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

                                                                            

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

Library

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

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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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Share-n-Tell

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.

There.
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

Teacher Tip

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Are you ready for next year?

What?
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

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

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(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.

And…..Stop.
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
http://www.ehow.com/how_4735890_use-qtips-swabs-safely.html
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.” http://www.yourchildshealth.com/safety/ear.html
Activities-Senses: Hearing
http://www.hometrainingtools.com/articles/early-childhood-ear-hearing-science-teaching-tip.html

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.” http://www.life123.com/parenting/young-children/water-safety/water-safety-tips-how-to-prevent-swimmers-ear.shtml

Read this article: safe sound level of toys
http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/uk/health/article751160.ece

And for you, my friend: 29 Beautiful Ways to Use a Q-Tip
http://thebeautybunny.com/beauty-uses-for-q-tips/

peanut picture courtesy of: http://www.publicdomainpictures.net

Teacher Tip

Explore math:  http://www.dupagechildrensmuseum.org/aunty/index.html

Look around here:  http://www.drjean.org 

Create lesson plans:  http://www.teach-nology.com/web_tools/lesson_plan/

 


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Enjoy Spring
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Teach outside

Teach outside

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Dance!

Sing!

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