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Performing in a Circus!

October 10, 2012
Performing in a Circus!

Circus Fun! A few weeks ago I asked my group of elementary students if they would like to put on a circus since we were studying circus’.  They unanimously wanted to do one!  After selecting their roles, perfecting their acts and gathering the necessary props and costumes, they were ready to hit the stage! ...
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“How Children Succeed”

September 19, 2012
“How Children Succeed”

How Children Succeed I happened to hear this interview on NPR with Ira Glass titled, “474:Back to School” on This American Life. Ira speaks to Paul Tough, author of the new book How Children Succeed.  Amazing how more research is being done on how kids learn. When kids are hungry or anxious, they don’t...
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Nadine Stair’s Poem – “If I Had My Life to Live Over”

August 26, 2012
Nadine Stair’s Poem – “If I Had My Life to Live Over”

I’m going through some old files and came across this poem that I had copied in my young hand, with big flowing letters (I must have been in my teens).  I don’t remember why I copied it down or what I was thinking about then but the poem still has power over me.  Funny...
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Board Game- Richard Scary Style!!

August 20, 2012
Board Game- Richard Scary Style!!

                  Richard Scary I played this Richard Scary game with my nephew, sister-in-law and brother and was delighted by all the elements that they had incorporated into the game.  Pigs that eat the picnic (complete with my nephew, Julian making oinking noises) and magnifying glasses to...
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A Day at the Detroit Zoo!

August 20, 2012
A Day at the Detroit Zoo!

        I                       Detroit Zoo I took a group to the Detroit Zoo last week and was  pleasantly surprised!  I loved the new Australian Outback.  You walk through a field with Aboriginal artwork and kangaroos.  Some were laying about and there...
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We’re Going West Like the Pioneers!

April 22, 2012
We’re Going West Like the Pioneers!

I’ve been working on our next unit for our students and it dawned on me that I usually put up all the information after it is all done, so maybe I’ll to try uploading it as I go – that makes me already behind!  It’s incredible the amount of information I can go through...
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Published in Michigan Association for the Education of Young Children’s Beacon

March 14, 2012
Published in Michigan Association for the Education of Young Children’s Beacon

I was thrilled to see my article for beginning readers was published in Michigan Association for the Education of Young Children Beacon newsletter. My article is titled, “Ignite the Love of Reading“. Let me know what you think. I will be speaking at their annual conference in Grand Rapids on Saturday, March 31 and...
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Snowmen in Honor of Bill Watterson

December 24, 2011
Snowmen in Honor of Bill Watterson

  Watterson-Style Snowmen My son showed me this great tribute to Calvin and  Hobbes creator Bill Watterson.  What’s not to love? Looking for new ideas for your own snow men?  Take a look at these.  Inspiring and funny and super nerdy! Save Save Tweet
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Thank You University of Michigan Grad Students!

December 6, 2011
Thank You University of Michigan Grad Students!

  I met with a group of University of Michigan students working on an educational on-line game for my students.  It has been interesting going through the process and learning what they need from me and how they translate the skills that would be helpful for my students into a storyline and work in...
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What to do With Those Old Floppy Discs?

September 14, 2011

Floppy Discs, What to do with Them? I was looking for what to do with those old floppy disc, you know the ones you have from a few years ago that you stored all your files on.  I have stacks of them with assignments, reports, kids writing…so what to do with them? I found...
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