Needing Quite Book Time

October 18, 2007 at 5:00 pm (books, Teaching)

I am having one of those weeks where I crave quite time.  I want nothing more than to curl up in a chair with a book or at a table with a crafty soming for the up coming holidays.  I usually have soming baking while I do these endevors. I find the smell of homemade bake good soothing.  I wish to get away from the chaos that children bring, along with the problematic parents that think that their child was too harshly judge.

Most days I love to teach and this morning until my 4th class was going wonderfully. If any of you work with children, wiether teaching, daycare or just have several of your own, please comment.  How are things best handled?  I ask, I repeat, I take things away.  I ahve gone so far as to remove the offending object of play for a couple of minutes to prove a point. The only thing that happens is irrate calls and no improving behavior.

Are childrens creativity so fragile that they can not sit in a chair nor keep their shoes on their feet?  Is this hampering them creatively? I know that sometimes I feel that it is killing mine, or at least my desire to create once on my own at home.  After helping, assisting, and sometimes pleeding to have the children create, I have nothing left in me to want to start one of my own. This needs to change.   I need to change.  Maybe I just want to much for them. Should I be happy with rude children who wish to injury themselves? Am I over reacting? Maybe a little.

Maybe I’ll re-arange my house so that I have a free uncluttered area that I can leave projects out, so that I can work slowly as I have time. Packing it up only makes me not want to bring it back out.  I need to start working on my portfoilo for Grad school.  Oh well enough with the venting ( though this is one of the reason why created this journal) on to something different.

I have resently finished the first four books ( out of five) in the Overlander series by Susanne Collins.  These childrens books are wonderful.  They are following the age old mythos of coming of age, finding oneselve, along with a great adventure.

The main character is Gregor, an 11 year old boy from New York.  He has to watch his 2 year old sister Boots while his Mother is working as well as take care of his aging grandmother.  Boots is my favorite character in the book.  Her speach patterns are perfect for that age, I can hear her in my head even after I put the book down saying things like “Beeg Bug, Geo-go, beeg, beeg bug!” and “Hi You” 

This is a must for all children.  There is a hidden world, lost father, working mother, children helping raise one another, a young spunky queen, lots of good and bad people who you have to decied who to stand with, and a prophsey you have to solve.  Some of the inhabbitance of the undergraound are Griant 4 foot long cockrachers, 6 foot tall Rats, Large flying bats and lightenbugs, and huge spiders all who can talk and are fighting for their place in the underword.  

I would say that 3rd grade and up could read this on their own.  The lower grade children would love to have this read to them.  Lots of mystery and excitement, not many things to frighten smaller children even though we lose some of our companions as we travel through the books.  Here is the authors website: Susanne Collins


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Parent-Teacher Conference Day and Dogs

October 15, 2007 at 5:38 pm (Dogs, Teaching)

Well as the title states, it is parent teacher conference day.  I will see no one, but have to be at school from noon til 7 pm.  I’ll just work in my room those hours, I have a bit of catching up to do on all the paperwork that is generated by 650 students having art.  But taking a break for lunch now, I got here early today, so I thought I’d post.

I have been looking at dogs again.  It is kind of funny.  The dog I got conned into taking I still hate.  I know that hate is a strong word but here it fits.  We would have never taken this dog if I had know the truth.  Mr. C and I both did not like the dogs personality nor his behavoir from the beginning, but “Friends” claimed that we would only watch him for a little bit while they relocated, a month at most. Ok how bad could a month be? we thought. It has now been a year and a half, and a nightmarish one at that.

The dog has only gotten worst in behavior, I can’t blaim him really we never really spend time with him, but we can not stand him. He just makes Mr. C very angry when he has to deal with him. I still say he would make someone a good dog, just not us.  The key to owning any animal is to know what type of owner you are, and then find a matching or complimentary pet personality.  We are not a good match.

Mr. C and I are busy on the go people. We are gone from the house for 9 or so more house a day. When we get home we like to veg. I am an easy going peronality, Mr. C is a my way or the highway type ( he was the youngest and only boy, can we say a bit spoiled). Smiley is hyper, dominate, and dumb. No really, he is dumb. This is the first dog that I have ever met that could not figure out how to walk on a run line.  He is always choking himself, knocking over his water, pushing us down, tripping us and is distructive if in the house.  So he is on the back porch, let out several times a day on a leash.  He needs a home where there are children he can rough house with, a large fenced in yard to run.  Smiley likes people, dogs, cats and to run full tilt and chase everything, we just don’t have what he needs.

 french bully

What we want is a French Bulldog, just like the one above. White with black spots.  Small, house friendly, people friendly cuttlebug. These dogs do not need a large area to run, can not get too hot or too cold so they love the indoors.  They love to be where you are but don’t always have to be the center of attention just most of the time. The kind of dog you can take with you and let sleep in your bed.  I love the bully breeds, after owning my english bulldog Mac, our 98 pound knee breaking sack of concrete.  He as my neffews would say was a REAL DOG. Sweet, sweet, sweet. I still miss him greatly. So we are looking for a smaller version. Frencies are usually only 28 pounds full grown.

But first we have to get rid of Smiley, before getting a real dog. It is starting to look like the pound (which I hate).  I have been trying to get him into the no-kill shelter for over a year, they never have room and they do not get back with me. I just can not keep him any longer. So if you know anyone that wants a Blue Tick Hound for free please let me know ( I’ll deliever anywhere you are), or if you know a shelter where I can place him or have a French Bulldog who needs a loving home, please, please, PLEASE contact me.

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