Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Differentiated Instruction for Children

Read the above article entitled:
Coming to our Senses: Incorporating Brain Research into Classroom Instruction
I think that the article promotes teaching children in a classroom of trust, safety and mutual respect. Utilizing techniques that offer the child opportunities to exercise their five senses promotes the greatest achievement! Here's a few highlights worth noting:
  1. Students placed in light blue, yellow, and yellow green and orange rooms increased their IQ scores by 12 pts. on avg.
  2. Red raises blood pressure, pulse rate, respiration and excites brain waves. It stimulates appetite. Blue tends to lower blood pressure and pulse rate - very tranquil. Yellow is the first color that the brain distinguishes and is associated with a certain degree of stress and apprehension, yet stimulates a sense of well being and optimism and positive feelings. Overall, researchers have found that bright colors increase creativity and energy.
  3. Full spectrum lighting is optimal for learning - natural light.
  4. The hearing environment - Some kiddos prefer complete silence to learn while others prefer a busy, noisy environment.
  5. Listening to music engages the whole brain.
  6. Peppermint and lemon scents are known to energize the brain. Vanilla, chamomile and pine are great for calming performance jitters. Floral aromas double the speed of learning.
  7. Stress harms the brain.

Saturday, July 18, 2009

my two baby boys

Look how they love each other!!

Friday, July 17, 2009







Friday, July 10, 2009

Zulema's Great Advice

1. Pray
2. Go to bed on time.
3. Get up on time so you can start the day un rushed.
4. Say No to projects that won't fit into your time schedule, or that will compromise your mental health.
5. Delegate tasks to capable others.
6. Simplify and unclutter your life.
7. Less is more. (Although one is often not enough, two are often too many.)
8. Allow extra time to do things and to get to places.
9. Pace yourself. Spread out big changes and difficult projects over time; don't lump the hard things all together.
10. Take one day at a time.
11. Separate worries from concerns . If a situation is a concern, find out what God would have you do and let go of the anxiety . If you can't do anything about a situation, forget it..
12. Live within your budget; don't use credit cards for ordinary purchases.
13. Have backups; an extra car key in your wallet, an extra house key buried in the garden, extra stamps, etc.
14. K..M.S. (Keep Mouth Shut). This single piece of advice can prevent an enormous amount of trouble.
15. Do something for the Kid in You everyday.
16. Carry a Bible with you to read while waiting in line.
17. Get enough rest
18. Eat right.
19 Get organized so everything has its place.
20. Listen to a tape while driving that can help improve your quality of life..
21. Write down thoughts and inspirations.
22. Every day, find time to be alone.
23. Having problems? Talk to God on the spot. Try to nip small problems in the bud. Don't wait until it's time to go to bed to try and pray.
24. Make friends with Godly people.
25. Keep a folder of favorite scriptures on hand.
26. Remember that the shortest bridge between despair and hope is often a good 'Thank you Jesus ..'
27. Laugh.
28. Laugh some more!
29. Take your work seriously, but not yourself at all.
30.. Develop a forgiving attitude (most people are doing the best they can).
31. Be kind to unkind people (they probably need it the most).
32. Sit on your ego
33 Talk less; listen more.
34. Slow down.
35. Remind yourself that you are not the general manager of the universe.
36 Every night before bed, think of one thing you're grateful for that you've never been grateful for before. GOD HAS A WAY OF TURNING THINGS AROUND FOR YOU.

'If God is for us, who can be against us?'(Romans8:31)

Thursday, July 9, 2009

Bridal Luncheon Chicken Salad

1 whole baked chicken, diced
1 cup real mayonnaise
2 cups seedless grapes, sliced
3 green onions, diced
5 rib celery, thinly diced
1 cup pecan pieces
1 cup apple, pieces
1/4 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. pepper
3 basil leaves, diced

Combine and chill! Enjoy for lunches or snacks on crackers! Always a delight!