You were born with the power to change others. You change people by the way you treat them. That is what changes the human heart.
~ Patricia Polacco
The first time I was introduced to Patricia Polacco’s work I was enrolled in a Reading Literacy Class in college. I became a fan of her works for young readers very quickly. Polacco always chooses to talk about diverse stories that should be brought to classrooms everywhere. She is able to face tough issues through children’s book. She has tackled bullying, racism, learning disabilities, and much more. One of my favorites is Mr. Lincoln’s Way. The book tells the story about an elementary principal named Mr. Lincoln. He was loved by all of his students except for Eugene Esterhause. The students at the school gave him the nickname “Mean Eugene” because he was a bully. Eugene used racist words to mark…
Wow, it’s been a fun Summer so far and I sure hope that it’s been a fun summer for you, too. I want to tell you something that really bothers me. I see many of you with your cell phones and you’re having so much fun watching funny things on it, and you’re also texting back and forth to your friends and family and that’s great. But make sure that the things you’re texting or watching are good things and not bad or hurtful things. Remember, words hurt. Never let anyone make you feel bad about yourself because they are a bully! Bullies don’t think about the fact they are hurting people. They just think that they can hurt others and get away with it. Well, if someone who is supposed to be your friend begins to push you around or they text mean and unkind words to you, tell your mom and dad about it first and then make up your mind that the person isn’t really your friend. Be brave and let them know you are not afraid and that you will NOT let them treat you bad or say and text ugly things to you. You were made by God and God makes good everything. Bullying is for losers and you are not a loser. Just remember to be kind and have more fun this Summer, too. Talk to you later. JENNY
Hi guys, I’m Junior Rabbit, Jenny friend. I do a lot of things with my friends. We play soccer, tag, tell each other stories and other things. We do all of our activities outside. But there is one thing that I really want to share with you that you can do outside or inside: YOU CAN READ!
Now just before you say that reading isn’t fun, think about this. When you read you can enter right into the story that you are reading. You can be on the sidelines looking at the story as it unfolds, or you can be the one telling the story as you read, you can even become a participant in the story! What I am saying is that you can see yourself riding on the stagecoach as it crosses the country to take you west to cattle country. Why you can even hide out on a ship as it crosses the ocean to go to a distant land. You can imagine yourself helping to rescue someone from danger in the pages of a book. You can be the king or the princess or the brave soldier who slays a dragon and saves a village! Boy, oh boy, when you read the world opens up to you. So, make sure to visit the world this summer in the pages of a book at your local library.
The book that I’m reading now is about my friend Loony. He’s having a time helping our other friends out because people have put so much garbage in the lake where they all live. Oh, gotta go guys, Loony needs my help.
I have something that is on my mind and I want to tell you how I feel. But first, look at the picture here of people who are really special:
I consider the subject of those persons in our population who have special needs, very important.
Just because a person has a particular disability doesn’t mean that they can’t contribute something to society. It also doesn’t mean that it should be “open season” for them to be bullied, talked about negatively, or laughed at. If we see someone engaging in these types of negative behaviors toward a person with special needs, we should step up and do what we can to end the abuse because whether we believe it or not, the rest of us are just one car accident away from becoming handicapped, too.
We should put ourselves in the other person’s shoes and ask ourselves if we would want anyone to make fun of us or bully us.
God loves ALL of us and He made us all different. All our fingerprints are different, but God loves us ALL the same.
Well, I was a special education teacher for many years; and I had a great time on the radio this past Saturday! I was interviewed by the renowned author Parker J. Cole on her broadcast show, “The Parker J. Cole Show”.
I shared with her about special needs and making room for all people in church and anywhere else for those children and adults with special needs and I let them know that they are people just like anyone else. You can listen to my interview with her by clicking the link below.
Until then, make sure you are having fun, keeping it simple by reading a book.
I’m a librarian in a Primary Years Programme (IB) elementary school that is also a Title 1 school. All students participate in our PYP programme and one of the big take-aways for kids is how to take action. Once you see an issue or a problem in your world, how do you make a difference? […]