Tuesday, January 1, 2013

BFNN:Big Family News Network

This past holiday, as with many holidays, I miss being geographically close to my family, but thanks to the blessing of technology, they are just a click away.
So today, in the time between teaching my girls how to wave like a Rose Parade Queen (shoulder up, elbow bend, fingers slightly cupped, twist wrist,slight scoop, twist:repeat) and joining in on a spontaneous howl session with the puppies, I made some very interesting classroom to the 'homeroom" connections and realized how growing up in a big family prepared me for teaching.
 (Hey! Who made this mess!)
Now, let me 'splain and feel free to add your own... 
  • There are no secrets. (Oooooo, I'm gonna teeeeeell!)
  • Noise
  • It's not called tattling it's called sharing. (Ooooo, and do I have stuff to shaaaare...)
  • Somebody always has to go pee!
  • Your stuff will get lost...or broken...or messed with...or...or
  • The time it takes to get from Point A to Point Z increases exponentially by the number of participants involved (this is a mathmatical problemI know even Einstein could not crack)
  • Lord help the person that messes with any of us. (in my best Godfather tone)
  • Everyone is suspect. 
  • You will have to go through "inspection". (side ways glance, eyes scanning from top to bottom)
  • If it suddenly gets silent...be very afraid.
  • Notme is the name of the child who gets blamed for everything.
  • A cookie and a juice box is all you need for a party!
  • On that note...just being together is reason to celebrate.
  • Sometimes you gotta yell to get noticed.
  • Sometimes you gotta push someone out of the way to get noticed.
  • There's always someone trying to hog the camera. (Mooooove it, I'm posing!)
  • Just sitting next to someone who is sad is all it takes to comfort them.
  • It's okay to get mad.
  • It's okay to be shy.
  • It's okay to have your own stuff.
  • It's okay to sing out loud (or not).
  • It's okay to dance (or not).
  • You don't always have to agree.
  • Stick together when the times get tough.
  • Come together in good times.
  • It's okay to let them see you cry.
  • Sometimes you just gotta make a mess.
  • Learning can and will look messy.
  • Snacks are important.
  • Never say,"If I tell you something, do you promise not to tell?"
  • If everybody pitches in the work is easier.
  • Look out for each other.
  • Laughter is contagious.
The Lesson
It's the differences in each person that makes a family (and a classroom) unique and special.
Together, or apart, we are one jumbo combo platter of spicy opinion with a double shot of hot temper on the side.

So, whattaya think? Is it too late to call my Mom? I need to "share" something.


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