Monthly Archives: September 2017

Brinkmanship #midnighthaiku

Originally posted on Sue Vincent's Daily Echo:
Rising in silence Spirit of sorrow and joy Erasing the night I watch the sun rise from my doorstep. Inside, the humdrum necessities await. Outside, the small dog explores the garden with…

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Understanding Art and Heart

In September, I send large folders home to children and their families to decorate, together.  Throughout the year, these folders are used to transport their child’s art work each time we send it home.  It’s our Art Pony Express, delivering … Continue reading

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Evening tonight is stillness.  Quiet and beauty.  Nothing else.  No birds or dragonflies.  No wind.  Somehow the silence brings out all the important things.  Mother Nature is the greatest teacher of all. She gives children the wonders of discovery and … Continue reading

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J.K. Rowling on Writing

Originally posted on charles french words reading and writing:
( “Read as much as you possibly can. Nothing will help you as much as reading.” ? “There’s no formula.” ? “There’s always room for a story that can transport people…

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International Day of Peace

Peace is an important part of my curriculum at school with my preschool class.  It begins with kindness- that means children understand feelings and begin to develop empathy.  A tall order, but probably the most important thing young children learn. … Continue reading

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The Lunchbox Note and Storytelling: Lifetime Lessons

Lunchtime in the classroom with fifteen preschoolers is very busy.  Once containers are opened, hot foods are heated, milk straws are inserted into their boxes, and napkins are found, things change.  Drastically.   Lunch becomes intimate.  Not quiet, but a … Continue reading

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Being ordinary…

Ordinary, yet extraordinary. Sue Vincent writes, “Perhaps living ordinary lives the best we can is what makes people extraordinary. There is beauty in that.” This is me!

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Book Bears

Book Bears started yesterday.  It’s my library reading group, mostly second graders.  Yesterday we met each other and  shared our favorite summer read.  ‘Meet and Greet’, with books.  Some children were nervous.  Some were outgoing.  I could see a wide disparity … Continue reading

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Never Forget

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