I'm having a good time this year. Melissa (the new JV) and I have taught the kids how to double-dutch rope. I still can't do it myself, but I'm really good at twirling the ropes. We have yoga once a week, and they're getting really good and doing all the poses.
I just got approved from First Book to get a shipment of free pop-up books about Dinosaurs for the kids. Pop-up books have become really supercool since I was a kid, especially from Sabuda and Reinhart. First Book is the organization that gets the money when you click on The Literacy Site. They give free books to after-school programs, day care centers, and Title I schools with more than 85% of the kids living below the poverty line. The best part is that they give enough for every child, and the kids get to take them home. This is so crucial, because studies have found that while in middle-income neighborhoods, the ratio of age-appropriate books is 13 to 1 for every child, in low-income neighborhoods, its 1 age appropriate book for every 300 children. I would have been a very unhappy nerd if I hadn't had books in my house and a mother who took me to the library every three weeks. But at least they can go to their school libraries, right? Not really. Over half of the Baltimore City Schools do not have functioning school libraries, and the ones that do are woefully out of date.
This is making me sad now. I'm going to go clean up my classroom and make it cheerful.