Thursday, February 25, 2010


(a guide for Global Leadership)

All I really need to know about how to live and what to do and how to be I learned in kindergarten. Wisdom was not at the top of the graduate school mountain, but there in the sand pile at school, these are the things I learned:

Share everything.
Play fair.
Don't hit people.
Put things back where you found them.
Clean up your own mess.
Don't take things that aren't yours.
Say you're sorry when you hurt somebody.
Wash your hands before you eat.
Warm cookies and cold milk are good for you.

Live a balanced life - learn some and think some and draw and paint and sing and dance and play and work every day some.

Take a nap every afternoon.
When you go out in the world, watch out for traffic, hold hands and stick together.
Be aware of wonder. Remember the little seed in the Styrofoam cup: the roots go down and the plant goes up and nobody really knows how or why, but we are all like that.

Goldfish and hamsters and white mice and even the little seed in the Styrofoam cup - they all die. So do we.

And then remember the Dick-and-Jane books and the first word you learned - the biggest word of all - LOOK.
Everything you need to know is in there somewhere. The Golden Rule and love and basic sanitation. Ecology and politics and equality and sane living.

Take any one of those items and extrapolate it into sophisticated adult terms and apply it to your family life or your work or government or your world and it holds true and clear and firm. Think what a better world it would be if we all - the whole world - had cookies and milk at about 3 o'clock in the afternoon and then lay down with our blankies for a nap. Or if all governments had as a basic policy to always put things back where they found them and to clean up their own mess.

And it is still true, no matter how old you are, when you go out in the world, it is best to hold hands and stick together.

[Source: "ALL I REALLY NEED TO KNOW I LEARNED IN KINDERGARTEN" by Robert Fulghum. See his web site at ]

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Olympic Inspired Art

This was a fun project to do. The students picked a sport and made the venue. The next day they made their athlete. The athlete has a small magnet at the back which is guided through the paper by a wooden stick with another magnet. The magnets actually work well and can even be made to spin!

Project comes from 'that artist woman' at Thanks!

Monday, February 15, 2010

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Snowshoeing the Neighbourhood

Today was our first excursion with snowshoes. The shoes were purchased last year and as of yet, we hadn't tried them.

I was wary going out with a group of young students. However the trek was almost trouble free. Nothing compared to what I remember with previous groups and different shoes.

The weather was beautiful, sky was clear, and the snow was deep! Perfect to be out!

We were able to explore areas that in summer are under water and in winter the snow too deep to venture in.

Friday, February 5, 2010

My Day - Friday

A wordle for the fun of it. I wanted to try creating one and as a bonus I learned how to do a screen-shot, editing with paint, saving the image to j-peg and then posting. A bit more to it then I thought!

I'll try this another time, maybe Sunday; see what my day in Wordle looks like then.

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

My students enjoy reading. It doesn't matter rather it is read-alouds, reading with friends, listening to favourite stories on recordings; they relish the moments. They even beg for guided reading on days when they aren't scheduled.

Recently I am having my fluent readers ask for more difficult books, and wonder of wonders, my emergent readers are now early readers and ready for more challenging books! It is for these moments that teachers live for!!

I am missing my kindergarten students and 2 others who were busy with reading responses. I need to get them featured!

Today is Norman Rockwell's birthday. I found these pictures on a photo program that I have. I thought it was fitting to post them not only for today but for a collection of photos of my students reading which I have been meaning to post for a while.

As I said before, blogger acts very strange some days. Sometimes it is blocked, and other times you can just not log in to post. Very frustrating.

Enjoy the paintings by Norman Rockwell and I will try to get my pictures posted soon.