Have you ever read this book?

May 23rd, 2007

Three or four years ago I was checking out library books for the preschool and I came across a book about a kindergarten teacher. And I’m kicking myself for not writing down the name of it. Here’s what I remember – the book actually looks like it is about a woman who plants a garden, but by the end you realize the “garden” is her class. (I know, it sounds cheesy and there are way too many books about making kids bloom and all that but this one I liked. It was well written.) Anyway, the illustrations were either watercolors or colored pencil and very simple. That’s all I remember of the book. If you’ve read it or know the title can you let me know what it is? It’s been driving me crazy. Thanks.

Teacher Appreciation Week

May 11th, 2007

This past week was teacher appreciation week. For those of you not in the field of education that means a week of getting little gifts (like hand lotion) with notes attached that say things like “Parents put their children into our hands…let’s take care of those hands.” Or a book of matches for “when you need to light a fire under a student”.

In all sincerity my favorite was a “dirt” ice cream cake, complete with a spoon topped with a paper flower, from the other kindergarten. They made them themselves, delivered them to each teacher’s room with a note that said “We drive you crazy when we wiggle like worms and sometimes we treat you like dirt…but deep down inside we are as sweet as ice cream and we just wanted to thank you for helping us bloom this year.” And after reading the note, the whole class would chant “2-4-6-8, who do we appreciate? Ms. Abby, Ms. Abby, yea Ms. Abby!” Then they would move on to the next teacher.

If you haven’t told a teacher you appreciate them – go do it now. Right now. Go on…

Operators Standing By

September 12th, 2006

Does anyone else think that colleges that have operators standing by to answer your call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, may not be the best place to get an education?

Something Fun to Do -Part 2

June 4th, 2006

Lexi survived her first day of high school. The child development class we went to ended up having about 8 or 9 babies show up. The girls in the class had pre-written questions that they came around and asked all the moms. They were pretty generic questions about baby development. Most of my conversations went like this:
Abby: Hi!
Shy Student: um, hi.
A: So di dyou have anything you wanted to ask me?
SS: Um, yeah. (deep breath) Howoldisyourbaby?whatisyourbaby’sdiet?howlongdotheysleep?whatisyourbabiesfavoritetoy?doesyourbabycry?

As I respond, the student frantically scribbles down answers, mumbles thanks and moves on to the next mom.

Still, it was a pretty fun morning and Lexi managed to keep a smile on her face despite missing a morning nap.

Something Fun to Do

May 24th, 2006

Okay, so I admit it, I’ll take any excuse to show off my baby. On June 2, Lexi and I are going to a child development class. One of the highschoolers in my youth group gets extra credit if she brings a mom and baby to class that day. So it’s for a good cause – supporting a student’s academic career is always a good cause, right?

From the limited information I have, we are basically going to hang out, Lexi lounging on a blanket with her toys and me answering questions – probably trying to deter a bunch of highschoolers from having sex. They also want to observe what a baby Lexi’s age does. At 8:10 in the morning here’s what Lexi does: sleep. That’s it.

I’ll let you know how it goes.

Child and Adolescent Psychopathology

September 9th, 2004

That’s the class I am taking right now. And I love it. It’s one of the most fascinating classes I’ve ever taken. We are learning all the in’s and out’s of disorders that are abriviated: ADHD, ODD, OCD, RAD, TBI, PTSD, FAS, FAE, just to name a few. Plus, we have been talking about the meds that people give kids, alternative therapies for different disorders, play therapy, art therapy (I am all about the art therapy – very cool) We’ve also been talking about disorders that children have that are mostly considered “adult” disorders, suicidal tendencies, depression, eating disorders, etc. The class is over in 2 weeks and I wish it was a few weeks longer, so we could get more in-depth into things. In the past few weeks I’ve learned a bunch of fun facts that you may or may not already know.
For example:

Did you know that the reason hyper active kids are hyper is because part of their brain is working too slow? The part of your brain that releases the calming signals does not react fast enough in kids who are hyper active.

Did you also know that caffine will calm hyper active kids? (And it sometimes will work faster than their meds)

Forcing a child to walk before they crawl (or before they are ready to walk) or forcing early potting training, can cause a child difficulty in learning to read.

Fun facts from Special Education.

The only down side to a class this good, is starting the next class – you hope it’s going to be as interesting, but it never quite lives up to your expectations.

P.S. Bonus points to anyone who can name all those disorders