is snowing here today. Somehow it seems too soon. I haven't had
my fill of warm weather. Each time the weather man says it is
going to snow, I bring in my potted plants in the hopes of extending
their color for a few more of the warm days to come.
The trees are laden with
cold water and snow. Leaves have not yet fallen and with the
snow they look like I feel....saddened at a quick turn of the
season. Mother Nature has a way of jolting us out of our
anticipated scheme of things. Although we fuss and moan, a
change of pace is good for us. It revitalizes our thinking and
actions. Instead of looking backward, we should look forward to
the excitement and beauty of the new season.
This month we have picked
up the pace in the planning and the re-evaluation of all of our
business practices. The task requires the dissection of every
action we take. It is time consuming and often we are torn
because there is so much of the day-to-day work that continues to need
to be done. But, the efficiencies we should be able to achieve
in completion is worth the effort. Many of you have shared
your thoughts with us. We appreciate your input and encourage
others to take advantage of the opportunity.
I learned yesterday of
more that our new community has to offer. When we leave one
place to reside in another, we think there will not be the many
opportunities we had before. But, in any community, we often do
not take advantage of the many arts, sports and
that await us. My goal is to participate in as many activities
as I can throughout the end of this year and the first half of next
year. Perhaps you might want to do something similar. It
is good for everyone in the family to try on "a new pair of
shoes" so to speak. You never know what come of
participating in something new.
Halloween is fast
approaching. Keep a close eye on your children while enjoying
the fascination they have in the dress-up celebration.
Lose a battle if it will help wind a war.
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students to experience the flu epidemic that is upon us, we do want to
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Illustrator - Leonard
Ms. Rawlings is
best known for writing The
Yearling, this story was the only one she ever wrote
expressly for children, and it wasn't published until after
her death in 1953. Apparently, there aren't many copies of
this Newbery Honor winner floating around, so it's a real
treat to be able to share it with you. The illustrations are
pure delight and lend a lovely air of mystery to the story. As
for the story itself, Ms. Rawling's letters show she wanted it
to 'stand as a conception of the universal child and of the
imagination of childhood.'
And so... at the urging of a cosmic friend, a Floridian child
of poverty heads out one day in search of a secret river and
returns with not just a bounty of food, but a mess of heart
and soul as well.
Adapted from Vintage Children's
Don't judge a book by
Success In Learning Lead to Success At Work?
to employers, the skills most needed for job success are not the famed
3 R's - reading, writing and arithmetic. In fact the people
responsible for hiring entry-level workers don't even rate those in
the top 10! Rather, they say character traits are the most
important predictors of job success.
to Professor George Boggs (Butte College), employers are more
interested in what kind of person the applicant is and not what they
know. American business already spends an estimated 40 billion a
year on worker training. A lack of character and basic values is
felt to be beyond the ability of business to fix.
character traits are the skills and attributes that are absolutely
necessary for learning to take place...and also for successful
employment. If we can instill into our students the
characteristics which are needed to succeed when learning, they will
already have what is necessary to succeed at work when they
graduate. These basic skills of success don't change, only the
Be here, be on
Be a risk taker
Be a goal setter
Be a listener
Be a doer
Be a tough worker
Adapted from Thomas
Keep Messes in Perspective
is it when kids first begin to walk, as soon as your back is turned
they head directly to the toilet bowl and make delightful sounds and
chirping noises as they splash the water around? They laugh
merrily as they splatter the water on the floor and on the walls, seemingly
determined to get the toilet paper soggy and drench the entire room
before getting caught. Their little arms and legs shake with
glee as they watch you freak out. You're convinced they'll get
sick with some sort of exotic disease or infection but of course they
this is a good reminder that our children's happiness is more important than an immaculate house. Use your energy to create a
home where things are happening. A home that is cozy and
lived-in is a happier place for active families. Friends won't
feel uptight when dropping by to visit if they know you are relaxed
about how the house looks. You can keep the messes in
perspective when you remember that one of these days the kids will be
gone and you'll have the house all to yourself, and may sigh wistfully
at the thought of those wet towels on the bathroom floor.
from Wonderful Ways to Love a Child, Judy Ford
a Handle on Phonics
refers to the alphabetical principles that describe the relationships
between the sounds and printed letters and symbols of language.
English sounds can be coded in letters and letter combinations because
there is a degree of consistency in English and its spelling
patterns. It is important for students to recognize and make use
of these consistencies. It is equally important to develop their
awareness of irregularities to the sound-letter code as evidenced in
the pronunciations and spellings of many English words.
ultimate goal of phonics instruction is to enable students to apply
various phonics generalizations during reading and writing.
However, reading involves a complex process of obtaining meaning from
print. The purpose for reading and the format of the printed
materials formulate the readers' initial expectations for the text and
initiate the meaning-seeking process. Readers work from the
meaning of the printed message to identification of individual words,
word structures or parts and letters. Entire sentences
frequently determine the meaning, spelling and pronunciation of the
words within them. The process of writing begins with ideas and
an awareness of what is to be communicated in print before specific
words, letters and sounds are considered by the writer.
Students must develop
an understanding of the function of printed language before they
will benefit from phonics instruction. They must understand
why and how print can be used before knowledge of sound-symbol
associations will be meaningful.
Phonics is not the
foundation for beginning or remedial reading. Emphasis on
phonics to the exclusion of other cueing systems and
meaning-making strategies encourages students to become so fixated
on sounds and letters that they interact minimally with the
printed message and derive very little meaning, information or
enjoyment from print. Students in grades 2 and 3 frequently
display the most growth in the knowledge of phonics and in the
ability to apply phonics skills.
Students learn phonics
generalizations, apply them and reinforce them in the course of
learning to read and write. Instruction in phonics is meaningful
and authentic when it occurs during the use and exploration of
written language which genuinely informs or entertains young
Knowledge of phonics
increases and reinforces awareness of the sound-symbol regularity
in the English language. Patterns and consistencies are
important to language learners and users. Early emphasis
upon a limited number of common patterns is preferable to the
direct instruction of many phonics patterns or rules to beginning
readers and writers.
Adapted from Saskatchewan,
Canada Education Dept.
Respect experience and be sure your
children have some.
Your Children Be Better Readers
with your children. Talking is the basis for
reading and writing.
a good reading climate. Have reading materials
handy and let your children read in a relaxed setting.
aloud together. It will help children learn to
a part of the team. Ask your children's educators
what you can do to help your children be better readers.
Children benefit when parents and educators work together.
older children. If you older children do not like
to read, get books and magazines on topics that interest
them. It may spark an interest in reading.
from Monroe Schools, NC
of Underachievement in Learning
this time of year, students are receiving their first grading report
from the regular public or private school. The response to these
reports can create anxiety for both parent and child, especially if
the result are not what was expected; if the child is thought to be
are home and school causes of underachievement....usually occurring in
combination. Over empowerment and "adultizement" can
be important causes, especially for first and only children, children
in single-parent households, or children of difficult divorces.
Gifted children are also at risk of being given too much power too
soon. Early health problems can also be a risk
of challenge or too much challenge in the classroom can cause
problems, as can the over-competitive or under-competitive
classroom. Children may say they are bored at school, but the
term "boring" may also mask feeling of inadequacy.
that children internalize can also initiate problems. Sometimes
those pressures stem from uneven abilities. Extreme praise by
parents or teachers can also cause children to believe that adults
expect more of them than they can produce. Perhaps the
self-esteem movement has gone too far. Perfectionism can cause
impossible feelings of pressure. Peer relationships can even
cause pressure not to achieve. Informal labeling of the
children within the family, such as "the smart one,"
"the jock," "the creative one," or "the
social one," can cause competitive pressures.
messages by parents are a major source of underachieving. If
parents differ in their expectations, children learn escape and
avoidance. A most lethal cause of student underachievement is
parents' lack of support of the educational process. Disrespect
for education by parents sabotages any instructional program.
from Educational Leadership
Protecting Your Child
is upon us once again. Following are some rules or prevention
tips, that will assure your children's safety when they're not with
you or a responsible adult.
Always walk with a
friend or brother or sister...never alone
Play in well-lighted
areas within sight of adults.
Stay away from dark,
deserted areas such as alleys, lonely roads, abandoned businesses
Stay at least an
arm's reach away from anyone you don't know.
Never talk to
Never take anything
from a stranger.
Never go anywhere with
a stranger unless it's the kind of situation for which a
"Code Word" system has been set up.
approached by a stranger offering candy, suggesting car rides or
asking the time or directions. Go home or to a neighbor's
house or a store where you know the adults and tell them what
Avoid anyone who acts
"funny"...in a way that doesn't seem normal to you.
Never go into a public
restroom without a parent, older brother or sister or friend.
if anyone touches you in a confusing or bad way and tell someone
you trust right away.
Know your home phone
number and the number where your parents work...and how to make a
telephone call (both o a touchtone and cell phone).
Always let your
parents know where you are and where you're going, and if you
change your plans, call them.
Pick a place to meet
if you get separated from your friends or family while you're out,
such as in a department store.
Help other kids too by
telling a grownup right away if you see or hear anything that
Adapted from National
School Public Relations Association
Be cheerful, even
when you don't feel like it.
Neaderthals on Trial: In 1856,
bones of an unrecognizable hominid turned up in Germany's Neander
Valley. This early human and others like it came to be known as
Neanderthals. "Neanderthals on Trial" investigates this
long-standing mystery. Here's what you'll find on this website: 1)
Casts of Characters--QuickTime movies to compare casts of two famous
skulls and learn their histories and their differences; 2) Into the
Fray--the producer of "Neanderthals on Trial" describes how
he went about making the PBS film; 3) Tracing Ancestry with MtDNA--By
studying mitochondrial DNA, some geneticists have traced the maternal
lineages of all modern humans back to a common ancestor who lived
150,000 years ago; 4) Dig and Deduce--Uncover bone fragments and
artifacts at three Neanderthal excavation sites, then step into the
morass known as archeological interpretation; 5) Resources and 6) a
A Math Dictionary for Kids: The
Math Dictionary is animated, interactive, and allows students to
practice their math skills. Over 500 terms are explained in simple
language. Click on "billion" and discover that you have 10
billion brain cells working for you right now. Roll your mouse over
the world time zone chart and you instantly know the time for that
part of the world.
The Mystery Spot: Great online and
offline activities that allow you and your students to solve mysteries
using science. Find out what happened to the local frog population,
explore Antarctica, or use a microscope to solve a mystery. These
fourteen activities are designed to show science in a whole new light.
Algebasics: This is a fine
online mathematics instructional resource that takes young and old
alike through the basics of algebra. The breadth of the material is
divided into sixteen sections, which begin with, "the
basics," and proceeds all the way to a section on applying
algebra to real-world situations.
Ancient Egypt: Let's hear it for
the British Museum. Their staff has created a website dealing with
many areas of the study of Ancient Egypt. Explore Egyptian Life,
Geography, Pyramids, and Time. Find out where writing was used in
Ancient Egypt. Shockwave activities are included for each area of
study. Check out the Staff area for a complete glossary and
descriptions of resources.
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