Well, yes, I am busy, super busy, while everybody else is enjoying the Greek hot summer on the beaches and Aegean islands, having fun and tonnes of ice cream. I am jealous and I wish I could enjoy my cones of flavored ice cream, around Greece but when life gives you lemons you make lemonade the saying goes and cold lemonade is perfect for hot weather, indeed! When life brings too many lemons at once then it seems so difficult to write on my blog, be there for my critique buddies, whom I adore by the way, and have that carefree mood, all summer long while teaching, too!
Wouldn’t it be better to have some nice rounded scoops of everything happening at once? I am sure you agree on that but the opposite happens. Most of the times we have to scoop and dig out tonnes of sand to find our way out of predicaments. One thing is for sure, you do know where to look for a big scoop of ice cream to ease your worries. Summer Ice cream shops have the best flavors kept for you, all over the places you visit.
If you and your kids crave for ice cream cake ideas well don’t miss the chance to visit this fabulous blog, Omg! it’s the best place ever to have videos and 40 recipes to enjoy summer ice cream cakes for any occasion. You have all year round to try them! Emily Manning the coffee-loving Editor of MyKidsTime, has written this super duper blog article. https://www.mykidstime.com/food-and-recipes/fun-ice-cream-cake-ideas/
What about reading to your kids about ice cream? Here are some of the books I would like to have on my bookshelf! Don’t miss the chance to get one from your local bookstore or borrow from your library. Reading and eating ice cream is the best way to enjoy the summer. Till next month’s Rock Post, have fun on the beach, laugh out loud and get loads of scoops of ice cream!
Sam’s Sundaes is far and away the best place on Jelly Bean Street to get your favorite ice cream flavor! One day, five animals dash through the door, hoping little Sam Sundae will whip up the ice cream treat of their dreams. Stinky blue cheese for a mouse, fish finger ice cream for a cat, squirmy wormy ice cream for chicken, muddy ice cream for hippo, and daisy/grass/dandelion ice cream for cow all seem like excellent choices for each ice cream dreamer. That is until Gorilla walks in and asks for the most surprising choice of all! This delightfully wacky book will have kids howling with laughter and asking for more, more, more of this deliciously funny story.
Summer is going well. I am very busy. But don’t worry, I am not forgetting about school! I read every day. I practice my math facts. And I am even studying world history!
Peter Sís’s delicious tongue-in-cheek vision of summer dishes up the whole scoop on everyone’s favorite frozen treat and proves that ice cream is every bit as enriching for the mind as it is for the taste buds. Readers everywhere will be begging for seconds and thirds!
Did you know that immigrants to Ellis Island were served ice cream as part of their first meal in America? Or that George Washington spent more than $200 on ice cream during the summer of 1790? Learn all about the cool history of everyone’s favorite frozen treat in this fun, fact-filled
It’s just another summer day until Teddy visits the new ice cream shop in town. Magically, he enters a kingdom of ice cream fountains, whipped cream lanes, and volcanoes that erupt with vanilla fudge! In this land of frosty treats, Teddy rules as the Ice Cream King. He can eat as much ice cream as he’d like, sail an ice cream sea, and even zoom to an ice cream moon. But something very important is missing. What could it be? Dig into this delicious adventure that serves up a gentle lesson in sharing!
Splat and his class go on a field trip to an ice cream factory in this delectable I Can Read the book from New York Times bestselling author-artist, Rob Scotton. Splat can barely sit still during the bus ride. He’s imagining the mountain of ice cream he thinks he’ll get to eat! But when Splat gets there, that mountain becomes more of an avalanche. It’s up to Splat and his classmates to save the day!
Beginning readers will practice the –eam sound in this easy-to-read addition to the Splat series. Splat the Cat: I Scream for Ice Cream is a Level One I Can Read the book, which means it’s perfect for children learning to sound out words and sentences.
Saints for students with learning difficulties.
We meet people in our life, even online, because of Divine intervention and this happened with Charlie Riggle, https://charlotteriggle.com/saints-students-learning-difficulties/ I was asked to contribute to Charlie’s Blog with a post so we both agreed on writing on how I get the strength of teaching students with learning difficulties. For more interesting articles don’t miss the chance to visit Charli’s blog. Thank you, Charli for this great opportunity to write about my life-transforming experiences, in the life of others.
Guest post by Agatha Rodi
I am a teacher in Patras, Greece. I teach English and French, but I feel blessed because, for the last 6 years, I have had many students with dyslexia, autism, issues with working memory, short-term memory, stuttering, and ADHD.
It’s a real struggle to transform those students’ mind into a working wheel, but it is possible, do believe that! Children must be taught how to hold on to pieces of information, to restore and retain information using both auditory and visual memory.
There are special prayers according to the Greek Orthodox religion that offer enlightenment and help both the teacher and the students to perform better. I have experienced that many times, and I know for sure how the saints offer consolation. They are the best example to have in mind when undertaking the task of teaching students with learning difficulties.
Here are some of the saints I consider as my guides to my teaching work. I hope you get inspired and blessed by reading about their own struggle on confronting life.
Be inspired and don’t hesitate to teach students with special talents. They will surprise you along the course of time, and you will feel how much they changed you as a human being. The impact is huge. It feels like they train you for becoming stronger and more charismatic as a person.
“Mother Mary the Cryssafitissa consoles those with psychological issues.”https://www.johnsanidopoulos.com/2011/05/panagia-chrysafitissa-of-monemvasia.html
Nancy was an extremely difficult student because of her combination of issues. She had severe dyslexia and short-term memory issues with excessive anxiety. She was unable to cope with decoding and processing auditory information.
Instead, she repeated everything I said. Her mother, a professor, gave her own struggle. I had my own part as far as the English language is concerned.
I prayed to Mother Mary to soothe Nancy’s soul and get the right instruction to help Nancy keep spelling-sound rules active while working her memory, at the same time.
She’s been my student for the last 5 years, and I have learned so much while contributing to her self-confidence in language learning. There was not a specific framework to follow, but constant research to find ways to see her succeed in her learning goals. She is the third best student in her class in Senior High School and a Certificate holder in the English Language.
Prayer is the key!
“Saint John of Kronstadt”
“I could not sleep, and I still failed to understand anything I was taught.I still read poorly and could not remember anything I was told. I became so depressed I fell to my knees and began to pray. I don’t know whether I had spent a long time in that position or not, but suddenly something shook my whole being. It was as if a veil had fallen from my eyes, and my mind had been opened, and I remembered clearly my teacher of that day and his lesson. I also recalled the topic and the examples he had given. I felt so light and joyous inside.” https://oca.org/saints/lives/2000/12/20/103598-repose-of-st-john-of-kronstadt
More than 10 years ago I was introduced to an Autistic teenager, Dimitri. I was told he had dyslexia! You see, parents try to hide the real problem because either they feel embarrassed or are discouraged by their own struggle.
Dimitri appeared to be unaware when I talked to him, but he responded to sounds and had a mathematical way of explaining everything. I had to remind him what was said and then have a transition to another topic. Teaching him was like having a lecture and a debate including any question as if I participated in a Quiz Show! He was impulsive and had a great sense of humor, most of the times being caustic!
Saint John of Kronstadt was my refuge every time I had to teach Dimitri and explain to him how to keep time and focus on written exams. He managed to take a diploma in English language and now he studies to become a physiotherapist.
“The hope of the hopeless or Saint Ypomoni””
St. Ypomoni was a bright and illumined person, endowed with many talents, which she “traded” with wisdom and prudence and gained much, managed with virtue, asceticism, and endurance to reach a hard to scale measure of virtue.http://full-of-grace-and-truth.blogspot.gr/2009/05/st-ypomoni-patience-righteous.html
I have Saint Ypomoni’s icon at my office, and I ask her help almost every minute. Her name means Patience, and students of broken family backgrounds of any kind seem to test my own patience every minute. They are rude and provocative. They never listen or accept guidance, because they are used to indifference, have excessive freedom and no boundaries.
You may wonder why I accept students like these. In Greece, as the owner of a school, I am not required to accept students. But I discover their difficulties after many incidents take place or the students come to confess their own troubles and serious family issues.
Moments like these I only ask for patience, and Saint Ypomoni blesses me and them especially. I get so much patience to work with them, to not give up. Their improvement has changed them as human beings making them stronger than ever before!
Saint Fanourios, who lived during Roman times, went up bravely against the idolatrous world, for the Christian spirit of this man of God did not allow him to deny his unquestionably virtuous principles. Thus, the 12 tortures that the Saint suffered constitute for us a strong motivation for perseverance and adherence to the moral values of Christianity, to come out victors from the incessant struggle of unbelief and injustice of our time.”
Many years ago I had a student named George. He was a quiet, indifferent student that never caused trouble. He had dyslexia and dysgraphia but that time back, it was my first years as a school owner. I didn’t think of him seriously, and I admit I thought he was idle! I paid attention to his family’s sayings about him and not to him!
Although he studied at a Technological Institution, our paths crossed thanks to Saint Fanourios! He helped me with his phenomenal ideas and I helped him perfect his language skills. This incredibly talented student of mine, George, is a charismatic teacher and has developed all his learning weaknesses into a unique tool to transmit knowledge, empowering every single student’s learning capacity. I feel so blessed for playing such a role in a student’s life-transforming him into a brainy teacher, full of values and endless possibilities!
A teacher’s duty
Teachers have the duty to understand the concept of constant improvisation when dealing with students facing learning difficulties. Don’t hesitate to be flexible and willing to change for your students’ sake. Teachers are lifelong learners. We need to have an excellent understanding of human behavior and gain experience interacting with charismatic students. Think of how different these students’ life could be without our own interference. Now, ponder how you have changed as human beings, what great lessons these students have taught you!
Don’t reject students because of work pressure and personal issues. We are teachers and we have a role to play in other people’s lives. Someone was there for us as kids in Primary school, his mere attention and suggestions led us to be the teachers we are today! Our skills have to be made known to those who have the need to survive and thrive. Faith is the magic word to make the impossible, possible!
About Agatha Rodi
Agatha Rodi was born in Patras, Greece, where she currently lives. She is a School owner, and teacher of Foreign Languages, specializing in children with learning difficulties. She writes on her blog on children’s books and she has been published in the AOIS21 annual online literary magazine (2015) for her rhyming e-book, “Amelie Gets Busy.” She writes nonfiction Pbs, Fiction, and Romance stories. Reading books and writing, dogs and chocolate keep her company!
St. Phanourios and the Missing Cell Phone: I’d heard many stories about St. Phanourios before I had my first encounter with him.
The Giant Cookie Test: It’s often hard to figure out whether a child with special needs won’t do what you ask, or can’t. The giant cookie test is a way to figure it out.
St. Stylianos, Guardian of Children: St. Stylianos was always willing to help moms with their children. He even got his fellow hermits to help him run what amounted to a daycare center.
Being absent from my blog for two months made me feel so stressful on how to find time to tackle an endless list of issues, have free time to think what really expresses my mood and write about it. When things seem so wrong or hard to solve positive thinking can only lessen the overthinking while allowing those beams of light to get thru the crevice bring tonnes of hope and empowerment.
Smiling to the sun is another way to strengthen your attitude and be surprised of the messages you are going to get. Difficulties are always present and Kids especially feel so weak to deal with or share most of the times experiencing unbearable pain and embarrassment. The thing is whom to trust to talk to or even choose to express inner feelings and thoughts. Being a teacher for 19 years now, I have discovered that kids talk when you approach them, explaining your intentions plus show those beams of light, reducing uncertainty when you teach positivity and hope.
It’s hard to share and explain your inner thoughts but the most difficult part is to share the burden.Imagine how helpless kids feel. Calmness and positivity are obtained by systematic work with ourselves, so don’t give up to yourselves, no matter what the struggles are, do bring kids closer to you, make them realize how strong they already are. Kids mimic our ways, they believe first in adults and then in themselves. Inspire your kids and students, cultivate positivity, teach them to be strong at rough waves. Positivity alters and gives place to good thoughts to spread.
Till next Rock Post, enjoy the books I chose for you. Have fun, liven up every moment of the beautiful spring around, don’t miss the chance to go out to nature and roll on the grass! You’re a kid after all!
Some Dogs Do by
In the inimitable world of Jez Alborough, some dogs do fly – and little pups everywhere are encouraged to dream big.
Do dogs fly?
Is it true?
One day, when Sid is walking to school, he suddenly gets a happy feeling. In fact, he feels so happy that his paws lift off the ground, and he floats right up to the sky! He can’t wait to tell his friends at school, but of course, they don’t believe him. “Don’t be daft,” scoffs Ben. “You’re a dog, and dogs don’t fly.” Even Sid’s teacher shakes her head at him. Now Sid is one unhappy little pup. Can anything ever get him flying high again?
You Can Be Anything! By
The lyrical and charming verse in You Can Be Anything! encourages young readers to believe in themselves and their dreams. With its heart-warming text and spirited illustrations, it is the perfect picture book to inspire children over and over again.
On My Way To A Happy Life by
What if you could teach your children 7 lessons that would help them on their way to a happy and successful life? With Deepak Chopra’s On My Way to a Happy Life, you can do just that! The ideas found in this book are the most timeless laws of the universe, presented in the simplest of terms for young children. When kids understand the way the world works from a spiritual point of view, it makes it easier for them to navigate through it with joy and love and happiness.
The Invisible String by
“What kind of string”? They asked with a puzzled look to which Mom replied, “An Invisible String made of love.” That’s where the story begins. A story that teaches of the tie that really binds. The Invisible String reaches from heart to heart. Does everybody have an Invisible String? How far does it reach, anyway? Does it ever go away? Read all about it! THE INVISIBLE STRING is a very simple approach to overcoming the fear of loneliness or separation with an imaginative flair that children can easily identify with and remember. Here is a warm and delightful lesson teaching young and old that we aren’t ever really alone and reminding children (and adults!) that when we are loved beyond anything we can imagine. “People who love each other are always connected by a very special String, made of love. Even though you can’t see it with your eyes, you can feel it deep in your heart, and know that you are always connected to the ones you love.”
Did I Ever Tell You How Lucky You Are? by
“When you think things are bad,
when you feel sour and blue,
when you start to get mad…
you should do what I do!
Just tell yourself, Duckie,
you’re really quite lucky!
Some people are much more…
oh, ever so much more…
oh, muchly much-much more
unlucky than you!”
The Three Questions [Based on a story by Leo Tolstoy] by
What is the best time to do things? Who is the most important one? What is the right thing to do? Nikolai knows that he wants to be the best person he can be, but often he is unsure if he is doing the right thing. So he goes to ask Leo, the wise turtle. When he arrives, the turtle is struggling to dig in his garden, and Nikolai rushes to help him. As he finishes work, a violent storm rolls in. Nikolai runs for Leo’s cottage, but on his way, he hears cries for help from an injured panda. Nikolai brings her in from the cold and then rushes back outside to rescue her baby too.
I am so thrilled joining the Multicultural Children’s Day last year was the second time meeting such a huge number of supporters, knowing so many writers, with fabulous Diverse elements in their writings. This year, 2018, I am reviewing a middle-grade picture book the “Marvellous Mexican Misunderstanding” written by Evi Triadaffylides, illustrated by Nefeli Malie presented on (http://www.worldwidebuddies.com/).
Well, Worldwide Buddies, being 2018 Gold Sponsor for the event, is a series of fictional, educational stories for children with characters from different countries around the globe. Its aim is to introduce little ones to the diverse realities and wonders of the world, early on, helping them learn different perspectives, and imagine a more beautifully complex world.
I feel so excited reading the story whose main theme has to do with the festivity is “El Día de Los Muertos” or Day of the Dead. A young boy, Adri, goes back to live in Mexico with his family and once the celebration has to take place he thinks he will die! Through well-structured dialogue and beautifully chosen words, the members of his family initiate the reader in the different ways the Day of the Dead is celebrated, offering the chance even to grownups to be informed about this unique Mexican Tradition!
The misunderstanding in Adri’s mind functions as the way to present the celebration and its importance in uniting family and especially kids with their ancestors. I read the story in my English Class and my students got impressed especially by the existence of the Janitzio island where Mexicans and visitors from all around the world celebrate the Day of the Dead. The illustrations depict the area along with Mexican culture in the best way with colors and themes that make the book unforgettable for any kid!
Don’t miss the chance to read this beautiful book and use it in your class as a guide to Mexican culture!Here is a great site http://thefairytaletraveler.com/2016/09/03/day-of-the-dead-vacation/diadelosmuertas15-76-web/ You will surely have the desire to experience the “Day of the Dead.”
Great info to include in choosing “Marvellous Mexican Misunderstanding” is down below, with a variety of sources, to get to know more about this important celebration, enjoy the sweets’ recipes and the “marigolds” specially made for the celebration.
“Coco” is the story of Miguel, a young boy eager to follow his passion for music in a family that has banned music for several generations. (Disney Pixar)
More about Multicultural Children’s Book Day:
Multicultural Children’s Book Day 2018 (1/27/18) is in its 5th year and was founded by Valarie Budayr from Jump Into A Book and Mia Wenjen from PragmaticMom. Our mission is to raise awareness of the ongoing need to include kids’ books that celebrate diversity in the home and school bookshelves while also working diligently to get more of these types of books into the hands of young readers, parents, and educators.
Current MCBD Sponsors:
MCBD 2018 is honored to have some amazing Sponsors on board. View our 2018 MCBD Medallion Sponsors here: http://multiculturalchildrensbookday.com/2106-sponsors/mcbd2018-medallion-level-sponsors/
View 2018 MCBD Author Sponsors here: http://multiculturalchildrensbookday.com/2106-sponsors/2018-author-sponsors/
We’d like to also give a shout-out to MCBD’s impressive CoHost Team who not only hosts the book review link-up on celebration day, but who also works tirelessly to spread the word of this event. View our CoHosts: http://multiculturalchildrensbookday.com/about/co-hosts/
TWITTER PARTY Sponsored by Scholastic Book Clubs: MCBD’s super-popular (and crazy-fun) annual Twitter Party will be held 1/27/18 at 9:00pm.
Join the conversation and win one of the 12-5 book bundles and one Grand Prize Book Bundle (12 books) that will be given away at the party! http://multiculturalchildrensbookday.com/twitter-party-great-conversations-fun-prizes-chance-readyourworld-1-27-18/
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Free Empathy Classroom Kit for Homeschoolers, Organizations, Librarians, and Educators: http://multiculturalchildrensbookday.com/teacher-classroom-empathy-kit/
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Christmas time is all the time! Hope, Love and new beginnings are waiting for all of us!Writing my last post for 2017 makes me wonder how Christmas time can be a good option for change and much Hope! Not only adults but mostly kids face the challenge of coping with loneliness at Christmas. For many people, of any age, Christmas is full of anxiety, isolation, and tension. Community events and reconnecting with people can make the difference in your life, so do think what is in your life and not what is missing! It’s so encouraging to read on sites and blogs that many bookstores around Greece have events for reading fairy tales of different Greek areas or famous Christmas themed stories from around the world that teach kids so many things.
Enjoy with me, at this Rock Post my suggestions for books, get your kids, have a reading party, with your friends and let them invite theirs, too, the more the merrier! This will give your kids something to look forward, making the best new festive memories to look back! Happy, Joyful Reading for the new year 2018! Kali Xronia! Happy New Year!
A World of Cookies for Santa takes readers across the globe to see all the treats that await Santa on Christmas Eve. Head to the Philippines, where children leave out puto seko cookies and ginger tea for Santa; jet to Russia for a honey-spice cookie; then set out for Malawi for a sweet potato cookie! When you’ve returned home, the journey’s still not over—M. E. Furman provides recipes for children to bake some of Santa’s cookies for themselves.
Master pop-up artist Chuck Fischer’s most glorious creation yet — CHRISTMAS AROUND THE WORLD is the perfect holiday gift. Featuring France, Germany, Russia, Latin America, Scandinavia, Great Britain, Italy, and the United States, every spread is packed with delights: a luxurious central pop-up image, plus removable booklets, pullouts, mini pop-ups, and more. The text illuminates unique Christmas traditions, gift legacies, and portraits of mythic figures, such as England’s Father Christmas and Italy’s Le Befana.
This “new classic” Christmas story brings together two great traditions: the Rockefeller Center Christmas tree and the neighbor-helping-neighbor program of Habitat for Humanity. Opening in Depression-era New York City, The Carpenter’s Gift tells the story of eight-year-old Henry and his father selling Christmas trees. They give a Christmas tree to construction workers building Rockefeller Center and celebrate together. Through the kindness of the construction workers and neighbors, Henry gets his wish for a nice, warm home to replace his family’s drafty shack. He plants a pinecone from that first Rockefeller Center Tree. As an old man, Henry repays the gift by donating the enormous tree that has grown from that pinecone to become a Rockefeller Center Christmas tree. After bringing joy to thousands as the Rockefeller Center tree, its wood will be used to build a home for another family in need.
As Little Cub and her family prepare to celebrate the most special day of the year, the curious young polar bear begins to wonder…
“Who invented Christmas?”
Mama’s answer only leads to more questions like “Is God more important than Santa?” So she and Little Cub head off on a polar expedition to find God and to see how he gave them Christmas. Along the way, they find signs that God is at work all around them. Through Mama’s gentle guidance, Little Cub learns about the very first Christmas and discovers that…
The Stowell family is abuzz with holiday excitement, and Frankie, the youngest boy, is the most excited of all. But there’s a cloud over the joyous season: Tomorrow is Christmas Eve, and Pa hasn’t returned yet from his trip to Lansing. He promised to bring back the oranges for the mantelpiece. Every year there are nine of them nestled among the evergreens, one for each of the children. But this year, heavy snows might mean no oranges . . . and, worse, no Pa!
This is a holiday story close to Patricia Polacco’s heart. Frankie was her grandmother’s youngest brother, and every year she and her family remember this tale of a little boy who learned–and taught–an important lesson about giving, one Christmas long ago.
One dark November night a stranger rides into a small prairie town. Who is he? Why has he come? The townspeople wish he were a doctor, a dressmaker, or a trader. But the children have the greatest wish of all, a deep, quiet, secret wish. Then a young girl named Lucy befriends the newcomer. When he reveals his identity and shares with her the legend of the candy cane, she discovers fulfillment of her wishes and the answer to her town’s dreams. Will she share what she has learned? Warm, lavish illustrations by James Bernardin bring to life a timeless tale by Lori Walburg, a story that will help families celebrate the mystery and miracle of Christmas―for many Christmases to come.
Which elf will build the coolest sleigh for the Christmas ride? SANTA will decide!
When the elves discover that Santa’s sleigh is in a terrible state, they let their imaginations go wild – and soon there are sleighs of every kind, inspired by big rigs, motorcycles, zeppelins, and much more!
Twinkling stars are seen from my window now and urge me to write this post. Being away from my blog means my life is busier than you can imagine, having no spare time for the things I like. I could blame the circumstances or fate but then Cindy Hilsheimer’s famous quote popped up on my screen reminding me that”Fate is the optimal combination of choice and chance.” So, when Life dictates our free time and puts barriers we do need that positive sign of being Loved. I got a message about this nomination about a month ago and I felt so bad for not being able to make a post right away!
Many thanks to children’s author Marcia Strykowski (https://marciastrykowski.com/) for nominating me for the One Lovely Blog Award. Don’t miss the chance to visit her blog for great posts on Children’s books and suggestions on writings. Thank you, Marcia, once more for this nomination, it’s my first one!
Here are the rules for accepting this award:
1. Each nominee must thank the person who nominated them and link their blog to their post.
2. They must include the rules and add the blog award badge as an image.
3. Must add 7 facts about themselves.
4. Nominate 15 people to do the award
I couldn’t come up with 7 things about myself so I decided to write about the things I like.
I like Summer because the everyday rhythms go slower and I enjoy the blue sea! Siesta time and too much ice cream!
2.I Love Peaches! If you ever think of a way to make me lose my mind then bring me a basket of crunchy peaches!
3. Favorite books to have with me, if I am ever stranded on an island:
4.Love walking in Nature!
5.Animals I LOVE keeping me company, dogs, dogs, dogs!
6. The best place to live: Ireland!
7.The craziest thing I have ever done? Although it’s hard to reply, I guess, flying over the glaciers in Alaska, was the wildest thing that ever happened to me!
And now for my nominees! I’ve seen the rules stated two different ways, sometimes nominating 10 people and sometimes 15, so I’m going with ten. As always, there is absolutely no pressure to play along, completely optional, just wanted to give a shoutout to your lovely blogs!
I wish you receive Lovely Awards from your friends always! Until next Rock Post show your Love and Support through Lovely Words!