Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Cute Fall Project

I visited the Crafty Crow again and saw these cute fall weavings. It would make a great sidewalk field trip to collect the items. Also a great way to use up some yarn.

Monday, September 15, 2008

Twenty Things Children Need for School

The local newspaper, The Elkhart Truth, had an interesting article about what children truly need for school. (Sunday September 7, 2008) It listed 20 things:
1. A #2 pencil and a willingness to erase.
2. A respect for themselves and others.
3. An awareness that the world does not revolve around them. They are responsible for their own actions.
4. They need parents that teach by example a love for reading.
5. An assurance that school is a safe place, and parents who will not leave them.
6. School is a "job".
7. Open communication between home and school.
8. A plan to get to school on time.
9. A public library card.
10. A pet to care for.
11. encouragement to try new things, the freedom to fail, and the opportunity to try again
12. Someone to welcome them home and listen to them. Really listen.
13. Help someone less fortunate.
14. Confidence to deal with bullies.
15. To be good at something or at least pretty good. To realize not everyone is the best at everything.
16. The gifts of being well fed, well rested, well mannered, medical care, child care and dental care.
17. Nothing to do but daydream at times.
18. Be loved unconditionally.
19. Spend more time with humans and less time with computers and video games.
20. School won't last forever, but learning is life long.

This is a wonderful list. They only thing I see missing is the right to a physically fit body.

Thursday, September 11, 2008

Busy Start to The Year.

As you all know the start of the school year is a very busy time of the year. Along with new students we had new email, new Office Word 2007, and a new IEP program. I've also started an on-line course at Ball State University. Yikes!
We are much more settled in the classroom. I'll be sharing photos soon. Now, with some breathing room, I have started to search for some cute art activities. I found a wonderful blog called The Crafty Crow. She features art projects for children and boy are they cute! So unique! Here are some of her current projects. I'm planning to try some of them in my room. Enjoy her blog.