Annotations for Myths

Here are my annotations on the article The Modern Quest: Teaching Myths and Folktales by Jeff House. Here is the link if you want to read the article yourself.

I really liked how the article talked about using folktales and myths to understand other cultures. I think it is important to understand different cultures and have a global understanding of others.

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Fables-The Fox and the Grapes

Task in Fable Module 

One of our tasks in the Fables module is to list some questions to ask students to get them to think of the moral of the story The Fox and the Grapes. I have to admit I have not heard of this story, so it gave me a chance to get to read the story. I loved the moral of this story and wish we could have everyone in our country read this story since many people have a problem with this. For those who have not read the story, you can find it here . The moral of the story is many people pretend to despise and belittle what is beyond their reach. Basically people hate the things they cannot have. You see this in our world all the time. People criticize that which they don’t have. 

Questions to ask children

  • Why do you think the fox walked away?
  • What do you think made him change his mind about the grapes? 
  • Would you have done anything different?
  • Have you ever wanted something that you couldn’t have?  What was it? How did you try to get it? Was there another way you could have tried? 
  • Do you get upset when you want something and can’t have it?

These questions may seem simple to you, but I am thinking of my preschool children when I write the questions. I want them to be able to think about the story in a critical manner and be able to relate it to their own lives. 

 

 

Fables-The Shepherd Boy

Our task for Fables was to choose our favorite fable and re-write the ending to give a new meaning to the story.  One of my favorite fables is The Shepherd Boy. I really like how it emphasizes telling the truth and what happens when you lie. I think it is a great fable for young children to understand the consequences of lying. Here is the original fable:

A Shepherd Boy tended his master’s Sheep near a dark forest not far from the village. Soon he found life in the pasture very dull. All he could do to amuse himself was to talk to his dog or play on his shepherd’s pipe. One day as he sat watching the Sheep and the quiet forest, and thinking what he would do should he see a Wolf, he thought of a plan to amuse himself. His Master had told him to call for help should a Wolf attack the flock, and the Villagers would drive it away. So now, though he had not seen anything that even looked like a Wolf, he ran toward the village shouting at the top of his voice, “Wolf! Wolf!” As he expected, the Villagers who heard the cry dropped their work and ran in great excitement to the pasture. But when they got there they found the Boy doubled up with laughter at the trick he had played on them. A few days later the Shepherd Boy again shouted, “Wolf! Wolf!” Again the Villagers ran to help him, only to be laughed at again. Then one evening as the sun was setting behind the forest and the shadows were creeping out over the pasture, a Wolf really did spring from the underbrush and fall upon the Sheep. In terror the Boy ran toward the village shouting “Wolf! Wolf!” But though the Villagers heard the cry, they did not run to help him as they had before. “He cannot fool us again,” they said. The Wolf killed a great many of the Boy’s sheep and then slipped away into the forest.

Here is the new ending, but I have to say I feel like a traitor rewriting this fable since I love it the way it is, but here goes a different ending…..

Then one evening as the sun was setting behind the forest and the shadows were creeping out over the pasture, a Wolf really did spring from the underbrush and fall upon the Sheep. In terror the Boy ran toward the village shouting “Wolf! Wolf!” But though the Villagers heard the cry, they did not run to help him as they had before. The boy saw that the villagers were not coming to help him and the wolf was getting closer to him and his sheep. He was afraid as he did not think he could defeat this wolf. In desperation the boy looked around and then looked at his crook.  He picked up the crook and struck the wolf over and over again. The wolf ran off hurt and beaten. The boy’s confidence in himself soared and he never needed to call the villagers again for help as he knew he could defeat any animal that threatened him or his sheep. Word of the boy’s bravery spread throughout the forest and the animals thought twice before coming to that shepherd’s flock. 

The moral of the story is to believe in yourself. 

 

The Story of Us LE#10

This is a hard one to write. I have learned so much about each of you and am thankful for the opportunity to get to know each of you.

Who I Chose to Write About

I chose to focus on the story of Catherine Pelley-Cat. As I read her LE#9 I was in awe of her positive attitude and perseverance. She has gone through some very difficult times in her young life and still maintains an outlook of optimism and strength. She has overcome losing important people in her life, spinal surgery and her parents divorce. Yet she doesn’t seem to let these things have a negative influence in her life. She pulled herself up by her boot straps and continued to walk the road towards her goals.

Playing it Safe

In her LE#1 she writes, ” I would hate to look back on my life journey and realize that I played it safe my entire life. I only get to experience this life once so I might as well experience all that it has to offer.” I really admire this outlook. I have to say that I am the opposite of Cat. I have always played it safe and walked the straight line. Now as I am a little older I realize some of the things I missed out on by playing it safe and have made some changes. If I could offer any advice to anyone it would be what she said-reach out, experience life, take chances and seize the day! 

Strength

In LE#4 she writes, “I learned that life will throw me many more obstacles, but I will continue to overcome them because I am strong and dedicated and will persevere through any challenges that come my way.” It is her optimism and strength that continues to shine throughout her obstacles. Again looking at this from someone slightly (LOL) older, I admire her outlook. It will serve her well in the days ahead. As someone who has traveled a bit farther on this road, I can tell you there will be hard times, but it is how you deal with those hard times that makes you who you are. 

Learning Event #10

The directions of LE#10 state, “What did you learn about this individual during your walk together? What elements of their walk resonate with materials that you shared in your story?”  I have already written about what I have learned about her, but what will stick with me is her attitude and outlook. I have also gone through some difficult times, as I am sure most of us have. There are times I just want to say “Enough!” and crawl into bed with my covers over my head. But in reality, that doesn’t get you anywhere. Through my faith I got through some very difficult times and I have learned to pull myself up by my boot straps. Now it’s time to take more chances in my life. I shocked my family and friends this year by stepping out of my comfort zone to go on a trip with someone at the last minute. No planning, no taking the time to think things through-just packed my bags and went. My son thought something was wrong and was contacting my sister throughout my stay. I know for me, I need to do more of this.Life is short and no one is promised tomorrow. What am I waiting for? 

Thank You

While I have to say that I was greatly moved by Cat’s experiences, I want to say thank you to all of you. I have learned so much from each of you. I am so thankful for your patience and willingness to teach an old dog new tricks. Thank you Margaret and Richelle for taking the time to teach me how to do the technology part of this class. I would be lost without you. 

Here is the link to her blog

https://catherinepelley.withknown.com/2016/walkmyworld-le9

 

 

Story of Me Learning Event #9

Wow! The story about me. Well, here it goes…..

My First learning event

The Scoop About Me 🙂

In a time long, long ago there was a girl born in Connecticut. This girl comes from a strong Italian family and is the second generation of her family to be born in the United States. Her grandparents on both sides came over from Italy. About a year after she was born, they welcomed a little boy in the family. The cherubs flew and danced over this family and they lived happily ever……

Oh wait, this is a story of my life. ha ha. My name is Lisa and yes I am the oldest of my family. It’s funny that I didn’t think much of the whole second generation thing until the last few years. Growing up I wasn’t quite sure what I wanted to do, but I knew I loved children. My plan was to get married and have many children. Unfortunately my plan didn’t quite go as expected. We had some fertility issues and we were only able to have one child. He became our world as you can see from the many pictures below. I loved being a mom and tell anyone it is an amazing opportunity/job/lifestyle.

I sort of stumbled upon being a teacher. I worked at People’s Bank (when it was still called People’s Bank) for many years. One of my last positions there was that I was a trainer in the credit card division. I loved training!! I developed new ways for the new employees to learn things while having fun. I worked at night so I could be home with my son during the day. When my son went to Kindergarten, I would often help in the classroom (yes, I was one of those helicopter moms). I found that I loved teaching. It combined two of my loves together -children and teaching.

I went back to school and got my associates in early childhood. I have been teaching both preschool and Kindergarten for 17 years. Well as you know the state changed the requirements (we have until 2020) that all lead teachers must have a bachelors degree. So here I am at age ## back to school with all of you.

Some interesting facts about me are that I lived in Las Vegas for a few years. I went to high school out there. No, they do not teach you how to work in casinos. I get asked that question so many times. LOL. I love to laugh and have a great sense of humor. I believe chocolate should be one of the main food groups-LOL. Lastly, I am sure that I am the oldest one in this class.

As for the happily ever after, life didn’t work out as I had planned. but there are always new adventures and journeys to go on. I am finding myself in a place of new beginnings. I am now a single mom working full time as a teacher and going back to school. Who knows what the next chapter holds….

As for my son he became a Marine-hence my blog name. He is still the joy of my life but is now serving our country in Japan.

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Lived in Vegas and got married

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LE#2 Where I’m From…

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LE#4 Voices in my world….

Sounds are all around us so to choose certain sounds that define who you are and the voices of your world was a little hard to break down. We hear sounds everywhere. But how much of those sounds that we hear actually influence our world? Here are the sounds that influence my world.

LE#5  A Turning Point…..

ttached is the story with pictures of one the biggest turning points in my life-my son enlisted in the Marines. It was a very difficult time for a variety of reasons-it was just the two of us, having him gone and knowing what he would be going through- I know the drill sergeants break you down, scream at you and you have to pass “The Crucible” to graduate. This was a time of growth for both of us.   Walk my World A turning Point LE5

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LE#6 Miracles in the Mundane…

For this week’s Walk my World we had to write about a miracle in the mundane. The Walk my World site states, “As you consider sounds from your world that help you recognize the miracle in the mundane…”  I had to give that some thought. Anything can be a miracle in the mundane, the sound of a baby crying, a dog happily barking that you’re home, the purring of kittens saying in their own way that they love you, or even the sound of car horns blowing. Sound in itself is a miracle. Yet anyone can take the sound of something and look at it in a positive way or negative way. Consider the examples above and you can see these sounds as either positive or negative depending on your outlook.

While I had so many choices of things to write about, I chose to write about the sound of birds singing/chirping. A few years ago, I moved from a city to a smaller town in Connecticut. I love the slower pace of life here and the quietness. To me, I feel like I am living in the country with natural sounds all around me. One of the best sounds of “a miracle in the mundane” for me is the sound of birds chirping. When I go to sit on my patio, I just watch as they fly around making different beautiful songs. I am thankful that we have a variety of birds and they each have their own song. To be honest with you the only ones I can name are the Robins, Blue Jays, Cardinals, Hummingbirds and Woodpeckers. But it is so peaceful to sit out there and hear those calming sounds.

LE#7  Hear My Home

My day starts off with the alarm waking me from a peaceful sleep. You can also hear grumblings as I groan about having to get out of bed. This is followed by the sound of water hitting my body trying desperately to wake me. Once I am out of the shower I am awake to face my day. My dog looks at me informing me that she needs to go out. Okay, I’m up the dog has gone out, time to start my day. Time to find some music playing on the radio to jam out to as I drive to work. Once there I am greeted by the sounds of other teachers as we prepare our room for the day. Soon the voices of children fill the classroom. Throughout my day these are the voices I hear. When the work day is done, I either head home or off to college. If I am going home, I am greeted by my dog. This sound just warms my heart. Time to think about what’s for dinner. Now time for homework before the sandman visits and snoring could be heard as the last sound of the night.

LE#8 Where I’m Going….

I can answer this question with a shout, “I am going full steam ahead to completing my classes and graduating!” I have been on this path for over 10 years. Why so long? I have been detoured by family deaths, divorce, being a single parent and doing my best to make ends meet so that I can fulfill this goal.  Yes it has taken many years but I will fulfill this and in five years I will be teaching with my degree. I will be making more and able to afford a few luxuries. I will not be detoured from this goal!

In five years I am planning on working in a Kindergarten classroom and being DONE with college. I am planning on fulfilling one item on my bucket list-going on a cruise to Alaska and hopefully will be welcoming a daughter in law.

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Where I’m Going LE#8

I can answer this question with a shout, “I am going full steam ahead to completing my classes and graduating!” I have been on this path for over 10 years. Why so long? I have been detoured by family deaths, divorce, being a single parent and doing my best to make ends meet so that I can fulfill this goal.  Yes it has taken many years but I will fulfill this and in five years I will be teaching with my degree. I will be making more and able to afford a few luxuries. I will not be detoured from this goal!

In five years I am planning on working in a Kindergarten classroom and being DONE with college. I am planning on fulfilling one item on my bucket list-going on a cruise to Alaska and hopefully will be welcoming a daughter in law. graduation

Hear My Home LE7

My day starts off with the alarm waking me from a peaceful sleep. You can also hear grumblings as I groan about having to get out of bed. This is followed by the sound of water hitting my body trying desperately to wake me. Once I am out of the shower I am awake to face my day. My dog looks at me informing me that she needs to go out. Okay, I’m up the dog has gone out, time to start my day. Time to find some music playing on the radio to jam out to as I drive to work. Once there I am greeted by the sounds of other teachers as we prepare our room for the day. Soon the voices of children fill the classroom. Throughout my day these are the voices I hear. When the work day is done, I either head home or off to college. If I am going home, I am greeted by my dog. This sound just warms my heart. Time to think about what’s for dinner. Now time for homework before the sandman visits and snoring could be heard as the last sound of the night. children

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Module 6 Activity

I have to say that my life has taken many turns that I did not plan for or anticipate. Unfortunately, not all of them were good. So as I was thinking about a poem to write the word that kept coming back to me about my life was “recalculating.”  I know that we are all familiar with this word in our GPS’s but it seems to be a word lately that has been a part of my life. So here is my poem….

Recalculating…

Down I travel

Down I-95

The road looks smooth

and I let out a sigh

Before you know it 

there’s a fork in the road

Which way should I turn?

Which way should I go? 

I turn to the right 

as I see palm trees and sunshine so bright

But before I know it

I hear that sound

telling me another wrong turn have I found

RECALCULATING     RECALCULATING

What souvenir will I take with me

upon this wrong turn

I can only imagine as glove compartment spills

with memories of wrongs I’ve made in the past

How much will this one cost me? 

How long will it last? 

RECALCULATING   RECALCULATING

she screams in my ear

Doesn’t she know that I am now gripped with fear

A u turn I will make

before any damage is done

RECALCULATING   RECALCULATING 

I’m on the right road

I’m going the right way

I breathe a sigh of relief

with no souvenirs that stay

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Module 6 Poetry

I have to say that poetry is not my strong suit so I was a little apprehensive going into this chapter. I have to say it wasn’t as bad as I thought it would be. The articles were easy to read and gave me some ideas of things to incorporate into my own classroom. The articles for this week were Poetry is like directions for you imagination by Christine Duthie and Ellie Kubie Zimet and Poetry Top 10: A Foolproof Way for Teaching Poetry by Mara Linaberger. 

Poetry is like directions for your imagination

In this article two first grade teachers share how they teach poetry in their classroom. They break down how they teach the students about poetry and help them to engage in writing their own poems. I really liked the idea of a poetry bulletin board with different shapes papers reflecting the different categories of poems. I think this is a great visual for children and in poetry is all about visualizing. As the article continues there is a discrepancy among the children about what category a poem belongs in-feelings, things around us or images. This goes to show that people can read and/or understand poems in different ways. “The class had animated discussions about where a particular poem belonged on the bulletin board. The children taught us that poems belong in different places for different people.” I think this statement is full of insight because poetry means different things to different people. Kudos to the teacher for allowing the children to put the poems in different categories based on their feelings. She really empowered them to make their own decisions and by them feeling empowered, they were vested to complete the project and feel proud of their accomplishments. 

Poetry Top 10: A Foolproof Way for Teaching Poetry

This article really spoke to me as I have already confessed that I am intimidated by poetry. The purpose of this article was to encourage teachers that poetry is not so scary and should not be be intimidating. Sounds perfect for me! “…fears may include a teacher’s perceived need to have skill in the teaching of poetry methods and conventions, as well as an understanding of how to analyze and interpret poetry.” Yes they had me in their heads when they wrote this article. She writes about how she had to overcome teaching poetry and gave advice as well as plan to teachers to help them on the road to teaching poetry. I really liked her Top 10 Action Plan. I think she gave some really good ideas to help those of us who are a little reluctant to teach this subject. 

Poems to Teach in Class 

Since I work in a Pre-K class, I would introduce poems with hand movements, such as this one….

The Little Turtle 

There was a little turtle.
He lived in a box.
He swam in a puddle.
He climbed on the rocks.

He snapped at a mosquito.
He snapped at a flea.
He snapped at a minnow.
And he snapped at me.

He caught the mosquito.
He caught the flea.
He caught the minnow.
But he didn’t catch me.

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