Funny Things Kids Say & Write in School

The school year has come to an end. As we wrap things up before heading off for summer vacation, we still giggle as we remember some of the funny things our little ones have written and said. Enjoy!

 

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Peanuts Movie: Snoopy

 

Teacher: Does no mean no at your house?

Student: No, because I’m so cute.

 

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I like the shower because I can take a steam shower.

 

Student 1: Do you believe in Jesus Christ?

Student 2: I do.

Student 3: We don’t because we’re Jewish, even though I think we’re gonna get a tree.

 

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When I grow older I will drink wine.

 

Teacher: I thought you said you weren’t feeling well? You sure were running all over the yard!

Student: I only get a headache when I’m inside.

 

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Basket of phones used for writing. It helps isolate the sounds when they are “brave spelling”.

Teacher: Don’t ask me how to spell a word. Use your resources, call your brain.

Student: What if no one’s home?

 

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Farty Pig – Watch out!

 

And for those who teach kindergarten or first grade, guess what this says…

BRAVE SPELLING at its best.

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Congratulations!

 

 

2016 Purple Dragonfly Book Award:Monster Slayer!

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Monster Slayer/ Exterminadora de monstruos has been awarded a Purple DragonFly Book Award in two categories: Family Matters & Cultural Diversity – Honorable Mention.

The Purple Dragonfly Book Awards are geared toward stories that appeal to children of all ages. We are looking for stories that inspire, inform, teach or entertain. A Purple Dragonfly Book Awards seal on your book’s cover tells parents, grandparents, educators and caregivers they are giving children the very best in reading excellence.

Monster Slayer is a story based on my childhood. Growing up, I was not very kind to my little sister. As life presented me with challenges, my little sister was always there to save the day and I don’t know what I would do without her. I think it’s fitting that this bilingual picture book (English & Spanish) is being recognized as a book that helps teach siblings the importance of family and celebrates the richness of cultural diversity.

Here are some of my favorite Monster Slayer illustrations so beautifully done by the very talented Lina Safar.

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Congratulations to all the 2016 Purple Dragonfly Book Award Winners!

Dragonflies are reminders that we are light and can reflect the light in powerful ways if we choose to do so.

 

 

Shine A Light On Modern Day Slavery: 5th Grade Project

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Shine A Light On Modern Day Slavery Installation

Social Justice was an integral part of my formal education at the University of San Francisco and Loyola Marymount University. From my vantage point, the role of an educator is to not simply teach reading, writing and math, but to provide students the opportunities to think critically, think outside the box and to be agents of change. Today, I witnessed how powerful teaching can be when educators go beyond the basics and truly delve into subjects that some might think are too difficult for students to grasp. Our little ones were given a tour by the 5th graders showcasing their research/art project: Shine A Light On Modern Day Slavery. They were knowledgeable and passionate as they shared what they had learned about modern day slavery. I took some pictures and I hope they convey how amazing and important the 5th graders’ work is.

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How Design Thinking, Making & Systems Thinking Give 5th graders Agency Over a Social Injustice.

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Help Slaves Be Free

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Fair Trade Certified

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Freedom

 

The 5th graders also handed out a pamphlet providing ways we can help stop modern day slavery.

  • Be a conscientious consumer! Find out where and how products that you buy are made.
  • Reach out to your elected representatives to let them know that fighting slavery is important to you.
  • Join or support organizations that are committed t ending modern-day slavery.
  • Donate funds or needed items to an anti-trafficking organization to in your area.
  • Stay informed, ask questions and be aware!

 

It surprises people that there’s actually a very large number of slaves in the world today—our best estimate is 27 million. And that is defining a slave in a very narrow way; we’re not talking about sweatshop workers or people who are just poor, we’re talking about people who are controlled by violence, who cannot walk away, who are being held against their will, who are being paid nothing. 

– Kevin Bales

 

I alone cannot change the world, but I can cast a stone across the waters to create many ripples. 

-Mother Teresa