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Volume 3 Number 4

Harry & Rosemary Wong remind us, "Leaders lead and they lead by caring enough about the success of their teachers that they will roll up their sleeves and model instructional leadership."...
Effective Teaching by Harry & Rosemary Wong
Promoting Learning by Marv Marshall
4 Blocks by Cheryl Sigmon
Ask the School Psychologist by Beth Bruno
Online Classrooms by Leslie Bowman
The Eclectic Teacher by Ginny Hoover
The Busy Educator's Monthly Five (5 Sites for Busy Educators) by Marjan Glavac
Ask the Literacy Teacher by Leigh Hall
Visual Impairments by Dave Melanson
Instant Ideas for Busy Teachers by Barbara Gruber and Sue Gruber
Reflecting Upon Read Across America
Earth Day Compilation
The World in Lights
Take a Seat at the Bottom of the Class
Starting Children on Science
Tips for teachers being bullied!
Mr. Choose-A-Chart
Teaching Perseverance Through Adversity-A History Lesson
It's An Early Spring!
Memo to Staff: Our Computer System Crashed-We Have No 'Backups'-You're Not Getting Paid for a Month!
Keep Your Online Community Alive!
Curricular Science the 'Curry' way!
Geography Awareness
Principal of the Year Ray Mellberg
eBook Technology
Respect Means...
Creative Uses for Digital Cameras in the Classroom
Teaching Gayle to Read (Part 4)
Young Lawyers Ementoring Magnet Students
The Welcome Mat of a High School On-Line Community
Plato Lives...
The Asphalt Classroom
26 Teaching Tips for the Dog Days
Using Storytelling in the Classroom
Recapturing the Courage to Teach
To Leave No Child Behind
If you say you CAN'T, it means you WON'T
Something Nice a Student Did Yesterday...
When Your Child Comes Home Messy
Praise vs. Encouragement
People Don't Play...
Apple Seeds
Special Days This Month
Poem - Song of a Second April
The Lighter Side of Teaching
  • YENDOR'S Top Ten
  • Culprit Management
  • Schoolies
  • Woodhead
  • Handy Teacher Recipes
    Classroom Crafts
    Help Wanted - Teaching Jobs
    "Why Do We Have Night" from the Lesson Bank
    Upcoming Ed Conferences
    Letters to the Editor
    The School Web Page: A Vehicle for Innovation
    Eighth Emerson Prizes Awarded in Boston
    Student Nanoexperiments Will Help Future Astronauts on Mars
    The 11th Annual National Institute for Early Childhood Professional
    International Conference on Computers in Education
    SESSIONS ANNOUNCED: Congress in the Classroom 2002
    Teacher Network United States Mint
    DEADLINE: Civic Education Grants
    Gazette Home Delivery:

    Today Is...

    Compiled by
    Ron Victoria

    April 1 is ... One Cent Day
    April 2 is ... National Peanut Butter and Jelly Day
    April 3 is ... Tweed Day
    ... Don't Go To Work Unless It's Fun Day
    April 4 is ... Tell-A-Lie Day
    April 5 is ... Go For Broke Day
    April 6 is ... Sorry Charlie Day
    April 7 is ... No Housework Day
    April 8 is ... All Is Ours Day
    April 9 is ... Winston Churchill Day
    ... Name Yourself Day
    April 10 is ... Golfers Day
    April 11 is ... Eight-Track Tape Day
    April 12 is ... Look Up At The Sky Day
    April 13 is ... Blame Somebody Else Day
    April 14 is ... National Pecan Day
    April 15 is ... Rubber Eraser Day
    April 16 is ... National Stress Awareness Day
    ... National Eggs Benedict Day
    April 17 is ... National Cheeseball Day
    April 18 is ... International Jugglers Day
    April 19 is ... Garlic Day
    April 20 is ... Look Alike Day
    April 21 is ... Kindergarten Day
    April 22 is ... National Jelly Bean Day
    April 23 is ... Read Me Day
    ... World Laboratory Animal Day
    April 24 is ... National Pigs In A Blanket Day
    April 25 is ... National Zucchini Bread Day
    April 26 is ... Richter Scale Day
    ... National Pretzel Day
    April 27 is ... Tell A Story Day
    April 28 is ... Great Poetry Reading Day
    ... Kiss-Your-Mate Day
    April 29 is ... National Shrimp Scampi Day
    April 30 is ... National Honesty Day


    On-Site Insights...

    When Your Child Comes Home Messy

    by Teresa on the Early Childhood Mailring

    I recently have had run ins with several parents about messy clothes AND the question why isn't my child learning to write their name ...HELLO...I teach 2 and 3 year olds...SO...armed with my printer I happily put this on my door at school...

    When Your Child Comes Home Messy

    Red paint in the hair?
    Blue paint on the jeans?
    Sand in the shoes?
    Peanut butter on the favorite shirt?
    White socks that look brown?
    Sleeves a little bit damp?

    YOUR CHILD probably...

    • Worked with a friend
    • Solved a problem
    • Created a masterpiece
    • Negotiated a difference
    • Learned a new skill
    • Had a great time
    • Developed new language skills

    YOUR CHILD probably didn't...

    • Feel lonely
    • Become bored
    • Do repetitive tasks that are too babyish
    • Do worksheet tasks that are too easy
    • Do sit down work that is discouraging

    YOU probably...

    • Paid good money for those clothes
    • Will have trouble getting the red paint out
    • Are concerned that the caregiver isn't paying enough attention to your child

    THE CAREGIVER probably...

  • Was aware of your child's needs and interests
  • Spent time planning a challenging activity for the children
  • Encouraged the children to try new things
  • Put smocks on the children
  • Was worried that you might be concerned
  • Try to remember your favorite activity when you were four years old. Was it outdoor play with water, mud, dress up clothes, with friends? Young children really learn when they are actively involved in play, not when someone is talking to them. There is a difference between "messy" and "lack of care." The caregiver made sure your child was fed, warm, took a nap, washed hands after toileting and before eating, and also planned messy fun things to do because that's how young children learn!

    • Send your child in clothes that can get dirty!
    • Keep extra old clothes at the play site for times when the child gets wet or really messy.
    • If you need to take the child out, bring the dress up clothes and allow time to change.
    • Keep calm.
    • Remember in a few years, teenagers will use your shampoo, mirrors, and most of your towels to be clean.
    • But young children need time to be kids.
    • If you have concerns, talk to your child's caregiver about active play.