there things you have been planning to do,
but never get around to doing them?
Well, my list has grown too long over the years.
This past month I decided to try to reduce the list, by
completing some of those long overdue tasks.
But the somewhat mundane tasks have begun to take on a life of
their own...growing... even before starting.
As I begin my work, another "something to do, here"
crops up. At this point
I'm not sure that I will get very far on the
"to do" list,
but I'm feeling good about the few things I have done.
Painting, patching and repairing....things I
haven't had time for in many, many months.
It feels good to use skills I thought I had lost.
Our children should
see us working with our hands, hearts and heads.
It reinforces that learning is not something that is done just
one way. Learning and
applying what has been learned uses many skills and tools.
Reading should not
stop for summer, either. I
can hardly wait to get back to another chapter in one of the novels I
am reading. Our children
should find the same fascination in reading and an impelling need to
read. It starts with
setting a good example and providing material at the child's level and
interest. In other words,
let them choose what to read, but make it a daily habit.
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kindness. We have been safe, but for smoke and the worry for
friends and family in harm's way. It has been an unusual summer
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by Ruth Sawyer
Grades 3 - 6
year in New York City began when her family went to Europe and
left her -- not, thank Heaven, with Aunt Emily and her four
docile, ladylike daughters, but with Miss Peters, who understood
that a girl of ten wanted to roller skate to school, and stop
and chat with Patrolman M'Gonegal, and make friends with Mr.
Gilligan, the cabby, and even play with Tony, whose father kept
a fruit stand down the street.
Roller Skates is a delightful story of old New York, about a
tomboy who could not help being a lady at the same time, who was
both quick-tempered and sympathetic, both stubborn and astute.
1937 Newbery Medal
almost always stands for the displeasure that one has in oneself.
and the Good Life......
once wrote: "Great
minds have purposes; others have wishes."
His insight leads to the realization that without
expectancy, we lack purpose. Achievers,
in particular, exhibit this attitude of expectancy.
This shows itself most forcefully in the way they minimize
their losses. They do
not grieve over failures or what might have been.
Rather, the achiever looks around the corner in
anticipation of the good things that await him.
All he has to do, he believes, is show the determination to
get there. He rejects
the notion of "can't."
As a result, he is able to open more doors than others,
strike better deals and attract more energetic and resourceful
people to work with him. He
sets higher standards and gets others to help him meet them.
He wins confidence and nurtures vitality in others.
He expects to succeed.
When combined with desire, expectancy produces hope.
And hope makes all things possible.
Living the expectant life is simply an act of good
Making of An Achiever, Allan
In the discussion of
setting high standards and goals, it is important to remember the
value of standards and why we set them. In education we often
speak of minimal standards. But do we ever go beyond those
established for us? Have we lowered our standards so that
everyone will fit under the umbrella? The following quote reminds us
of the importance of high standards and how they can effect reputation.
"We sometimes speak
of a winning reputation as though that were the final goal. The truth
is contrary to this. Reputation is a reward, to be sure, but
it is really the beginning, not the end of endeavor. It should
not be the signal for a letdown, but rather, a reminder that the
standards which won recognition can never again be lowered.
From him who gives much, much is forever after
parents we have made all kinds of mistakes; we've made some poor
choices. Growing up, we messed up a time or two; perhaps we have
some skeletons in our closets. As adults and as parents we have
also failed and have frequently been misguided. We may have
acted in haste and not been very loving. Yet knowing this, why
is it so difficult to sincerely admit our mistakes to others,
especially to our children? Perhaps we were taught that parents
are to set good examples and that admitting mistakes would make a bad
impression. We think we must be perfect, but inside we know we
we all were truly mature, we would instantly recognize when we've
wounded someone else and quickly and freely apologize. To the
extent we can do that, we model the behavior we want our children to
adopt. But whether we admit it or not, children know when we
have blown it; so when your child confronts you with your misbehavior,
acknowledge that it is true.
courageous parent follows an apology with sincere soul searching, to
discover if a change in behavior is warranted. When you can
admit your mistakes and ask forgiveness, your child will respect your
humility. When you change your behavior, he will see your inner
courage. No matter how small or large the injustice, when you
admit it, you have taken the first step toward rebuilding the bridge
between yourself and your child. When you've messed up, don't
justify or back peddle; don't hide or disguise. Admit it,
apologize, change your behavior, laugh about it, and move on.
Adapted from Wonderful
Ways to Love a Child by Judy Ford
Close your hand...do you feel an absence
or a presence?
a Trip to the Beach? Add Safety to Fun
For many of us, nothing
beats a day at the beach. If your leisure plans include enjoying some
sun, sand, and water, these tips will help you have a safe outing:
Pack plenty of liquids
to drink, but skip those with alcohol or caffeine. Fluids
can help prevent dehydration and heat exhaustion, which can cause
cramps and lead to potentially life-threatening heat stroke.
Put foods that can
spoil in a cooler with ice or frozen gel packs. Keep the
cooler in the shade. Toss any food that sits out for more
than two hours. Discard it after one hour when it's more
than 90 degrees outside.
Reapply every two hours and immediately after swimming or
sweating. Choose a sunscreen labeled SPF 15 or higher.
Swimmers should stay
in view of the lifeguard and stay in water less than chest
deep. Never go swimming alone. Obey warning signs
related to high tides, strong currents, and waves. Keep an
eye out for people enjoying water sports such as jet skis or
sailing close to where you are swimming.
Keep small children
within an arm's length of you in the water. Approved life
vests...not "floaties"...may be an option for kids or
inexperienced adult swimmers.
Stay calm if you get
caught in a rip tide, which can carry you into deeper water.
Swim in line with the shore, not against the current, until you
are free from the rush of water. Wave at the lifeguard if
you need help.
Don't touch marine
animals, live or dead, and avoid protected wildlife areas such as
sea turtle and seabird nesting locations. Heed posted
warnings about jellyfish, stingrays, or other dangerous sea
life. When wading in the water, watch where you walk and
shuffle your feet.
Adapted from Blue
The rapid expansion
of knowledge, the use of computers and the advancement of electronic
communication have placed new focus on writing skills and written
development of writing skills begins as early as kindergarten.
The young child is eager to tell about what he or she knows.
Your child has seen things, heard things, experienced things
that he or she is eager to share.
The eagerness to tell about things is the springboard from
which written expression begins. This
is the time to urge your child to write his or her story...complete
with illustrations. Your
child's "scribbles" and pictures become his or her first
written story. This story
is an important first step in the journey toward written communication
When your child
learns the symbol system of the alphabet and the sound-letter
relationships, he or she can be urged to use letters to represent the
sounds heard in the word. Your
child will write the word the way he or she hears it.
When he or she writes "cnd" for candy and
"km" for come you may be concerned about spelling.
But at this point in the development of writing skills, the
goal should be to get your child to see that written expression is
"talk written down" and to develop in the child the concept
that words are written with letters that represent the sounds heard.
Correct spelling will
come into focus when the child has mastered more of the phonetic
structure of the language and when he or she has learned some of the
rules of how letters are strung together to make words.
By the time your
child has reached the intermediate grades, correct spelling,
punctuation, form and style are the focus.
Creative writing should still be emphasized and encouraged, but
nonfiction and research-based writing should be of equal importance.
Report writing, letter writing and summary writing, as well as
paraphrasing, paragraphing and outlining material and acknowledging
resources by means of a bibliography become a part of the child's
During the secondary
years, the emphasis is on the expansion and refinement of
written expression. Creative
writing is highlighted as the student studies the writing of others.
and writing go hand in hand
as students are given more opportunities
to use a variety of resource materials.
The student refines their skills in report writing and business
communication including technical writing and memo and letter writing.
Beginning as a small
story recorded in "scribbles" and pictures, your child's
writing skills develop continuously from early years to high school
and beyond. The goal for
proficiency in written expression is to develop communication skills
that will enable students to develop to the maximum of their ability.
Investment That Will Not Return Empty
Sure, the stock
market may continue to fall or your new car could break down.
There's even a good chance that the expensive French shampoo
you purchased may leave your hair dry and lifeless.
Many investments can leave you wondering why you ever invested
the time or the money.
Believe it or not,
there is an investment that will not return empty.
In the words of Garrison Keillor, "Nothing that you do for
children is ever wasted." The
stories, songs, chauffeuring, dance classes, soccer coaching, model
cars, recitals, concerts and lessons and even the sleepovers....are
investments of time and care that will reap a lifetime of fullness and
value for the child who benefits.
go fast, row slowly.
Wild Birds: Follow that bird.
At this site there are links to identifying a species by location,
behavior, color size and habitat. There is also a baby birds and
Hirshhorn Museum and
Sculpture Garden: The Smithsonian's museum of modern and
contemporary art has developed this site to help students learn about
different types of art while providing them with an opportunity to
explore the nature of their own artistic creativity.
The Big Myth is an experimental learning module designed for use in
primary school classrooms. The site examples myths from
different cultures about the creation of the world using Flash
animation and cultural overviews, a pantheon of the cultural gods and
educational exercises. http://www.bigmyth.com
Food Facts and
Creations: Find out everything you ever wanted to know about
the history of food at the Food Timeline. The site also includes
links to related web pages.
News Hour Extra:
All news on this site is geared specifically toward a youthful
audience. On the main page, students can read top stories and
peruse daily headlines. On "Daily Buzz," kids
can catch up on other important issues, including finding employment,
the state of terrorism and peace in the Middle East.
a HOT July!
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