Monthly Archives: April 2020

“Gloria” and National Superhero Day

Today is National Superhero Day.  Gloria wanted to celebrate.  She dressed up for the big day.  She wanted to be a Superhero. I had a talk with Gloria.  She needed to know that a real superhero doesn’t need a costume. … Continue reading

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Originally posted on Down the Hall on Your Left:
Faces. Everybody has one with the exception of those people we meet who turn out to have two, but we try to avoid them. As a youth in Pennsylvania there was…

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First Day Out

Today we had a drive-by birthday party for a fellow teacher.  It was the first time ‘out’ except for occasional trips to the grocery store, which are somber and depressing.  The masks and one-way lines and store monitors will one … Continue reading

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Earth Day – “What a Wonderful World”

Earth Day is the day to give back to our earth, our world. When we take care of our earth, the earth takes care of us, and we have a wonderful world. “What a Wonderful World” I read the book … Continue reading

Posted in Book Review, books, children's books, Expressing words and feelings, Giving thanks, Inspiration, Kindness, Learning About the World, Mother Nature, music, reading aloud, Singing, Teaching young children | Tagged , , , , , , | 36 Comments

National Library Week 2020

Originally posted on By Hook Or By Book:
Celebrating National Library Week is going to be a little challenging this year, but are we up to it? What’s that?  I don’t think I heard you. Now THAT’S what I’m talking…

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Shining Stars

I looked at the stars tonight. I thought about the children in my class. I wasn’t sad, because children are shining stars. Jennie

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The Past Two (and more ) Weeks – School Then and Now, Part 4

In Part 3, I jumped right into what children need most and what I do best, reading aloud.  Setting up a YouTube channel gave them stories every day.  It was also a constant.  Then, we challenged children with art, scavenger hunts, … Continue reading

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The Past Two (and more) Weeks – School Then and Now, Part 3

In Part 2, I detailed our annual Art Show over the years, with stories of children and major works of art.  I also described how music played a major role in helping children feel inspired to create masterpieces.  The magnitude … Continue reading

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My Words To a Parent

To all parents out there, worried about their young child, and trying to keep school and learning going at home – here are my words to a parent who was concerned that her child often wanted to play: “When you … Continue reading

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Quotations On Empathy

Originally posted on charles french words reading and writing:
( “Never Criticize A Man Until You Have Walked A Mile In His Moccasins.”                                                             Native American Saying ( “I do not ask the wounded person how he feels, I myself…

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