Virtual Classroom: Bulletin Boards

DaVinci’s Classroom presents the Virtual Classroom

Submit your images here and we’ll share with zillions of educators.

We’re checking out the hallways for bulletin board ideas. The bulletin boards double as art and writing assignments. Send your images to

Who’s in the barn?

Mr. Big Fish

Spring Flower Stories

Thank you, Peggy, for contributing to DaVinci’s Classroom!



Virtual Classroom: Bulletin Boards

DaVinci’s Classroom presents the Virtual Classroom.

Today we’re meandering through the hallways for bulletin board ideas.

If you’d like to submit your classroom images, please send submissions to 

When I grow up . . .

Beary Good Writing

Paper plate frogs and ducks

April Showers

Cloudy With A Chance . . .

Bulletin Board: Everybody…A New Book: The Curse of Captain LaFoote

BRONZE MEDAL in the Pre-Teen Fiction/Fantasy category of the Moonbeam Children’s Book Award

Participate in our “Buy A Boy A Book On Valentine’s Day!” campaign and spur their imagination.

Create within them a desire to read and set sail for a life of adventure, wherever that journey may take them.

Eddie Jones

Eddie Jones is a full time freelance writer and author of five non-fiction books, one young adult novel, and an adult romantic comedy. He has written over one hundred articles that have appeared in 20 different publications. He serves as Acquisition Editor for Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas and is a contributing writer for, Christian Devotions Ministries, Living Aboard Magazine, The Ocracoke Observer, and Carolina Currents.

He has taught writing classes from Pennsylvania and the Carolinas to Colorado. As a book consultant, he has helped clients place completed projects with literary agents, book publishers, and magazine editors. Eddie has a keen eye for evaluating manuscripts and can advise clients on the marketability of their work.

Telling Tidal Tales

I’m a boat swab at heart, and a thief and liar when honest work proves unprofitable. This is why when my boys were little (and by this I mean we could still feed them without maxing-out our credit cards at the grocery store or causing a world-wide food shortage) I’d tell them pirate stories on our sailboat. I no longer have a sailboat. What I have instead are two boys in college. This is way better than a boat because unlike owning a boat, college tuition payments end—if not upon graduation then when the free frat parties stop. Boat alimony, on the other hand, goes on forever. I’m sure in some way, Noah is still paying on the Ark. B.O.A.T., by the way, means: “Break Out Another Thousand.” But if you’ve ever owned a boat you know this.

Anyway, at night, before I’d tuck my small boys into their bunks (a storage locker where we kept the anchor), we’d sit on the bow of our sailboat and I’d make up stuff. Today I do this as a writer but editors have shorter attention spans than my tiny tots. At least that’s what my agent says. So I’d tell these tidal tales and the hero of the story was this guy named Captain Stinky Foot. Captain Stinky Foot was named after my youngest son. If you’ve ever spent any time on a boat in August with a crew of unwashed young males then this needs no further explanation.

Telling pirate stories came naturally to me. I’ve always been fascinated by the stories of boys snatched away from London and Bristol and forced to serve before the mast. Seems to me life at sea was more fun than peeling potatoes. And more dangerous.

I’d use whatever props I could spy from the bow—a channel marker, boat fender, or crab pot—and I’d work it into the story. A few times every year my boy’s school would invite me in to tell pirate stories. My talks followed a predictable pattern. The teacher would ask everyone to sit quietly and listen, but know how it is with kids. There’s always some smart aleck who insists on cutting up. The teacher would interrupt, scowl and eventually nod for me to continue. Almost immediately, she’d have to stop me again: this time raising her voice. By the third time I knew she meant business. I also knew I’d get sent to the principle’s office if I didn’t straighten up.

Now, when I’m asked to describe The Curse of Captain LaFoote, I explain that it’s a pirate tale awash in buried treasure, romance and dead men’s bones. The truth is, this book and the ones that follow in the Caribbean Chronicle series are love stories. Ricky Bradshaw, the hero of the book, the story is a quest to find his soul mate and manhood. There are a lot of other deep and important themes explored in the book too.

There are a lot of other deep and important themes explored in The Curse of Captain LaFoote. Things like what the poop deck is and why cruise ships no longer use them, the secrets inside Davy Jones’ locker, and why you shouldn’t walk downwind of a pirate who’s just eaten turtle soup.

Seriously, my main goals in writing this book was to spur the imagination of young readers. Boys especially.

According to KidSay Market Researchers, teen and tween online video and virtual gaming increased from 65% in 2007 to 91% in 2010. I’m a writer, not a math whiz, so I have no idea what those numbers mean but they sound really scary. So part of my goal is to give boys a compelling story they can fall into. I want to create within them a desire to read and set sail for a life of adventure, wherever that journey may take them. Even now I can see Ricky standing on the sugar-white sands of that island just south of Hispaniola. I am that boy. And so are a lot of other boys.

As part of our Buy A Boy A Book! Campaign we are encouraging parents, grand parents, aunts, uncles, Oprah and the President of the United States to buy a book and give it to a boy. That’s right. We want you to give a book as a gift.

We’ve test marketed this concept and our research shows most boys, given the choice between reading a book and visiting the dentist, will run away from home. But as a responsible adult you know dental hygiene is key to a happy mouth. Think of this book as dental floss for the mind.

Reading is key to learning. Learning increases a young boy’s chances of gaining admission to college, earning a degree, landing a job and pursuing the American Dream.

Please, won’t you give a boy a chance to dream? Boy A Boy A Book On Valentine’s Day!

Print Edition $9.95

Kindle eBook $2.99

Social networking has changed the way young people communicate. Can we keep books in ìtheirî loop? According to KidSay Market Researchers, Facebook is now the favorite website among tween (8-11) boys and teen (12-15) girls. Over 90% of tween boys and girls play games online. Could a pirate tale be the perfect antidote to the adolescent blank-stare fascination with video games?

Young Adult Pirate Author Seeks to Raise $10,000 for the Epilepsy Foundation

Raleigh, NC— Social networking has changed the way young people communicate. Can we keep books in “their” loop?  According to KidSay Market Researchers, Facebook is now the favorite website among tween (8-11) boys and teen (12-15) girls. Over 90% of tween boys and girls play games online. Could a pirate tale be the perfect antidote to the adolescent blank-stare fascination with video games?

“My goal in writing this book was to spur the imagination of young readers. Boys especially,” says Young Adult author, Eddie Jones. “I wanted to create within them a desire to read and set sail for a life of adventure on the high seas.” Note: Eddie sails and surfs and sometimes works. “I also want to help kids (and adults) who suffer with epilepsy. My goal is to raise $10,000 for the Epilepsy Foundation in honor of Ricky Bradshaw, the hero of the book.” (Ricky suffers from epilepsy.) “For each book sold, the publisher will donate a few pieces of eight—half a sandy dollar—to the Epilepsy Foundation.”

Jones says, regardless of how well the book sells, if it helps others become “Seizure Smart!” and raises money to fight epilepsy, it’s a success.

About the Book

RICKY BRADSHAW has never sailed the Caribbean Sea, searched for buried treasure or battled pirates on the deck of a Spanish Galleon. He’s never fallen through the floor of Davy Jones’ locker or watched an old fisherman morph into a porpoise. All Ricky knows is his lonely life with his widowed mom in a tiny apartment overlooking a marina on the Chesapeake Bay. But all that changes on a snowy Christmas Eve when Ricky’s apartment building burns down and he falls into the chilly waters while trying to save a dog with shrimp breath. Suddenly Ricky finds himself thrust into a world where there is surprising beauty on every island, danger around every corner and great honor and glory ahead of him… if only Ricky can summon the courage to survive the curse of Captain LaFoote.

About the Author

Eddie Jones is a full time freelance writer and author of five non-fiction books, one young adult novel, and one adult romantic comedy. He sails, surfs and freely admits: “I’m a boat swab at heart and thief and liar when honest work proves unprofitable.”

A Young Adult / Tween novel, Rated PG13

eBook ISBN – 978-1-935600-05-3 Available in Kindle

Print ISBN – 978-1-935600-04-6


Virtual Classroom: Valentine Hearts

If you’re looking for inspiration for Valentine’s decorations, Julie submitted these photos.



Many thanks to Julie in South Carolina for contributing to DaVinci’s Virtual Classroom.

Please contribute your classroom or homeschool digital images to

Bulletin Board: Teachers…Visit the Virtual Classroom

The virtual classroom

Please enjoy your trip down the hallways of our virtual classroom. Why don’t you participate in DaVinci’s Classroom? Send images of your classroom to and I’ll post them here.  Share this site with your teaching friends. This is the go-to place for educators to learn from each other.  Save time and money…visit the virtual classroom:!

Utilize the hallways for beauty and space.

(Remember to check the fire safety guidelines for your school.)

Bulletin Board: Teachers and Homeschoolers

Send you images to  on the web mid-October 2012.

Book Nook Calendar

Please visit my other blog:

Thanks…send me your classroom pictures.

Bulletin Board…Teachers

Ka$hing, Ka$hing.  How much cash have you spent on your classroom?  Somebody is actually counting.   Brad’s Deals reports teacher’s spend 1.3 million personal money every year. 

Okay, you and I know that’s only what’ reported.  Who knows how we really spend.  But Brad’s batting for you.  He’s listed businesses that offer discounts to teachers.  So here’s the link for you.  Brad’s

I hope this helps and you have some $ left for your IRA accounts.  Don’t forget to save…for yourself.

Have a great beginning of the school year.  Classroom pictures are coming soon.  Send your digital classroom pictures to and I’ll post them here at DaVinci’s Classroom.

Your teacher and friend,

DaVinci’s Teacher

Bulletin Board: Educators, Homeschools, Mom and Decent Websites

Websites for kids:

DogEared from National Geographic

Kids’ Gallery


Contact to have your educational website listed here.

Bulletin Board: Teachers and Parents

Reading:  If you’re interested in Lexile Information, link here.

Bulletin Board: Teachers

Here’s a math website for you.

Looks like they also have a blog.  I know teachers are always

on the lookout for new and improved.  Let me know what

what you think about this site and I can post more information

here for readers.  Have a lovely, lovely day!  DaVinci’s Teacher

Bulletin Board: Teachers

Here are resources for you.

Free Resources at Teacher Tools

Teaching Heart

And…What is real fear?

Sitting on the toilet in the teacher’s bathroom and hoping you locked the door. Amen?       What about you?  Any horrible school bathroom stories?

Why do they always place the teacher’s bathroom with a vulnerable toilet and no barrier, other than a door, in a visual school hallway?

Great day to you!   Love, DaVinci’s Teacher

Published in: on January 28, 2010 at 7:34 pm  Leave a Comment  

Teacher and Parent Tip

Practice Spelling Words

Learn spelling and vocabulary

Published in: on November 26, 2009 at 9:45 pm  Leave a Comment  

Bulletin Board….It’s Almost Time….

Yes, it’s almost time to begin again.  I’ll start up DaVinci’s Classroom with the school schedule.  I’m excited to announce DaVinci’s Classroom is accepting Guests Posts!

If you are an educator, writer, mother, or woman we want to learn from you.  Please send a comment to DaVinci’s Classroom if you want to post.  

What is DaVinci’s Classroom?  Just what it says… a place for educators, writers, mothers, and women.   

Our focus this school year will be:  VIRTUAL CLASSROOMS                                              DaVinci’s Classroom is the place to send in images of your classroom, so we can all visit.  Teachers love to learn from each other.  Send ’em in and I’ll post the pictures for everbody.

Writer’s:  We’re looking for clips and tips from you–a quick tip, a commentary, a lesson, anything you can share.

Bookworms:  I’ll be sharing my summer reading with you and you can, too.   Let’s talk about what you’re reading.

Here’s where I’ve been all summer:   It’s the NEW site for kids, so spread the word.  It’s loaded with material and updates weekly.   Kids and adults enjoy reading DevoKids.

Can’t wait to hear from you!

Your friend,  DaVinci’s Classroom

Published in: on August 14, 2009 at 3:11 pm  Leave a Comment  

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“Girl.   You spell girl, “g-o-o-l”.  Giirrrl

“No, you don’t.  Ga.  G-i-r-l-e.  Girl.”


“Moma, come play with me.” 

So, I’ve been on duty.  Here’s your summer recipe which I read the on a great craft blog: . 

 Recipe for Preserving Children

1 grassy field

1 half-dozen children (or more)

several dogs (and puppies, if available)

1 brook



1.  Into field pour children and dogs, allowing to mix well.

2.  Pour brooke over pebbles until slightly frothy.

3.  When children are nicely brown, cool in warm bath.

4.  When dry, serve with milk and fresh gingerbread. 


Playing…..but I’ll be back.   Tomorrow.  Really.

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What do you search for during a library visit?


If you’re studying for the SAT, The Grammar Guy offers free SAT test preparation for reading and writing.


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New York City Public Library

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Boston Public Library
You should see the interior!

If you live in Boston, please photograph and send DaVinci’s Classroom.

Days of Children Reading Books ‘are numbered’  Read the article here


Bulletin Board: Teachers, Writers, Mothers, Women..Everybody


Fill in the blank:  You know you’re a ____________ because you love libraries.



DaVinci’s Classroom will feature libraries next week. Please take a picture of a library you love. Send a comment to me and I’ll reply, so we can post your favorite library.

I look forward to a glorious collection of library pictures next week, don’t you? Please participate. Thanks…..
My answer: You know you’re a teacher because you love libraries.

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Hi Ladies, Gents, Teachers, Moms, Writers!

How are ya?  I’ve been thinking I know the signs of old age, although I can not reveal how I discovered them.    Here’s the top three. 

I know what you're thinking...another old age benefit.

I know what you're thinking...another old age benefit.

1.  Food lingers on the side of your mouth–you neither feel or notice.   And, NOBODY tells you there’s salad dressing on the side of your lip until you look through the rearview mirror two hours later.    Hm-m-m.  (Maybe your friends are getting old, too.)

2.  Staring out the window identifying birds.   Bird talk, to me as a twenty-something child, was an absolute hallmark of old people.  My grandparents held conversations over fried eggs about the wren building a nest in the bird house on the locust post.  (“Boring”…thought the twenty year old.)

My husband and I discuss the gorgeous finches and cardinals perched in our yard.  Fascinating.

3.  I can’t remember.  

What about you?  What’s the signs of old age for you and are any creeping into your life?   I heard Flax Seed helps, but they don’t sell it in barrels.

Have a great Friday.  Your kinda-old friend,  DaVinci’s Classroom 

Teachers:  How do you manage Show-n-Tell?  Do you require educational sharings?  Recently, I visited a class that laminates a Show-n-tell bag with directions on the front (laminated for durability).  The object has to fit into the bag and then goes into an assigned box in the classroom. (Kids have all week to bring in their sharing.)   Then, the teacher turns the sharing into an lesson writing sentences on chart paper about the sharing.   Good idea.

Bulletin Board: Woman to Woman

Please visit all my friends today.  Read the JenX67 post.  Book lover.  A book lover is my friend.

Dr. Tom’s stories of a Bluegrass Road fill your belly.  Satisfying.  Music lover.  A music lover is my friend.

This blog is my secret.  But, alas I shall share with you, my dear friends.  You see, she can take a piece of worn-out junk and turn it into art, function, and beauty.   I’m sure I can do all she does, so I’ve started my collection of “junk”.    My husband has declared a moratorium on junk purchases till I finish the current projects.  Darn-it.  It’s easier to look for the junk.    But this lady finds it, does it, and displays it. 

talk to you later……..DaVinci’s Classroom

Bulletin Board: Woman to Woman to Woman to Woman…

Salt your coffee?  Yes.   Read the post at Brownie Points Blog for better coffee ideas.

Not Martha: anyone claiming this title deserves a look.   Her site is sugar-n-spice nice.  How about a guest post here at DaVinci’s Classroom, Not Martha?

The Organizing Junkie features Responsibility Charts for her children. Wonderful idea! Will you make some for my children? And, will you drop by and watch to make sure they follow through? (There’s the key, friends–follow through. Minutes disappear for moms due to Follow Through Duty.)
Teachers….there’s a tip for you, too. Giving directions doesn’t work unless you watch to make sure the kids actually do what you say. I knew that, you say? See, I’ve been saying you are a great teacher!Honey, if you’re reading this.)

Do you want to try the No Spend Challenge here.
Frankly, I’ve been on this challenge for six years now….Kinda. Have you ever heard of a “spending budget”? Send in your questions and I’ll share our family’s money saving tips.

I blogged.
It’s May.  My Stay-At-Blogger status is compromised. Please, don’t tell my husband I call myself a Stay-At-Home Blogger. He’s sure I’m a Stay-At-Home Mom. (Joking…..Joking…Joking…..)

Writing conference is around the corner and- and -and -and and……I can’t tell all today.

Please… share this link with 10 friends today. And your 10 friends will say, Thank-You.
Do it in the next 10 seconds and something will happen–the clock will tick, the sun will shine, the grass grow green…  (Ever get those kinds of forwards?   The difference is my promises are real.  Ha. Ha-Ha. I’ll be grateful if you just share this site.)

And there’s a wee little COMMENT section at the bottom of each post. I’d love to hear from you.
Your friend,
DaVinci’s Classroom Teacher

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Do you know a mother of the year?

Sister, you deserve the mother of the year award too!

And mom, of course you do.
Thanks for making homemade macaroni and cheese, keeping the house spotless, fixing my hair, sewing my clothes, and teaching me to write thank-you notes.
If you’d like to nominate a Mother of the Year go here:

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Teacher Tip



Are you ready for next year?

I’m serious. May requires more diligence, more dedication ending one school year and planning the next.
1. Plan your bulletin boards for August/September or July (year round schools). Make materials and cover the boards before putting one itsy-bitsy toe out the door for summer. If your classroom is painted or cleaned, be sure to cover the boards with newspaper to protect.
2. Plan your “Welcome to School” letter.
3. Plan the school supply list. Many stores now post the lists for parents beginning in July. Make sure the list is in the right hands.
4. Plan and prepare all materials you’ll need for the first full week of school.

Now if you’re a veteran teacher, you’ve already started. The tip today is for the new folks who marvel over how teachers set-up their classroom in the fall.
Everything you can prepare ahead saves time during the crunch week before school begins.

Ready, Set, Go…..but don’t neglect your May/June duties.  Busy…………

From your friend, DaVinci’s Classroom Teacher

Teacher Tip

Try this for handwriting

How do you teach handwriitng?

Published in: on May 7, 2009 at 4:30 am  Leave a Comment  

Bulletin Board: Everybody….Moms, Mums, Teachers, Women, Come One, Come All!


(Sing the lyrics to tune “Found a Peanut”)
Found a Q-Tip, Found a Q-Tip
Found a Q-Tip just now.
Just now I found a Q-Tip
Found a Q-Tip just now.

You probably don’t want to sing this to your class….
Unless you’re teaching health class. (See links below)

Q-Tips on the mind today—we’re out.
Can you believe it? Don’t you keep a backup supply like I do?
There’s a rule around here: If you take something off the supply shelf, the add the item to the grocery list. Somehow we hit a glitch in the plan.

Ear wax is a problem around here-my son produces earwax by the ounces.
Sorry, don’t run away. That was ….gross. That’s the worst of my rant this morning.
I’m sure earwax production = brain cell production. (There has to be a plus side for earwax.)

My husband is truly distraught over the lack of cotton swabs, but I came to his rescue.
I offered him the stash from my make-up bag with a wee eye shadow stain on the tips.
He refused. What’s wrong with him?

The following link is a “moderately easy” on the Difficulty Scale: (Ahum…What would they label moderately hard?)
How to Use Q-Tips Swabs Safely
Ear Safety Tips: “Dr. Brown also reminds parents that neither they nor their child should attempt to remove an object on their own. Cotton swabs, bobby pins or tweezers may seem like a harmless way to take out a foreign body, but they are not.
”Tissue paper, candy, English peas and beans may sound like items on a grocery list, but they also are just some of the things physicians at Children’s Medical Center of Dallas have removed from the ears and noses of some curious toddlers and preschoolers.”
Activities-Senses: Hearing

Tips for Swimmers’ Ear
“Do not poke anything into the ear canal in an effort to loosen wax and let water out. Many serious ear injuries occur when well-meaning parents stick something in children’s ears.”

Read this article: safe sound level of toys

And for you, my friend: 29 Beautiful Ways to Use a Q-Tip

peanut picture courtesy of:

Teacher Tip

Explore math:

Look around here: 

Create lesson plans:


Enjoy Spring


Teach outside

Teach outside

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Show to students, children, friends, family, all…………….!

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Another Funeral



Hello Everybody,
So good of you to visit again.

I’m thinking of another funeral. Yesterday red pens. Today fruit flies.
A wee bit warm and they swarm, even in the bathroom. Who wants to fly in a bathroom all day with the comings and goings, ahum   Not me.  If a lavortory won’t kill ’em, what will?  I”ve tried all I know to try.

First, I tried talk.  Communicate when you have an issue, right?

Come here, little fruit fly.  You see, I need you to take up residence somewhere else.”   They weren’t charmed. 

Then I fed the moms, the dads, and the abundant offspring.  

“Here. Here. Here’s some juice. Go ahead and take a dip. A deep dip. Dive bomb.”
Rice vinegar, apple-cider vinegar, balsamic vinegar, red-wine vinegar, and wine available.  Drink.  Indulge.  Get light headed.  Die. 

They prefer the apple-cider vinegar and balsamic vinegar, but very few fatalities.   Pesky and persnickety creatures. 

My husband sucks the varmints with the vaccuum.
How do you exterminate the critters?

My son wants a pet.  Should reconsider an insect collection?

TEACHERS: Link to Biology Studies of Fruit Flies

Read this: 

“Many researchers have tried to create a mathematical model of how cells pack together to form tissue, but most models have many different complicated factors, and no model is universal.
Researchers at Northwestern University have now created a functional equation — using only two parameters — to show how cells pack together to create the eyes of Drosophila, better known as the fruit fly. They hope that the pared-down equation can be applied to different kinds of tissues, leading to advances in regenerative medicine.”


Okay all you fruit fly researchers, I’ll donate my flies to science.  Please send a fruit truck to pick ’em up. 

Teacher Tip

Attention: Funeral Announcement
Bury the red pens.
And thank-you.
More tomorrow…..
Love, DaVinci’s Classroom

Bulletin Board: Everyone…

I found a wonderful website today and I know you’ll enjoy your visit.

She crafty. She’s a teacher. She’s a mother and she writes.

Teacher Tip

Random Geography Lesson
I’m on a random tangent. Here’s trivia for you today. If you don’t want to teach the Latin America lesson posted today, then close your eyes, twirl the globe, and put your finger on a spot. Look up the place your finger touched on the internet and take a virtual trip. Actually….let your students be the ones to close their eyes…..(Please, never, ever close your eyes in the middle of a room of children. Oh, my.  That could be harzardous to somebody’s health.

The Random Geography Lesson from your friend DaVinci’s Classroom
Latin is a dead language and not spoken as the mother tongue (native language). Historically, Latin was the language of Rome, but never the language of Latin America. Today, Latin is one official language of the Vatican.
Languages spoken in Latin America, known as the Romance languages—French, Romanian, Italian, Spanish, and Portuguese–descended from Latin.

Throw a geography party. Be spontaneous. Be random. Grab salsa and chips and find the Latin American countries on globes/maps. Do something. (Hint: Mini-lesson on Latin American Countries.)

Then, give a quiz. (ha-ha-ha….throw-head-back-devious laugh) You’re a teacher, aren’t ya?
And, here they are…………… the Latin American countries! Clap.
• Argentina
• Bolivia
• Brazil
• Chile
• Columbia
• Costa Rica
• Cuba
• Dominican Republic
• Ecuador
• El Salvador
• Guatemala
• Haiti
• Honduras
• Mexico
• Nicaragua
• Panama
• Paraguay
• Peru
• Uraguay
• Venezuela

Take a giant step and teach Latin to build vocabulary skills.




Teacher Tip

Question: What is a loess? (egad!!!! a what????) See end of post for answer

How to teach geography

·        Begin with what the student knows:  mountains, desert, ocean, rivers, plains, valleys, plateaus, hills, loess, glaciers.   Make connections to unknown through comparison of features.

·        Teach concrete skills first through observation and manipulation of concrete objects:   clay, salt-n-flour models, puzzles.

·        Introduce maps and globes.  Visual trips via the internet.

·        The last step is to transfer the skills to paperwork such as workbooks and worksheets.

HOW IS GEOGRAPHY TAUGHT IN THE ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS?                                                              Author: Haas, Mary E.     

“Personal experiences begin with children interacting with their own environment. Children begin by recording their observations from walks and fieldtrips in essays, pictures, or simple maps. Children decide what is important to show on their maps and what symbols to use. At first children show things rather crudely, using sequence, approximate size, and location. Interactive formal instruction in the cardinal directions begins by learning left and right and locating north through observations of the movement of the sun. By interacting directly with people from other places or vicariously through stories and pictures, children begin to recognize both the common and unique attributes of more distant locations. They offer explanations for locations and differences in the environment. Such interactions result in descriptions and definitions of places.

Most geography is taught as a part of social studies and, to a lesser degree, in science. Only a small portion of the school day is spent in the study of these subjects. Teachers are often concerned with the shortage of time to teach what they perceive as more important subjects, and when they do teach geography feel pressed to cover material in textbooks and curriculum guides rather than to work toward comprehension (Thornton & Wenger 1989).

In 1984 the National Council for Geographic Education and the Association of American Geographers took a major step toward helping to improve the organization of the geographic curriculum with the publication of GUIDELINES FOR GEOGRAPHIC EDUCATION. These guidelines provide help in the selection of objectives and organization of geographic knowledge for elementary students. Five themes of geography are recommended for study by students at all levels: location, place, human and environment relationships, movement, and regions.”

ERIC Identifier: ED309133
Read the complete article:

A light-up globe….

Five Times Five: Five Activities for Teaching Geography’s Five Themes
“How many of your students could identify the location of their home country on a world map? U.S. education officials were shocked when a nine-nation survey found that one in five young Americans (18- to 24-year-olds) could not locate the United States on an outline map of the world!
That study represents one of the turning points in geography education in the United States. Although most U.S. students still don’t take a “geography” course in school — as students in many other countries do — increased emphasis on the development of geography skills is more widespread today than it was ten years ago. Organizations such as National Geographic and the National Council for the Social Studies have created materials to aid teachers in teaching geography skills. And about ten years ago, the Joint Committee on Geographic Education of the National Council for Geographic Education and the American Association of Geographers developed five specific themes to help focus teacher and student thinking when it comes to geography. Those five themes follow:
• Location — Where are things located? A location can be specific (for example, it can be stated as coordinates of longitude and latitude or as a distance from another place) or general (it’s in the Northeast).
• Place — What makes a place different from other places? Differences might be defined in terms of climate, physical features, or the people who live there and their traditions.
• Human-environment interaction — What are the relationships among people and places? How have people changed the environment to better suit their needs?
• Movement — What are the patterns of movement of people, products, and information? A study of movement includes learning about major modes of transportation used by people, an area’s major exports and imports, and ways in which people communicate (move ideas).
• Regions — How can Earth be divided into regions for study? Regions can be defined by a number of characteristics including area, language, political divisions, religions, and vegetation (for example, grassland, marshland, desert, rain forest).”

“Loess is a geologically recent deposit of silt or material which is usually yellowish or brown in color and consisting of tiny mineral particles brought by wind to the places where they now lie. It is a product of past glacial activity in an area. It is a sedimentary deposit of mineral particles which are finer than sand but coarser than dust or clay, deposited by the wind. (Did you know this? Yikes…I never heard of a loess.)

Teacher Tip and Bulletin Board…Everybody

Hello Ya’ll

Let’s teach our kids geography. Watch this.


Bulletin Board: Teachers, Homeschools, Moms…Everybody

Start a Kids’ Gardens


Here are some links for you…if you need help.

Chef Alice Water believes in edible education.


Edible Education:
Bringing The Delicious Revolution to America’s Schools, Universities, and Institutions
by Alice Waters, January 2005

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Bulletin Board: Everybody

Miscrosoft Chairman Bill Gates : Part I

Bill Gates spoke before a group of high school students and gave them eleven rules of life, an excerpt from the book “Dumbing Down our Kids” by educator Charles Sykes.  The list of eleven things you did not learn in school is directed at high school and college grads.

Here’s number 1:  Life is not fair.  Get used to it. 

Here’s number 2:  The world won’t care about your self-esteem.  The world will expect you to accomplish something BEFORE you feel good about yourself.

Here’s number 3:  You will NOT make $40,000 a year right out of high school.  You won’t be a vice president with a car phone until you earn both.   

Here’s number 4:  If you think your teacher is tough, wait till you get a boss.  He doesn’t have tenure. 

Here’s number 5:  Flipping burgers is not beneath your dignity.  Your grandparents had a different word for burger-flipping:  opportunity. 

Here’s number 6:  If you mess up, it’s not your parents’ fault–so don’t whine about your mistakes…learn from them!

….to be continued    PASS IT ON

Teacher Tip: Drama Centers

How important is the Land of Make-Beleive? Remember Mr. Rogers?




Incorporate role-playing into your curriculum. This is a kindergarten class dress-up area which changes with the theme. Any grade can include role-playing to jazz up a lesson. How about the teacher dressing up?

Teacher Tip: Frog Themes






Bulletin Board for Everybody: Easter Ideas



Natural Dye for Easter Eggs

Fresh beets, cranberries, radishes or frozen raspberries

Pinkish red

Yellow onion skins


Orange or lemon peels, carrot tops, celery seed or ground cumin

Pale yellow

Ground turmeric


Spinach leaves

Pale green

Yellow Delicious apple peels


blueberries or red cabbage leaves


Strong brewed coffee

Lt. Brown

Dill seeds


Chili powder


Purple or red grape juice or beet juice


Directions:  Boil in water, add couple tablespoons of vinegar, and then allow to sit at least 15 minutes.     Oh—be sure you use boiled eggs.  Color varies with natural products.  Start early so you can experiment with the results.


Teacher Tip: Unique St. Patrick’s Activities

Rainbow Jello

5 small boxes of Jello (different colors)

Follow directions on Jello box, mix a new flavor each day. Each day, layer the jello mix over the one from the previous day.  By Friday, you have an edible rainbow.
(You could use the recipe for Jello Jigglers instead.)

  • Divide you class into five groups and a different group gets to “cook” each day.
A large clear bowl
Thermos of boiling water (prepare at home)
5 small boxes of Jello (2 greens,  2 yellows, orange)
Measuring cups
Access to a refrigerator

*To vary the shade, add a wee bit of evaporated milk in the water.

Published in: on February 27, 2012 at 3:55 pm  Leave a Comment  

Bulletin Board: Readers…here’s a new book!

Listen. Here’s book worth reading. Can’t you tell I stay home and read all the the time? So listen…here’s a great book. Order it today: He Said, She Said

He Said, She Said:
A Devotional Guide to Cultivating a Life of Passion
by Cindy Sproles & Eddie Jones

That's Why They Call It Making Love: A Devotional Guide to Cultivating a Life of Passion

Kindle eBook

Now available in Paperback $9.95

He Said, She Said: A Devotional Guide to Cultivating a Life of Passion

By Eddie Jones and Cindy Sproles

Do you sense something vital missing from you relationship with your spouse, children and God? 

Try He Said, She Said: A Devotional Guide to Cultivating a Life of Passion. This compilation of 54 devotions includes scripture verses, space for journaling, individual prayers and words of wisdom from two of today’s funniest and insightful Christian authors. This heart-warming collection of stories will inspire you to reach for the true source of joy: a life lived for and through God. These deeply personal devotions offer biblical insights and spiritual truths from the perspective of one man and one woman. 

Perfect for your quiet time. No matter if you are newlyweds or newly retired, this book of devotions will help you put the spark back into your love life and explore the precious relationships God desires for you. Begin this new year committed to spending a few moments each day connected to God. He Said, She Said: A Devotional Guide to Cultivating a Life of Passion touches the heart, tickles the funny bone and brings you to your knees in worship.

The concept of He Said, She Said devotions introduces the readers to looking at one scripture, from two perspectives—his and hers. The beauty in this unique type of devotion come when a man reads the perspective of a woman suddenly grasping a new outlook on the scripture; likewise the same for a woman to read the thoughts and views from a man’s perspective. The reader can then mesh the two together for a deeper and more intimate learning experience.

Eddie Jones and Cindy Sproles have captured the essence of scripture through the heart of a man and a woman, addressing the passions of loving your spouse, your children and ultimately loving the Father deeper than ever before.

He Said, She Said: A Devotional Guide to Cultivating a Life of Passion is available on Amazon Kindle now!


He Said, She Said: A Devotional Guide to Cultivating a Life of Passion LINK

Published in: on March 15, 2011 at 9:55 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Bulletin Board: Book Report

More about the great new book, The Curse of Captain LaFoote

Link here to see the buzz:

Writers: Little Red Writing Hood says…

Here’s a quick read courtesy of Filbert Publishing.

~~ 4 Reasons to Market with Postcards ~~

You’re a freelance writer. Why on EARTH would you use post cards to promote your writing?

1.Your potential readers are not psychic. If they don’t know you  exist, if they don’t know you’ve written a book or if they don’t know you can write for their business, they won’t contact you.

2. Postcards are inexpensive to mail.

3. You can target the people who are your audience and send your message only to them.

4. Postcards are easy to write! It doesn’t take much time, you can flex your creativity muscles as much as you’d like. Plain and simple, complex and graphics filled… it’s up to you. Just make sure your message shines.

Most important? Market on a consistent basis because consistent marketing = consistent assignments.

This article is courtesy of Filbert Publishing. Make your writing sparkle, write killer queries, get published. Subscribe to Writing Etc., the free e-mag for freelancers and receive the e-book “Power Queries.”

Thanks to Beth Erickson of Filbert Publishing for the expert advice!  

Published in: on September 3, 2010 at 1:06 pm  Leave a Comment  
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