We all have stories. Stories of sadness, hard times, loneliness, and fear. Stories of birthday parties, time spent with friends, trips to the zoo, and bicycle riding. These stories weave us together, creating bonds and memories and building dreams for the future.
The picture to the right is me at age three at the park with both sets of grandparents and my parents. Don't you just love the dated clothing? Classic! Like every individual, I, too, have stories. These stories bring back memories and emotions and create dreams. I am dreaming big this year! To quote my favorite president, Theodore Roosevelt, "Believe you can and you're halfway there." Time to dream big!
As I teacher, I love to bring the stories in history alive for my students and help them connect to the many history makers we learn about. They too, are history makers with stories to tell. Stories of hurt and sadness and stories of joy and happiness. Stories create hopes and dreams and connect us as individuals.
What is your story?
I truly can't think of a better way for me to start the new year and a weekly post that I have been wanting to start for awhile than with one of my heroes, Dolly Parton. Tomorrow, January 4, the Grand Ole Opry will be celebrating the 50th anniversary of Dolly's membership at the Grand Ole Opry. Fifty years! That simply goes to show the talent and determination Dolly shows both in her career and her life. Dolly will also be celebrating her birthday on January 19th.
Three For Thursday will feature a timely book, a primary source/artifact, and a Moffat postcard(s). These items can be used together as a lesson in the classroom or a fun inspiration for home studies. I hope you find this inspiring.
Moffat has a truly magical life, one that many of us want, as he travels from place to place learning along the way. This time, Moffat hitched a ride with my good friend Jill and her family, as they got to explore Dollywood during the holidays. I have to admit that I am a bit jealous as I DREAM of going there. I want to explore the park and take in Dolly's museum, Chasing Rainbows. Someday...
The photograph below is Dolly's loved and iconic "coat of many colors" that is the real life artifact that inspired her favorite song "Coat of Many Colors" in 1971. At that time she wrote the lyrics, she was traveling with Porter Wagoner. Unable to find paper, she wrote the lyrics on the back of a dry cleaning ticket!
I am not much of a New Year's resolution type of person. Never have been.
However, as 2019 approaches, I have set some personal writing goals that I am doing my very best to achieve. This is not a New Year's resolution, but rather a life goal.
Today, I spent a great deal of time at my new desk made by my husband for Christmas. Moffat and I are sitting here with my new 2019 Smithsonian calendar (thanks dad), my TR/teddy portrait, family photos, and a view of Pikes Peak.
I hope to bring more insight into best social studies practices in the classroom for young learners. I want to return to my blog, create more resources for teachers, present more and get to writing some children's books! Fingers crossed! I continue to grow and learn myself from other amazing educators and am thankful to have strong mentors in my own life.
Wishing everyone a bright 2019...and so it begins!
For several weeks now, I have been watching friends tag other friends while posting the cover to their favorite books. In the midst of this, I was tagged by a good friend, and until now, have yet to respond.
Original Photo Credit: Shawn Miller/ Library of Congress
I haven't blogged in several months. I have taken some time to step back from social media to simplify life. However, I think writing about "The Book Lady", aka Dolly Parton, is the best place to jump back in.
For most Americans, Dolly is known for her legendary career in country music, beginning in the late 60s. My husband and I were fortunate enough to hear her in concert at Red Rocks in 2016 and then visit the Country Music Hall of Fame that same year. In the CMHOF, her dress, shoes and scratch paper with the words to her iconic song, "Jolene" were on display. Such a treat to see and experience!
However, for millions of Americans age 5 and under, Dolly is known for sending one free book a month (60 all together) to foster the love of reading. Her program, Imagination Library, started locally in her hometown in Tennessee and was started to honor her father, who was never given the opportunity to learn how to read.
This weekend, I once again began searching for a Dolly t-shirt (I have wanted one for a long time) and came across the above quote from her. She may be the queen of country music, but her leadership in business and education for young children sets her apart even more. Dolly knows who she is and lives her life to the fullest. Her purposeful life is not only a gift of entertainment for the world, but a gift of early literacy skills for young children. She dreams big and works to fulfill those dreams.
In my own life, I have many dreams and so many of those involve educating early learners. It is hard work, but it is worth it. I hope all of us can look to Dolly for inspiration.
One final note, it is going to take years for those sweet preschoolers in this picture to realize the event they got to participate in! Oh how I would have loved to have been there myself!!
I have been wanting to start this segment of my blog for awhile. I incorporating a strong piece of literature with a Moffat photograph and a primary source document in as many of my lessons as I can. It's hard to go wrong when you have the primary source and a Moffat photograph!