Monday, February 20, 2012

A Day to Celebrate Presidents

"George Washington, the first president of the United States, was born on February 22, 1732. His birthday is celebrated as a federal holiday in the United States along with Abraham Lincoln's birthday on "Washington's Birthday" — the Monday before Washington's birthday and after Lincoln's February 12 birthday."  Source: Today in History from the Library of Congress 

Thanks to this federal holiday I am enjoying some extra time at home today. So, naturally, I am reading education blogs & trying to catch up on the swirl of ideas and cool links out there on the "web".

The above link to the Library of Congress has links to documents about President Washington including his inaugural address. There is also a link to videos demonstrating dance steps that would have been common in Washington's time. These are elegantly staged and show overhead shots of the dancers in full period costume.   I thought about Mr. Kern when watching. He will love these!

Here is one that you might like: The Kid Should See This.

Here is their explanation:
"There's just so much science, nature, music, art, technology, storytelling and assorted good stuff out there that my kids (and maybe your kids) haven't seen. It's most likely not stuff that was made for them...
But we don't underestimate kids around here. Kid-friendly not-made-for-kids videos for all!
Collected by Rion Nakaya and her three four year old co-curator."

Discover something new today!

Thursday, February 9, 2012

PowerPoint

February means PowerPoint. 3rd graders are finishing up work on their Inventor presentations, while 4th graders are just starting this week on a presentation about Native American Tribes of Wisconsin. It was interesting to hear the kids say "I'm done", when they finished their typing. Some even asked if they could print. Next time I should do a better job of explaining just what this multi-media presentation is!