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Archive for May, 2010

Becoming a Colonial Kid for a Day!

May 28, 2010
Becoming a Colonial Kid for a Day!

Our big day where everyone spend it like a colonial kid is over!  I was grateful that we had a great day – no rain and not humid! It was truly gratifying to see the children taking part in all the activities with enthusiasm and a willingness to try new things and knowing that...
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Preparing for our Simulation on Colonial Life!

May 24, 2010

Colonial Simulation – Bringing Life of a colonial child to life! What a blast! Today the students prepared the veggies, butter and corn bread for tomorrow’s lunch.  Everyone knew what they had to do and were busy doing it – kind of like ants. Everyone worked well in their groups and I was pleasantly...
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Mini-version of a Log Cabin

May 22, 2010

One of the tasks that we wanted the students to do was to build a log cabin.  We discussed with the students why would they have a log cabin and that everyone would help.  Some of the girls thought that was odd but when your survival depends on shelter from the elements, everyone pitches...
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StoryCorps

May 16, 2010
StoryCorps

My son sent my this link to StoryCorps and I wasn’t sure what it was going to be.  We enjoy sharing books and movies together but sometimes we don’t appreciate the same stories so I opened it unsure of what to expect.  It was delightful.  A son interviews his mother and it’s very candid...
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Spring Haiku’s

May 9, 2010
Spring Haiku’s

The older students wrote a haiku about spring and I marveled at how well they came out.  Here is Helen’s, I really felt she captured the feeling of spring in her poems. The plants are thrashing it is raining all around I got my raincoat. It is spring, spring, spring squirrels hunting, birds singing...
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Spring Storms!

May 9, 2010
Spring Storms!

We had quite a storm on Friday.  Wind blowing the trees, thunder rolling through the classroom and the children were concerned that we could lose the power.  It happened in the middle of quiet reading so children were finding places close together to read or under desks finding comfort in each others presence.  Two...
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Parenting 101

May 8, 2010
Parenting 101

I sometimes take it as a matter of course that people, parents in particular, know to treat children with kindness, always.  Parenting is never easy, but it is always rewarding. Then I witness or hear of an incident like the following, it becomes obvious that all parents don’t understand.  The other day a young...
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The Power of Suggesting Ideas

May 4, 2010
The Power of Suggesting Ideas

I came across this quote from Henri Frederic Amiel and thought it was well said. When ideas are presented to children, one must be creative and listen to them. To know how to suggest is the great art of teaching. To attain it we must be able to guess what will interest; we must...
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Dinosaur Fun Around the Country for a Family Trip

May 3, 2010
Dinosaur Fun Around the Country for a Family Trip

Dinosaur exhibits for family trips Surrounding your child with dinosaur activities is very empowering. They will learn so much from being able to experience dinosaurs from many angles. Here is a list of fun web-sites that have lots of cool images and lots of information about all things dinosaur! Yahoo for kids! Dinosaur interplanetary...
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The Egg Drop

May 2, 2010
The Egg Drop

The older students had a project this week that required them to problem solve within these parameters: Build a container to protect an egg when dropped 8′ It can’t be larger than 10″ x 10″ Draw and name your design So Friday was the “drop” date.  The students were all excited about showing off...
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