* Color Your World catch-up 3

Color Your World: Purple Mountains’ Majesty, Blush, Sea Green, Cerulean, Green Yellow, Vivid Tangerine

Whew!  Caught up through the end of February.  Don’t miss out on this digital delight: Search the photograph for the colors!  You could be a winner!*

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*Winners may not be notified.  Most likely not.*

* Color Your World catch-up 2

Color Your World: Jazzberry Jam, Forest Green, Pacific Blue, Yellow, Outrageous Orange, Red Violet

Another cool puzzle to solve!  Can you match the colors to the correct picture?  Big prizes for winners!*

 

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* Prizes are subject to availability, which is nil.*

 

* Color Your World catch-up 1

Color Your World: Fern, Blue Green, Goldenrod, Melon, Orchid, Royal Purple

Yeah, I am behind on this blogging challenge but now you get to search out those colors in these photos!  A terrific FREE online puzzle.  Win a prize!  Amaze your friends!

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* Murder dinner party!

I can cross “host a murder dinner party” off my bucket list!  And what a fantastic event it was!  We were celebrating our daughter-in-law’s birthday; she invited a riotous group of clever-witted, hilarious suspects.  My dearest teaching widower and I never stopped laughing!  As the planner, I played Bonnie Lass, an aspiring writer but not a suspect.  The guests, dressed to kill, were outrageously clever.

We used “A Taste for Wine,” a murder mystery game set in Napa Valley, California.  I highly recommend dinner and murder!

 

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* Read to Teddy

Color Your World: Piggy Pink

Having students read to piggies or teddies or Pikachu can be a valuable way to provide an audience for hesitant readers.  Make sure they whisper read, so just their own critter can hear (and the room is not full of booming voices).  Many struggling readers find this a powerful way to read books at their level without a sense of shame (“I should be reading chapter books!”).  It also starts a habit which they can use at home, if no adults or sibs are available or willing.  Hearing themselves read out loud is a confidence booster, perhaps jump-starting opportunities to read to younger kids.  For some of my groups, I had their books placed inside folders so only their special listener knew what book was being read.  This helped ease them through those early days of reading well below grade level.  Some kids need that boost, others don’t.

I noticed that for many of my kids on the autism spectrum, this activity provided a chilling out experience.  They usually read silently, clutching a dinosaur or Pokemon character.  After the stress of the larger classroom, these kids needed comfort in a socially acceptable form.  Before bean bags were banned due to fire regulations, they could also get a lot of form-fitting sensory input while reading to Kirby.

Personally, I read to Teddy.  Piggy pink.

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* Just sayin’

I have been working my patooties off, in case you’re wondering where Teachezwell has been.  What a great time, though!

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My sweetest teaching widower gave me such a precious Valentine card today, despite being traditionally averse to a holiday created to sell cards!  And he was nearly showing off his patooties!  He had an x-ray of his knee and while talking to the radiologist in the hallway, realized his special x-ray pants had fallen to the floor!

I’m taking three online classes simultaneously and loving them, even as I lag two weeks behind the group.  I mostly only panic in the early hours of the morning.

Today was special because a certain kiddo I teach had a PLAYDATE!  His first ever! Eleven years old, confined to an ICU-type environment.  A dear friend introduced us to a dear family and he has friends!  He laughed and played for hours.

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Do I care that I am also YEARS behind with Facebook?  Would this notification entice you or scare your patooties off?

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I am too happy to worry about FB.  They cannot scare me OR my patooties.

* Pansy purple

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.

 

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* A rose by any other name

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.

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* Bittersweet

Color Your World: Bittersweet

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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.