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Once Upon A Banana
Armstrong, Jennifer; Illus. by David Small
Ages Pre-School-Grade 4
Jennifer Armstrong and Caldecott
Medal winner David Small have collaborated on this slapstick,
nearly wordless book that offers something new to see with
every look. The cover shows a man juggling some balls on a
street corner, with a monkey on his shoulder. The front
endpaper shows the monkey breaking his chain and running down
the street, where—on the title page—he leaps into a box of
bananas and grabs one. We then see the monkey tossing a banana
peel on the sidewalk next to a trash can that bears a sign,
“Please Put Litter In Its Place.” In the background, the
shop owner is screaming, and the juggler is looking for the
monkey. Next page, the monkey is leaping over a van while two
leather clad bikers on a motorcycle pull up and park where a
sign clearly reads “No Parking In This Space,” which is
right next to the banana peel. The obvious happens, which
leads to a series of accidents and mishaps involving many
unsuspecting people until, at the very end, the juggler and
monkey are reunited on the same corner where the story began,
along with most of the characters we’ve seen in the
preceding pages. They are all eating bananas.
best way to make children good is to make them happy.
Wilde, Poet, Playwright, Novelist
Saving the Family Meal
Parents consider family
meals important. Many parents try to provide family meals and
those who don't, think they should. Experts agree that family
meals are important.
you have no doubt noticed, however, it is becoming increasingly
difficult to get a meal on the table....and get the family to the
table. Schedules are busy, kids don't think it's important (or
won't acknowledge they do), and it's hard to find a menu that will
please everyone. We are left wondering if family meals are such
a good thing after all.
are. Kids need the parenting....and the nutrition. You
need to know that it is okay to want the kids at the table, how to get
them there, and what to do when they get there. We think this subject
is so important that we will spend the next few months answering these
questions. Let's start with
to Get Them There
The family meal is an essential part of parenting....and of parenting
with food. Every family needs structure in order to function and
family meals are an essential part of that structure.
regular mealtime makes checking in with the family a priority.
That really becomes important during the teen years, when kids are on
their own most of the day. Keeping in touch with their children
is one of the responsibilities of parents. You do not have to
apologize for keeping in touch or for making the family meal their tool
for doing it.
meals are essential for allowing kids to eat a nutritionally-adequate
diet and for establishing good food habits for a lifetime. We
program our kids to eat well when they regularly present them with
nutritious food in a non-pressured environment. Without the
family meal, our kids do not get that programming.
Ellen Satter, How to Get Your Kid to Eat....But Not Too Much
Learn From Them
have a fresh point of view, and if you choose to, you can learn from them. The
old philosophy that parents always know what's best is not necessarily
true. Although it might be a blow to our egos to acknowledge
that we are still learning, our children will respect us when we
parents find this easy to do. Don't be afraid to admit when you
don't know something. You won't lose credibility when you say
honestly, "I don't know," or "I'm not sure about
parent can learn something valuable from a child. From computer
games and fashion trends to the newest slang and how to us a VCR, we
can always learn something new, even if, as we get older, it seems we
don't catch on so quickly.
keep learning, stay curious about the world. To be connected
with your child, be inquisitive about their world. Learning from
a child sends the message, "I am glad you're growing
up." As your child grows, he will go through many changes,
stages, and phases. It will be easier if you stay
flexible. Adjust your attitudes and rules and let them guide
you. Don't be so set in your ways. When a big person says
to a child, "Maybe you're right," or "I never looked at it
that way," or "I see what you mean," their spirits
from Wonderful Ways to Love A Child, Judy Ford
Learn How You Learn Best
you know your learning style? Suppose you need to get to a
meeting in an unfamiliar location. Would you want written
directions and a map, or would you rather follow verbal
instructions. Perhaps you would prefer to just figure out your
route as you go? You reference in this scenario is a clue to how
you learn best. Researchers have discovered three main ways that
By seeing (visual
By hearing (auditory
By touching or working
with things (kinesthetic learners)
understand something best when they have something to read or look at,
or when they can see a picture in their minds.
use their ears for learning. If you are an auditory learner, you
may be able to tell someone the answer....but find it harder to learn
if you have to write down responses.
are what we might call "hands-on learners." They learn
with their entire bodies. When kinesthetic learners have to sit
still, their brains seem to go to sleep.
Of course, everyone uses
all three methods to learn. So even if you think you're
primarily one kind of learner, different methods of studying for other
kinds of learners will probably work, too.
from American Association of School Administrators
a wise father that knows his own child.
The Merchant of Venice
Bill of Rights - Amendment
Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or
prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of
speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to
assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.
Every family should extend
First Amendment rights to all its member, but this freedom is
particularly essential for our kids. Children must be able to
say what they think, openly express their feelings, and ask for what
they want and need if they are ever able to develop an integrated
sense of self.
Seven Ways to Become A
An interesting conversationalist
conveys a sense of leaving many things unsaid. Telling everything
can be very tiring for your listener.
Don't tell an
uncomfortable truth if you can avoid it. Check your motives
when you feel impelled to voice unpleasant facts. "Be
careful of the words you say and keep them soft and sweet; You
never know from day to day which ones you will have to eat."
Ask a trusted fried to
tell you if you whine, speak shrilly or nasally, or with affected
accents. These faults make listening to you a chore.
Knowing about them makes them correctable.
Don't interrupt the
person who has the floor. Raising your voice to get
attention is a sure way to turn others off. Waiting your
turn makes what you say more interesting when the right moment
No mater how brilliant
or original you are, if you monopolize a conversation, minds will
wander. Hold the conversational ball briefly. Then
In relating an
incident, beware of back and forth dialogue such as "I said
to her and then she said to me..." The sense of what
you wish to say can be condensed easily without these phrases.
Refrain from slang and
worn-out clichés. These devices may make it easier for you
to express yourself, but they are dull to listening ears.
What Teens Need From Us
In today's society, youth face a
multitude of challenges that can make developing into mature and
responsible adults a difficult task. Adjusting to major physical
changes in one's body can be strange and stressful.
Renegotiating relationships with parents can strain some parent
adolescent relationships. Facing important questions about the
present and future, such as how to succeed in learning and what career
choices lie ahead, can be both exciting and frightening.
Finally, personal and societal risks, such as negative peer pressure,
drug abuse, sexual activity and its consequences and suicide and
social alienation, can make growing up in today's world difficult and
We often wonder what we can do to help
teenagers successfully negotiate the multitude of challenges they
face. Following are a number of suggestions based on some of the
developmental needs of teens.
- Respect from Adults. Youth
need to be seen as people in their own right who are equal to
adults in their worth and dignity.
- Decision-Making Opportunities.
In order for youth to develop the ability to make wise decisions,
they must be given real opportunities to make choices.
- Experimentation and
Risk-Taking. We need to provide opportunities for our youth
to experiment and take risks without suffering detrimental or
dangerous consequences. Taking risks and experimenting are a
necessary and normal part of growing up.
- Peer Interaction and Sense of
Belonging. Like adults, teens need to feel that they are
part of a larger group that has a purpose. Such a group can
provide adolescents with a transitional identity as they strive to
develop their own unique sense of self.
- Sharing Beliefs and Forming Value
Systems. In order to form a consistent and healthy value
system, teens need opportunities to share with others their
viewpoints and opinions, consider the pros and cons of issues, and
experience how others react to what they say.
- Assuming Responsibility. We
should try to provide activities for youth that allow them to
assume responsibility for themselves.
- Responsibility for Accountability to
Others. If youth are to grow up to be parents, workers, and
citizens who are responsible for the welfare of other people such
as their children, they need to have opportunities where they
experience what it means to have others dependent on them.
- Role Models for Teens. We need
to serve as positive role models. Teenagers look up to
adults whom they like and respect.
Adapted from Wisconsin
Dept. of Public Instruction
which parents have not learned from experience, they can now learn
from their children.
Electric Heart: One
of many online
resources at NOVA, this program tells the story of the pursuit of a
practical artificial heart. Here's what you will find online: 1)
Map of the Human Heart; how the human heart works with an
automatically changing color graphic of a heart in cross-section; 2)
Amazing Heart Facts; 3) Artificial Human; 4) Pioneering Surgeon,
Frazier who has done more heart transplants than anyone else alive,
well over 700. He talks about his work, his thoughts, and his
hopes; p 5) Operation - Heart Transplant: try your hand as a
heart-transplant surgeon in this simplified online procedure; 6)
Anecdotage: This is home to
several thousand anecdotes. Webster's Collegiate Dictionary
defines an anecdote as "a usually short narrative of an
interesting, amusing, or biographical incident." Anecdotage
is chock-full of anecdotes. According to them, their scope is
largely confined to biographical incidents as well as "origin
stories, mythological tales, practical jokes, and wisecracks of the
Oscar Wilde-Groucho Marx variety." If you need a quick quip
for a speech or maybe some catalyst to get your creative juices
flowing, this might be the place.
Build a Prairie: The prairie is
one of North America's great ecosystems and a vital habitat for many
plants and animals. The prairie once spread across 1.5 million
square kilometers of the Great Plains! Today, only two percent
of native prairie remains. Build-A-Prairie is an interactive game which lets you restore the
prairie. In addition to the game, you have access to a Field
Guide of prairie plants, birds, insects, and mammals as well as
Quicktime movies and VR panoramas of prairies. http://www.bellmuseum.org/distancelearning/prairie/build/index.html
Webquests: These web quests were
developed by teachers for teachers as part of a San Diego City Schools
Technology Grant. The Triton and Patterns Projects are a
multi-partner educational collaborative that integrate technology with
the education reform efforts of the San Diego City Schools to create
new learning opportunities for students and teachers. The results are
some great webquests for a range of learners. The Featured
Projects are exemplary units ready for implementation. Guess
what? You can do it too! http://projects.edtech.sandi.net/projects/featured/featured.html
Westward, Ho: Westward Ho is now taking registrations.
The waon train leaves in January, so pack your wagon and start heading
to Independence, MO, the starting point for the journey.
World Almanac for Kids: This almanac is very easy to
use. Students can find information about animals, inventions,
space, sports, and research who was born on their birthday.
Fishyfarmacy Diagnosis: If you don't plan on taking your fish to
the veterinarian any time soon, this website may help. For at-home
or in-school diagnoses, try this area of the fishyfarmacy, created by
a pharmacist with years of experience with sick fish.
Handwriting for Kids: Worksheets
online to help our children tackle Manuscript (printing)
or Cursive letters. Sheets for manuscript handwriting include
months of the year, days of the week, and basic sentences. http://www.handwritingforkids.com/handwrite/
Tutorials for the Calculus Phone:
This site is maintained by
Mike Kelley, an award-winning teacher from Maryland. Calculus students and teachers can brush up on skills and test
calculus. Students will appreciate the interactive cheat sheet,
listing all the formulas needed for the AP test. http://www.calculus-help.com/funstuff/phobe.html
Treat Yourself This Month!
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