Learning About Recycling

When I was a little girl and living in Morris County,  my father would take me on the weekly trips to the local recycling center when the weather was nice. I remember how much fun it was to take out all the items from our trunk and toss them into  their appropriate dumpsters. These things were monstrous! This taught me, early on, about how to recycle. In school, I learned the importance of it.

In sixth grade, I chose Groundwater as my science fair project and my father helped me to build a  ‘working’ cave that would allow water to seep through the top of the ‘cave’ (made of clay and other things) and out the bottom of a storage basin. For this, we needed a mesh screen. So, to the recycling center we went for the parts we needed!

Take children to the recycling center. Educate them there. Collect a few items (clean them with a bleach and water solution) and do a craft. I know that people do this already with items in their homes, but if you really want to teach about recycling, you should go to the place where your recycling goes.



Team New Jersey Takes Home the Gold in More Ways than One at the Special Olympics 2014 USA Games!

First of all, I would like to congratulate ALL of the champions who have participated in this national event. I was at the Opening Ceremonies on June 15th, where law enforcement representatives and athletes from throughout the United States, who ran together for the Law Enforcement Torch Run, brought the Flame of Hope to light the cauldron at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey.  It was spectacular!

Special Olympics 2014 USA Games Law Enforcement Torch Run: The Flame of Hope is Lit.

Special Olympics 2014 USA Games Law Enforcement Torch Run: The Flame of Hope is lit.

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The Standard Core of…What Now?

An Iowa woman jokingly calls it “Satan’s handiwork.” A California mom says she’s broken down in tears. A Pennsylvania parent says it “makes my blood boil.”

What could be so horrible? Grade-school math.

As schools around the U.S. implement national Common Core learning standards, parents trying to help their kids with math homework say that adding, subtracting, multiplying and dividing has become as complicated as calculus. Continue reading

For My Teachers

For all that you do, I’m grateful to you.

I wouldn’t have made it this far without you.

From reading and math, to science and spelling,

Foreign language and culture, and poetry telling.


From child to adult,

From student to teacher,

I will lead a classroom myself

In the ways of my teachers.


I’m thankful each day,

For the education I’ve had,

For the schools where I’ve been,

And the friends I have had


Soon it will be time

For me to pass on

The things I have learned

So the knowledge lives on.


That’s why I must thank you,

My dear teachers of my past,

For all of my memories

And those lessons that will last.


To The Moon

Published on May 4, 2014

Thank you to the millions of passionate teachers who inspire curiosity in their classrooms…lesson after lesson, unit after unit, year after year. We’re fortunate to have had many of you in our lives, and we can’t wait to see what the future will bring because of the work you’re doing today.  ~Google

If you’re curious about exploring space, here are some free resources from the video:

100,000 Stars: http://goo.gl/1Hz2F
Moon in Google Earth: http://goo.gl/R0p0pL
Tears in Space (Don’t Fall): http://goo.gl/52tQBU
NASA Long-Distance Google+ Hangout: http://goo.gl/pFZzN
Android Sky Map: http://goo.gl/qT1O3
Google Search app: http://goo.gl/iK6t6

Photo Credits:
Nebulae images courtesy of NASA, ESA, and respective academic partners.
Jupiter Moon images courtesy of NASA/JPL and academic partners.
ISS Image courtesy of NASA.
Chris Hadfield © Canadian Space Agency, 2013.
Denis Finnin © American Museum of Natural History.

I Love You Three, Mummy (DP WW Challenge)

This is a touching poem by a mother, written in her son’s perspective. May we all be so educated on the needs and comforts of children with Autism and other Exceptionalities.