Friday, October 20, 2017 --a learning resource

When I was teaching, and now as a homeschooling mama, I go to to find learning activities and worksheets to scaffold the learning process.

Let the Autumn season help your kids blow their way to unscrambling new words with this fun worksheet!
(See examples). They come with answer keys, too, to make grading easy-peasy.

You can find more spelling games and activities at 

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It's time for us to laugh and smile!!!
Happy Friday!

If you want to get your house egged this year...

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Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Marvelous Math Hacks

I like this anchor chart for multiplication because it showcases several ways to solve a problem!

Now...I think you STILL need to teach regrouping and why we do it, BUT I also think this is just ANOTHER way to show how to subtract quickly.
A fun and easy match center for numeration and counting.

Make an interactive paper plate wheel!

This hopscotch grid is for showing which common benchmark fractions are less than greater than, or equivalent to others. It's not meant to be a visual representation of size!

And this is a life hack with a math hack...

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Sunday, October 15, 2017

40 is magical!~

It is after midnight. It is October 15th. I am finally 40!!!

This is what 40 looks like...happiness. Bliss. Only tired because of school--but feeling accomplished. 

Some of my celebration took place Saturday since my Mid-Terms are today.
We took sweets from Buttersweets Bakery to a housewarming party a friend was having.

She gave out these awesome thank you gifts. A bottle opener and a key chain. How adorbs!

I got to wear my new Halloween dress. The wind was not helping us out and my hubs has no idea how to work my camera. So this ghostly pic is what ya get...
I wore my new skeleton high heels! Spoooooky.

He surprised me by taking me to my favorite restaurant for dinner. How to end the perfect day? With the perfect fro yo, of course!!!

Later today, we eat cake. I will be working on Mid-Terms *yuck* but getting a sugar rush while doing so. Here's to happiness!!

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Saturday, October 14, 2017

Cultural Diversity at the Library

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I'm up late working hard on maintaining my 4.0 while finishing my second Master Degree (in Library and Information Science). One of my courses is on Multicultural Librarianship. I found a wonderful newsletter that details Tulsa County Library System’s Annual Asian American Festival. They celebrate people from China, India, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Taiwan, Thailand, Vietnam, and other Asian countries.

 There are:
Chinese dragon, lion and folk dances
Classical Indian music
Manga exchanges
A traditional tea ceremony
Japanese bamboo flute ceremony
Martial arts presentation
Arts and Crafts
Educational opportunities
Asian cuisine

Diversity is a beautiful thing and our job as library employees is to reach out to our communities and to celebrate and honor their history, present and future. I would love to see more opportunities for cultural awareness at the library!
Many years ago, I remember my own local library celebrating the Cherry Tree Blossom Festival with dancers performing while a traditional band played music. I remember the graceful dancing, and the boom of the large drums. After the event, we were given green tea ice cream to sample. It was great!

 I started thinkingwhat could libraries do to celebrate diversity?

1.    Get the community involved! Ask your community what they want. Give them a platform to celebrate differences. Ask them to speak during a program. Maybe they can share stories from their own history, or traditional tales and beliefs from their own culture.

2.   Books are your buddies! Make a cultural display and highlight books about or by authors of that culture. Don’t just do it the month ofhighlight diversity all year round.

3.   Check out your collection. The best way to integrate diversity is to make sure your material includes contemporary literature about diverse groups. This means children’s and young adult materials, as well. Do you only have one dusty copy of a book about Jennifer Lopez? Time to upgrade!

Not sure where to begin? I suggest you go to this helpful School Library Journal web site.

It is important to showcase biographies of famous culturally diverse Americans. Also, it can be helpful for other children to appreciate a multicultural viewpoint and grow up reading material from a variety of cultures.

4.   Diverse programming. We need more of it. Make sure even if it is a short, children’s program, that we don’t just make it about being a cultural tourist. We want to introduce children to cultural heritage, history, traditions, and to characters that represent them. The biggest tip I can think of is DO NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS about a culture or country. An example of this is Mexico does not equal=Mexican Americans. And also, many cultures are Spanish-speakingMexican, Puerto Ricans, Cubans, Salvadorans, Dominicans, Guatemalans, Colombians, Hondurans, Ecuadorians and Peruvians. Individuals from New Mexico, California, Texas, etc. can also be Spanish speakers.

5.   Increase your own cultural knowledge! Read! Attend a webinar or professional development session about various cultures, countries or multicultural awareness.

 These are just a few minor tips from the top of my head. I think these are wonderful first steps toward integrating cultural diversity into your library.

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Tuesday, October 10, 2017


It was a true honor yesterday to find out during our library system staff day that I was nominated not for just one award, but for four awards: the Catalyst Award, Innovator Award and Spoticus Award. I was also nominated with the team award for Bethany Library. I appreciate the pat on the back and I am thankful to anyone who thought of me. Thank you!

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Friday, October 6, 2017

Okay, it's Friday...

Since it is Friday, it is silly time Fri-YAY. This was a looooong week so I embrace the silliness!


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