Principals: They *are* your pals!

Principal Number One: The Arts Have It

  • A Roxbury, Massachusetts school principal fired the security guards and replaced them with art teachers. The result? The school boasts “one of the fastest student improvement rates statewide”. On a large scale such as this school, these results are amazing. On a smaller scale, such as a single classroom or at home, you achieve something similar when you make crafts, sing songs, and talk with puppets.

Principal Number Two: Sunny Days

  • Principal Bob Samson of Bellingham Christian School in Bellingham, Washington, canceled school on May 3 because the weather was good. Not “bad weather”, as in snowy, rainy, or typhoony. Good weather, as in sunny, warm, and perfect for playing outdoors. Brilliant idea, yes? Who else is making a beeline for the principal’s office right now? (Be careful: no running in the halls!)

Bellingham Christian No School

Got a bright idea for your principal? Oh I know you do! Share?

EFL Clipart understand

What, you *are* the principal? Saaaay, I’ve got and idea or two for you…….

A Galapagos tortoise walks into a room and says….

…says not a whole lot for at least 4 minutes.

This is a fascinating video! Here, read more about G. Tortoise and the Camera Guy, and start discussing.

And I mention all of this in case you’re planning to read The Tortoise and the Hare any time soon: you’re going to have to allow pleeeeeeeeeeennty of time  for that okay-let’s-race dialog, right?

I’ll go get snackage and a stack of jokes to help pass the time.

[Arlo Midgett via The Kid Should See This]

That toddler cupcake matching game

Yes, there is that whole discussion about how you shouldn’t introduce sugar to your young child.

Best to wait until she is 36 or so and can handle it.

Okay, I made up that last part.

But some might sensibly argue that if your Little One is still working on learning her colors, exploring this through the happy use of cupcakes might not be the wisest decision.

But…cupcakes…!

Naptime Crafter Cupcake Matching Game

No-tech outdoor-game game time!

Mental fun: Name at least 30 analog games to play.

Big tip: List tag and then break that down to freeze tag. Then break *that* down to TV tag. Yay, you have 3 games right there. You only need 27 more.

Go!

Next, compare your list with this one, 30 classic games for simple outdoor play.

Put a mark next to each game you’ve played in the last 4 weeks.

Physical fun: Choose a game or three from your list, round up your neighborhood families, and take over that nice grassy area at the park.

Repeat frequently.

Go!

P.S. Hide and Seek? Or Hide and Go Seek? Which do you say?

Geek Dad 30 Classic Games for Simple Outdoor Play

[Geek Dad]

Bird Words

My grandma taught me that the whippoorwill bird says, “Whip Poor Will! Whip Poor Will!”, although I have to stretch my ears to hear it that way.

Red cardinals? I haven’t heard them in a few decades, although I think I could pick them out of the crowd. What do they say? Cardinals say, “What cheer cheer cheer! Chip, chip, birdy, birdy!”

But these birds?

Carolina Wren: Teakettle teakettle teakettle!

Barred Owl: Who cooks for you? Who cooks for you all?

Common nighthawk: Beans, beans, beans!

Clearly these birds are talking my language. Who knew?

For more of these, you have to scoot over to page 49 of Sharon Lovejoy’s Toad Cottages & Shooting Stars: A Grandma’s Bag of Tricks!

Drink your tea-ee-ee-ee!

Okay, you’re smart, who says that?

Sharon Lovejoy TC and SS

Ella Fitzgerald and Bing Crosby – Children’s Songs

Oh grin who else wants to hear Ella Fitzgerald and Bing Crosby singing a whole pile of children’s songs? That was gentle fun.

How do we get across the town
Now that the bridge is down?

If you like jazz and haven’t yet gotten your children addicted to Ella and Bing, scoot scoot scoobydoobydoobydooby scoot to start taking care of that now. Such voices!

P.S Her birthday is 25 April and his is coming up on 3 May.

[The Jazz Street]

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