my! What a busy month it has been! I wish I could share with you
the many things we have accomplished....but details elude me. All I
know is that I have this sense of well-being and contentment about the
direction we are going and the tasks we have undertaken. There is a
fulfillment to each and every day.
It's quiet in the
neighborhood now that the children are off to school. The yellow
school bus comes trudging up the street each morning to pick up
their precious cargo. That yellow bus has been picking up
children for school for years and years. When I look at a
classroom, it looks remarkably similar to the classrooms of twenty,
thirty or even fifty years ago. Yet we as a community and
society have changed....There
are certainly more of us, there are more cars, more stores, more
houses and much more information. Our businesses have
changed....the workplace can be many different places now and work
hours are more fluid. Communicating has changed....no longer are
we tied to a telephone line, the phone is picked up and goes with us
everywhere. And email and instant messaging are taking the place
of postal mail. Oh! How we have changed. But there goes
the yellow school bus to deliver our precious children to a classroom
like it has always been. Just when we thought we had changed, we
find we haven't. What will it take?
As the days get shorter I find myself
anxious to spend time outside each day. I feel cheated if I
haven't found the time to get out for a quick walk or a stroll through
my waning garden. This is a special time of year. There is
anticipation in the air. It is as if all the living creatures
are preparing for a change. The bees and butterflies are busy
getting the last bit of pollen, the plants are shedding their blooms
and leaves are beginning to brown around the edges. It's a time
for reflection and planning.
Enjoy your days this month my friends.
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It's Like This, Cat
Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings + Leo and Diane Dillon
Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings + Leo and Diane Dillon
5 - 9
This is the story of a young man,
Dave Mitchell, and how he grew to maturity, helped along
indirectly by a stray cat that he brought home from Crazy Kate,
the neighborhood Cat Lady.
Dave lives in New York City with
his lawyer father and his mother, who has bouts of asthma
brought on by family strife. The cat, named "Cat"
lives a wild life that brings Dave in contact with a future
friend and girl friend. Dave's adventures take him throughout
areas of New York City, and the reader is treated to
descriptions of famous city landmarks. With Dave's new
cat-related experiences comes an increased appreciation for his
parents and deepening care for his new friends.
1964 Newbery Medal
of Political Campaigns? Think About This
Does using shorter sentences and
smaller words make a political candidate more attractive to voters?
According to a study by two college researchers, it makes candidates
more successful in getting their messages across to voters. Mary-Ann
Leon and T. Harrell Allen of California State Polytechnic University
studied the speeches of President Bush and Michael Dukakis during
their two 1988 debates: They found: Bush’s remarks scored at the 8th
grade level....making them clear to more than two-thirds of the
audience. Dukakis tested at the 10th and 12th
grade levels....comprehensible to less than 50 percent of Americans.
The difference: Dukakis used longer, more complex sentences and words
than Bush did. Do you think there are any comparisons to made in
this year's debates?
Much To Do...So Little Time!
the fast-paced world in which we live, adults often are hard pressed
to find the time to work, manage a household, raise a family and
pursue leisure activities....all within the confines of a 24 - hour
day. Children are no different. Between going to school, doing
homework, working part time, visiting with friends, attending athletic
practice, participating in school clubs, taking music or dance
lessons, doing household chores and watching a favorite television
program and playing a computer game......a child can find himself
without a minute to spare during a typical day.
Children need their parents’ help in
learning how to organize their time. By equipping them with some vital
time management skills now, they will be better prepared to meet the
increasing demands placed on their lives as they grow older.
- Weekly chart. Map
out a schedule each week, with specific times allotted for school,
homework, work, chores, extracurricular activities, television,
dating and going out with friends.
- Permanent work space.
By mid-elementary age, your child should have his own place for
- Organized notebooks.
- Regular homework time
- Learning comes first.
If your child starts producing incomplete assignments, neglecting
his homework or slacking off in his grades, it is time to make him
drop some activities. If schoolwork improves, he can resume the
Do not let your child over structure
her time after school and on weekends. Children need a few moments to
wind down between activities. Encourage them to have a healthy snack,
listen to music
or read a magazine before rushing off to soccer practice or a music
lesson. Remember that part of the joy in being young is the freedom to
do nothing at all.
Remember, there is no right way to do a wrong thing.
to Ponder Over
Any teacher can take a child to the
classroom, but not every teacher can make him learn. He will not
work joyously unless he feels that liberty is his, whether he is
busy or at rest; he must feel the flush of victory and the heart-sinking
of disappointment before he takes, with a will, the tasks
distasteful to him and resolves to dance his way bravely through a
dull routine of textbooks.
stress by understanding which brain hemisphere is stressed. If you
feel depressed or emotionally overwrought, your stress is in the right
hemisphere....the creative, emotional, holistic side.
What to do: Switch to your
matter-of-fact left hemisphere by doing math, writing factual prose or
organizing. The emotional right brain will calm down.
If you feel time-stressed and
overburdened, the left hemisphere is involved. Switch to your right
brain by singing or playing a sport.
What's Not To Like About a Little Competiton
the beginning of school, comes another season of sports of all kinds
for our youngsters. We have come to believe that competition is good
for us. But research show that "offensive competition."
which involves aggressive gamesmanship, can be counterproductive. A
study conducted at the University of Texas disclosed that people who
were more concerned with winning than with performing well had lower
levels of achievement. If you are competitive or your child is
competitive, consider the following:
Keep in mind that competition is
not the opposite of cooperation. Using cooperative strategies will
often help one be more "competitive."
Learn to believe in yourself. Do
not strive to prove yourself in others’ eyes.
Accept that other people are needed
to get ahead. A combination of healthy competition and cooperation
can go a long way.
Keep an open mind to new ideas,
and feedback. Offensively competitive people often resist
Help others to achieve their goals.
Dr. Stan J. Katz and
Aimee E. Liu, Self
attention to things that are working and things that are not working
Wolfram Alpha: With the
goal of making "all systematic knowledge computable,"
Wolfram Alpha has produced an amazing search engine capable of
plotting complex mathematical equations, comparing two stocks, and
interpreting a string of base pairs and finding matches to the human
genome. Start with the Examples to see what it can do-then try your
Planet Perplex: A gallery of
optical illusions, word games, puzzles, abigrams and more.
Count Us In: The games on
this Web site are geared to younger children, with
fancifully-illustrated exercises to help them grasp basic number
concepts. Addition, subtraction, and number recognition are conveyed
through cartoons of everyday activities such as bowling, boarding a
bus, and visiting the beach. (This site uses Flash.)
The Visual Thesaurus: Think
about words in a whole new way after perusing this excellent site.
This thesaurus is a visual exploration of the sense relationships
within the English language. http://www.visualthesaurus.com/?vt
Spider Myths Site: Spiders have
gotten a bad rap. This spider expert from the Burke Museum of Natural
History and Culture restores the spider's reputation by debunking such
myths as "Spiders in the home are a danger to children and
pets." and "The daddy longlegs has the world's most powerful
venom, but its fangs are so small that it can't bite you."
a Beautiful Month!
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