Sunday, May 1, 2011

Day 131- Ronald McDonald House and Plays

My milkshake brings all the boys to the yard...

Well, actually, last year my boy brought the milkshake and not the other way around.  It's a special trick when I am sick.  Yes, that totally just rhymed.  Anyway... milkshakes made me think of McDonald's and made me think of being a sick little kid.  The Ronald McDonald House charities combine both of these things.  Bingo!

http://rmhc.org/

Our Ronald McDonald House program provides a “home-away-from-home” for families so they can stay close by their hospitalized child at little or no cost. Our Houses are built on the simple idea that nothing else should matter when a family is focused on healing their child – not where they can afford to stay, where they will get their next meal or where they will lay their head at night to rest.

Allow Families to Face the Weight of Illness Together


Families are stronger when they are together, which helps in the healing process. By staying at a Ronald McDonald House, parents also can better communicate with their child’s medical team and keep up with complicated treatment plans when needed. They can also focus on the health of their child, rather than grocery shopping, cleaning or cooking meals.

Allow Children to Get the Best Care

When your child is sick, you want the best care possible - even if it is hundreds or thousands of miles away. The Ronald McDonald House allows families to access specialized medical treatment by providing a place to stay at little or sometimes no cost.

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We read a scene from "Life is Beautiful" in our lit. book yesterday.  I wanted to get my students into play mode before we begin Anne Frank, and the scene we have in our book is really beautifully written.  The whole thing really made me want to watch the movie! 

In order to give the kids a chance to practice all of this play "stuff" they're learning (our curriculum standards include things like stage directions and dialogue), I gave them a chance today to write their own short plays.  They wrote skits a while back and seemed to really enjoy the process, so I thought this might be a chance for them to have a little fun and not realize that they're learning in the meantime. 

I love being right.

I think some of my favorite days of teaching come when I am simply a facilitator.  Sure, there are days when I need to provide direct instruction, and those are valuable.  However, I love when I have a solid activity created.  It's nice to present my students with directions and then spend the rest of the day circulating and listening to the wheels turning in their heads.  Kids really do say the darndest things!  I had such a good time just dropping by and listening to all of the little groups scattered around the room.  Even though they may not admit it, those kids had a good time today too!

Their requirements were somewhat simple.  They had to have the required number of lines of dialogue, to write stage directions, and to refrain from killing or injuring any of their characters (that's a whole other story there).  It is fascinating to see the different ideas that stem from the same set of directions.  I love seeing where their minds go... well, most of the time. :)  It's also nice to create those kinds of days where I think to myself the kids will remember this.

Thank you, plays, you made my day.

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