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times I shake my fist at the weather. But truth be told, I love the seasons of the year and what each has to offer. This
time of year, my garden is full of blooms. I hope your life is
full of blooms, as mine is. Have a great month!
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of the Road
by Elizabeth Janet Gray
Grades 6 - 9
is a story of thirteenth-century England, so absorbing and
lively that for all its authenticity it scarcely seems
"historical." Although crammed with odd facts and lore
about the time when "longen folke to goon on
pilgrimages," its scraps of song and hymn and jongleur's
tale of the period seem as new minted and fresh as the day they
were devised, and Adam is a real boy inside his gay striped
Set in England in the early
1290s, Adam of the Road describes the maturation of
Adam Quartermayne as he faces a personal crisis and works toward
a positive resolution. This coming-of-age narrative shows how
Adam’s determination, courage, and perseverance are evident in
his quest to find his lost father and stolen dog.
1943 Newbery Medal
is an attitude. Have a good one.
don't let life's challenges bring them down. Instead,
they stay positive and find a way
to overcome their obstacles. Everyday heroes don't always
succeed, but they consistently act on the belief that they can
do something to improve their situations and those of the people
Blumenthal, Be The Hero
Children thrive on heart-felt praise and recognition from their loved ones, and those who grow
up knowing they are valued and enjoyed are more receptive to love;
they are comfortable with positive feedback and they can give and
receive affection naturally and easily. Some children grow up
never hearing honest words of love from their parents. They are
suspicious of compliments and uncomfortable with positive recognition;
they lack self-esteem. Children who are accustomed to constant
negativity in the home have difficulty accepting the slightest praise;
they get anxious and nervous as though they are unable to let love
in. A child needs to hear that you enjoy being his/her
Adapted from Wonderful
Ways to Love a Child, by Judy Ford
The Seed of
New and Different Ideas
cannot be taught as facts are memorized but it may flourish under
conditions that give first consideration to understanding the
individual and her/his uniqueness.
familiar with what has been done so as to utilize past
discoveries. This implies that education and research must not
dull the creative spirit or inhibit the imagination of the
individual. Cultures and subcultures frequently tend to impose a
bias through what they believe they know and may insist on passing
down information and assumptions that hinder creativity.
Children need background knowledge but they also need to be taught to
ask continually, What do you mean?"
and "How do you know?"
information, authenticity and being current are necessities if
creativity is to be nurtured with background knowledge. As one
researcher points out, "Tradition gives us a sense of stability
and continuity, innovation a sense of discovery and adaptation to new
problems...we first start to solve any problem whatsoever by seeing
whether we do not already possess the answer...The next step would
probably be that of attempting to solve it in terms of knowledge
already acquired, that is, through tradition or custom. If this
work, then one can either resign oneself to mystery or set up a new
hypothesis to cover the matter. The painter, the sculptor, the
musician, the scientist, always has the choice of accepting the
problems of his predecessors, stating them and solving them in their
terms or of perceiving new problems as real and solving them in new
Adapted from Public
Real maturity is the ability to imagine
the humanity of every person as fully as you believe in your own
Wolff, Writer and Educator
Begins at Home
Reading is an interactive
process; it involves combining information inside the head (i.e.,
prior knowledge) with information outside the head (i.e., the written
message) to create meaning. From birth on, parents can develop a
child's prior knowledge. The development begins with oral
language. A parent can model movements and words for an
infant. Simple activities, such as "pat-a-cake" and
"This little pig went to market "will encourage infants to
imitate the parent. Some parents choose to perpetuate "baby
talk "by responding to an infant with baby talk. Natural
speech prepares the child for language she or he will meet on the
printed page. The use of natural speech does not negate parental
warmth and affection. Infant attempts to imitate words should be
As a child begins to
talk,, the parent should help the child broaden his or her
vocabulary. Sensory experiences provide opportunities to
introduce descriptive words ("This peanut butter is sticky").
Even a mundane outing, such as going to a supermarket, can expand
vocabulary ("This is celery," "Look at this
big peach"). Simple outings do more than increase
vocabulary. They give a child important background knowledge
requisite for understanding stories that the child will encounter in
As the child builds
background knowledge through experiences, the way in which a parent
talks to the child about the experiences can affect vocabulary
acquisition, concept development, and the ability to remember the
Experts agree that the
most important thing a parent can do to build prior knowledge
(requisite for later success in reading) is to read aloud to a
child. Reading aloud is most beneficial when the child actively
participates. Set aside a specific time every day to read to
Adapted from Silver
Burdett and Ginn
Message....Not the Medium
like many a headstrong teenager: She avoided direct
heart-to-heart talks with adults, which flummoxed her mother.
How would Kathleen learn important life lessons? Whose values
would she adopt? How could her daughter navigate all the
influences in her life without a little guidance? Finally, a
One day on
her dresser, Kathleen found an index card with the phrase "Rules
of Conduct" written on the top in her mother's handwriting.
The "rules" were simple:
the best of others.
Believe the best of others.
Be considerate of the tender feelings of others.
Listen and weigh matters before speaking.
Do kindness to those in your realm.
cringed. She didn't like her mother being in her room and she
didn't like her mother knowing that she hadn't always followed those
Conduct." She quickly hid the card in her sock drawer.
"Rules of Conduct" lingered in Kathleen's memory, and more
than once she took the card out to read them again. In fact, she
has the card even today. "That card has moved with me and my
socks many times in the years since Mom place it on my dresser,"
Kathleen says now. "The card has aged, as we all have, but
it is still in my sock drawer."
children's character and communicating our values to them can be
challenging. But it doesn't have to be complicated. As Kathleen
and her mother discovered, even an index card can do the job.
from the Detroit Free Press
for a Walk?
is a great way to add exercise to your family's day. With the
warm summer weather, maybe your are thinking about stepping up the
pace. Here are some ways to do it:
a pedometer to measure how may steps each family member usually
takes in a day, including regular walks. To increase math
skills and boost exercise - add 200 to 300 steps a day each week
for each family member until a daily goal of 10,000 is
using walking poles (also called trekking poles) to work more
muscles and burn extra calories. The poles are like ski
poles with rubber tips. They use your arms to help the body
keep moving forward.
up hills is a great way to tone leg muscles. Vary the work
load by walking up more slowly or more quickly. Not a hill
in sight? Try stairs. One study shows that eleven
minutes of stair climbing is equal to about thirty minute
few minutes, walk faster for a few minutes, then slow down again.
for a pretty setting for a hike? For suggestions, visit the Rails-to-Trials
Conservancy, a national nonprofit organization. Once on the
site, scroll down to "Find Trails by State."
from Blue Cross Blue Shield
is not a thought process but a way of life.
Kgositsile, Poet and Political Activist
Juicy June Links:
Pitonyak's Pyramid Puzzle:
This site features an interdisciplinary Web-based project designed for
middle school math students to determine how much it would cost to
build an Egyptian pyramid today.
From the New York University Scientific Visualization Laboratory,
MathMol (Mathematics and Molecules) is designed to serve as an
introductory starting point for those interested in the field of
molecular modeling. Includes Hypermedia Textbooks and K-12 Activities.
You and your children can make online, interactive jigsaw puzzles. If
you just want to access the examples given by the website, feel free
to play with the puzzles in many different configurations. If you
subscribe (no charge at this time), you can create your own puzzles
from images uploaded from your computer.
Collaborate with schools throughout the world to determine how
temperature and hours of sunlight per day are affected by your
location and the equator. Involves general science, mathematics,
language arts, and geography. They recommend upper elementary, middle
school and high school students (ages 11-18). Students will: a)
measure the temperature and record the number of minutes of sunlight
per day; b) compare and contrast the results; and c) determine how
proximity to the equator affects average daily temperature and hours
of sunlight. There is NO FEE required to join this project. Sponsored
by Center for Improved Engineering and Science Education (CIESE).
Tools designed to help a linear algebra student learn and practice a
basic linear algebra procedure, such as Gauss-Jordan reduction,
calculating the determinant, or checking for linear independence,
solve linear systems of equations or transform a matrix to row echelon
form. Created by Przemyslaw Bogacki, Department of Mathematics and
Statistics, Old Dominion University .
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