Category Archives: children

dinos in snow.

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today we took the dinos

out of their safety zone and into the snow

they went

in the playhouse

down the slide

in the hollow log

in the sandbox

climbed up

jumped down

made footprints and snow angels

roamed on dinosaur island

played tag

went to a party

 loved the snow

they all had a such a good time and were worn out.

“my son’s always showing me pictures of dinosaurs and asking me what their names are.

i don’t know, so i make stuff up:

that, son is a thesaurus.”

-craig ferguson

common ground.

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my class has recently become enamored with a giant box of dinos

they play with them every day

create wildly imaginative scenarios

ask questions about real dinos

reassure me that the ones in our room are not real

one day when playing, a child asked

“would they wear masks if they were alive now?”

another jumped up to say

“never, ever, ever, ever, try to put a mask on a t-rex!!!!”

and an instant class book was born

what a brilliant title

others jumped in to offer reasons why you shouldn’t try to mask one

brainstorming was in full swing

some became illustrators

 it is a fascinating and funny work in progress.

dinos may have left the earth forever, but books will never die.

“stories are the common ground that allow people to connect, despite all our defenses and all our differences.”

-kate forsyth

candyland.

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the heat is on and a candyland championship game is in play

my absolute favorite game and the competition is tough 

there is no crying in candyland. 

 

“life is like candyland, there are many paths to take,

sometimes you run into lord licorice, but the end will always take you to the candy castle.”

-jack barakat

 

 

 

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hostage.

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ted’s

where i spent many hours of my childhood

famous to many as a woodward drive-in restaurant and hot rod cruising spot back in the day

famous to me as the scene of many family dinners and celebration spot

and that one suumer day

when my older sisters and i walked up to ted’s

all on our own

the hostess seated us in a booth

feeling very grown up

 pooling all of our change

looking at the menus

ordering 2 plates of french fries and lots of ketchup to share

when we finished, so proud of ourselves

the waitress dropped off our bill

my older sisters knew math

 realizing that we didn’t have enough money to pay the bill

my sisters somehow negotiated with the waitress

 to leave me in the booth while they ran home to get more money

 i sat in the booth quietly waiting for their return

feeling what it meant to be a hostage

without ever having heard the word in my young life

i’d still like to know

how they got the waitress to agree to this

how they talked my mom into letting us go up there alone in the first place

perhaps we snuck up there

and what they told my mom when they returned home without me to get more money?

i’ll ask my sister the next time we meet.

not at ted’s.

“every happiness is a hostage to fortune.”

-arthur helps

crumb.

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i will never forget

it was a friday

 show and tell time

sitting on the floor

they took turns going around our circle

each child sharing their special thing

other children kindly looking at it

showing appreciation for what the others shared

then we came to n

who clearly had forgotten to bring something

yet said “i have something too”

he proudly walked around the circle

both hands together

gently cradling a single crumb

that he had picked up off our floor

showing each child

talking about his crumb

as the others

were all so kind

smiling at his crumb

complimenting him on his crumb

accepting the crumb as his special thing

without judging his crumb

my favorite show and tell special thing of all time.

“the wise learn from the experience of others, and the creative know how to make a crumb of experience go a long way.”

-eric hoffer

*happy lmtwgrblkufgdw.

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so happy to be celebrating

*Love Makes the World Go Round;

But, Laughter Keeps Us From Getting Dizzy Week: 8-14 

i feel lucky to have a job that keeps me laughing.

who else gets to say/respond to such great things at work?

“you need to have pants on.”

“try not to touch every person in the room”

“i know you washed your hands this morning, but it is afternoon now.”

“fish don’t really like to be hugged.”

“try to bend your legs to sit on the sled, that is called making them stiff and that is different, try to bend…..”

“did you call me grandpa?”

“it’s important to have both shoes.”

“before we start we all have to promise not to cry if we don’t get to the candy castle first.”

“behind you is that way.”

“why did she call you beth?”

“if you put that in your nose, it might not come out.”

“your snowpants are backwards, let’s see if i can help you fix that.”

“you want to be called something new?”

“i’m pretty sure these are your boots because your parents put them in your bag and they have your name on them.”

“your mom is having a baby but you’re not supposed to tell anyone yet?”

“i’m not sure that ranch dressing is good to drink.”

each day is the best day ever.

never a day goes by without a laugh or ten. 

 

 

 

image credit: puffin puff pastry, google images

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

the genius of each.

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as i worked on report cards over the last week

putting together my notes

gathering my thoughts

sharing my stories

telling their stories

i was reminded

that each child

has

their own gifts

their own challenges

yet each shares

without fail

a curiosity

a sense of wonder about the world

a desire to learn

and does so

in their own way.

 

“Do not train children to learn by force and harshness,

but direct them to it by what amuses their minds,

so that you may be better able to discover with accuracy

the peculiar bent of the genius of each.”     

-Plato

 

 

image credit: Radhusets Julkalender 2012 – Arte del libro, Arte dell’illusrazione