Sunday, May 19, 2013

Crazy hair and zoo animals

Who feeds zoo animals despite warning signs not to?
Who makes crazy hair and wears it to school?
Who hunts for lions in the piano?
We do!
And it's fun!

Hush my darling, don't fear my darling
The lion sleeps tonight
Hush my darling, don't fear my darling
The lion sleeps tonight

(from "The Lion Sleeps Tonight" by the Tokens.)

To review:
"Better to hunt lions than for the lions to hunt you!"
— Ancient saying (or it should be)

Neither is the playground a stranger to crazy hair and zoo animals.
(Thanks to Lisa Wald for these terrific photos!)

"Visualize a circus ring. Look at the lions and tigers – what are they doing? The lions and tigers have been taught to jump through hoops of flame. If we can teach elephants, lions and tigers to behave in public, we can certainly teach our children with disabilities to behave [and to do many other things] in public too [...even on a bad hair day]."
— Dr. Meena Hazra, pediatric neurologist from Virginia (formerly from India)

Sunday, May 12, 2013

Springtime at Frankie Lemmon

Springtime Activities:

1. Hanging out the wash.

2. Learning to match the letters.

3. Dancin' and Singin'

4. Turning into beautiful butterflies.

5. Becoming really special children!

Saturday, May 4, 2013

Cinco de Mayo Comes to Frankie Lemmon

Question: What do these three things have in common?

1. Guacamole: Made with avocado, cream cheese, diced tomato and lime juice. Some like it...some not sure!

2. Rain stick: Crumple aluminum foil into a large spiral. Pack it with rice inside a paper towel. Cover the roll with "sick tape" and packing tape. Sounds like soothing rain when turned end-to-end to music.

3. Maraca: Two plastic spoons (or craft sticks) and one plastic Easter egg containing dried beans that rattle, all wrapped in "Not your Mama's" fancy duct tape.

That's right! They are all ways to celebrate Cinco de Mayo, a special Mexican holiday!

What's Cinco de Mayo? Cinco de Mayo (Fifth of May) celebrates a great and unexpected victory by the Mexican Army over the French Army in the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862. Today, people celebrate Cinco de Mayo in a big way. They have festivals and fiestas. They dance special dances and eat special foods. They make piƱatas and wear colorful clothes...

Like we do!
(Thanks to Lori and Natalie for these photos.)

...and they play special music on special instruments.
Like we do!

And some us just went bowling.

The bowling was at Sparians Bowling Lounge, on St. Albans Drive (near North Hills Mall) on April 24. A BIG THANKS to Lisa Wald for these photos.