2nd grade has Polar Express Day

Right before Christmas break, Ms. Ashley’s second grade class celebrated Polar Express Day.  Their whole day revolved around the book  Polar Express by Chris Van Allsburg.  In the morning they read and discussed the events in the book.  In the afternoon the second graders boarded the “Polar Express” getting their tickets punched and receiving their special necklace with a bell and their name. The students watched the movie and were paying attention to how the movie and book were similar and how they were different.   Looks to me like they had a wonderful day!!

National School Choice Week

We believe all of America’s children deserve the best education in the world. That’s why we are adding our support to the first-ever, nationwide call for effective education options for every child – National School Choice Week taking place from January 23 – 29, 2011.

During the week, thousands of school choice advocates, teachers, students, organizations and leaders will gather all across the country to build public support for school choice so that more children in our nation can benefit from the promise of educational equality.

Please help us shine a spotlight on effective education options for every child by adding your voice to National School Choice week.  Visit http://schoolchoiceweek.com.  Become a member.  Show your support!

Social Media and Kids

Do your young kids see you on Facebook and want to join too?  Mine do but Facebook isn’t a place for young children.  In fact, the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) prevents websites from collecting personal information about children who are under the age of 13 without their parents’ permission.  Lots of kids get around this by simply adjusting their birth date when they register.

Clearly kids want to use social media.

TLC! fifth through eighth grade language arts teacher, Ms. Christy, pointed me in the direction of five safe social networks for children and I think they are worth checking out.  It’s nice to know that now I can point my children in the direction of age appropriate social media networks.  (Remember, you can always click on highlighted text to take you directly there.  For example, you can click on COOPA above or any of the numbered sites below.)

1)  Togetherville

2)  What’s What

3)  ScuttlePad

4)  GiantHello

5)  Skid-e Kids

To read an article dedicated to these sites visit 5 Fun and Safe Social Networks for Kids and, of course, check out the sites yourself!

Thanks Ms. Christy!

Fun things to do online over break!

Getting kids to eat healthy just got easier with ZisBoomBah a fun kids meal planning website.

At ZisBoomBah.com, kids can create their own healthy menu by dragging and dropping foods from each of the recommended food groups onto their virtual plate and then send it with healthy recipes to their parents.

In the Pick Chow section, kids create their own virtual meal, get scored on its healthiness and then can email it to their parents  . . .  but how about you email it to Ms. Debby?!!  Maybe we could even run a contest and serve the winning menu for lunch one day!  Leave a comment here letting us know you’ve sent your recipe to Ms. Debby so that we can all start looking for it at lunch at TLC!

Contest Winner!

The winner of the two TLC shirts is comment #7 which belongs to Karen Ellis that said:

Thanks to all of you hard working teachers and staff that make a difference in each childs life. You have helped my son in reading and he is beginning to enjoy it now.
So thanks again. Great website by the way.

Congratulations Karen!  Stop by the front office after Christmas break to claim your prize.

A big thank you to all that stopped by, looked around and let your voice be heard.  Hope to see you again soon!