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…….

Q as in Quapple

Out of habit, I’m almost always likely to say, “A as in Apple”.

B is pretty much always “Banana”.

C is “Carrot”.

Naturally, all of my ears perk up when I hear what other languages do.

Take a look at Nicole Designs’ fruit and vegetable alphabet.

Gorgeous isn’t it? (Oh, you should see the rest of the site!!)

And no, I wasn’t really thinking, because I immediately galloped off to find out in which language people say, “Q as in…Quapple??”

Oh silly me.

Nicole Designs dot nl alphabet

Nicole Designs dot NL Alphabet Q

[Nicole Designs]

Crunch! Squirt! Squish! (A noisy food game)

From the pages of Mudluscious (page 86, to be exact) comes this noisy food game.

It looks like a great fun activity, yes?

However I haven’t tried it yet, and I am therefore still anticipating how things might go.

I am also picturing all the bottles of pop I know and can’t figure out how I would “bite” into one to get a squirt.

Suggestions?

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Children love to make noises with food. In this game, they will have to think what makes noise. There aren’t “right” or “wrong” answers — just lots of possibilities.

Children are seated in a circle. The leader takes a bite of an imaginary food and says, “Crunch,” then passes the “food” to the child on her right. This child repeats the action and the sound. The last child in the circle names a crunch food. Potato chips? Celery? A frozen icicle? (You may need to prompt shy children at first.)

Next, the leader bites into a “squirt” and passes it on. Is it a grapefruit? A dill pickle? A bottle of pop?

Finally, try a “squish.” What sounds “squish”? A ripe banana? Mashed potatoes? Mud pie?

Make up your own sounds and let the children try their own!

EFL Clipart Cook

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]

All the reasons I love you

Make a jar like this while the children are out or asleep.

Cough noisily but politely until everyone has noticed the jar.

While everyone is buy working on completing strips for your jar, make similar jars for the other members of your family!

BHG Mothers Day Jar

[Better Homes and Garden]

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