Monday, February 27, 2012

On With The Crown!

Yesterday my family celebrated our Mom's 80th birthday.  She is famous in our family for her sense of humor and endless love for all of us.  She has tenderly watched friends and family pass due to illness or age.
She is devoted to my Dad and cares for him in many ways.  She is a rock.  She is also a DRAMA QUEEN!
Growing up, I remember her breaking into a song or story.  She encouraged all of us kids to express ourselves, and I thank her for allowing the messes, the dress-up days, and the never-ending flow of neighbor kids coming and going.  Appropriately, we crowned our Mom last night.  She wore a tiara and a pink "birthday girl" sash throughout the party.  The party was over. . . we were finishing dishes. . .I noticed she still had the tiara on her head.  Thinking she forgot about it, I reminded her that she could take it off.  She quickly replied that she had great plans for that tiara.  Many more happy days for my mom, the original DRAMA QUEEN!

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Just Love My Teacher Friends

My pride in elementary teachers is bolstered when I see teachers who are passionate about writing.  Today,
after school, Ruth and MaryHelen left their teaching day to come to my school.  Their goal was to show teachers how to create a blog, then participate in a Slice Of Life, by blogging for 31 days in March.  Ruth's website is (  Shouldn't writing come naturally for a drama queen?
Isn't writing my favorite subject to teach? The problem always seems to be TIME.  Now that my colleagues are participating, we can encourage and remind each other to remember our Slice Of Life!  Thanks to all those who lead the way for other writers to put their thoughts to the keyboard!

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Drama Works- Put on the crown!

Most every Friday, I can be found in one of our extra rooms preparing for Friday Favorites.
Last week, I was "The News Lady."  I cut a big hole out of cardboard, used a toy microphone and had my news report in front of me ready to begin.  The News Lady met students at the door as they came in, using the microphone to ask their names (think like the Today Show!).
The entire grade level sat on the floor with clip boards, papers, and pencils.  The show began.  The News Lady reported on a contest for the "Best School Award."  She talked about another school (Bummer School) which entered the contest.  The News Lady described that school as being wonderful (even though they were fed spinach and stew every day).  The News Lady ended by saying she was going to visit the students at Nappanee Elementary because she heard it was a very amazing place.  The News Lady left the TV screen and walked in and among the students with her microphone, asking them to comment on their school.  The contest was over in one week, so these students went to work, planning and writing their own letters of persuasion.  After 30 minutes the first graders went back to work on the project in their rooms and the News Lady presented the same lesson with the second grade classes. 

Two days from now Friday Favorites roles around again.  This time the News Lady will return to announce that NES did, indeed, win the BEST SCHOOL AWARD!
She will show some examples of student writing and talk about using voice to persuade. 
Student work will be posted in the hallway to give recognition to writing accomplishments.
A few props. . .a writing goal. . . and you can be a Drama Queen!

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Is All You Have Is A Moment

Just a moment. . .that is all it takes to turn a discouraged frown into a delighted banana smile!  I write this to remind myself of those fragile moments.  Could I have changed a child's day just by a smile, hug, or a special word of encouragement?  How often do I close my day by rememembering the heart-thumping words, "I love you, teacher?"  With today being Valentine's Day, my five yr-olds will choose to end our time together by having a "car wash."  The class gets into two long lines facing each other.  One person goes down the center as each child touches their shoulder and tells them one nice thing.  Wow, can that brighten any day.
Anyone needing a car wash????    The Drama Queen

Monday, February 13, 2012

drama drama drama

A drama queen is usually the title for a students that goes "overboard" with everything.  I am all about that with my teaching of young children.  We have tough competition out there with video games and computers.  We sadly, just finished our unit of study about the sea and whales.  We celebrated all of our learning through the eyes of pirates last week . . .more drama.  I now have a new name written on a piece of paper from one of my sailors:  Kelecapdin (Kelley Captain).  Can it get any better?  I'm a little down this week, because the role of Captain was really working for me!  Taking down the cardboard pirate ship, emptying the water table filled with seashells and fish, collecting the jars of sand from around the world and putting the globe back up on the wall, all seem a little sad.  For this is where our little ones open their minds to wonder and think.  Productive talking through "play" actually leads to amazing writing and sharing of new learning.
Take a leap. . .  become a drama queen.