroo.
3) Click on the box that says "Click to Record. "
4) Say your first name.
5) Read your poem, page or paragraph aloud.
6) Click "Send to a Friend" and send your Voacroo to Mrs. Sol at

If you don't have a microphone, you can leave a comment about another student's read aloud. Just remember to be positive and kind.

As soon as I receive it, I will add your Vocaroo to the blog with your name, so others can listen. As a sample, the first comment will be MY read aloud. Please respond before Friday, February 4!

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Walter's Snohomish County Adventure!


I arrived in Snohomish County and was greeted with excitement by Tara, her teen-age sister and their two moms.  Tara ripped open the package eagerly hoping for a Walter or maybe even a Wen (she didn't know she would see us both, but that comes later in the story!).  Tara lives in a cohousing neighborhood in Snohomish County.  It was fun to see her neighborhood and meet all of the friendly people.

Fresh out of the box, I hung out in Tara's pocket while she was in her Moon Shoes.  It can be quite bouncy! She went really far and high, too!

I went online with Tara for a class of Literature.  I learned some about Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH.  I can't believe rats can be bigger than I am!  

It was Tara's mom's birthday so she and I made applesauce muffins with apples from their tree.  

I helped with the decorations.  In Tara's family, they decorate the whole lower level on birthdays.  I liked riding in the rainbow ball the best!

Tara is a Brownie Girl Scout.  I went to her troop meeting with her and we learned about selling Girl Scout cookies.  Yum!  Here I am with the cookie order sheet.

I went on a field trip with Tara and her mom to the Bellevue Art Museum.  We met Ms. Sloan there.  One of the best parts is that Ms. Britt was also there - with Wen!  

I had a lot of fun looking at different ceramic art, but I really liked playing around with pencils with Wen.  I think Ms. Britt took some pictures of our reunion too!

Important Fact: Even monsters need to brush their teeth!

Tara does a lot of fun things!  During the week, she not only took me to the art museum, but she took me to... 

a piano lesson...

swim class...

and even a jump rope class! 
Tara did double dutch while I watched.  I think I might like to try turning the rope, but I would need some help.  

I had fun in Tara's neighborhood in a snow chair (she said it was a snowball a couple of days earlier).  She also showed me what was left of an igloo that she had made before I got there.  Wow!

I had a great time with Tara and her family.  I wonder what further adventures I will have... I sure hope that I get to meet up with Wen again!

So long for now!

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Week 19: Lesson Learned!


As January comes to a close, it's time to share once again. What have you been learning about in the last few weeks? Have you completed any cool lessons in math, language, reading, art, science or history? 

For this week's response, tell us about something you learned in one of your WAVA courses in January.

Your comment will not be seen by others until I approve it. Please respond before Friday, January 28th!

Friday, January 21, 2011

Marvelous Marysville!


We were very surprised to find Wen in our mailbox.  We didn't visit the great outlet stores here in Marysville but we had fun riding bikes, making shadow puppets (we couldn't resist on a day so full of sun, don't see that too often), going to swim lessons, going for a walk, and having red velvet cake for Timmy's 7th birthday party.  

Shadow Puppets!

Wen's favorite dessert is red velvet cake. Yummy!

Wen takes a ride in another nifty stroller, and...

on a sweet bike. Hold on tight, Wen!


 Did you know that Wen has many talents? They include...

Friendly Mailbox Visitor


Wii Player Extraordinaire!

Wen does not like to get wet, unless it involves dog or baby slobber. 
However, she DOES like to watch swimming lessons!

Marysville began as a place for loggers and now is a town of 57, 578 people.  There is an Indian reservation right next to Marysville called Tulalip.  One great thing the kids love about Marysville are the parks.  They also loved participating in the annual everyone track meet.  So fun to run races and receive ribbons.

Check back soon! Wen's next stop? Joint Base Lewis-McChord. Hooah!

Sunday, January 16, 2011

Week 18: Deep in the Hundred Acre Wood


A. A. Milne was born on January 18, 1882 in Hampstead, London. In 1926, he wrote his first book titled Winnie-the-Pooh about his son Christopher Robin. The animal characters in the book were inspired by his son's stuffed animals, most notably a bear named Winnie-the-Pooh.This book was followed by the verses Now We are Six in 1927, and The House at Pooh Corner in 1928. 
In honor of this beloved author, January 18 is now considered Winnie-the-Pooh Day! 

Which character from the Hundred Acre Wood 
is most like you? Why?
To see a list of characters and a description of each, visit

Your comment will not be seen by others until I approve it. Please respond before Friday, January 21!  

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Wen in DeMo...


Wow, what a great time I’ve had in Des Moines – Washington, that is – not to be confused with Des Moines, Iowa. 

Who knew that my stay with Mrs. Britt and her family would lead to me finding a long lost relative – Uncle Willy!  It was great to reconnect and he loved hearing about the adventures I’ve had all over Washington state.  I invited him to join me on my upcoming trip to Marysville, but as you can see, he has a pretty strong bond with baby Margo and has decided to stay put for the time being.

Speaking of Margo.  She has been my BFF while I’m here.  I don’t even have to walk anywhere, she takes me wherever I want to go in this nifty stroller.

Margo has a dog, Lucy, who loves stuffed things.  Needless to say, I’m quite grateful to be walking out of this house with my ears, arms and legs still intact!
When I wasn’t reminiscing with Uncle Willy, going on a stroll with Margo, or running from Lucy I spent some time brushing up on my math skills.  Those K12 lessons are pretty cool!

I’ve really been missing Walter, lately.  Night times are the hardest, but Ms. Bunny was kind enough to read me bedtime stories from Margo’s books; it helped take my mind off Walter.

For my final adventure, Mrs. Britt invited me along on her outing to the Bellevue Art Museum.  She explained that I would get to meet some fabulous students from her class and from Mrs. Sloan’s class.  Seeing as I’m a fan of art, I decided to go along – and boy am I glad I did.  You’ll never guess who I ran into - WALTER!!!  He’s staying with a girl, Tara, and she was at the Bellevue Art Museum too.  What are the chances?  First Uncle Willy, then Walter – what luck.

It’s kind of hard to find me in this picture, but Tara (on the left) has me tucked away in a blanket and Karis (behind the stroller) is holding Walter.

I’ll miss Des Moines – staying in a little town right on the Puget Sound can be fun, but at times a little scary (lots of big seagulls flying around).  I’m ready for Marysville though…rumor has it there is a pretty cool outlet mall up there!

Sunday, January 9, 2011

Week 17: A New Year of Possibilities


It's 2011! You have a whole year ahead of you. Imagine the possibilities!

What is something you would like to learn or experience in 2011?

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Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Week 16: Winter Break Activities!


Welcome Back!

I hope you had a fun break! I had a wonderful time with my family. We celebrated Christmas with relatives in California, went skiing, played games, went on bike rides and ate a ton of delicious food.

Tell us about something fun you did over break. 


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