Monthly Archives: June 2016

Singing the Books; From Francis Scott Key, to Irving Berlin, to Woody Guthrie

When I was in fifth grade my teacher, Miss Pinson, taught us songs. I remember her white blouse and black hair, and how she held her arms up in the air when she directed a song. She made us feel … Continue reading

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One Picture for a Thousand Words.

Our final chapter reading book this year at school was Little House on the Prairie.  The last chapter that we read was ‘Fresh Water to Drink’.  Pa and his neighbor, Mr. Scott, were digging a well.  Pa was careful to lower … Continue reading

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Saturday 7

Originally posted on Space, Time, and Raspberries:
? I think you’ll agree that a lot of what we see on WordPress is creative, entertaining, and pretty well-written. Some of it is so heart-rendingly true we cry for the humanity we find…

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Chapter Reading

Chapter reading is one of our treasured moments of the day.  We bring to life the imagination, the world, and the past.  The anticipation of ‘what happens next’ stirs excitement every day.  Children listen and think.  They ask questions.  Ask … Continue reading

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Practicing Handwriting and Math…In a Chinese Restaurant

Our dramatic play area is now a Chinese restaurant.  We have added menus, a wok, a cash register with money from our ‘travel box’, order pads and pencils, aprons, and chopsticks. Learning takes place in many different ways.  The setting … Continue reading

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Blog Award

One Lovely Blog Award I have been nominated for this award by Charles French at https://charlesfrenchonwordsreadingandwriting.wordpress.com.  Thank you very much for this honor, Charles.  If you have not yet visited his blog, please do so.  He is an English Professor and … Continue reading

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How Children Really Learn

The classroom seemed quiet, even though rice was everywhere on the floor, and nothing resembled the set-up of activities that teachers had carefully arranged.  Yet, every child was fully engaged in important play.  I stepped back for a moment to … Continue reading

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