Childhood is the world of miracle or of magic: it is as if creation rose luminously out of the night, all new and fresh and astonishing. Childhood is over the moment things are no longer astonishing. When the world gives you a feeling of “déjà vu,” when you are used to existence, you become an adult.


Top 7 Outside Things to Do With Your Kids This Summer, Now Go Put The Sit And Stand Stroller Away

It is 7AM and you hear the puppy next door barking. It’s the one disturbance in such a tranquil neighborhood that’s loud enough to wake you from this slumber. You peer through the window and the sun rays have just begun to pour above the tree-tops. The forecast indicates a perfect 74 degree afternoon with plenty of sunlight. You think ‘maybe I could take the little ones for a walk with the great new sit and stand stroller’ but ‘no’ you think, that is what we tend to do everyday. You’re a mom of 2 young boys (or simply insert number, age, and gender of one’s kids here) that are, at this time, sound asleep. Silence is bliss, but in just a few minutes they are going to awake and then jumping around all set to release his or her tirade of energy outside the house.

The first thing that shoots out of his or her mouth is going to be “Sandbox!” or perhaps it is “Pool!” The kids have not forgotten what you had promised them the evening before. Young kids clearly always remember. The last thing you said to the kids last night was, “Yes love, time to fall asleep, shut your eyes! Tomorrow we shall have a good time at the pool!” You actually do not like to think about this but one particular problem which undoubtedly lingers in the back of your brain is, “What am I gonna do when they get sick of the swimming pool?” What will keep them busy outside?

I have a baby and also a toddler, therefore I know this much too well. One of the best ways I have seen is to change your routines up regularly. Always keep things fresh and different. Keep it challenging enough to make sure they’re still interested, yet not so frustrating they give up and get bored. I highly recommend you continue reading for a few fun and different ways to continue to keep these special children busy and learning new things regularly.

1. Nature Scavenger Hunt – You select what to add-on their list each time you set off. Some ideas could be “things that are brown, “something which makes sounds”, “anything fuzzy”, “something rough,” “two types of seeds,” “any fascinating-looking insect,” etc. I find this to be great for keeping my kid occupied as we go on walks while my baby just stays in the stroller and enjoys the ride. Double jogging baby strollers, sit and stand strollers, and bike trailers are great for this type of occasion depending if you feel like walking or perhaps cycling your clan around!

2. Children’s Back Yard Garden – They are really at an inquisitive age of learning and discovery. They like to do everything you are doing and they are interested in learning all about it. A fantastic way to do it is to do a Google search about how to build a raised bed garden. Give them their own personal planting space to name their own. Teach them the best way to plant seed plus the process of watering the seeds to make them flourish. Each and every day they’ll return to the garden and water, take out weeds, pick fresh flowers, fruits, fresh vegetables of his or her own!

3. Ice Sculpting – Get several ice cubes (feel free to use a variety of shaped ice-cube containers), slip food coloring in them before they freeze, and let the youngsters construct castles as well as sculptures outside the house.

4. Monster art and spray painting – Purchase a cheap bright white bed sheet which you can hang from the clothesline or on the fence. You need a few squirt bottles to fill up with liquid watercolor paint. Allow them to have fun spraying a sheet with various colors and dyes! Or pick up a few of those rubbery spike balls from your dollar store or even Wal-mart, dip them all in tempura paint, then toss them all at the white bed-sheet.

5. Enhance any slip & slide by adding a water tunnel – Use PVC pipe and joints that has slots cut from the pipe, fit the parts together so that it makes an arch. Place it over the top of the slip and slide and so the slide goes through it. Whenever your children are sliding, it should produce a cool waterfall or showering effect.

6. Create a backyard beach – Construct a pretty big sandbox, put a little toddlers pool and some beach seats inside. You can even put four stakes in the sand and make an enjoyable cover for shade.

7. Water Pinatas! – Suspend water balloons from your jungle gym or just a very long tree branch. After that encourage the kids take turns swinging blindfolded for the balloons!

I hope you find a lot of these exercises as entertaining as my little ones have. Taking walks are good when you’ve got the very best sit and stand stroller, but sometimes you have to switch it up!

Pray this helps you and your youngsters have a nice more pleasurable summer!

7 best outdoor activities to do with kids and why you should put the old stroller away and try some of these new ideas to change that old boring routine up. If you want to take the kids on an enjoyable walk with an easy to push stroller for once then here is a link to the best sit and stand stroller review site I have seen.

Angela Maiers Puzzle lesson

Angela Maiers demonstrates to 1st grade students how piecing together a puzzle is similar to being a great reader.

Fiction activities for Artemis Fowl

Artemis Fowl

by Eoin Colfer

Twelve-year-old villain, Artemis Fowl, is the most ingenious criminal mastermind in history. His bold and daring plan is to hold a leprechaun to ransom. But he’s taking on more than he bargained for.

Are you looking for activities to teach Artemis Fowl?

Here’s our collection ….

Questions (by Eoin Colfer)
Deciphering the Booke of the People A differentiated resource looking at fairy language and how to decipher it.
Quiz (by Eoin Colfer)
Weighing the evidence
Artemis Fowl Quiz (by Eoin Colfer)
The setting
Produce a newspaper front page for the People’s Paper about the robbery. Ideally to be done on-screen.
Homework tasks
How well do you know the characters?
Reading Unit
A starter activity focusing on the laws of the land.
Games and puzzles
Style of language
Online Trivia Quiz
Making connections with the characters pdf
Online Trivia Quiz 2
Use the information you have about Artemis to write a police report.
Activities for Schools
Lesson plans

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The role of teachers

We expect teachers to handle teenage pregnancy, substance abuse, and the failings of the family. Then we expect them to educate our children.

~John Sculley

[more quotations on teaching and education]

Is Sweden’s Classroom-Free School the Future of Learning?

The traditional setup of school classrooms—straight rows of desks with accompanying chairs—doesn’t do much to foster creativity or collaboration. Many experts have proposed redesigning classroom furniture, but a Swedish school system wants to take things a step further. Vittra, which operates 30 schools in Sweden, is seeking to ensure learning takes place everywhere on campus by eliminating classrooms altogether.

Eating Styles

Periodically as an educator, I’ve spent a little bit of time chaperoning a lunchroom filled with teenagers. Aside from their hi-jinks and giggles, I have been very attentive to how a group of 400 people go about organizing, prioritizing, and eating their food. I know this sounds strange, but it helps me keep my focus and my sanity as I patrol. If you think everyone is alike, all you have to do is watch a large group, any large group, any age eat a meal. Everybody does it differently. Everybody has their own eating “quirks”.

In my quest to categorize and label the world of eaters I have found the following subgroups exist:

Desert Firsters– These eaters eat desert or anything sweet first. Doesn’t matter what the main course, they dig into the sugary treats. They go for the surge, and then pick at the rest of the meal. This group does not deny themselves instant and immediate pleasure. No waiting, just do it.

Ketchup Stylists -For the ketchup lover, it’s all about individual style. With French fries for example, did you know some people move their fries off to the side of the plate and then squeeze a “load” of ketchup on a blank part of the plate and proceed to dip and eat? Another group squeezes the ketchup all over the pile of fries and then eats. The third group, which I find the most fascinating (at least in a school cafeteria) opens a packet of ketchup and loads each fry individually with ketchup and eats it. They repeat the process over and over and over again until complete. It’s exhausting to watch:a painstaking process-all for the perfect bite of ketchup with French fry.

Liquidizers-Some people sip liquids slowly during their meal as a “wash-down”; some people drink their liquids first as a “thirst-quencher”; and some people end their meal with a “chug-down” of anything not consumed during.

“Condimentally” Preferred- Some people go with condiments right out the packet or jar; some take packet offerings and mix and match to make their own personal combinations of goodness, like ranch dressing and ketchup (Russian dressing). Some people also eat condiments unconventionally: They drink them straight out of the pack (probably more favored by the 12-13 year old population), they spread them on foods that one wouldn’t think needs extra help (like ranch dressing on pizza), or hot sauce on French fries.

Same Thing Every Day’er–Some people are creatures of food habit. They eat the same lunch every single day. Doesn’t matter. Same. Same. Same. They may not even really like it, but it’s their food habit. Nothing new will change them. One path; one lunch. Period. No discussion.

Sandwich Insiders-This group only eats a few bites of the insides of the sandwich. Take a couple bites. Put it down. On to the other half. Never crust eating. Probably only eat ¼ of sandwich. Seem to enjoy looking at “bite” patterns in sandwich more than the eating.

Drinkers-This group doesn’t like utensils. They tend to “drink” their meals, even if they aren’t liquid. They hold the container up to their mouth and slurp it.

Never Enough “Chocolaters”-If eating coco puffs, this group uses chocolate milk as their liquid. Never enough chocolate. Never. Not kidding.

Never Enough “Dressing’ers”-One packet, two packets, nope-they go for the fat overload. It’s more about the dressing than the salad or sandwich.

No, No to Napkins-Aren’t necessarily neater than anyone else. Just don’t ever choose to use napkins. Don’t resort to finger-licking. Either leave with “foody” fingers or wipe on clothes.

Players-It’s more about a playing experience than an eating experience. Some have rituals with moving food around or playing with it instead or before eating it. Making sure it’s correct on the plate; or just enjoy fooling with it to keep busy.

Talk More than Eaters-Twenty minutes can go by and they haven’t taken a bite. Always talking-and not eating. At least don’t talk with mouth full. Always entertaining. Lunch is more about being social than nutrition. The food in front of them is just a part of the setting.

Eat More than Talkers-Never talk. Only dig into meal. Eat methodically and with purpose. If ask a question, grunt answer.

Traders-Take great pleasure at choosing meal to buy, then trade all parts of meal for something entirely different. For these future Donald Trumps it’s the art of the deal and not lunch.

Two Biters-Doesn’t matter what they are eating or what day it is-take two bites and are full. Never finish; throw more away than eat.

Fingers Only-Regardless of food, never use outside utensils. Always use fingers. Try chili fries with fingers. It’s a good trick.

Would Rather Throw It than Eat It-this one speaks for itself. We all know the type.

Ritualistic Eaters-These people have a distinct ritual for their mealtime. Napkin down as place mat. “Spork” place on the side. Separate food, so it doesn’t touch. Methodically attack meal, same way, every day. No variation, ever.

Food Stealers-Doesn’t matter what they have to eat, they take someone else’s food. Someone can be eating a rotten baloney sandwich and it will be stolen. Everyone else’s food always looks better. Or they’re just meanies.

By now, you’re reminiscing about your school days, and you think you don’t have any of these habits anymore. I beg to differ. You may (I said may) think you are more civilized than you were at 12. Next time you’re in a group eating situation, check out those around you. I guarantee you’ll see that body size may change, but eating styles are probably the same.

Enjoy your lunch and nurture your inner child.


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