Color your World: Purple Heart
Pansies have long been one of my favorite flowers. Of course, we can’t have any within deer snacking range, which includes our porch. But I love their little purple heart-shaped faces and usually take the time to chat when we meet. They are excellent listeners and once they’re comfortable with you, pansies will tell you amazing secrets. I’m not going to violate their confidence about that; suffice to say they have a keen eye on the world around them.
Color Your World: Razzle Dazzle Rose
These razzle-dazzle “roses” caught my eye as they shone amidst the weeds and debris. I have no idea what kind of flower they are, but these fallen petals brightened an otherwise drab patch. I hope to do the same.
I loved Cee’s own entries for her Fun Foto Challenge (using the letter Y) and immediately searched for something I could use. I found him on our mantel.
Young boy with his dog.
Color Your World: Bittersweet
Birthdays can be bittersweet experiences for kids at school unless there are clear guidelines to keep celebrations equitable. And even with those guidelines, some populations (wealthy, privileged) have a clear advantage. I have seen improvements over the years. It used to be that the “entitled” families provided a sugar feast for the class, along with balloons and performers. Many classes still celebrate monthly, but I’m not sure that school is the place for birthday events. Those poor souls born during summer months never quite make the birthday cut.
There are many other appropriate reasons to recognize students at school, such as effort, perseverance, initiative, and kindness.
Looking for the perfect gift for kiddos who enjoy science and gadgets that spin and whir? Want to jumpstart your young inventor? Penny Norman’s Science Wiz kit, Inventions, is sure to please. This kit is a highly acclaimed book-manual-kit for kids 8 and up, although young hands will need a bit of support from adults.
What makes this kit so special? It has fabulous illustrations to support the creation of devices from simple to complex, helps kids understand why and how these inventions work, and is loaded with everything you need to complete the projects (except for one D battery).
I used this kit with a budding, special needs inventor and we completed all the inventions, including a working radio. OK, the radio only picked up static, but that was pretty impressive for a paper towel tube and a myriad of wires.
As I’ve mentioned before, providing opportunities to excel in science can add social credit to kids who are on the fringes of a classroom. Taking a radio like this to school would likely be fascinating to peers (and teachers!).
Color Your World: Outer Space
This was a cool exhibit on thermal imaging at the California Academy of Sciences in San Francisco. I am holding a camera at the left of the screen, my outer space image being mirrored. Or is that an alien??
Color Your World: Screamin’ green
Rolling stones gather no moss, so this one was obviously glued in place! I do love finding hidden treasures on a hike.
Color Your World: Blue Violet
Seriously? I cannot find anything blue violet, so these will have to do. Purple flowers, blah blah blah. I did teach a colorblind student once and maybe it’s contagious. With a germination period of about 15 years. Neither that kiddo nor his parents said a word about it. Only when we were color-coding parts of speech did I realize that he could not distinguish between red, green, and blue. Many more years ago, we also had a colorblind friend whose job on a train was to spot the green or red light in time to tell the engineer whether the track was clear! If he didn’t see the lights actually change, he had no idea. I told him he should quit. Fortunately, he lost his job for some other reason. Yikes.
Color Your World: Purple Pizzazz
I admit that my idea of purple pizzazz may not be anyone else’s. This is one of those tricky colors, but I figure the owners of this store know pizzazz when they see it. After all, they caught my eye!
Color Your World: Black
If only. If only seminars and politically correct talk and the best intentions could change hearts. Not that intentions and hope aren’t important, but test scores and graduation rates are still racially predictable across this country. As are incarcerations and segregated neighborhoods and white privilege. But, on a brighter note, I still know that teachers can make a difference. We can do our best for ALL kids. Don’t be “colorblind!” We can delight in the brilliant colors of all our kiddos.