Thursday, May 31, 2012

National Running Day

Every spring the big field by our school wakes up and beckons us to romp on it before the school bell rings.  Twice a week about 10 - 30 students meet to run.  It is a great way to connect with nature and get needed movement before the dominant activity is sitting on the rug or at desk and chairs.

Running promotes that "feel good" sense.  The students enter the building with a smile.  There may be more hidden benefits as well.  A dose of nature has been linked to improved attention as well as less vision problems

When something is special, you want to share it.  National Running Day is this Wednesday, June 6.  It presents us with a golden opportunity to get others to join us.  We are hoping to entice teachers, families and other students to experience the joy of moving outdoors together.  We all have our own reasons why we run.

Why not start a group running this Wednesday yourself?  Check out the National Running Day website here.

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Two Minute Stylus

I love using my finger on the iPad to write and draw.  How about you?  There may be times you want a stylus to draw, write and navigate.  Before you head out to buy one, try this one first.  It is so simple, you won't believe it when it works. 

Introducing the two minute stylus.   You can find the directions and watch a video here.

Materials Needed:
  • one pen that you can remove the ink from (it's the end of the school year, so look in that desk drawer that collected them all year)
  • one cotton swab
  • silver foil
  • tape and scissors
  • a drop of water to moisten the cotton swab
That's it.  Enjoy the magic!