Bulletin Board: Educators, Homeschools, Mom and Decent Websites

Websites for kids:

DogEared from National Geographic

Kids’ Gallery


Contact terri@terribkelly.com to have your educational website listed here.

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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.


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

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.” http://www.yourchildshealth.com/safety/ear.html
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.” 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

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

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

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Yep, I apologize.  Today’s post is late….I had priorties of this kind:

Mom to son standing at closed bathroom door:  “Come on, you’ve got to get to school”

Son to mom behind closed bathroom door:  “I’ll be there in a minute.  I’m trying to get the toilet paper off my bottom.”

Thus the day began….

Are you a mother?  Then you understand. 

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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

Bulletin Board: Educators, Teachers, Moms and Vocabulary Words

Teachable Moments yacht_1

My son and I walked around an inlet, held hands and discussed yachts, schooners, sailboats, barnicles, estuaries, and pedestrians.


I listened to him.

He listened to me.

I experienced the teachable moment.


Some time ago a wise man told me to take walks with my children.   Do I ?   Yes…I intend to after I finish folding clothes, chopping vegetables, answering the phone, and checking the computer. Suddenly bedtime’s arrived.

Be inspired by a simple walk. Don’t miss your moments.



Design estuaries with clay.

Create a barnicle with flour and salt dough.

Build an inlet with toy schooners and yachts on cardboard with paper and paint.

Go for a walk and be a pedestrian.

Educators: Use this photo to inspire a lesson using the vocabulary words.

Send your teaching photos, classroom images, or teaching tips to terri@devokids. We’ll post them here at DaVinci’s Classroom.