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Teacher creativity

I'm constantly astounded by the creativity shown by educators in schools that I visit. When I visited Hudson Maxim Elementary School in Hopatcong, NJ, I was greeted by rows upon rows of delightfully decorated doors using my various books as a theme. Here's just one of them. (Hope to show more later!) This class not only decorated a beautiful door, they also used the text of my IF IT'S SNOWY AND YOU KNOW IT, CLAP YOUR PAWS as inspiration to write their own, spring-themed song, since my visit was in April. In case you can't read it, here are the stanzas:

If it's sunny and you know it, fly your kite.
You can fly it at the park, but not at night.
If it's sunny and you know it,
Get some bubbles, you can blow it.
If it's snowy and you know it, fly your kite.

If it's hot and very sunny, you can swim.
You can find seashells and put them in a bin.
If you're really hot and thirsty,
you can get yourself a smoothie,
If it's hot and very sunny, you can swim.

Not only did they write this cute, warm-weather related song, they made a VIDEO, so I got to seem them in action, singing the song.

I was blown away by the creativity at this school. It was so much fun!

Kim Norman

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Meeting the kids...

I'm late posting this, since the visit happened last spring, but I just wanted to share a photo of myself posing with a dear little girl named Rochelle. She made the sweetest card for me. We nearly missed meeting each other at an evening event for Arlington Public Schools (Virginia), but luckily I'm a slow poke, so I was still there when she arrived at teensy bit late. I'm so glad we met. (And I'm so jealous of her purple boots!)