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Posted by on in Early Childhood

Do you remember the first time you had a sleep-over? Along with that first loose tooth, this is one great big rite of passage.

Lately I find myself spending more time listening to the ever-present Eugene rain, Soundscapes and relaxation music. If I look at social media I get fixated on mindless, fun stuff or very inspirational real life stories and musings.

Except for the littles, not much makes sense to me right now. I kind of feel like that scene in the movie "2012" where the North and South Poles switch places. Maybe I am sort of like the Woody Harrelson character, sure those secret ships will take us up and away. 

Now a fan of therapy dogs Max and companion Ruby, Esther the Wonder Pig, cat videos, although I am allergic to cats. A lot of wonder and wonderful, kind-hearted people in this world. That's what I'm focusing on.

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transgender bathroom1 1024x751Today I am writing about transgender teen Gavin Grimm and the simplest civil rights issue of all, which bathroom to use.

I never thought I'd be writing about bathrooms. It was not exactly my favorite part of being a Principal. But it still mattered. A lot can happen in a couple minutes in an unsupervised bathroom. Bullying is usually out of sight and I doubt there are cameras.

I admit I have gone in men's rooms on more than one occasion, when the women's lines were their usual snake down the corridor. But I have never had to worry on a routinized basis which door to enter.

When I have Morgan, our Kinder with me, she knows to walk into the door with the picture of the skirt, not the pants door. But what if she decides later that she is really wanting to be with the pants door?

After raising four kids, I understand how a parent feels, being 'mama and papa bear' to protect our unique children. Really we are all the same, and we owe respect to any and all variations in society at large, at home, and in this situation, at school.

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Posted by on in Early Childhood

 preschool

"Let's start at the very beginning. It's a very good place to start. When we read we begin with A B C...."

Who knew I'd love teaching littles? Not me, that's for sure. 

Preschool KWLW: Here's my learning update, month seven of my what was I thinking in year forty six? Who else in their right mind would start over, at the very beginning. Like how to hold a pencil, how to handle a book with love and repair ripped pages. I think I'm doing pretty well with the goals of the literacy grant, but I'm not working in sequential order like I usually do. I feel so out of sync, then all of a sudden, voila! the pieces come together.

Show and Tell and Circle Time offer time to structure, hold a class meeting for a couple minutes, sing, stretch and say our affirmations. Growth Mindset oozing from every pore of all of us. I lead Circle two days a week. I set and Close and bring puppets, props, a costume, tell stories, you know where I'm going here. Family learning.

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pennies

Rain clouds and rainbows, every cloud offering "pennies from heaven". Lately we've been finding a lot of pennies. It definitely took some looking, as political storm clouds, snows, floods and other things dominated our conversations.

I feel like I'm just catching my breath, so much has been happening so fast.

Hope. Belief.

My late husband always told us he would leave pennies around to let us know he was our angel, and that's been happening a lot. I found one in my shoe the other day and my kids report similar experiences. What's weirder is I've been finding random pennies at school, too, some real and some fake from the cash register. So I'm taking this as a sign, despite some really rough things in the past weeks, the future is bright. 

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Posted by on in Literacy

Happy Birthday Dr. Seuss

Birthdays are always special. When it's time to party for Dr. Seuss, it's a big hurray for the day!

Mark your calendar-March 2, '17. Happy birthday, Dr. Seuss! And get set for the party of parties, Read Across America! 

Two of my grandkids have Valentine birthdays. One, a teenager amazes me with her accomplishments- band, AP classes, Scouts, you name it. The years just flew by and birthday parties for her are not about pin the tail anymore.

Morgan, our Eugene adorable is turning six. Our Kindergartener is debating between various character themes, but it's going to be an old fashioned, at home party this year and we're pretty excited about that. This is our year of simple is best. Trips to the dollar store already, need a head start on a big girl party, complete with party dress and maybe a little lip gloss. Bet she invites Carter, planning to marry him.

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