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The Family Under the Bridge
by Natalie Savage
Grades 2 - 4
This is the delightfully warm and enjoyable story of an old
Parisian named Armand, who relished his solitary life. Children,
he said, were like starlings, and one was better off without
But the children who lived under the bridge recognized a true
friend when they met one, even if the friend seemed a trifle
unwilling at the start. And it did not take Armand very long to
realize that he had gotten himself ready-made family; one that
he loved with all his heart, and one for whom he would have to
find a better home than the bridge.
Armand and the children's adventures around
-- complete with
gypsies and a Santa Claus -- make a story which children will
1959 Newbery Honor Winner
Courtesies of a small
and trivial character are the ones which strike deepest in the
grateful and appreciating heart.
Clay (1777-1852) Statesman
Open To New Ideas
Toy with ideas and
items and do not be afraid of mistakes. This implies that
there is time to play around with ideas. Most mistakes are
not fatal and many times they can be capitalized upon. Have
time to try things out, arrange and rearrange, view from many
angles; try the unusual, it may lead to a genuine innovation. Be
open to everything that could possible help even though at first
it seems absurd and ill suited. It is said that Edison tried
out several hundred substances before finding the right kind of
material to use as a filament in the electric lamp.
Adapted from Public
Special Gift of Children
Parenting is hard but
children are a joy. Your role as parent is significant and far
reaching because your child's life will carry the fragrance of you for
years to come; just as your life has touched many, so will the life of
your child. Take your role as parent joyously, and if you find
yourself feeling burdened, remind yourself that your love is the
foundation on which your child will grow into a healthy adult...we all
know that the future generations will need healthy, love-filled,
grownup people running the show.
Wonderful Ways to Love a Child by Judy Ford
101 - At Home
Music does more for our children than
just get them moving. It also helps them recognize patterns and
boosts their language skills and memory according to the National
Association for Music Education. Consider finding a way to get
your child a healthy dose of music appreciation. So, if you can't
spring for piano lessons, or your child just isn't interested, try one
of these ideas.
- When you travel, instead of
buying T-shirts, choose a CD of a local band or type of
music. You'll expand your child's musical awareness, and the
tunes will remind all of you of the place you visited.
- Read aloud a children's biography
about a composer and then listen to his or her music.
- Have your child paint while she
listens to different kinds of music. Tell her to draw
what she hears and what she feels. You can compare the artwork she
made while listening to the different styles.
Adapted from Parenting
Yuletide excitement is a potent
caffeine, no matter your age.
you need an activity for your child while you manage the last minute
tasks before the holiday? Or when there are bad weather days
when everyone is stuck inside, have activities for the family to do.
Try having wintertime crafts like creating a "snowman
garland" or have your child create and decorate their
own holiday cards.
child can create a snowman garland by decorating paper plates like a
You will need:
White paper plates
String or ribbon
A hole punch
Crayons, markers or paints
Felt or construction paper
Scissors and glue
the cotton balls to create "snow. " Then paint
the eyes, nose and mouth. Or, the face
can be made using felt or construction paper. Cut a
stovepipe hat out of construction paper or felt to place
on top. Next, punch a hole on the sides of the face. Link
the snowmen together with string or ribbon.
might like to have each person in the family decorate a snowman that
looks like themselves. String these together as a family
Adapted from Parents
Can Help Students Achieve,
American Association of School Administrators
spent his vacations working with a charity that built housing in
underdeveloped countries. During one project, a few children
from the local village kept visiting the camp where the volunteers
stayed. One boy, Obioma, had especially endeared himself to the
workers. He was always cheerful, and always eager to help in
whatever way he could.
Just noticed that Obioma wore the same dingy shirt every day. So
when the camp received a clothes donation from a church, Josh rummaged
through the boxes until he found three "new" shirts for
Obioma. They'd be a little big on the kid, but he'd grow into
Josh gave Obioma the clothing. In return, Obioma gave Josh a big
hug and a broad smile. Then he took off.
next day, Josh noticed the shirts he'd just given to Obioma on two
older boys. How that had happened began to worry him. When
he finally saw the little boy, he said, "Those gifts were for
you, Obioma, so you'd have a change of clothes.
youngster replied, "But Mr. Josh, you gave me so many!"
when Josh realized that you don't need to have a lot in order to
share. Just a heart and mind open enough to see other people's
from More Random Acts of Kindness by Conari Press
to Beat Holiday Stress
holidays can be the most joyous time of the year, but they can also be
the most stressful. Holidays can also be a time of hectic shopping,
financial concerns, family conflicts and loneliness. We are so busy
trying to take care of the details of the festivities, we often forget
to take care of ourselves. Here are some suggestions to help you cope
with holiday stress this season:
Try to plan ahead.
See if the stores you need to go are
on another person’s list. Maybe you can divide the list and
split up to get the shopping done in less time and in less trips.
If childcare is an issue, see if you
can rotate days with another parent. Maybe
you can take turns with babysitting.
While waiting in line at the store
with the kids, give them articles or ads from newspapers or
magazines (usually the stores carry copies of their own flyers).
With a pen, have them circle all the letters in their names within
the ads or have them play a word search game.
saying and doing there is a long road.
Weedpatch Camp: This site is a wonderful 'companion' to
John Steinbeck's Grapes of Wrath. While writing the book, John
Steinbeck visited Bakersfield, California and based his book on Arvin
Federal Government Camp which he portrayed as "Weedpatch
Camp." This site includes the history and pictures of the camp as
well as personal reminiscences and music of the time.
Exploratorium Magazine Online is a companion to selected issues of the
print magazine, providing key articles and activities and including
multimedia features. Learn how new materials, new methods and new
ideas are transforming traditional origami. Watch videos of a master
origami folder create his unique pieces. Learn how to make your own
paper and how to fold your own paper airplanes. In Japan, legend says
that a person who makes a thousand origami cranes will live a long
life. All the more reason to explore this site!
We see red apples, green grass, and blue sky. Did you ever
wonder why this is? Maybe it has something to do with the
apples, the grass, and the sky? Or maybe something to do with
your eyes? Or maybe even something to do with your mind? An
exhibit created by the San Jose Tech Museum is all about
answering these questions. Most importantly this exhibit is
about having fun while learning about color. http://www.thetech.org/exhibits/online/color/
Can you match the
right sound with the right picture? To find out... you have to be
observant and a good listener!
Working with map skills? You can build a sky map. http://www.fourmilab.ch/yoursky/
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