#SOLSC17: “Dessert First”


What’s for dessert?

My brilliant son, at the age of 7, asked one holiday, “Why don’t we have dessert first while we know we still have room?”

As a sensible mother who really didn’t like fixing breakfast and dinner on a holiday, I readily agreed. (Cook one meal?  Absolutely!)

And thus our tradition was born.

Dessert at 10 a.m.

Dinner at 2 p.m.

Our dessert was often one or two of these.

Can you name all three?

 

What traditions do you have?  

How did they originate?  

Did they continue even after your children left the nest?

Last week while “adventuring” with a great nephew and great niece (and BTW I have to tell you that it was an absolute pleasure to be entrusted with their care for the day), we went for dessert about 5 p.m. We didn’t yet have dinner plans. It sounded like it would be “awhile” before plans would be finalized, so I just made the executive decision.  Besides that’s what a “Great Aunt” is good for: Spoiling those kids!

We didn’t find pie. But our desserts looked something like these:

Are you continuing any traditions into the next generation?

Thank you, my son, for the brilliant idea that has continued on past 20 years to another generation!

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Answers for desserts!

Pies:

  • Pumpkin, Gooseberry, Strawberry Cheesecake

Ice Cream:

  • Hot fudge sundae, Chocolate ice cream hot fudge sundae, strawberry sundae

 

 

 

#SOLSC17: Laughter and Kids


When I was young, eons and yes, decades ago, I remember a TV show called “Kids Say the Darnedest Things” that was hosted by Art Linkletter.  If you’ve never seen it, here’s a three minute clip that even includes the most perfect advice for the first action of a President!

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Kids Say the Darnedest Things 2017:  Episode One

Scene:  Dinner in a Mexican Restaurant (8 pm in Knoxville, Iowa)

Cast of Characters Present:

  • Great Aunt Sherry;
  • Great Uncle Wayne and Great Aunt Amy and daughter;
  • my son, my daughter-in-law, my grandson;
  • 10 year old great nephew and 5 year old great niece Nya
  • and me.

(Don’t you love all those greats – it just tells you that there’s a bit of age in this group!)

Back Story:  The great nephew and niece and I have been having “adventures” for about 10 hours that included:  lunch, visiting Grandma, shopping, swimming, ice cream, math homework, reading, Disney Junior channel, football video game, Nya napping, the arrival of my son’s family and then “hanging out” while other family members had “TASKS”.

Action:

We negotiate drinks, ordering from the menu, and food arrival.  In the midst of eating, five year old Nya pronounces:

“When I am old and have kids,

I’m going to come visit you!”

We snicker, shed a few tears, and laugh out loud.

A five year old.

Wise beyond her years.

And who knows who the “YOU” was as we represented Florida, Ankeny, Unionville, and Kentucky!  (Won’t that visiting be fun!)

What does this five-year old know about family?  

What will she be ready to learn in kindergarten next year?


Kids Say the Darnedest Things 2017:  Episode Two

Scene:  Tables and chairs in breakfast area of hotel (approx. 10 a.m.) on Sunday

Cast of Characters Present: 

  • Mothers, Fathers,
  • Brothers, Sisters,
  • Cousins,
  • Nieces, Nephews,
  • Great Nieces, Nephews,
  • Great Aunts, Great Uncles
  • and me, also a Grandmother!

Back Story:

Breakfast is over. Great Grandma Mary and Grandma Pat have been here and have left for Sunday Mass. Various configurations of groups eating breakfast, visiting, eating have occurred depending upon the arrival time in the breakfast area.

Action:

I’m sitting on a chair, nearest the edge of the tables that can see down the length of the hallway.  My grandson takes a few steps down the hall way and flattens against the wall.  I lean out and say, “peek-a-boo”. Without a word he sidles about three steps farther down the hall and then looks at me AGAIN!

I lean out and say, “peek-a-boo”. Without a word he sidles about four steps farther down the hall and then looks at me AGAIN!

I lean out and say, “peek-a-boo”. Without a word he sidles about four steps farther down the hall and then slips into the small concession area!

I watch for about 10 seconds.  His head does NOT pop back out.  I quietly walk down the hall, peer around the corner, and check to see what he is doing. I say “peek-a-boo”.

He looks up, comes over to me, takes my hand and leads me down the hall.  He stops next to the chair I was sitting on.  He points to my chair with his index finger and says,

“Sit. Chair.”

He lets go of my hand and stands there waiting until I sit down.  And then my grandson takes a few steps down the hall way and flattens against the wall.  I lean out and say, “peek-a-boo”. Without a word he sidles about three steps farther down the hall and then looks at me AGAIN!

I lean out and say, “peek-a-boo”. Without a word he sidles about four steps farther down the hall and then looks at me AGAIN!

I lean out and say, “peek-a-boo”. Without a word he sidles about four steps farther down the hall and then slips into the small concession area!

I watch for about 10 seconds.  His head does NOT pop back out.  I quietly walk down the hall, peer around the corner, and check to see what he is doing. I say “peek-a-boo”.

He looks up, comes over to me, takes my hand and leads me down the hall.  He stops next to the chair I was sitting on.  He points to my chair with his index finger and says a little louder and slower,

“Sit. Chair.”

He lets go of my hand and stands there waiting until I sit down.  He continues to stand there.

I can see the exasperation in his face.  He’s thinking,

“How many times are we going to play this silly game?”

“Why doesn’t she just stay there?”

Then he turns and gallops into the area with the couch, comfy chair, the Disney Junior channel on the TV.  On to the next game. Grandma’s no fun.  She doesn’t listen.

Who was the winner?  

The 22 month old grandson?  

The grandmother?  

Who was the most entertained?  

Who was laughing the loudest?  

ME, ME, ME!!!


Where have you found students saying the “darnedest things”?

When you listen, REALLY listen, do you pay attention to nonverbal cues as well?  

How do you keep from laughing?  Should you?

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#SOLSC17: Then and Now


I have totally lost where I saw this idea last week.  My apologies for not crediting the author/slicer whose idea I have borrowed.

My Godson

THEN:

1980

October

Top Song: “Lady” by Kenny Rogers

Second Marek grandson

Middle child of three

My first godchild

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NOW:

2017

36

father of Lexi, Ashton, and Keely

husband of Ashley

brother, uncle, and cousin to many

ornery

“favorite grandson”

coach, cheerleader and fan

Until we meet again . . .

Our Angels in Heaven!

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#SOLSC17: #OLW Brave


The past week has tested my #OLW – brave.  I really can’t write much about it YET.  But I’m here to tell you that last week had some REAL Highs countered by one humongous abysmal low!

Highs

Time with my son, daughter-in-law and 22 month old grandson

Time with my nephew, niece by marriage, great nephew and great niece

Time with my niece, great nephew and great niece

Time with my mother

Time with my sister

Time with my ex-brother-in-law

Time with my sister, brother-in-law and three short nephews

Time with my brother, sister-in-law, niece and step-niece

Time with my brother, sister-in-law and niece

Time with aunts, uncles and cousins galore

Seconds, minutes, hours, days and days!

time

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Talking

Eating

Laughing

Shopping

Eating

Swimming

Laughing

Playing cards

Eating

Checking math homework

Laughing

Talking with friends

Time well spent!

One of my favorite roles

aunt

 

Warning:



Lows

Last Tuesday’s news

Calling

Telling Mom

Two new angels

My godson (nephew) and his wife

No time for a last goodbye

No time for a last hug

No time for a last joke

A double funeral

Hug your loved ones

Tell them you love them

Every minute

You never know . . .

Don’t leave any “could have”, “should have”, “would have”. . .

All in! 

Family!


Folder from Funeral Service

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#SOLSC17: 13.31



palindrome

 

                     Day 13 of 31

Forwards

Backwards

13.31

Still the same

Like a palindrome

Like my odometer last week

Quietly it slipped over

As I anxiously awaited . . .

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No picture captured

A silent recognition

Yes, I caught it

The miles are adding up!

And then it happened again. . .

Another day or two or three

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Miles and miles and miles!

What “word play” do you use? 

How do you model playing with words?


Palindromes for readers, writers, and teachers:

madam

nurses run

stressed desserts

A website dedicated to palindromes

Palindrome poems – shadow poems, poetry soup, and tips for palindrome poem writing

Slicer Dogtrax (Kevin) palindrome / mirror poems

My Post –Playing with words

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#SOLSC17: Blended Learning


You can read more #DigiLitSunday posts at Margaret Simon’s blog, Reflections on the Teche.

 

What is blended learning?

One definition is that:

“Blended learning is an education program that combines online digital media with traditional classroom methods. It requires the physical presence of both teacher and student, with some element of student control over time, place, path, or pace.” Source

I appreciate Beth Holland’s view in the quote that began this piece. . . “not only the opportunity to gain . . . but also an element of authority over this process.” The students are an integral portion of this work.  Blended learning, implemented well, has the potential to provide some of the best differentiated instruction.  Blended learning done poorly has the potential to provide mind-numbing, electronic worksheet type practice in a “one size fits all environment”.  The key is some element of student control over time, place, path, or pace.”

Here’s an example:

“Tracy is a language arts teacher who has posted all of her lesson plans, assignments, and quizzes online so that students can access them at home, as well as at school. Tracy’s school recently implemented a one-to-one program in which each student has access to a personal computing device. To leverage the technology, Tracy has all of her students follow along on their devices during a guided reading exercise, during which the teacher and students examine a piece of text together. After a class discussion on the text, Tracy has the students switch over to Google Docs where they each write their own agreement or disagreement with the central argument of the text. During this time, Tracy roams the classroom making sure students are on task and answering any questions that arise.

Is Tracy using blended learning in her classroom? No. Let’s understand why:

  • By posting all class material online, Tracy is using the Internet to merely host information, not to manage the delivery of content or instruction.
  • The fact that Tracy’s school is a one-to-one program is irrelevant to whether blended learning is taking place. One-to-one is not synonymous with blended learning, as it doesn’t imply a shift in instructional delivery or an element of student control. Although equipping all students with devices can be a crucial component of creating a blended-learning program, if not implemented correctly, the devices themselves can easily be used to support traditional instruction (as in Tracy’s case).
  • Tracy’s students are all using the personal computing devices s to read and write, but they are moving through the content as a single batch doing the same thing at the same time with no element of control over the time, place, path, or pace of learning.
  • Tracy’s use of Google Docs for the student writing exercise is no different than if her students were writing with pencil and paper.

Tracy is participating in a “technology-rich” classroom, not a blended one. Technology-rich instruction shares the features of traditional teacher-led instruction with technological enhancements. This includes electronic whiteboards, digital textbooks, online lesson plans, Google Docs, virtual reality, and so forth. These tools may enhance learning experiences, but do not fundamentally shift instruction in a way that gives students some element of control.” Source

Are you providing blended learning environments?

Are you providing technology-rich environments?  

How could students have more control over time, place, path or pace?

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#SOLSC17: Paying Attention


Which narrative matters?

Is it the one I see?

Did you see Melanie Meehan’s March 9th #SOL post? It has a video from the parents of Sandy Hook. Please go watch it here and then come back.


Life consists of layers.

There’s what is happening on the surface.

You might only see what happens as a reaction to surface actions.

Your neck may hurt because you are constantly swiveling to take in as much information as possible.

Yet, do we OVER focus on what is probably not what it seems?

Not what it means?

Not the “REAL” action?

Not the “REAL” story?


It’s all about perspective.

What do you see?

perspective one

It depends.

What do you see?

perspective

Perspective can be tricky.


Life is scary.

One second of inattention can be life changing.

Especially while driving down the road.

It might be you.

It might be another driver.

Life happens.

Change happens.

How do you stay “in the moment”? 

How do you pay attention to “the REAL story”?

How do you focus on living life?

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#SOLSC17: Friday Morning


15 minutes

Every Friday morning I wish I had just 15 more minutes.

15 more minutes to read or write.

15 more minutes to get organized for the day.

15 more minutes to chat with Mya.

15 more minutes to review lessons for my day.

15 more minutes to talk to the kids in the classroom.

15 more minutes to get organized before the weekend.

Oh…. just 15 more minutes.

What would you do with 15 minutes?

What would you do with that hour by the end of the month?

Or is this your wish for every day?


Reader notes:  Today’s blog post is based on Romeo Lit Coach’s post, “15 More Minutes March 6 #SOL17” here.

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#SOLSC17: Two Views of Time


     A Gift of Time

  Time Lost  

I wake up early

I should still be sleeping

I can read or write

I can go back to sleep

I think of slicer topics

I can hear each second pass by

I read

I close my eyes, reflect on my reading . . . sleep now?

I read some more

I stare at the clock, count backwards, close my eyes tighter

I begin to write

I wish I were back asleep

Ideas flow

But sometimes my best ideas are my morning ideas

My spirit says “JOYFUL” with this found time

My body says “tired” and it’s way too early to be awake.

Extra Reading and Writing Time Today!

Starting the day our tired and curmudgeonly!

When faced with polar opposites, which do you choose?

How does your choice impact you?


Reader Information:

This post was inspired by Erika Victor’s Slice “That Happy/Sad Feeling” found here.


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#SOLSC17: Storm Saga


The storm damage reports continue.

The story began yesterday here.

One local school here and here.

Relocating for the remainder of the year

F2 Category

Winds at approximately 120 miles per hour . . .

“Update: We will be using the Seymour Care Center and the Methodist Church to finish out the school year.

Care Center: 3yr old preschool -12th classes

Methodist Church: Vocal, Band, and Family Consumer Science classes (students will be bused to these classes)

There will be no school through Friday, March 10th. We will keep you posted if we have to add more days.

We would like to thank the our community, all emergency personnel, and surrounding communities and schools for all of your support and prayers. We will need volunteers when we are able to start moving classrooms to the Care Center.

Again we will keep you updated as we know more.” Source

hope

How do you measure hope?  

How do you measure pride in your community?

How do you show your strength?

How do you measure resiliency?

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