Thursday, April 12, 2012

International Bullying Day

“Remember to be gentle with yourself and others. We are all children of chance and none can say why some fields will blossom while others lay brown beneath the August sun. Care for those around you. Look past your differences. Their dreams are no less than yours, their choices no more easily made. And give, give in any way you can, of whatever you posses. To give is to love. To withhold is to wither. Care less for your harvest than for how it is shared and your life will have meaning and your heart will have peace.” Kent Nerburn

If someone asked me what would be the one gift I would bestow on the thousands of children who have passed through the door of our schools. I would say, "The gift of humanity!"

Teach your children to care for others. To accept that no two human beings are the same and that we are not defined by the color of our skin, the length of our hair, the clothes we wear or the riches that we possess.

Everyone of us is a gift. Born to leave a ripple in the waters of life. Will our deeds resonate thought the centuries like those of the greatest minds or the most gifted artist Maybe. But most likely  our contributions will be small yet still profoundly felt by the people who share our lives.

So instill in your children the ability to accept others, to value all human beings weather they are cool or nerdy, short, tall , overweight, rich, poor, black, white, yellow or even green!

The seed or disdain begins early in life. Find a way to sow the seed of acceptance.

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

The Shadow Screen

The shadow screen is a wonderful addition to a classroom. The children have opportunity to build and see objects grow and shrink. The possibilities are endless and when you add translucent objects, colors explode.