Color Your World: Purple Mountains’ Majesty, Blush, Sea Green, Cerulean, Green Yellow, Vivid Tangerine
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Color Your World: Jazzberry Jam, Forest Green, Pacific Blue, Yellow, Outrageous Orange, Red Violet
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Color Your World: Fern, Blue Green, Goldenrod, Melon, Orchid, Royal Purple
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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.
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.
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.
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.