One month down in 2019- how are you doing on those New Years Resolutions? Was one of your resolutions to fit in some professional development for yourself? If so, take a look at January’s archives and catch up on your resolution. All January’s posts are below, as well as, all 72 posts since I started this blog in September 2018. With this second Newsletter post I’ve achieved 2 months of MY resolution to post a monthly newsletter for Threeringsconnections.org. 2 down and 10 more to go! Have a great month!
On a recent vacation, I participated in a “Battle of the Sexes” competition and went head to head against my husband. Unfortunately, I lost the speed test of pulling tissues from a box. Ladies, it’s all in the wrists; which I learned too late. Please learn from my mistakes.
However, I did make it to the finals where the challenge was a race to sing songs without repeating a song already performed in the round. So, while the guys were thinking of current songs, I channeled my inner Kindegarten teacher and broke into kid songs! Isn’t it amazing how you can remember all the words to “Head, Shoulders, Knees, and Toes”, but you can’t remember where you put your keys? Who won? Sorry guys, but you can’t go wrong with singing kids songs!
What kid songs should I sing?
This event reminded me that when my first grandchild was born, my son told me he didn’t know any songs to sing to the baby. I reminded him of the nursey rhymes, Christmas songs, Irish songs and kid songs we sang together when he was little. Armed with a musical repertoire, he was ready in case a song or two was needed to soothe his son.
Here’s a quick A to Z list of kid songs
If you too need to have a few kids songs on hand, here’s a quick A to Z list of songs to jog your memory. You will see some “author creativity” in songs that start with G, Q, U, V, X, Y and Z since there were not many choices. (or maybe ones that I could remember!) Don’t afraid to be creative when you are stuck! Include your child’s name or something they like to do and your kids will love it!
Clap Hands, Clap Hands
Do Re Mi
Eeensy Weensy Spider
Five Little…. (monkeys, ducks)
GG and Gpa (sing to the tune of “Twinkle, Twinkle”) GG and Gpa are so much fun Playing and dancing Until the day is done Singing, laughing loving me We’re as happy as can be
If Your Happy and You Know It
Jack and Jill
Koala Bear Turn Around
London Bridge is Falling Down
Mary Had A Little Lamb
Nick, Nack, Paddy, Whack (This Old Man)
Old McDonald Had A Farm
Pop Goes the Weasel
Q is for Quiet Please (sing to the tune of “Jingle Bells”) Quiet Please, Quiet Please Kids are in the school Singing, learning, having fun And Learning the Golden Rule
Row, Row, Row Your Boat
Skip to My Lou
Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star
U is for Unicorns (sing to the tune of” Old McDonald”) Unicorns are so much fun Oh yes, they are. And in the air they fly around Oh yes, they do! they have a long horn, they have 4 legs pretty colors and a shiny mane Unicorns are so much fun Oh yes, they are!
V is for Violin (sing to the tune “Row, Row, Row Your Boat”) Play, play, play a tune, on your violin. Meg is doing a really good job. Play it once again.
Wheels on the Bus
X is for X-ray (sing to the tune of “Mary Had a Little Lamb”) X-ray starts with letter X, Letter X, Letter X. X-ray starts with letter X, X, X, X, X!
Yo Yo’s Are Fun (sing to the tune of “Row, Row, Your Boat”) Yo Yo’s are lot of fun Won’t you play with me Wrap the string Drop it down Pull it up again.
Kids songs are a fabulous learning tool
Be prepared because we all know that little kids love repetition. When you have heard “Five Little Ducks” or “Let it Go” for the hundredth time; try to remember that repetition encourages the use of words and memorization and that’s a good thing! Happy Singing!
The changes in Special Education has created a need for teachers and parents to find resources to help kids be successful. Although I have separated the websites into Teacher Resources and Parent Resources, many resources can be valuable to both groups.
Websites for Teachers
What Works Clearinghouse (http://ies.ed.gov/ncee/wwc/) Research on all areas of education to help teachers make evidence-based decisions.
The Teacher’s Guide (http://www.theteachersguide.com) Resources include lesson plans and printouts. Be sure to check out the Virtual Fieldtrips under the Interactive tab. .
Commuters coordinate their travel to the minute, to maximize efficiency. If you are traveling to NYC from Dutchess County, you certainly don’t want to make the 2-hour train rides any longer! However, if you are a 4 and 5-year-old going to your 1st NYC show, you wake up 3 hours before the train departs and are ready to go 30 minutes later.
The anticipation of a “bubble show” would be obvious but adding in their first train ride raised the enthusiasm to a fever pitch. My daughter packed their backpack for the long haul that included bagels, donuts, juice pouches, yogurt covered raisins, candy, ring pops and 2 coffees for GG and GPa. We were prepared, just in case there were no food/snack stores in NYC.
Train rides and princesses
As the train traveled south to the city, the girls marveled at things that probably go unnoticed by the daily commuter. First boat sightings were greeted with delight but soon became common place. Seeing a quarry, a train breezing past them, and a train on the western shore of the Hudson all generated a myriad of questions and conversations. The castle on Bannerman Island of course brought up the “obligatory” daily conversation about a princess. No, I don’t think one lives there but yes, I don’t know for sure!
Hopping in a taxi at Grand Central to get to the theater brought out questions of “why” we had to hop into the taxi and why couldn’t we just walk? Just get in the taxi and yes, if you want to hop you can! After the show, we called an Uber rather than hailing a taxi to be sure we did not miss the next train. I was surprised that “hailing a taxi” did not lead to a discussion on the weather, nor did the idea of “catching a train”.
No Carseats on Train Rides?
Our trip included train rides, a taxi ride and an Uber ride. Their excitement was boundless since each mode of transportation came without car seats. When you are 4 and 5 years old, this is a big deal! Their energy was “puppy-like” like a puppy without a leash. If they had tails, they would have been wagging! A formal apology goes out to my daughter since she will be dealing with the “why” car seats are the law but not on a train, taxi or Uber. I’m sure she will have curbed their “car seat free” enthusiasm by the time we see them next. An advantage of being a GG.
Tall buildings. lots of people, and taxis was a new experience for the girls. For their city-living cousins (8, 4 and 2) NYC was home and managed it without a blink. The girls followed their experienced cousins up and down escalators maneuvering through the crowds with confidence with their “city cousins” always in sight. Not to be followers the entire trip, they were the “big cousins” to their 2-year-old New Jersey cousin who loved holding their hands and being one of the girls. Looking at them I imagined them 20 years older going to NYC for a “girls’ day”. This is the stuff that makes a GG smile.
Return Trip to Poughkeepsie
The train ride home was much different. They lamented on the long ride and why Poughkeepsie was the very last stop and questioned our choice of hometowns! On each of the last 5 stops they wanted to get off with the other riders. After explaining that our car was at the Poughkeepsie station, the youngest one suggested that we just call Uber again and he could bring us to our car. Another explanation of Uber as a service. and not our driver’s name ensued.
Giggles set in around Tarrytown, possibly a result of boredom and/or the Mike and Ike candy! They also discovered their dislike for Sweet Tarts and that they indeed were not sweet. A discussion of renaming them Sour Tarts and writing the company was discussed and dismissed. Instead they chose to just eat them and make “sour faces” which brought on a serious case of the “giggles”.
Still stalling for time as the train made its way to Poughkeepsie, we talked about other types of transportation that might be faster than the train to get us up and down to the city. How surprised was GPa to learn from the girls that our next trip to NYC we were going by helicopter or a submarine and that it was GiGi’s idea. That’s not what I said! An explanation of a “bucket list” ensued and now we have helicopters and submarines in our buckets. I also convinced them to add a plane or a boat ride to their bucket lists, since they certainly were more probable.
When the train arrived at 3:50pm at the Poughkeepsie station we transferred them to their mom and dad and waved good bye. As we headed home, we let out a collective sigh of exhaustion. We had lots of fun with all the grandkids but for this GG and GPa, it was time for a nap.
Welcome to the 2nd month of threeringsconnections.orgMonthly Math Enrichment Problems post, Each month I post some Math Enrichment problems for grades 2-3. I hope you will find them useful with your students in class or your kids at home.
Don’t forget to use 1 of your 6 problem solving strategies
Draw a picture
Guess and Check
Use a table or list
Find a pattern
Working backwards (try a simpler version first)
Problem Solving – Here we go!
On a baseball team, Chris, Jerry and Matt each played one of three positions of pitcher, catcher and second baseman, though not necessarily in that order. The second baseman, playing his first season with the team, had the lowest salary. Chris, who along with Jerry had played two seasons with this team, earned more than the pitcher. Who was the pitcher?
Declan wants to swim 20 yards out into the ocean. He swims out 5 yards in 4 seconds but then in one second a wave pushes him back 2 yards. If this cycle continues, how long will it take Declan to get 20 yards out for the first time, even if only for an instant?
A group of 63 students went to the museum. Some students took the bus, the rest went by car. If 41 students took the bus and 3 students rode in each car, then how many cars were needed?
Lowyn likes to celebrate her birthday for a whole week. On the first day she eats one cookie. On the second day she eats 2 cookies. This continues on until the seventh day when she eats 7 cookies. How many cookies did Lowyn eat that week?
Doug spent $44 This is twice as much as Kelly and Marian spent together. Kelly spent $9. How much did Marian spend?
61 + 12 = __ – 7 Find the number that belongs on the line.
If 40 – 6 = Q, how much is 45 + Q
Matt is the pitcher. Neither Chris nor Jerry played second base (it wasn’t their first season). Matt played second base. Chris earned more than the pitcher so he’s not the pitcher, Matt is.
The answer is 29. Every 5 seconds he gains 3 yards. After 25 seconds he is 15 yards out. In 4 more seconds he will be 20 yards out for the first time (even if only for an instant).
The answer is 8. 63-41=22. If 3 students traveled in each car, there were 8 cars. 7 cars had 3 students for 21 total and an 8th car was needed for the 22nd student.
The answer is 28. 1+2+3+4+5+6+7=28
The answer is $13. Half of $44 is $22. Since Kelly spent $9, then Marian had to spend $13 to equal $22.
80 goes on the line. 61 + 12 = 73 and 80 – 7 = 73
Q = 79.
Don’t forget to check in NEXT MONTH for more Enrichment Problems
For kids in school, knowing historical dates helps them relate to history and builds their general knowledge. Knowing these dates can help teachers engage students in conversations and students may even be impressed by their teachers historical knowledge!
American Heart, Black History, and National Dental Health Months
February 2 Groundhog
February 5 Chinese
New Year- Year of the Boar
February 11 Thomas
Edison born (1847)
February 12 Abraham
Lincoln born 1809 (16th president)
Mary Poppins was the first movie that I saw in a movie theater. To a 5-year-old, Mary Poppins was the happy, singing, magical figure dancing on a giant theater screen. Along with movie popcorn, I vividly remember holding my dad’s hand walking home from the movie that afternoon. What a memory!
Who is Mary Poppins and why is she returning?
So, when I saw that Mary Poppins Returns was being filmed, I wondered how I was going to adjust to a new Mary Poppins. After all, could anyone be as “Practically Perfect” as Julie Andrews? In my eyes, probably not, but for my 4 and 5-year-old granddaughters they were excited to go to another Saturday matinee. For me, it could be a life changer.
As we talked about going to see the new movie, I shared with them my love for the original and how much their mommy loved the movie when she was little. I was thrilled when they asked to see the “old” Mary Poppins movie. Now, what die-hard Mary Poppins fan would not have their own copy of the movie on CD? So, that afternoon, my husband and I sat down with the girls to introduce them to “Mary and Bert”.
So much fun through a child’s eyes
The 2+ hours had many surprises for us all. The fact that both my husband and I could sing some of the songs “practically” perfect was a surprise to us and shocked the girls. Their eyes darted between the screen and us, watching and laughing that we sang along and even added some dialogue. My husband’s demonstration of jumping into an imaginary chalk sidewalk picture brought on a case of the giggles for us all! Little kids see such fun in little things!
Mary Poppins magical presence and adventures through the streets of London, horse races on carousel horses and tea parties on the ceiling added to the countless “how did she do that?” questions throughout the movie. It was interesting to see the girls question the unrealistic things in the movie but not question when fish talk underwater in their favorite cartoons. Perhaps they know cartoons are fake but people who look real in movies, even though they are doing magical things, makes them question reality? Not sure, but I loved seeing their amazement.
Did they really understand Mary Poppins?
Did they get the Mary Poppins message to reach for their dreams or to look past what they see on the outside to see the good in all of us? I would say no. Did they enjoy 2+ hours of fun with their grandparents? Absolutely! That afternoon we did not experience the magic at 17 Cherry Hill Lane but there was magic in our house when our granddaughters met Mary Poppins.
Could Mary Poppins Returns be as good as the original movie?
Did we go to see Mary Poppins Returns? This past Saturday afternoon, my daughter and I took the 2 girls to see Mary Poppins Returns. It took a few minutes for the girls to realize that there were different people playing the roles and lots of whispering to explain the differences between the movies. But, we all loved the new movie (yes, even me!). It was fun, made us smile and an experience I will never forget.
However, the best outcome was hearing the girls singing in the back of the car, Let’s Go Fly A Kite from Mary Poppins (1964) on our ride home. Sorry Emily Blunt and Lin-Manuel Miranda, you both were great, but sometimes the original movie is simply more than “Practically Perfect”!
Time to create a Toddler DIY Activities Kit because …. there is a baby on the way!
When our new granddaughter arrives next month she will be our 8th grand child with the oldest grandchild being only 8 years old. Yes, we have a busy house when they all visit! Upon her arrival, she will be welcomed by her very excited 2 year old sister. Although my daughter- in -law has done a great job preparing Little Miss L for her new sister; I’m sure there will be times when an extra set of hands will be helpful. So how can I lend a helping hand when I live 2 hours away?
Toddler Activities for Less Than $10.00
So this month I decided to create a GG Fun Kit to provide fun, quiet activities that Miss L can play with independently. Hopefully, the activities will keep Miss L busy and give my daughter- in- law a few minutes to take care of the new baby or enjoy a well-deserved cup of tea. As in my previous learning kits, my goal is to make them reasonably priced, easy to duplicate, and filled with fun activities to keep kids engaged. Usually, my kits are created to be done with your child. However, the focus this month is to find materials and activities that Miss L can do alone. So with $10 in hand, I’m off to the Dollar Store.
Busy Toddler Activity Kit
Sort pompoms in ice cube trays by color Pick up pompoms with tongs and put in ice cube tray. Put pompoms into containers, baggies
Crayons and color-ing sheets
Individual coloring sheets ((5) are folded in kit. Let child color one coloring sheet at a time
Hour glass timer
Watch how the sand can do back and forth. Can be used to remind children to complete a task.
Write with small pencil on small post its
Twist to make jewelry Twist to connect
A pack of picture cards (any)
Sort pictures by color, picture, back or front of the
cardLine up the cards in a straight line.Toss the cards in the lid of the container
Different types of paper: post its, different colors, sizes
Encourage them to draw pictures for different peopleHang artworks throughout the house
Use to pick up small to medium items in kit
Ice cube trays
Use tray to sort items by color, number and to make patterns
Baggies with zippers
Store items. Use as a container and take out items using tongs or tweezers
Clear plastic containers
Use for storage Put hole in lid and put small items from the kit through the hole using fingers. Put items from kit through the hole using tongs.
Use to pick up pompoms, pencils, paper.
Plastic cupcake holder with lid
Used to store all items in the kit. Ideally one with ahandle is best so it can be carried by children.
ELIGIBILITY – All public,
private, and parochial secondary teachers (Grades 7-12) in all New York State licensed and
certified schools in Dutchess, Orange, and Ulster Counties.
APPLICATION PROCEDURES – Online grant application. Click here to access the Grants Portal.
Applications available online January 1st
Applications must be submitted by March 15th
EVALUATION AND SELECTION PROCESS – All applications will be reviewed
by the Healthquest Taconic IPA Committee of the Community Foundations.
Funding priority will be given to requests that are well-written, for equipment
that is durable and will serve a large number of students. Requests that
include information relative to how the lessons using the equipment will
positievely impact students, spur their interest in science related careers and
provide a strong educational foundation for college level curriculum will
receive special considertaion. Requests that note equipment sharing accross
schools within the same district are also encouraged.
AWARD AMOUNTS – Grants will be awarded in amounts ranging from $500
COOPERATIVE VENTURES – Applications/requests in excess of the
$1,000 limit will be considered for cooperative ventures across different
fields/disciplines that affect a large number of students.
NOTIFICATION – Applicants will be notified in May.
FINAL REPORT – An online report accounting for expenditure of grant
funds must be submitted to the Community Foundations no later than June 30th of
the year following the award. This report should also include information
on how the equipment purchased enhanced learning opportunities in the classroom
laboratory. Unused funds must be returned to the Foundation.
OWNERSHIP OF EQUIPMENT – Equipment purchased with grant
funds is deemed to be the property of the school.
Yes, December was a busy month. But, honestly isn’t every month busy? So, for those of you that may have missed a post or two, (or three), here is a complete list of all December’s posts. You can also access all 61 of my posts, by looking at the Sept./Oct and November links.
Eligibility: Classroom Teachers of Pre-K – 12 in Dutchess, Putnam and Ulster Counties (Parochial, Private/Independent, and Public Schools)
Funding Focus: Fund for Excellence in Education Grants offer Dutchess, Putnam and Ulster County classroom teachers funding opportunities to support special classroom projects or professional development for teachers. Grants awarded will have a direct benefit to classroom learning and support achievement of educational outcomes.
**Grant funding not to be used for field trips or after-school activities.**
Grants Available to Public, Parochial and Private/Independent Schools:
General Grants: Teachers may apply for grants that fulfill one or both of these criteria: 1) Support for classroom projects and initiatives which will improve learning opportunities for students 2) Support for the personal and professional enhancement of teachers (not to fulfill Masters program or certification requirements).
Writing Grant(s): A grant will be awarded to K-12 teachers for either professional development in the field of teaching writing or for a specific program designed to enhance the writing abilities of students.
Verizon STEM Grant(s): Grants will be awarded for STEM related projects, activities and equipment.
Grants Available to Public Schools Only:
Marionette/Puppet Grant(s): A grant will be awarded to a public school teacher for projects which incorporate student and/or teacher-made marionettes and puppets in the curricula. Preference will be given to multi-cultural or multi-disciplinary projects.
Dutchess County – Dennis Markle Memorial Community Service Grant(s): Community Service Grants will be awarded to Dutchess County public school teachers for projects involving their students in community service. These community service awards are made from the Dennis Markle Memorial Community Fund which was started by teh Dutchess COunty United Teacher’s Council. Examples of the type of projects which would be considered for these grants are: projects involving senior citizens, hospice, day care, disadvantaged populations, community beautification projects, etc.
Awards: Grants made through this program will not exceed $2,500. Average awards range from $1,000-$1,500.
Applications: Online grant application. Click here to access the Grants Portal.
Deadlines: Applications must be submitted by March 15th. Awards are announced in May.
Contact Cristin McPeake, Director of Programs at (845) 452-3077 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Review Process: All applications will be reviewed by the Fund for Excellence in Education Committee of the Community Foundations. All recommendations are reviewed, approved or declined by the Board of Trustees of the Community Foundations.
In Eastern cultures, a double rainbow is considered a sign of good luck. To leprechaun believers, they know that the leprechauns left his pot of gold for those that believe. Lastly, In the Bible (Genesis 9) a rainbow is part of Noah’s story in which God promises never to create another destructive global flood. Overall, a double rainbow is pretty special! T
For my science friends…because I know you want to know how this happens. Here’s the scientific info on double rainbows in 10 easy (sort of) steps:
In a single rainbow, sunlight spreads into a spectrum of colors from red to violet. But in a double rainbow, the colors are inverted, with red appearing on the inside and violet on the outside.
All rainbows require the presence of the sun and rain in order to form. The sun must be to the viewer’s back and the rain must be falling ahead of the viewer.
As sunshine breaks through the clouds and beams towards the raindrops, some of the light encounters the raindrops and bends – this process is called refraction.
When the light refracts, the process causes the sunlight to separate into different wavelengths. These different wavelengths correspond to different colors: red and orange correspond to longer wavelengths, while blue and purple correspond to shorter wavelengths.
The refracted lightwaves then bounce – or reflect – off of the circular edge of the raindrop, and then they refract again as they exit the raindrop and travel through the air.
Because raindrops are relatively round when the sunlight refracts through them, the visual result is a spherical arc that soars all across the sky.
Double Rainbow- How Did that Happen?
The first and brighter rainbow is called the primary rainbow. This rainbow is created by the process described above,and only requires the light to reflect off the raindrop once before refracting out of the raindrop.
The second and more faint rainbow is called the secondary rainbow. It occurs when refracted light does not escape the raindrop afterbeing reflected the first time. Instead, the refracted light reflects off the raindrop’s surface a second time as well, producing a secondary rainbow with its colors reversed compared to the primary rainbow.
Fewer light rays are available to undergo the additional refraction process, so the resulting secondary rainbow appears less vivid.
To all my blog friends: I wish for you a Double Rainbow 2019 filled with luck, fortune and sunny days!