Sunday, February 20, 2011

A Few Messages of Faith

I've been sick this past week. After my second visit to the doctor on Friday, I was driving home and stopped for a long procession of vehicles, a funeral procession, going towards the local cemetery. It reminded me, as God often does, that while my challenges are indeed challenges, I've been through worse. He also reminds me that as bad as my week has been, someone has had a worse week. My prayers go out to all who mourn the loss of a loved one.

And if you're not at that level yet:

Friday, February 18, 2011

Okay, Now I'm Getting Angry

The new budget cuts proposed by Congress is wanting to eliminate ALL funding for PBS and NPR. This will mean the end of childrens programming, and the educational web sites provided on

Watch the full episode. See more PBS Presents.

Monday, February 14, 2011

Happy Valentines Day, Everyone!

Happy Valentines Day! Now, you have to realize that for me to celebrate Valentines Day is kind of a fun trip down memory lane, as when Decker and I were engaged, we celebrated our first Valentines Day together. He bought flowers for Karla (one of our nieces who lived with us at the time), my Mother (he had to spoil her too) and, of course, me. For me, he had a special bouquet of 10 red roses surrounding two white roses (representing us). Yeah, we were both sappy. LOL.

After he passed away, though, this day was made even sadder with the fact the 6 month anniversary (and semi-annual anniversary each year afterwards) of his death is also on this day. I stopped celebrating it because it was just too painful.

But as with the winters of our lives, so also comes the spring. For me, it was working at the school where 500 enthusiastic (and sugar filled) students would give me valentines and a hug. How could you not celebrate that?

So, with that, Happy Valentines Day, everyone!

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Valentines Day Dinner

If you are having a special dinner for Valentines Day tomorrow that will also include the kids, here's an idea I came up with this morning while talking to a friend of mine who wasn't sure what they could do to celebrate.

Have a nice dinner, but include some basic etiquette lessons on setting the table, and the proper manners to use at the table for the kids.

Here's one tip from an educator, it helps if the children are also taught how to pick up after themselves, to eat within the confines of their plates (they should be able to do this by the time they reach Kindergarten), and to eat first, talk later. We have a hard time in schools getting the students to eat their food, as they are too busy talking. Before they know it, the bell has rung and they've only gotten a few bites to eat. Getting them in the habit of eating first and talking later will help a great deal for when they are in school.

Here's a video that might give you some ideas for older kids.

For younger children, here's one I found:

Happy Valentines Day!

Friday, February 11, 2011

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Wallace And Ladmo

This brings back so many wonderful memories. I had the privilege of being a lucky seat winner of a Ladmo bag when I was a child.

Sunday, February 6, 2011

Science Fairs Are Still Lagging

Surprised? I'm not. Why? Go spend a day at a school teaching English Language Learners to speak and read in English and you'll find out why.

Science Fairs Are Lagging

Saturday, February 5, 2011

Fake Internet Sites

Is that tree octopus real?

I love this. I actually use this site at school to teach the kids that there are fake sites out there that can really do some damage.

There's a web site out there by a white supremacy group that professes to give the "truth" about Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., with the intent that students will use their information for research papers.