Friday, August 30, 2013

Knuffle Bunny Tales

This morning we enjoyed reading Knuffle Bunny and Knuffle Bunny Too. We are looking forward to checking out Knuffle Bunny Free from the library to see what happens next! The boys are coming up with their own ideas about what happens next in the Knuffle Bunny series. 

Here is what we think happens next...

Will - The girl has kids.
Stephen - The girl gives the Knuffle Bunny to her kids and then she will lose it again. I think also if she keeps it she will sleep with it at night because she is afraid of the pillow monsters.
Aadil - I think she'll give it away because she is going to be a grown up.
Craig - She'll get married and have two kids.
Reid - She will give Knuffle Bunny to somebody else.
Witt - She will keep the Knuffle Bunny with her and she won't give it to her kids.
Renat - I think when she is a grown up she will have her own closet and put Knuffle Bunny away.
Reese - I think she will lose it and then she will cry even though she is a mom.
Dudley - I think when she has Knuffle Bunny she will put it in her closet and when she goes night night she will sleep with it.
Frank - I think when she has a baby she will give it to her baby.
Noah - When she is a grown up she will give it away and she will put it in a washing machine and she will break the stuffing.
Madoc - I think that when she grows up she will give it away to one of her friends that has a baby.
Jackson - She will probably give Knuffle Bunny to one of her friends and then her friend will give it to one of her friends.
Chris - I think she is going to get married ad have 5 kids.

We can't wait to get our hands on  copy of Knuffle Bunny Free to see if we are correct! 

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

We Have a Dream

Today is the 50th anniversary of Dr. King's I Have a Dream speech. We were lucky enough to watch his speech this morning as a school. We have been able to talk about it, think about it, and now we are going to write about it. We are thankful for his words and and his work.
This is how we would like to live out his dream. 

Kevin - be kind
Frank - be good
Craig - selling things other people need
Michael - be nice to people who don't get anything and share
Madoc - give people stuff they don't have
Jackson - share with my sister
Noah - If you get a toy that someone else wants you can share it with them or give it to them
Chris - help people if they lose something
Aadil - I could be nice to my brothers
Renat - give money to other people if they don't have enough money
Reese - help people who are sick
Dudley - if someone doesn't have fruit you can give them fruit
Carter - share toys and play with everyone
Stephen - treat people fairly
Whit - respect people
Witt - you can help people win a stuffed animal in a crane game
Sohum - sharing
Will - love and help

There is neither Jew nor Greek, slave nor free, male nor female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus.
Galatians 3:28

Friday, August 16, 2013

Hello to a new school year and a new class of boys!

We have had a great start to the school year and have come up with some of our favorite things so far. Here they are! 

Kevin - snack time
Frank - playing on the playground
Madoc - computers
Chris - art time
Noah - listening to the books
Jackson - playing outside
Michael - going to the cafeteria
Reese - going to the cafeteria
Renat - computer time
Carter - recess
Aadil - going to the cafeteria
Will - cafeteria
Witt - cafeteria
Stephen - cafeteria
Whit - cafeteria
Reid - cafeteria
Sohum - computer time
Dudley - center time

We have been to the cafeteria only once and it clearly made a big impression! The boys had a great time picking out their lunches and eating with friends. 

Friday, August 9, 2013

Martin Institute/Harvard Project Zero Scholarships

My school, Presbyterian Day School, was thrilled to recently be chosen as a satellite location for Harvard's Project Zero. I was lucky enough to attend in Cambridge a few years back at it is amazing. I encourage all educators to mark their calendars and head to Memphis in February. There are some scholarships available through the Martin Institute. I am cutting and pasting all the info here. The links on the cut and pasted info won't be live so you can check them out here

If you attend, come by my class and say hello! Hope to see you all here! 

I don't know why all my writing has white on it but I am running too late to fix it today. :-)
Class starts next week so we will be posting as a group again soon. 


The Martin Institute for Teaching Excellence is pleased to offer a scholarship fund of $100,000 to support participation of teachers and school leaders from the Memphis region in the Project Zero Perspectives Conference on February 13 - 15, 2014 on the campus ofPresbyterian Day School in Memphis.

Conference Details

Project Zero Perspectives Conference
How & Where Does Learning Thrive?
Conference Website ]
February 13 - 15
8am to 4pm (lunch provided) on 13th and 14th
8am to noon (no lunch) on 15th
Presbyterian Day School (map)
4025 Poplar Avenue
Memphis, TN 38111
ample parking available
Conference fee: $675.00

Our Objective

The purpose of this fund is to help schools maximize the number of teachers and schools leaders participating in this exceptional and transformational professional learning. We hope that through this fund your school will be able to send more teachers and school leaders than they would have without the financial support. Decisions regarding the support awarded will be made based on the goals and implementation plans regarding information learned at the conference; the school’s overall professional development budget; and evidence of support from administrators and school leaders.

Application Criteria

  • School teams of 3 people minimum.
  • Teams must be from schools within a 125 mile radius of Memphis, TN.
  • Priority consideration will be given to applying teams that have a school leader or administrator on their team.
  • Priority consideration will be given to teams that submit a well-defined sharing and implementation plan included as part of their application.
  • Application must be made online.
  • There are no full scholarships; awards will range from 50% to 80%.
  • Awards will be made within three weeks of application.