|Many of our subscribers and
friends take vacations during this month. It is such a delight
to hear their stories when they return. It is fun and exciting
to "escape" for awhile to a totally new
"world." For many of us who, for one reason
or another, are staying close to home this summer, there is still much
to do. Our communities have much for us to learn about, remember
and/or enjoy. Sometimes those things that are closest to us are
often forgotten. My goal this summer has been to spend at least
one day each week doing or seeing something new that is in my
community. A few of these new adventures have included visiting
new gardens on our lakefront,
exploring some of the oldest homes in the neighborhood,
attending a bilingual French/English Jazz session, joining an
exercise club and using the local library at least once a week.
The summer is still young and there is still much to see and do.
The practices and habits I'm developing today will last through many
Summer is the time to catch up on how
the children in the neighborhood have grown since last year. And
my, how they have grown. Our block is flooded
with youngsters. Those beginning bikers from last year are in
full racing form this year. Up and down, back and forth the
children practice their roller blades, scooters and push
cars. They are so proud of their skills and delight in
showing adults how adept they are. To see their excitement
and happiness in the exercise and movement is worth missing a week or
two of vacation.
Enjoy the warmth and freedom of this
affects us in different ways and can make us change how we
do things on a daily basis. This issue of
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is full of facts, resources,
activities and projects for students,
parents and educators.
owe almost all our knowledge not to those who have agreed but to those
who have differed.
The study of music should begin during
the child's early learning years. These are the years during
which they are acquiring attitudes, skills and appreciations in many
fields; and if they do not get them in music, they might find
themselves severely handicapped if they try for musical experience
later. Music is for nearly all children, not just the
"talented" few. Talent in music, like talent in most
human endeavors is largely the result of hard work. We need to
help our children find a relationship with music that will bring
lasting satisfaction. Musical growth should parallel physical
and emotional development. A good musical experience for the
early learner should include:
- A daily period for music.
- Time to sing, play, crate and listen
- Experiences that develop functional
familiarity with musical notation.
- Opportunities to play such
instruments as the Autoharp, tone bells, recorder or ukulele.
- Experience that develops familiarity
with the keyboard.
- Opportunity to play in a band or
orchestra or at least, the opportunity to play a band or orchestra
- Opportunity to sing in a choral
- Rhythmic movement, essential to
certain musical skills and appreciations.
- Participation in the presentation of
Adapted from National Education
The best single
social test of a nation's regard for the future is the way it treats
the World in July!
Have your child use her
imagination to plan a trip around the world. Have her think of
places she would like to visit. Now try to help her find out as
much as she can about those places. Visit the library to check
out books about her imaginary destination. Teach her how to use
the library computer to find books about the imaginary
destination. Ask the librarian if there are fiction books by
authors from this country.
Teach your child how
to write for information about other places. For example, most
states have a department of tourism in the state capital she can write
to. most countries have an embassy that can provide you with
additional information. Your local video store may also have a
video about the country you have chose.
As children grow older,
they spend more time with friends. This is a necessary part of
growing up as teens learn how to get along outside their family.
But peer pressure can lead to unhealthy behavior, including early
sexual activity, drugs and alcohol. Here are some ways you can
limit the negative influence of peer pressure on your children when
Talk with other
parents. You might learn that "everybody" isn't
allowing kids to have unsupervised parties. In one Wisconsin
school district, parents have organized themselves into a Parent
Support Network. Beginning in middle school, the parents
not to allow parties
in their homes when they are not present.
not to permit the use
of drugs in their homes or on their property.
to follow certain
guidelines if a party is held at their home, including calling the
parents of children who possess drugs or alcohol.
to call the host
parent to verify the occasion and location.
to allow their
children to attend parties only at the homes of parents who have
signed the agreement.
to call host parents
who have not signed the commitment to discuss the guidelines about
to tell their children
they have signed the agreement and to discuss it with them.
American Association of School
great library is the diary of the human race.
Often, the best way to
save time is to do it minute by minute. You will be surprised
how much time you will have left over by the end of the day. The
following from a time management expert may help:
Know the value of your
time. Each moment of your life, once gone, is gone
forever. Make each moment count.
Make plans. Set
goals and deadlines that fit in with your mission.
priorities daily and on a long-term basis.
List projects to
do. Check off each task at it is done and review the list often.
time. Factor in time for work, play, family and spiritual
Allow for unexpected disasters and delights.
Say no. You
should not have to accommodate everyone.
calendar. Purchase a good appointment book or planning
system. Write everything down; don't trust your
to be perfect will merely block your pathway to success.
others do things you don't have the time...or desire...to do
How to Get Organized
When You Don't Have the Time, Stephanie Culp
Stress Your Pen Pal
Internalizing stress over time can make
you sick, no matter how carefully you control your outward
facade. But constantly verbalizing your frustrations may not be
the safest thing to do around co-workers and your spouse may not be
So, if you can't talk about your
problems or work them off with regular exercise, try writing about
them. Get them all down on paper. Your body doesn't care
if you relieve stress through your mouth, your muscles or your writing
hand. You just need to expel it. Make stress your pen pal
by taking these steps:
- Buy a special notebook or
cloth-covered bound book with blank pages where you can write down
all of your thoughts.
- If you will be writing about
happenings with the family, keep the book in a private place so
that it won't fall into the wrong hands.
- Make sure that you date the
entries. In addition to reducing stress, you may find that
you will learn a lot about how you managed (or mismanaged) certain
problems by rereading your entries.
- When you feel like writing on the
run, don't hesitate to grab a piece of paper to jot down your
thoughts. You don't have to save everything you write.
In some cases, you may want to vent your feeling on paper, then
rip the paper into small pieces and toss them in the trash.
You may find you will toss your stress out, too.
- Don't try to write a
masterpiece. Nobody but you will ever read what you write,
so don't worry about grammar, punctuation or the best words to
describe your feelings. Writing about stress is most
effective when you put it down as a "stream of
consciousness," without excessive mental editing.
- Try to do most of your
stress-writing in private. You will be able to express your
feelings more freely if you find a private place to get it
done. A closed door might ensure that you won't be
interrupted in the middle of a significant thought.
- If you can't get a moment's
peace during the day to write about things that cause you stress,
set aside a few minutes after everyone has gone out. Or,
arrange for some "quiet time" just before bedtime.
regular stress-writing routine will help you continue to shed
frustration caused by stress.
Matter of Control
are bossy people who like to run the show...and call the shots for
others. They are all over the place. Real control
freaks...as opposed to merely bossy people...often have similar
Believe that they have
to seize control because everyone else is incompetent...and that
their victims like to take orders.
Select friends and
associates who allow themselves to be controlled. As a
result, they are seldom confronted with honest criticism.
rules and consider their bosses as obstacles.
Make poor bosses
themselves because they alienate employees by distrusting them.
How to handle control
their behavior toward you is not personal. They can't help
them. You will only make them worse.
Be aware that
whatever you do will have a limited effect. They are afraid
to let go. The best approach: Discuss the way their
behavior affects you. But never accuse them.
that real control freaks can cause emotional damage to others.
Sometimes it is best to get away from them.
If you have some of these
Keep in mind
that the more you try to control others, the less real power you
have over them.
Michelle Green writing in
is not what happens to a man. It's what a man does with what
happens to him.
You may be getting ready to set up a
learning station for your student. Providing appropriate seating
may be the most important thing you do. Poor desk chairs can
cause muscle strain and interfere with productivity. They can
also aggravate lower-back problems. Here are some guidelines
from a nationally known physical therapist on selecting a good desk
- Be sure the back of the chair
curves slightly forward toward your lower back. This
supports the lower back and discourages slumping. Note:
Most secretarial chairs (without arms) give good support; most
executive-type chairs don't.
- Get a chair that you can pull
up close to the desk. If the chair has arms, they must be
low enough to fit under the desk.
- Make sure your feet rest
comfortably on the floor when you are sitting all the way back in
- Check to make sure that the
back of the chair can be locked in place. Don't buy a chair
that has a back that gives way when you lean against it.
- Be sure the chair offers firm
support even it is upholstered.
Back Trouble: A
New Approach to Prevention and Recovery, Deborah Caplan
2001: Destination Space: This website, created as a companion to an exhibit at the San Jose Tech
Museum, compares the science and technology found in the film 2001: A Space Odyssey (released in 1968) to real science and technology of
today. Compare the current world with science fiction or see and hear interviews with six visionaries, including artist Robert McCall.
Learning resources include activities on space and planning for the future.
A Bomb is Dropped, And Lives Are Changed: This Webquest has students take on the role of a Japanese Civilian, a
photographer, a U.S. politician, or a soldier to uncover the reasons the
Atomic Bomb was used on Japan and how it affected various people. Student participants will conduct research, write an editorial, debate,
and write a letter explaining how the bombing has affected their lives.
A School for Iqbal - A Bullet Can't Kill A Dream:
Iqbal Masih was sold into child bonded labor at 4 years of age for the equivalent of $12. He escaped at
age 10 and began to speak out against child slavery. He won the Reebok
Human Rights Youth in Action Award 1994 and on Easter Sunday, 1995, he
was murdered. Students at Broadmeadow Middle School formed a campaign to
help fight for Iqbal's Dream. Also look to the Atlantic Monthly's exhaustive and persuasive article, Child Labor in Pakistan by Jonathan
Silvers. Students could use the Iqbal site as inspiration for their own projects.
The Gilder Lehrman Insitute of American History:
There is a wealth of resources at this site. You will find primary sources on slavery, Mexican American and Native
American history, lessons that focus on human elements of rebellion and
change and a visual archive with hundreds of historical maps and images.
Be WorldWise: Travel the seas virtually aboard a Tall Ship on a 19 month, 22 country
voyage. On board, you will learn about the teachers who have signed on
for the journey and their fellow crew members. The site includes activities and lessons on
Exploring the Oceans and Environmental Investigations.
My First Garden: This garden site deals with the planning of the garden, such as where it
will be placed, what will be planted, and when planting will happen. One
great area for younger students deals with students using parts of their
body to measure the depth of plantings, or the distance between
plantings. There is a great area where students can look at pictures of
things to plant and get pertinent information.
The Dewey Decimal System:
Take a tour of the Dewey Decimal System. During the tutorial, find out how the Dewey Decimal Classification system can help
you organize information on any topic under the sun. There is an
interactive quiz to test knowledge.
Mexico Para Ninos: This site is truly Mexico para Ninos, and in addition to Spanish, the
site includes English, French and Italian translations. Students can explore the states of Mexico as well as the government and history.
Diversity not only covers plants and wildlife, but the indigenous
peoples of Mexico. Cultural information on Mexican mythology, foods,
games and music can be found throughout the site.
Enjoy a warm and relaxing
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