Necessity truly is the mother of invention. While I am grateful for L.A. Parent magazine, all of the happenings are in the outerlying areas of L.A., like Torrance to Pasadena, even as far away as LaCañada Flintridge. I don’t mind traveling sometimes, but LaCañada Flintridge is way too far for a 2 hour event that I could find closer in.
That’s why I’m going to put out a weekly or bi-weekly newsletter (I haven’t decided yet) for those who want something a little closer than Torrance, Pasadena or LaCañada Flintridge. I will compile a listing of things in the surrounding areas of free or very low-cost activities to do with your children and family this summer. I wish I would have thought of it sooner. I know it’s because I have more time. Last year at this time the only things I wanted to do was sleep and absolutely nothing. That is not the case now. I’m so less stressed now. I am very, very near to completing my Master’s/Credential program, so my mind is clearer. I’m adjusting to life with much more time on my hand. Something I haven’t had a lot of these past couple years. Now that I have the time, I plan on using it wisely.
Here’s to the summer and having fun with your family! Bye for now!!!
I wouI would like to offer my apologies to several people who e-mailed me and requested a copy of my OCR lesson plan template for Special Education students. There were many things that happened. First, I took a two month leave, the laptop with the lesson plans were on the laptop, I was swamped with school and my family, etc. Everything that could go wrong, did go wrong. However, I would like to correct that. I offer my apologies to: Elona D., Candace T., Jennifer Y., & Cindy W. I will get the lesson plan off the school laptop and e-mail it within the next day or so.
Well, it’s that time again- Book Club time! I will start tomorrow. As of now I have my own children, David & Phillise, and 5 other neighborhood children. I am planning activities for them as we speak. We are going to:
- Make & decorate the cover for the Memory book before I laminate them.
- Take pictures for their library card.
- Visit the library to get library cards for those who don’t have them.
- Check out books from my library or the public library and explain the rules of the book club regarding behavior and participation.
That’s all I got for now. Will post pics tomorrow before the weekend. Bye for now!
Keeping it to a clap! Well, what does that mean? It means that I will keep the noise down, as far as my thunder thighs are concerned. They used to make so much noise. I’m embarrassed to admit this but, before I started exercising, they used to rub together. Now, they do not. My inner thighs have toned up so much from walking 3.6–5.2 miles/day. Plus, I’ve added the Sand Dunes in Manhattan Beach to my exercise regimen. Oh, the Sand Dune!
So, dear readers, I am going to keep it to a clap! No more thunder! Only the thunderous applause when I reveal the thinner, inner me that’s been waiting to get out for years!!!
Ellen’s 11 Star Spectacular Super Deluxe Hotel, written by Larry Schwartz & illustrated by Kelly Denato, is the perfect little book to use with the Open Court Imagination Unit. I guess everyone’s feeling the crunch, ’cause this book is my most recent purchase from Barnes & Noble. It was a great buy: $3.99 for a hardcover book.
On to the review. I would say this book is for someone as young as 3-4 years old. It is the cutest little book. The young heroine, Ellen, lives in an 11-Star spectacular, super deluxe hotel. Her life is fabulous. She has a pet monster who she feeds. She’s a world famous detective who foils jewel heists. That’s a pretty tall order for an 8 year old.
Her life is so exciting. Well, not really. It’s actually a motel outside of Las Vegas, Nevada. She experiences a series of adventures. Or does she? I guess you’re going to have to read it and find out what happens?
I really like this book for use with the 3rd grade OCR Imagination unit. Check it out!
The whole question is, “How many substitutes does it take to teach a special education class?” Apparently it takes 9. Yeah, you heard me 9. Apparently 9 is the magic number because that’s how many subs my students ran away during my 2 month absence. Wow!!!