Category Archives: right time

with respect for Dickens & “best of times”

just chill!  Yeah, right! After 2 days of a computer shutting itself off in the a.m. and returning to action in the late afternoon, wasn’t feeling like chilling.  Funny though, cause I am not one to blog daily, nor to feel a need to text constantly etc.  But, this machine is also our telephone, and without that aspect the atmosphere was more frozen than “chill”.

– so now for some best times: best time to begin learning grammar?  Grade 2, right along with other reading skills- so that it, the practical labeling of sentence parts, becomes almost automatic.

– best time to read to a preschooler? anytime* and all the time, whenever you can make the time

– best time to begin working on an assigned project – Now- right now- to have time to review it before handing it in!

– best time to volunteer and get in those required (high school) credit hours? here I’m going to surprise you with a caveat: when you can truly make the commitment… volunteering is a job, not just an “easy credit” and the place you offer to volunteer at/with will depend on your participation…

– best time to share a smile? as soon as you see someone, and a wave, and a wink if it feels right…

–  best of times?- Oh, that will be another page-

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For anyone wondering *and in honour of grammar week- http://www.grammarly.com/handbook/grammar/adjectives-and-adverbs/14/anytime-vs-any-time/

keep learning!

 

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Why do we have special days? today is http://abclifeliteracy.ca/family-literacy-day

http://abclifeliteracy.ca/family-literacy-day

   Moved over winter break and put blogging on hold for a period.  Now settling into a lovely, light filled space and thinking about the objects that make my live/work environment “home”.   The majority of the objects are books- no surprise then that promoting literacy in all its aspects has been dear to my heart. 

  When my children were still toddlers I recall blithely reciting nursery rhymes as we climbed a series of stairs “one, two, buckle my shoe, three, four, shut the door..”  as automatically as pointing out neighbourhood symbols  (sense of place) and encouraging everyday math in the kitchen “Let’s halve this recipe”.  When one day a stranger interrupted with ” Don’t you ever stop teaching?!”  I laughed it off, and recalling this today know that if teaching truly involves the constant recognition of encouraging thinking, appreciating effort, and recognizing ways to connect real world experiences to in – school learning then, no, I never stop teaching.  In similar fashion I love the spontaneous communications of thoughtfulness my two children offer, and have been known to say, “everyday is Mother’s day”. 

I realise though that there is a feeling of belonging that is generated when Days become official.  Kudos to abc life literacy .ca, and the establishment of a family literacy day.    At their website, posted above, you will find many free downloadable activities to make today, and I hope many future days, one in which “Literacy”  and activities that encourage the higher level thinking skills, enter into regular communication.  And do remember, to all who are fortunate in having a second and third language, keep practicing.  All studies continue to show the benefits of being multilingual. 

 

Two weeks into this school year…

But who is counting? Well, I am…

That first week for many is so confusing and I always enjoy recognizing when a return to routine and a little  bit of order appears to have entered; students grow visibly calmer- and their parents- sometimes the relief is tangible.

Both a mom and an educator I am privy to the early morning hustle, the rush out the door with that wonderful mix of hope and determination that students can exude.   And thankfully, I am occasionally at home at just the right time to listen to what did transpire during their day.  Only occasionally though, for as a tutor, my time in the early evenings may be spoken for and occupied with students.  I have learned the real meaning of quality time, and how to stay put as one or the other child opens up and shares knowledge of who he or she is becoming.

Third Year University and Grade Twelve- amazing- and they look at me and ask me if I feel old…Older I say, and realize yet again, that the best part about being an educator is being curious to learn more about almost everything, and to have students who are willing to share ideas that may be very different from mine and therefore definitely worth discussing.

Today was my birthday- how exciting to look forward to the rest of the year.