Turn Back Time…

 

Every year when we turn back our clocks, I get all bum-fuzzled. Do you?

I mean, I’m tired way before bedtime and I wake up feeling like I haven’t slept or worse yet, I wake up too early and really haven’t slept. Not like BEFORE the time change, I sleep well before the time change. Then, wham-o, change the clocks and I’m messed up for quite some time.

Furthermore, there’s always a clock or two that doesn’t get fixed in my house. I love my cell phone and my car that changes the clock automatically. Thank you inventions!! But, my analog and battery-operated clocks still depend on me to change them. The clock with hands, well, I’m afraid I’m going to break the hands so I just put off dealing with it because it means I have to turn it clockwise for 11 times to re-set it. And my analog clocks, well, I forget which buttons you have to hold down to change it. I inevitably hold down the buttons and it starts flashing and then I hit a button and it goes back to the time. I have to do it again and try not to hit the “wrong” button again and figure out which one is the right one to change the time! So frustrating! I leave those alone for awhile too.

But, what happens is I wake up at o’dark-thirty and I look at one of those clocks and have to do math in my head and tell myself it’s not 3AM, it’s 2AM. I’ve been drinking Starbucks coffee every morning (not my usual, I usually drink decaf) to try and wake up but then that messes with me being able to sleep. I’m in a bad cycle!

I really wish we didn’t change our clocks at all because my body and head just can’t handle it!

There were two brief years when I lived in Hawaii and we had no time change–that was wonderful! I need to go back there–for more reasons that one!

What about you? How do you feel about changing our clocks?

 

–Award-winning children’s author, Wanda Luthman, writes books to inspire social/emotional health in kids that entertain. Find them on Amazon today!

 

 

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Teacher-Tested Strategies for Your Behavior Intervention Toolbox

Some creative and simple tips to help you help kids with their behaviors in the classroom.

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By Beth Baker, M.S.Ed., coauthor ofThe PBIS Team Handbook: Setting Expectations and Building Positive Behavior

Teacher-Tested Strategies for Your Behavior Intervention ToolboxEvery teacher should have a toolbox filled with their go-to strategies for managing the classroom and helping students be ready for activities. I have a few that I keep in my toolbox, always at the ready for whatever behavior gets thrown at me. Here’s what I recommend adding to your toolbox of strategies:

  1. Routines. At the beginning of the school year, teach students all your classroom routines and procedures, then practice and practice again. It cuts down on a lot of “I don’t know what to do” conversations when students know the routines.
  2. Precorrection. It sounds backward, but it is a very simple procedure every teacher should be doing. After you have taught all the routines for your classroom, use precorrection to get students ready for the next activity. For example, before going to…

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Nelish Daring Quest Children’s Books

Nelish Daring Quest Book Covers by Kevin D. Grant
Today, I’d like to welcome the children’s author and illustrator, Kevin D. Grant. I LOVE his peacock and think you’ll love him too!
Here’s Kevin’s story…….
Kevin David Grant began drawing at the tender age of 5. Realizing he was blessed with creative talents in writing and spending countless of years in drawing, he received sound advice from his immediate family members as well as his high school senior English teacher, (Barbara Delac), to shoot for the stars with his special gifts.
He initially had ideas of going to an art college to fulfill his dream, but life simply wasn’t easy paying for college tuition for a single individual, let alone a teenage kid, especially when you are 1 of 3 triplet men graduating high school at the same time- which he is!
Instead, he decided to join the military, in efforts of serving his country around the world, in return for education benefits by enrolling into a college of his choice. Although serving in the U.S. Navy for over 12 years, having a family, and successfully obtaining a Bachelor’s of Science of Organizational Management Degree from the University of LaVerne in 2012, he was happy of those accomplishments, but yet he felt emptiness inside and was still unsatisfied.
Although life happened and time passed by, he still had the passion and the desire to pursue and fulfill his lifelong dream of providing quality entertainment for all. He decided to combine both his imagination and artwork compiled together into a book, and Nelish Daring Quests was birth forth.
Finally he feels that he is putting his imagination at work, and with your efforts, his dreams will successfully be a reality.
This is his gift to the world! Embrace it…
Nelish Daring Quests Books with Stuffed Peacock Toy
Kevin David Grant is the owner, founder, and president of Gifted Grant Productions, LLC. He is forever dedicated to his passion motto, by “sharing his gifts to the world!”
Kevin D. Grant, Owner of Gifted Grant Productions
I told you that you would love his Peacock Books, Here are the links to purchase them and Contact Information for Kevin D. Grant

Recognizing, Supporting, and Nurturing Underserved Gifted Students: A Moral Imperative

This is a great reminder that sometimes the barriers to helping kids is our own mindset and sometimes the systems within which we work. To be pro-student means to challenge our own thoughts and the system to open the doors to serve everyone!

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By Richard M. Cash, Ed.D., author ofSelf-Regulation in the Classroom: Helping Students Learn How to Learn
Part of our Cash in on Learning series by Richard M. Cash, Ed.D. Click to read other Cash in on Learning posts.

Recognizing, Supporting, and Nurturing Underserved Gifted Students: A Moral ImperativeOne of the most critical issues in the field of gifted education is the underrepresentation of students of color and of students living in poverty. We must do better at recognizing, supporting, and nurturing students from all walks of life in gifted and talented programs and services. In their upcoming book, Drs. Dina Brulles and Scott Peters have succinctly and aptly stated that gifted programs should exist to “alleviate unmet academic needs so that every student is appropriately challenged” (emphasis mine).

The list of underserved students includes not only students of color and those who live in poverty, but also recent immigrants, students who are twice exceptional (having a disability as…

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The Plot Thickens: How to Improve Young Children’s Critical Thinking Skills During Storytime

I love the ideas presented here! Often we get annoyed when reading to a child and they are distracted by something on the page we didn’t notice or think isn’t that important, but if we just SLOW down and pay attention to what the child is paying attention to and then use that to expand and evolve into a learning journey, how fun and special and relevant that would be!

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By Allison Wedell Schumacher

The Plot Thickens: How to Improve Young Children’s Critical Thinking Skills During Storytime“That isn’t what it says. It says, ‘Scritch, scratch, scratch, scritch.’”

This was the egregious error four-year-old Suzanne pointed out to her Head Start teacher, Wendie Bramwell, when Wendie tried to paraphrase Beatrix Potter’s original wording describing the sound of the farmer’s hoe in Peter Rabbit as “scritch, scritch, scratch.” Recalling the incident now, Wendie says, “She was right, of course, and I started to pay very close attention to how I read, what meaning children were attaching to the story, and how I could continue to learn from them about what they were learning and then expand on that.”

In short, Wendie realized she needed to read to her students in such a way as to encourage their critical thinking and social-emotional skills. Wendie, who is now retired, spent 30 years working in the field of early childhood education with Head Start programs, community colleges…

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Character Ed & Writing Children’s Books

cute kid at school table with school supplies, globe and educational stickers on the wall behind. He's smiling and holding a pen like he's going to write on the paper in front of him.

 

So, I’m a Guidance Counselor and a writer. I have taken my passion, which is helping kids be healthy and whole through character education, and re-purposed it in my writing. They say write what you know and I’ve done just that. I write children’s books with positive messages creatively embedded in magical adventures to help get my point across. But, some people have asked me what exactly is character education?

Character education can be straight-forward such as saying, “Today, children, we’re going to learn how to be polite to one another by learning three simple phrases. Please, thank you, and I’m sorry.” But, oftentimes, we are teaching character education all the time in subtle ways by how we act and respond in everyday situations. Parents know this very well. For instance, they may react very badly to a situation such as maybe saying a cuss word. And then, lo and behold, the child repeats it in front of someone that the parent really wishes wasn’t hearing what was coming out of their child’s mouth, say a minister of their faith or their boss. It’s funny how the things we really don’t want to teach our kids are exactly the things they pick up. I guess that’s human nature.

So, we try to form good habits as parents and teachers and yes, even Guidance Counselors so whenever children are watching us, they will pick up on those habits instead. We use polite language, we are respectful of children—their personal space and their thoughts and ideas. It’s a beautiful thing when you can get through the day and you’ve been able to practice what you want the children to emulate.

Character education has 6 main values—respect, trustworthiness, responsibility, caring, fairness, citizenship. These values are basically the “rules” that make up ethics. When children practice these values (and adults too, for that matter) we get along better as a society; we are happier people; we work together as a team and can produce far better results than if we were working alone.

Character education matters now, more than ever. I don’t just write for the fun of it (although it is fun to write), I write to get a message across to children and to help “teach” them something of value. I hope parents and teachers can see the positive messages in my books and will feel good about reading them to their children or encouraging their children or students to read one of my books on their own.

As always my books are available on Amazon

New Release Franky The Finicky Flamingo by Wanda Luthman

A big thank you to The Page Turner for sharing about my new picture book that is being released today!! I’m super excited to finally have it available to young readers today. You can get your copy at myBook.to/Franky

The Page Turner

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  • Print Length: 15 pages
  • Publisher: Lilacs in Literature (November 3, 2017)
  • Publication Date: November 3, 2017
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B076BT4SXF
Hey there! Do you have a picky eater? If so, they’re going to love Franky, the Finicky Flamingo—a beautifully illustrated rhyming picture book.
I was a super picky eater when I was a kid. No kidding! My Mom fed me a canned pear every morning along with a healthy breakfast of eggs and bacon and orange juice (those were the days right, when Mom’s cooked full breakfasts for their children before school!). Anyway, I gagged on the “string” in that pear. I must have had a very sensitive palate to be able to feel that. Today, I love pears! But, I still prefer the fresh ones over the canned ones! Ha!
I couldn’t drink orange juice with pulp in it—I’d gag on the pulp!
And I loved…

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Liebster Award

Liebster Award (discovery of new blogs)
Picture provided by                         Stories of a Highly Sensitive Introvert

 

Thanks very much to Stories of a Highly Sensitive Introvert for nominating me for the Liebster Award!  She writes awesome posts, so please check her blog out!

How this award works:

  1. Acknowledge the blog who nominated you and display award.
  2. Answer 11 questions the blogger gives you.
  3. Give 11 random facts about yourself.
  4. Nominate 11 blogs and notify them of the nomination.
  5. Give them 11 questions to answer.

Without further ado, here we go!


My Answers

1. What is your favourite memory?

I have many but one of my favorite involves Halloween. We had a very scary looking house–it was painted a dark gray and in the dark was well, just plain scary. Our family took it to the hilt. My Mom was the picture of sweetness, she would invite those cute little trick or treaters in and right next to the foyer, we had a sunken living room. My Dad would lay down in the living room near the foyer and when the kids were well inside, he would reach out and grab their ankles. They would scream and run out and then tell all their friends. We had TONS of trick or treaters all up for the fear!! My sister would wear a mask and lay on the coffee table in the living room with a sheet over her body. My brother would wear a mask too and hold an axe over her like he was chopping her head off. Yes, those were fun times!!

2. What is one thing you regret, and if you could go back what would you do differently?

Well, I would go back and not marry my ex-husband. But, in retrospect, going through that experience and leaving him in the face of everyone’s displeasure (because they didn’t understand what was going on behind the scenes) made me into the strong person I am today where I believe in myself and I hold to the motto, “To Thine Own Self, Be True.”

3. What are your goals at the moment?

My current goal has to do with my children’s books. I am trying to reach as many children as possible with the positive messages in my books to help improve their lives.

4. How are you feeling right now?

I am super happy! I’m leaving in 2 weeks to go visit my second grand-daughter. She was born at the beginning of September and obviously doesn’t live local. Can’t wait to kiss her precious cheeks and hold her for hours on end.

5. What did you have for dinner today?

Fried chicken which I haven’t had in like years!! It was delicious!

6. When was the last time you cried, and why?

I haven’t cried in awhile mainly because I’m going through peri-menopause which means instead of getting sad about things, I just feel cranky (and that’s putting it nicely! ha!)

7. The funniest joke you heard?

I’m more or a pun-ny person, so my favorite pun is

An Avon seller was driving down a dark road one evening when she hit a bunny. She got out and saw that it was dead. She ran to the back of her car and pulled out a can from her bag. She sprayed the bunny all over. In a bit, the bunny perked up and then got up and hopped a little bit and then waved and then hopped a little bit and then waved. Her passenger said, “What did you spray on that bunny?” She replied, “Hair (hare) restorer and permanent wave, of course!”

8. Do you have any pets?

I have two yorkies–a male named Scruffy and a female named Tessa. And about 15 feral cats that live outside that I feed. All are fixed, except the newest one that just had a baby. I’m going to work on getting those two fixed soon.

9. Your favourite song?

Forever Young by Rod Stewart

10. Who inspires you the most?

My daughter–she’s amazing! It’s been an awesome journey to be her Mom and watch her grow up into the beautiful, smart, incredible young woman she is today. She’s 22.

11. What are your hobbies?

I love to write, of course! And cycle and swim. And I love crafts and baking.


My Random Facts

Here are 11 random facts about me!

  1. I love country music (I grew up in the midwest)
  2. I have one biological child and 4 step-children and 2 step-granddaughters
  3. I work as a High School Guidance Counselor but prior to that I worked at a Community Mental Health Center for 10 years
  4. I have been married twice
  5. While I love to write children’s books, I love to read science fiction and spiritual books (weird combo, I know!)
  6. I’m an introvert but I actively worked at becoming more outgoing. My Mom, my sister, and my brother are all outgoing and I wanted to be more like them. They were great role models.
  7. I am a cyclist. Yes, one of those spandex wearing kind.
  8. I was a competitive swimmer growing up. My best event is 100 fly and I even set a High School record a 1:02
  9. I lived in Hawaii in High School. Best experience of my life and still have great friends in my life from those two (too short) years.
  10. I have recently gotten into something called Contemplative Meditation and it changed my life. If you do any kind of meditation, you will know what I’m talking about.
  11. I love God and believe in Jesus. Honestly, I don’t know where I would be without God in my life. I pray every day and believe in the power of prayer because I’ve seen miracles happen.

My Nominations and Questions

Yes, fellow bloggers, 11 of you have been nominated for the awesome blogs you have! Do note this isn’t mandatory; do feel free to decline it for any reason or even no reason at all and I promise I won’t mind. I just wanted to let you know how much I appreciate your blogs.

  1. http://www.athomaspointofview.com/
  2. http://theutopiauniverse.wordpress.com/
  3. http://ugurbocegisite.wordpress.com/
  4. http://thepersecutionofmildreddunlap.wordpress.com/
  5. https://simpledimplesite.wordpress.com/
  6. http://jorjagrael.wordpress.com/
  7. http://crystaleyes20.com/
  8. http://wordpresscom3599.wordpress.com/
  9. http://writingforme1961.wordpress.com/
  10. http://myblessingsite.wordpress.com/
  11. http://delblogger.com/

This is the part I write 11 questions to you, but I’m just going to re-post the same questions I got for you.

  1. What is your favorite memory?
  2. What is one thing you regret, and if you could go back what would you do differently?
  3. What are your goals at the moment?
  4. How are you feeling right now?
  5. What did you have for dinner today?
  6. When was the last time you cried, and why?
  7. The funniest joke you heard?
  8. Do you have any pets?
  9. Your favorite song?
  10. Who inspires you the most?
  11. What are your hobbies?

Remember, it’s not mandatory!


 

 

New Little Free Library in Soledad, California Charter #35502

Wanda Luthman's children's books pictured in a Little Free Library in Soledad, CA Charter #35502

Please welcome Kim B. all the way from California!

She reached out to me a few weeks ago and told me about her Little Free Library that she was starting and asked if I would donate books to it. I jumped at the opportunity to have my children’s books in her Little Free Library because I want to reach as many kids as possible to encourage good character and literacy and support this wonderful concept!

Kim, please tell us what inspired you to start your little library….

I came across a Little Free Library (LFL) for the 1st time while visiting another nearby city. I absolutely fell in love and knew I just had to have one! The thought of providing free books to people, kids especially, just warmed my heart!

I researched it online and about a year later, got one of my own. We live in between 2 elementary schools, so we get a lot of kids who walk by to and from school.

The main motto for LFL is “Take a book, leave a book” but more often than not kids don’t return the books. That is NOT a problem and we are completely fine with that, as we have built a stockpile & we receive donations from people in our community who also want to keep kids reading.

Promoting literacy is the whole reason we do this. Our LFL doesn’t just get younger visitors, we keep it stocked for anyone, from what we like to say, 1 to 100 years old!

Some people don’t have the transportation to our local library, or kids have parents who work late, whatever the reason; we are more than willing to help by providing books to everyone and will continue to do so for as long as we possibly can!

We are currently the only Little Free Library in town and we are hoping to put up another one (with the city’s permission of course!) at a local park, in the near future.

Thank you, Kim, for being with us today and starting this wonderful Little Free Library for the children in your community. You are someone who is making a difference in your part of the world!