Archive for February, 2012

All Things School

Wednesday, February 29th, 2012

schoolMiss Pat wanted to see if the class could name objects that can be seen around and in school.

So, she created a matching game called school things for the children to play on their computers.

How about playing along and see how you do with School Things?

Just go to the “Can Do” Street Club House and choose games. Then choose School Things and you are ready to play the two new matching games.

Good Luck with School Things!

 

You Don’t Always Have to Share

Sunday, February 26th, 2012

The boys were sitting around the kitchen table at Willie’s house, talking about always having to share.

shareGrandpa Dooley was sitting in a chair, not far from the table, pretending to read the paper. Actually he was listening in on the boys conversation.  From what they were saying, he could tell they really didn’t like having to share all the time.

Grandpa Dooley wondered to himself as he listened to them. Should he speak up? Don’t  they realize, they have choices? Don’t they know that sometimes it’s okay not to share?

“Hey boys,” said Grandpa Dooley as he got up and walked over to the table , “I can’t help overhearing what you are talking about and I just want to say that you don’t always have to share. Sometimes its okay not to share. Sometimes it’s not even a good idea to share. Sometimes it is even wrong to share.”

The boys all stared at Grandpa Dooley as if he had three heads! Hector spoke for all the boys when he said, “Tell us when it is okay not to share. I’d really like to know when I don’t have to share!”

Grandpa smiled and said,”When your parents or a teacher or  someone else in authority tell you to share…well, it is usually a good idea to do it. But, if a stranger or another kid says you have to share, well, no you don’t. It is up to you if you want to share with a friend or someone you know from school or the recreation center or the park. You have the choice to share or not to share. You just need to ask yourself a few questions:

  • How well do I know this person?
  • Do I want to share?
  • Does this person really need me to share? Is it a special circumstance, say, they don’t have any snack and they are hungry?
  • How will I feel if I don’t share?

The boys thought for awhile. Then Willie asked, “Okay, what about when it is not a good idea to share?”

Grandpa Dooley answered,”When what you would share could hurt the person. For instance, little kids shouldn’t eat peanuts. It could make them sick. So, it wouldn’t be a good idea to share peanuts with your little brother or sister. “

The boys nodded, that made sense. Then Arthur J asked, “When is it wrong to share?”

“That’s an easy one,” said Grandpa Dooley. “Here are a few examples:

  • We are not supposed to share homework answers because that would be cheating.
  • We shouldn’t share licks on the same ice cream pop or swigs from the same soda bottle because that’s how you spread germs.

So you see boys, you don’t always have to share. But, you do have to be ready to make a choice when you are asked to share.”

A New Word Jumble

Thursday, February 23rd, 2012

Evert time the “Can Dos” have a long weekend, or a school break, the best word to describe their first day back to class…tough.

On days like this, mostly all of the boys and girls have a hard time settling in and paying attention.

Miss Pat tries to have new word exercises every day so the “Can Dos” can build their vocabulary, but after a school break, she needs to use word games to get and hold their attention.

So  here is the word game, a word jumble to be exact, that Miss Pat gave the class to do.

Why not print the word jumble and see how you do?

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The Bike

Monday, February 20th, 2012

bikeYundi was riding his bike when Jay flagged him down. Jay told Yundi he needed to borrow his bike to get to the library before it closed in a half an hour.  He explained that he left his book there and he needed it to do his homework.

Yundi could see that Jay was upset, but he wasn’t so sure it was a good idea to lend him the bike. The bike was a birthday present form his grandma. His parents had been very clear about him not lending the bike to anyone.

“Please,” said Jay.”It is too far to walk. I’ll never get there before the library closes. If I don’t get that book I will be in big trouble with mom and dad and with Miss Pat.”

Yundi said,”I can get in big trouble with my parents if they find out I lent the bike to anyone. They’ll take it away from me and I won’t be able to ride it for weeks and I love this bike.”

Jay looked sad, then angry. “I thought you were my friend. Friends help each other out. Some friend you are!” Then Jay started to walk away.

“Wait, I have an idea, said Yundi,”I can help you and still not get in trouble for lending my bike.”

Jay looked confused, “How?”

Yundi smiled, “Tell me what your book looks like and where you think you left it and I’ll go get it for you. Keep your cell phone on so I can call you if there is a problem.”

Before Jay could answer, Yundi was off to the library. As it turned out, someone had found the book and turned it into the librarian at the front desk. Yundi called Jay and had him tell the librarian it was okay that he pick up the book for Jay.

When Yundi got the book back to Jay, Jay apologized for what he had said, saying,” You really are a good friend. I’m sorry I didn’t understand about your not being able to lend your bike to anyone.”

Yundi smiled, “I have to get home. See you tomorrow, Jay.”

Jay tucked his book under his arm and started to walk home. Well, he thought, I have my book and I am really lucky to have a good friend like Yundi.

A Math Quiz

Friday, February 17th, 2012

It was the day before a 3-day weekend. The “Can Dos” were having a hard time focusing on school work. Most were thinking about what they were going to do with three days off!

Miss Pat had already reviewed what President’s Day was all about. They spent time talking about George Washington and Abraham Lincoln and all that they did for America.

So…now what thought Miss Pat. Then she remembered the math game she put on the computers.

“Class,” said Miss Pat, time for a math quiz.” Several of the “Can Dos” let out groans and moans.

math“That’s enough,” said Miss Pat. “Go to your computers and let’s get started. Today’s math quiz is about the 2x table and adding one.”

Why don’t you play along. Just go to the “Can Do” Club House, choose games and choose times table +1.

Good luck with the math quiz!