Monthly Archives: May 2018

Teaching Patriotism Begins With Singing

Today is Armed Forces Day. Teaching patriotism is something I do in my classroom, and I do it frequently. It is rarely a planned activity; it just happens.  Much like teaching kindness or giving, or even bravery, the learning comes from doing. … Continue reading

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Quotations on Thinking

Originally posted on charles french words reading and writing:
(https://pixabay.com) “The world as we have created it is a process of our thinking. It cannot be changed without changing our thinking.”                                                                         Albert Einstein (https://pixabay.com) “Judge a man by his…

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My Superpower

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Train Memories, My Childhood, and My Grandmother

In light of National Train Day today, and Mother’s Day tomorrow, this is a beloved repost of my train memories and my grandmother.  Summer evenings on the porch are quiet, except for the occasional  sound of a train whistle in … Continue reading

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Spring

Playground tree at school Spring Rebirth and beauty Watching children grow A teacher’s world A child’s playground Joy

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Thanking Milly, Connecting Generations, and Quilting

Milly turned 88 today.  She has been a beloved friend to children in my classroom for years.  Her story is emergent curriculum on steroids, because everything she touched became a monument.  Really. It happened like this… Many years ago my … Continue reading

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The Important Things For Children

Nature is a teacher. Children learning to love and to care when they hold baby chicks. Their world suddenly becomes joyous.  A trip to a farm.  Doing things you have never done. Riding a tractor. And driving a tractor. Thrilling. … Continue reading

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