Storytelling in the Classroom

What exactly is ‘storytelling’? Well, that’s easy, telling stories, of course! Today, you can find so many diverse, fantastic, and sometimes very overwhelming ways to do some great storytelling.

What I would like to explore is the traditional, oral way of storytelling, and this has been a part of our human culture and life since we left Africa some 200,000 years ago or more…

Maybe storytelling was the key reason why languages could develop in the first place, as our human minds began to wonder, inquire, and think.

Why are we telling stories?

Whether in cities, in schools, or in caves, storytelling has always been the most important and innate form of human communication. We all tell stories.

The horrors and happenings on the news, the story of the day, the story of our lives, gossip on the workplace, it goes on and on, and our brain is hard-wired to listen, think, and express ourselves in terms of beginning, middles, and ends of stories. This is more or less how we see and understand our world.

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Great Ideas For Classroom Bulletin Board Decorations

Classroom bulletin boards are a great way to both liven up the scenery and get kids excited about learning and feeling connected to their classroom. They are also a great way to communicate with the kids and leave reminders as well as show off the students’ achievements to visitors to the classroom.

There are many different bulletin board decorations that you can consider here are just a few of them:

Bulletin Board Decorations for the Start of the School Year – Since school begins just as fall is around the corner many teachers choose a fall theme for their start of year bulletin boards. This is also a great time for teachers to post new class lists so that everyone knows who is who and asking the students to write a little about what they did over the summer and posting those essays is always a popular idea amongst teachers as well.

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Where to find the best deals on School Chairs

Why would you ever want to buy school chairs for anywhere but at school? If you are starting your own daycare facility you might and they are also an affordable choice for community centers, night schools and anywhere else lightweight, easy to move seating would be a bonus. You might even want to buy one for your kids’ bedroom to go with that desk. See also this interesting video about Egonomics in School Chairs:

Where to Buy School Chairs

Most actual schools have their own classroom furniture supplier designated by their school districts. The private buyer though has to go looking for school chairs by themselves. Probably the best place to begin that search is online as there are a number of internet-only stores that offer some real bargains, especially if you are buying in bulk. Well, our children will be going back to school soon, so let’s take a closer look at some of the best deals:

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Great Webshops for Discount School Supplies

Having to purchase new school supplies every year is often not a very cheap undertaking. It often seems that a kid’s required school supply list seems to grow every year and yet many parents still find themselves having to replenish their kids’ stock of pens, pencils, crayons and other school supplies halfway through the school year.

Like it has for so many other products the growth in popularity of internet shopping has meant that a number of very good sites that sell discount school supplies have sprung up over the last several years, something that is good news for both parents and teachers.

Many of these sites offer especially great deals if you buy discount school supplies in bulk. Why not take advantage of those savings by getting together with other parents at back to school time so that you can all save money?

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Work from Home with Kids? Let Them Help!

If you have little ones at home who love to be close to you – even when you’re working on a dozen things at once! – you can make it all work out. Why not let the kids help you with your work at home business? There are many things little hands can do to help keep them occupied and get some extra work done, all at the same time!

Let them clean. Keeping your desk and the surrounding area nice and neat can be the job of the children. Give them rags, non-toxic cleaners and the tools they need to clean the workspace. You can even pay the littlest ones a quarter for their labor. It will make them feel as though they have done something to contribute to the work that mommy does.

Open up the Filing Cabinet. For those kids who are just learning to read, letting them file things away in your cabinet is a great way to clean up your desk and give your child some added educational instruction at the same time. Ask your child to alphabetize everything, then file it away in the clearly marked sections of the filing cabinet. Be patient the first few times – it won’t take long before your little one is filing like a professional.

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How to choose a great school for your child

In a recent Washington Post article by Jay Mathews, I read about his nine ways to choose a great school for your child. The advice ranges from attending a PTA meeting to not worry if you hear that a middle school has problems.

I particularly like the suggestions Mr. Mathews has for parents to engage with other parents in the school community, whether it’s the PTA meeting or looking up blogs and websites for parents in the community.

There are many things about independent schools that he would highlight for prospective parents, but here are nine that Mr. Mathews think of as most important:

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Fun and Free Family Activities: Visit the Museum!

What better way to spend time with your family than appreciating fine art? Most museums are free, but you would really need to check with your local area museum to be sure. Some museums may have summertime family-oriented activities planned as well. Yet still, there may be discounted “family” days for specialized educational museums like in Georgia at the Music Hall of Fame. Just check it out.

While some may not be free, you can find out which days of the month, week, or year, have been designated as “family” days that offer discounts. Many museums have websites that list most of their information including pricing and hours of operation.

It’s never too late, or too soon, to begin the learning process. So keep this in mind when heading off to your local museum. While your children may think this activity will be boring, there are always “battle plans” to make it fun for everyone. You could always visit the museum’s website to see what is on display as many museums have time-limited exhibits to research first what may be of interest to your child(ren) beforehand. Then make up some list printouts to take along with you that have checklists to be sure that you view everything on the printouts.

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Being overwhelmed with school, work and kids

Lately, I’ve been looking for work and have been unsuccessful.  I know I need more education and certainly more experience.

I want to get into medical transcription if possible, but for the time being, while I work my way through school, my oldest daughter must first try to get her GED diploma, and I’ll be raising kids and surviving deployment by getting creative ideas. She is taking online GED Social Studies prep classes provided for free by and I must admit, it seems to be working fine for her.

This time last year I had it all going on.  I was going to school (taking three classes), working part-time, chauffeuring three kids all over town, doing Crossfit, and then selling Pampered Chef too.

My goal all along with Pampered Chef was to replace my income from medical transcription so I could be more flexible as my husband was going to be deploying this fall and I was going to be going to school still.

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Doctors Appointments, House Selling… Man is Life CRAZY!

The last I left off, we were back to showing our house, I was talking about my ongoing, widespread pain, and I was well, just a SAHM doing the same old things day in and day out! We are about one day away from being in contract again. Thank god. We had to agree on an even lower price, one that truly is our bottom line.

The inspections were done and the buyer is pushing for contracts. If any credits or price adjustments start coming up, we’re just not going to end up selling our house. We can’t go through another contract falling through and frankly, we don’t want to keep paying the attorney. We are doing one last repeat showing as a backup on Thursday (from 7-8 frickin’ PM–really people?) and we are just taking it day by day again, hoping things work out.

Mike and I are talking about where we’ll live after we sell and I don’t think we’ve ever been so confused. One month we are certain we will be at one place, then the next month we are convinced on another. I know wherever we end up, it will work out. It’s just difficult when more than one situation will work for us. It’s not just black and white, otherwise, it would be an easy decision. Moving on.

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Confessions of a permissive mother

All parents know that children need boundaries. How to set those boundaries and if we really do it is another story. It took me a long time to realize the truth: that I let Luísa too much free and that my I’m not guiding her as much as I should.

It’s not that I purposely want to be that hands-off. But sometimes when I listen to the Lewis Family music, like all parents, I try my best and like to believe I’m doing well. But maybe, also like many parents, I’m not doing that well.

While always focused on freedom, always trying to let my girl learn by herself, by the example, I have been letting her too much free, to the extent that I don’t have a strong voice in our house, and I often feel abused by her, resented by the way she treats me.

Here is a good example of what goes on, this happened last week and I want to change this scenario:

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