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Sallie’s Stack – 11.25.14

Sallie's Stack Serving up helpful links almost daily 11.25.14

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Food For Thought

Kids Haven’t Changed; Kindergarten Has

Homeschooling Held Hostage

7 Crippling Parenting Behaviors That Keep Children From Growing Into Leaders

Books to Read – Minecraft!

Caroline absolutely loves Minecraft! Here are some books I found while perusing the options online.


Minecraft: The Complete Handbook Collection


Ultimate Book of Secrets for Minecraft: Unbelievable Minecraft Secrets You Coudn’t Imagine Before!


Ultimate Survival Book for Minecraft: Marvelous All-In-One Game Guide. Tutorial with Intelligent Tips and Tricks, Suggestions and Secrets.

Things to Do

Stellarium

Jumpstart.com

Watch and Enjoy

In case you somehow missed this last year…

Ebook on Saying “No”

I’m guessing a few people might need this before they face the holiday weeks ahead. LOL! You can purchase my ebook on Amazon or read it for free if you have Kindle Unlimited.


Thoughts and Quotes on Learning to Say “No” (Simple Words of Encouragement Book 1)

 

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Sallie’s Stack – 11.22.14

Sallie's Stack Serving up helpful links almost daily 11.22.14Post may contain affiliate links to materials I recommend. Read my full disclosure statement.

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Food For Thought

The Myth of the Reluctant Learner

Homework: An unnecessary evil? … Surprising findings from new research

Isle of Sark: Europe’s Last Feudal State

Books to Read – Kindle ebooks for 99 cents!


The Berenstain Bears Thanksgiving Blessings


Children’s Book: Being Thankful!: Thanksgiving Stories for Children & Thanksgiving Jokes for Kids


Thanksgiving Stories for Kids & Children: Thanksgiving Jokes and Thanksgiving Coloring Book Included!


The Berenstain Bears Give Thanks

Things to Do

8 Simple Water Tricks

Project Feeder Watch

Watch and Enjoy

If you can deal with the edginess and a little language, this is a profound example.

The Pilgrims and Property Rights: How our ancestors got fat & happy

Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving Fact or Opinion Activity

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Chevrolet Educator Discount

Chevrolet Educator Discount

This post brought to you by Chevrolet. The content and opinions expressed below are that of Sallie Borrink Learning.

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When I was a classroom teacher, I was blessed with some fantastic parents and students. Starting with my student teaching experience and through a number of other positions, I received many thoughtful thank you gifts and notes. I still have the bag my fourth grade student teaching class made for me on which they had painted a large purple pansy (my favorite flower) and then signed all their names. I also have a file full of thank you notes I’ve received over the years from parents and students. (Never underestimate the power of a simple note. A thank you note can keep a teacher going for days!)

When I was presented with the opportunity to partner with Chevrolet to highlight Chevrolet’s Educator Discount, I was happy to do so! I grew up in a General Motors family and have owned a number of Chevrolet vehicles. And even though I’m out of the traditional classroom now and homeschool, I still carry a part of the classroom in my heart.

Through my writing here and developing educational products purchased by teachers, I spend a lot of time interacting with school-based educators. I think it is obvious to everyone that these are tough times to be a teacher. I support those who feel called to remain in the classroom and teach the children they love. These teachers positively impact lives every day, often the lives of children who get little support elsewhere. It is done with decreasing pay and benefits and steadily increasing requirements and expectations. Working in a school today is a tough job by any measure.

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Chevrolet also believes that educators are often under-appreciated and so they want to express their gratitude by offering the Chevrolet Educator Discount. The Chevrolet Educator Discount is for all educators and school employees of public, private or charter schools. It includes popular vehicles such as the Chevrolet Malibu and the Chevrolet Equinox.

You can learn more about Chevrolet’s Educator Discount and where to purchase on the Chevrolet website. You can also check out vehicles such as the Traverse that features seating for up to eight, innovative safety features, and class-leading cargo room. (One of my friends has a Traverse and I always think it is such a nice vehicle!) There is a lot to choose from at Chevrolet and I hope if you are a school employee you will be able to make the most of the Chevrolet Educator Discount.

So as we head into this time of Thanksgiving, how would you thank a teacher?

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Sallie’s Stack – 11.18.14

Sallie's Stack - 11.18.14

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Food For Thought

My Top 50 Favorite Posts About Interest-Led Learning, Unschooling or Self-Directed Learning

H.U.G. – The Transformation of U.S. Grant

it’s a wrap! (and a homeschool beginning)

Books to Read


Home Grown: Adventures in Parenting off the Beaten Path, Unschooling, and Reconnecting with the Natural World


Educating the WholeHearted Child — Third Edition


The Feast Nearby: How I lost my job, buried a marriage, and found my way by keeping chickens, foraging, preserving, bartering, and eating locally (all on $40 a week)

Things to Do

23 Free Hitchcock Movies Online

Download Over 250 Free Art Books From the Getty Museum

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Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving Fun Fact Cards!

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Christmas Number Ordering Math Center Activity

Christmas Number Ordering Math Center Activity

Time to practice number ordering with this Christmas-themed number ordering math center activity!

Students will order six sets of six cards each from least to greatest. They will record their answers on their sheet.

The student recording page is provided in both color and black/white.

This activity is part of my December Literacy and Math Pack – 17 Centers and Activities for Christmas.

I have many other Christmas-themed products including:

Christmas Around the World and December BUNDLE

Christmas Around the World Fun Fact Cards

Christmas Around the World KWL

Christmas Fun Fact Cards

Christmas Number Ordering Math Center Activity
Christmas Number Ordering Math Center Activity
Christmas Number Ordering Math Center Activity
Price: $1.00

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Sallie’s Stack – 11.16.14

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Food For Thought

How Baby Boomers Ruined Parenting Forever

The Typical Ages of Disequalibrium

Joy Comes from Tossing Out the Maps

Books to Read

Caroline has absolutely loved the Cobble Street Cousins series by Cynthia Rylant. We own all six of them and they have been read aloud over and over and over again!


In Aunt Lucy’s Kitchen


A Little Shopping


Special Gifts


Some Good News


Summer Party


Wedding Flowers

Things to Do

Scary Looking Cloud Club

Strange Rock Formations

Watch and Learn

Thanksgiving

November Writing Prompts

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

November Writing Prompts – 84 Writing Prompts on Thanksgiving, Football, Turkeys, and the First Thanksgiving

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Christmas Long Vowel Sounds Rhyming Match Literacy Center Activity

Christmas Long Vowel Sounds Rhyming Match Literacy Center Activity

Your students will enjoy this Christmas-themed Long Vowel Sounds Rhyming Activity!

Students will find the rhyming word pair cards and then write each pair on their recording sheet.

The student recording page is provided in both color and black/white.

This activity is part of my December Literacy and Math Pack – 17 Centers and Activities for Christmas.

I have many other Christmas-themed products including:

Christmas Around the World and December BUNDLE

Christmas Around the World Fun Fact Cards

Christmas Around the World KWL

Christmas Fun Fact Cards

Christmas Long Vowel Sounds Rhyming Match Literacy Center Activity
Christmas Long Vowel Sounds Rhyming Match Literacy Center Activity
Christmas Long Vowel Sounds Rhyming Match Literacy Center Activity
Price: $1.00

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Christmas ABC Order Literacy Center Activity

Christmas ABC Order Literacy Center Activity

It’s time for Christmas-themed learning with this Christmas ABC Order Literacy Center Activity!

Students will choose three cards to put in ABC order and record them on their sheet. They will then choose three different cards and do the same. They will repeat this four times until they have used all twelve cards.

The student recording page is provided in both color and black/white.

This activity is part of my December Literacy and Math Pack – 17 Centers and Activities for Christmas.

I have many other Christmas-themed products including:

Christmas Around the World and December BUNDLE

Christmas Around the World Fun Fact Cards

Christmas Around the World KWL

Christmas Fun Fact Cards

Christmas ABC Order Literacy Center Activity
Christmas ABC Order Literacy Center Activity
Christmas ABC Order Literacy Center Activity
Price: $1.00

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Sallie’s Stack – 11.15.14

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Food For Thought

The Clutter Culture from UCLA Magazine

Gus the Truck: A Metaphor for an Outdated Education System from Education Week

Driven to succeed: How we’re depriving teens of a sense of purpose from Stanford Graduate School of Education

Books to Read


Cranberry Thanksgiving


The Story of the Pilgrims


The Night Before Thanksgiving

Things to Do

Play Plymouth Village

Pilgrims and Indians (scroll down)

Watch and Learn

Thanksgiving

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Thanksgiving Fact or Opinion

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Sallie’s Stack – 11.13.14

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Food For Thought

Children of Civil War Veterans Still Walk Among Us, 150 Years After the War from National Geographic

Typewriters are back, and we have Edward Snowden to thank from The Washington Post

Live Like Mr. Darcy In The Massive Estate That Inspired Jane Austen’s “Pride And Prejudice” and Fiona Bruce’s Britain: Wentworth Woodhouse, South Yorkshire

Books to Read

Some favorite Little Golden Books from our home!


Little Mommy (Little Golden Book)


The Happy Man and His Dump Truck (Little Golden Book)


Good Night, Little Bear (Little Golden Book)


Two Little Gardeners (Little Golden Book)

Things to Do

The Science of Sand

Ivory Soap Microwave Experiment

Watch and Learn

Thanksgiving

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Sallie’s Stack – 11.12.14

Sallie's Stack Serving Up Helpful Links Almost DailyPost may contain affiliate links to materials I recommend. Read my full disclosure statement.

Happy Wednesday! I’ve been wanting to formulate some kind of a daily post with a variety of links as I’ve done in the past. I often share links on my Facebook page, but I know many of my readers don’t use Facebook. I also don’t like that on Facebook they are quickly lost in the abyss of social media. I do know from the reader survey that quite a few of you like it when I share links so let’s see where this goes!

If you especially like a certain part of these posts in the days ahead, please leave a comment and let me know. I have many talents, but mind-reading isn’t one of them! LOL! I want to share what people find most interesting and helpful! And if you ever see something you think I should share here, please feel free to send it along!

Food For Thought

What I Mean When I Say I’m Fine: Special Needs Parenting from Lara’s Place and a Cup of Grace

Unshackled and Unschooled: Free-Range Learning Movement Grows from KQED

Out of the classroom: Parents explore home-schooling from USA TODAY

Books to Read

Things to Do

Homemade Puffy Paint from Happy Hooligans

Comics Pages from Printable Paper

Watch and Learn

Thanksgiving

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Multipotentiality, Blogging, Careers and Life

Multipotentiality, Niche Blogging, Careers and Real Life

Multipotentiality, Blogging, Careers and Life

As I entered the world of learning more about gifted and 2e children over the past several months, I discovered the term multipotentiality. It was very interesting because I clearly saw myself in that group and related to the challenges. (If you want to read a lot more about multipotentiality, Emily writes extensively about it.) One of my favorite titles on her blog is Does the Idea of Having One Job Forever Make You Want to Hang Yourself? Okay, aside from the hanging part, I TOTALLY get it.

I completely get the idea of throwing yourself with enthusiasm into something, absorbing it until you reach a level of mastery, and then moving on to something else. I have always been this way. I simply cannot relate in any way, shape or form to people who get a job in something like engineering or accounting or supply chain management and do the same thing day after day, month after month, year after year, decade after decade. Just writing that and contemplating it makes me feel suffocated.

Multipotentiality versus Focused Niche

I clearly saw my multipotentiality during the months of September and October when I was focusing on differently-wired children here on my blog during the 31 Days of Learning Differently. An entire month of posts on one topic just about drove me insane. Truly. I have no idea how people have niche blogs and keep at it for years because it is the equivalent of having one job for the rest of my life and while it doesn’t make me want to hang myself, it did make me lose interest in ever writing again on my blog. I was SO proud of myself for sticking it out and finishing the month. Truly. I wanted to quit about eight or nine times, but I kept at it. I really needed to prove to myself that I could finish it. But you probably noticed that I didn’t write anything again on any topic after that because I was SICK of the topic and burned out on writing. I had also moved to that niche and felt trapped. Suffocated.

And all the time I was writing that series, I was thinking about the other things I wasn’t doing. I wanted to be creating more new products and was counting down the days until I could be free to pursue something else. Total multipotentiality to think about what I wasn’t doing while I was doing something else.

Niche Website Experts

I’ve read all the experts about having a niche online. I joined Michael Hyatt’s Platform University. I’ve been reading Jeff Walker’s stuff and watching his videos. It is all great information. But I don’t care what the professionals say. I simply cannot have a niche blog. Every time I try I totally hate it. I am not wired in such a way that I can focus on becoming an “expert” on one particular area. My mind is too active and inquisitive to live in one place all the time.

Multipotentiate Blogger Disclaimer

I told David I need to make a disclaimer banner at the top of my site that says something like: WARNING – THIS BLOG FREQUENTLY CHANGES DIRECTION. PREPARE FOR ABRUPT CHANGES IN CONTENT. LOL! I think I should add it to my Meet Sallie page and my Subscribe page as well so people know what they are in for when they come here and decide to stay.

Sometimes I get on one topic and I want to just run with it for a bit. Sometimes I get on a roll creating products and I want to load them all onto my site in one afternoon and evening. But it is a professional blogger no-no to load ten products onto my site all at once. Oh well. Love me, love my streaky writing and product production.

So you’ve been warned. I can promise that whatever I put on here will be quality because I don’t do junk. But I can’t promise what will show up in your mailbox from week to week. You might get a week of Amazon deals on learning products if I’m shopping for Christmas or birthdays. You might get a week of learning products I’ve created for my store. You might get a week of simple living posts. You might get a different topic every day for a week. I can promise you it will change so be patient if you get multiple products in your mailbox in one day. I’m not trying to be pushy. I’m just motivated and productive that day. :-)

Just expect that this place will always be evolving and I hope it will be a good thing.

 

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Thanksgiving I Have, Who Has Activity Cards

Thanksgiving I Have, Who Has Activity Cards

Your students will enjoy this fun Thanksgiving-themed version of the popular “I Have, Who Has” card game. This is a fun and easy way to review common Thanksgiving words.

There are 32 cards in the set so you will have enough to play with the entire class!

This is part of my November Literacy and Math Pack which is full of 30+ fun activities and printables for the entire month!

You can also find this in my money-saving Thanksgiving, November and Veterans Day BUNDLE.

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Thanksgiving I Have, Who Has Activity Cards
Thanksgiving I Have, Who Has Activity Cards - 32 Game Cards
Price: $1.00

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Thanksgiving Fact or Opinion Literacy Center Activity

Thanksgiving Fact or Opinion Literacy Center Activity

Reinforce the important skill of determining fact or opinion with this Thanksgiving-themed literacy center activity.

Students will read each card and determine if the statement is a fact or opinion. They will then record the sentence on their sheet under the correct header.

This is part of my November Literacy and Math Pack which is full of 30+ fun activities and printables for the entire month!

You can also find this in my money-saving Thanksgiving, November and Veterans Day BUNDLE.

Thanksgiving Fact or Opinion Literacy Center Activity
Thanksgiving Fact or Opinion Literacy Center Activity
Thanksgiving Fact or Opinion Literacy Center Activity
Price: $1.00

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31 Days of Learning Differently Wrap-Up

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Today is Day 31! Whew! We made it!

I sincerely hope you found at least a few posts in the 31 Days of Learning Differently series that encouraged you or provided you with a new insight about your child. I’ve tried to keep up with responding to comments, but I know I have missed some. I confess that just keeping up with the series was a challenge. Hopefully I can go back and respond in the days to come. But I did read every comment and appreciated each one.

I’d love to know which posts resonated with you the most. If something was especially helpful, would you be so kind as to leave a comment and let me know?

Best wishes to you as you navigate life with your differently-wired child!