Thursday, September 30, 2010
The beauty of Maine's fall foliage will be highlighted in the next few weeks with seven fall foliage events--including six hikes and a river paddle--presented by the Maine Bureau of Parks and Lands and the Maine Forest Service.
Events will be led by both a BPL park manager/ranger and a MFS district forester. This year's series of hikes will range from easy to moderate difficulty. New this year is the inclusion of hikes at two public reserve land units, which should give participants an experience of these multi-use, wilderness areas managed by BPL.
The paddle will take place at the BPL's newest park, the Androscoggin Riverlands State Park, north of the Lewiston-Auburn area and is sponsored by the Androscoggin Land Trust.
Hikers should wear sturdy, appropriate footwear, with enclosed toes, and comfortable clothing, preferably worn in layers. Paddlers will need to bring their own boats, life vests, and gear. Participants should bring cameras, binoculars, snacks and water. The BPL and MFS especially thank Poland Spring for donating bottled water for this program.
The events will take place:
10 a.m., Saturday, Oct. 2, Mt. Blue State Park, Weld;
10 a.m., Sunday, Oct. 3, Sebago Lake State Park, Casco;
10 a.m., Sunday, Oct. 3, Bald Mountain Public Reserve Land, Franklin County;
10 a.m., Sunday, Oct. 3, Bradbury Mountain State Park, Freeport;
10 a.m., Sunday, Oct. 3, Androscoggin Riverlands State Park, Turner;
10 a.m., Saturday, Oct. 9, Shackford Head State Park, Eastport;
1 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 10, Camden Hills State Park, Camden.
For more specific information about the hikes/paddle, including difficulty and meeting places, go to: parksandlands.com. Or call, Melissa Macaluso, BPL, at (207) 287-4960.
Wednesday, September 29, 2010
Friday, September 24, 2010
November 27th has been deemed the National Day of Listening by StoryCorp and NPR - an opportunity to record some of the unique stories that emerge from the 5/6 social studies project... and if all this piques curiosity enough, PBS has an interesting site about American Families including an online family tree that allows relatives to all contribute to a shared site.
I just read a review of Patricia Reilly Giff's new book The Storyteller, and immediately interlibrary loaned it for Grace. It seems right up the ally of the 5/6 social studies project and I know she has enjoyed other books by Giff. Here is a review from the 4th Musketeer blog (which has other reviews of historical literature for kids, as well), and from RandomHouse's web page:
| Storyteller |
Juvenile Fiction - Social Situations - Friendship Wendy Lamb Books | Hardcover | September 2010 | $ 15.99 | 978-0-375-83888-0 (0-375-83888-0)
About the Book
A story of the American Revolution from two-time Newbery Honor–winning author Patricia Reilly Giff.
While staying with her aunt, Elizabeth finds something remarkable: a drawing. It hangs on the wall, a portrait of her ancestor, Eliza, known as Zee. She looks like Elizabeth.
The girls’ lives intertwine as Elizabeth’s present-day story alternates with Zee’s, which takes place during the American Revolution. Zee is dreamy, and hopeful for the future—until the Revolution tears apart her family and her community in upstate New York. Left on her own, she struggles to survive and to follow her father and brother into battle.
Zee’s story has been waiting to be rediscovered by the right person. As Elizabeth learns about Zee, and walks where Zee once walked and battles raged, the past becomes as vivid and real as the present.
In this beautifully crafted, affecting novel from beloved author Patricia Reilly Giff, the lives of two girls reflect one another as each finds her own inner strengths.
What books get you thinking about the connection between family and history?
Thursday, September 23, 2010
The Outing Club is hosting a fundraiser Soup Dinner on October 22 -- see Nicole for suggestions about who's selling tickets... Should be fun and FSP families have a good reputation for yummy food.
Friday, Oct. 22nd 6:00- 8:00pm
F.S.P. Carter Hall
Please bring your own dishes and silverware!
Local Food/Music/Support the Outing Club!
$15.00 adult / $5.00 child
Wednesday, September 22, 2010
Learning how to be still, to really be still and let life happen - that stillness becomes a radiance. --Morgan Freeman
Tip of the Day:
Allan Hall was seeking still moments. Somehow, he found himself at a London boys' school, where Headmaster David Boddy leads a period of quiet time at the start of each day. For ten minutes, three hundred boys sit in silence. Many close their eyes. All fidgeting ceases. It made Hall think. What do we get from stillness - those moments of reverie, of daydreaming, in an ever more noisy, busy, and stimulating world? "In the midst of the 10 minutes, you may get a couple of minutes of absolute inner quiet but the rest is sort of getting there," Boddy offers. With moments of stillness come opportunities for reflection, random association and creativity. The gift of "Doing Silence," as one author calls it, may just be the gift of tapping into and understanding ourselves. [ more ]
Be The Change:
Make time throughout the day to be still. [ more ]
Tuesday, September 21, 2010
Raffi has a call for putting the world's children at the center of our shared decisions in Yes Magazine. He writes:
As individuals, we’re accustomed to putting the needs of children first. It comes naturally to us; we intuitively understand our deep responsibility to the very young. At the societal level, though, we often fail to take their rights and needs (including future ones) into account. Imagine what would happen if we did—if compassion and consideration for children’s well-being became the basis of our collective decisions.And this rings true to me --the labor of meeting the perceived needs of our own individual children can edge out time and energy to develop social policies and shared resources that meet the needs of our whole community, including our families. The pace of our own treadmill picks up, leaving us without the space to imagine more shared responsibilities and the potential joy of some interdependence.
I'd love a parent-discussion about how we enact peace making in our own lives, families and communities and the complexities that that brings up... any interest?
Monday, September 20, 2010
Friday, September 17, 2010
Thursday, September 16, 2010
For inspiration, check out this TED video : What Adults Can Learn From Kids
Wednesday, September 15, 2010
You can also access the calendar through this link, if you want to bookmark it yourself (I think -- please let me know if this link works)
Or, if you'd like to be able to link the FSPparents calendar with your own google calendars, feel free to drop me an email and I'll add your email to the calendar list itself.
Tuesday, September 14, 2010
Here's an attempt at linking it
Monday, September 13, 2010
On Saturday, September 18th at 7:00 pm at the St. Bartholomew's Church in Yarmouth (396 Gilman Road), Portland's Playback Theater will present a performance in support of Enviornmental Health Strategy Center.
Playback Theatre joins the art of improvisation with real-life stories spontaneously shared by members of the audience. Using movement, dialogue and music, the actors seek to honor the countless moments and events that shape our lives. In honor of EHSC's work for safer chemicals and healthy families, Saturday's theme will be "preventing harm". There will be a reception with sweet treats immediately following the performance. Children are welcome.
Friday, September 10, 2010
Katie's class read Leo the Late Bloomer and the kids made incredibly sweet drawings of where they have already bloomed and where they're sprouting... Sounds like a good idea for grown-ups taking stock, as well.... and grown-ups can take even more comfort with this new MobileActives new initiative "failfaires" to celebrate all the mistakes that lead to brilliant innovation.
Wednesday, September 8, 2010
CREATE A CULTURE OF RISK-TAKING
This article from Educational Leadership's "Meaningful Work" issue
(Sept 2010) sums up 20 years of research by Carol Dweck and her
colleagues, identifying two distinct ways in which individuals view
intelligence and learning. The fixed mindset believes intelligence is
simply an inborn trait, while those with a growth mindset believe
that they can develop their intelligence over time. Dweck argues that
not only does meaningful schoolwork promote students' learning of
academic content, it can also teach students to love challenges, to
enjoy effort, to be resilient, and to value their own improvement.
She shares ideas about how to help students come to see that
long-term growth and success depends on taking risks.
The middleweb newsletter is full of interesting links and ideas --
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in the subject line.
Tuesday, September 7, 2010
Our family mainly conducts homework sessions at the kitchen table, with some finishing on the couch, in the car, and probably at school. These are also the places I tend to do my work, with a little coffee shop thrown in. How about your kids? Where will homework get done in your house and when?
Sunday, September 5, 2010
Official info soon!
Saturday, September 4, 2010
Dr. Laura Markham has a weekly newsletter that was suggested by another parent.
I'm a big fan of MojoMom and her podcasts and links.
NurtureShock, Mind in the Making, and Pink Brain / Blue Brain use cognitive science to help us think about child development
Where else do you go for new thinking or old reassurance about parenting?
Thursday, September 2, 2010
So here's the question of the day: What are your dreams for the school for this year and into the future? There's not a great history of parents using the comments section to add their input, but we're hoping that's one more change that will take place right now.