Silly socks…not just for kids anymore! Our building was full of silly socks today as a focus on the first day of Red Ribbon Week. “Seriously, don’t do drugs!” challenged us all to take the message of being drug-free seriously, but not ourselves too seriously. As students reflected on the silly things we do in life, they also talked about the serious side effects of harsh drug, tobacco, and alcohol use on the body. StuCo members shared startling statistics about drug abuse during the morning message…sobering facts to ponder in these formative years of growing and learning. Here’s hoping the message throughout the entire week causes you and your child to have frank conversations about drugs, alcohol, and tobacco use. Let’s all STAND UP together!
Note: Tuesday’s theme is STAND UP For Your Friends!
While visiting with a small group of learners this morning, I asked the question: “What is one important thing we have today that we didn’t have 10 years ago?” Expecting answers like the iPhone, Kindle, X-Box 360, or wikis, this precious little voice says, “that’s easy, Mrs. Van—it’s us!” 🙂 Yes, there are advancements daily and keeping current at LME on the latest and greatest trends is a full-time job really (as a parent myself, it’s simply overwhelming at times). Beyond all the great technology and newest gadgets though, I asked questions during our conversation to dive deeper into their thinking. For example, as an adult, I still yearn for those conversations and thinking games I did with my parents growing up while we commuted to lessons, practices, and the like. For instance, we had a game called “Would You Rather.” Dad asked: “Would you rather live in the mountains or on a beach and why? Would you rather share a milkshake or a sundae and why?” We also played a game called “Favorite Things.” Mom picked a category (songs, movies, sodas) and we all shared our top favorites in that category. One of my daughters created a game she called “What Doesn’t Belong?” We took turns naming items and asking the others to explain which is unique and why. They especially liked this game because there were usually several correct answers: “Owl, ostrich, and eagle” (ostriches can’t fly and owls hunt at night, for example). Here’s Mr. Van driving his car and asking me questions . . . .
Funny games like these promote thinking and creativity at higher levels; they also create stimulating conversation, something young learners crave in particular. Just like my conversation with my small group this morning, here’s hoping we all take a little time to listen, ask, converse, and think in clever ways!
Note: Our 4th Annual LME Chili Cook-off and BINGO Night is tomorrow evening starting @ 6:00 p.m. in the cafe; we hope to see you there!
It’s February at LaRue Miller Elementary and the signs are definitely all around us: famous Americans, patriotic symbols, presidential trivia, friendship quotes, HEART-y thoughts, poetry, and LOVE-ly conversations. A young friend came to my office today to share an informal conversation and celebrate his successful math work with me (because I’m not just about the bad choices, you know). He had his hand full of conversation hearts (used in math as manipulatives today) and instead of taking them home, he wanted to share his hearts with me to enJOY later. 🙂 Not only was the math activity intriguing (and he did an exceptional job of explaining in great detail all the components to this lesson), we then became intrigued by the words on each little heart: “Look at this, Mrs. Van! I made a little tally sheet of letters so we could determine how many letters on average would fit onto each heart” (the average was 8). 🙂 So I had to ask: “What does this mean?” His reply: “Well, you better keep your conversation short and sweet I guess!” 🙂 After a hug, some HEARTy congratulations, and a big smile, he ended our conversation like this: “I bet you love your job today, huh?!” 🙂 Yes, I do . . . have a safe, relaxing weekend Miller Learning Community!