DLIMH COMPLETES OUR 2017 SCHOOL READINGS IN LEISURE CITY, FLORIDA

ASPIRA Leadership & College Preparatory Academy is an Elementary and Middle School in Leisure City, Florida (right next door to Homestead). On Monday, May 15th, Blue and I packed up the car and headed north on the Florida Turnpike. We were greeted with enthusiasm beyond our wildest imaginations. Each classroom had decorated with DLIMH cut-out letters spelling "Dinosaurs Living in My Hair" which strung from the ceiling. Each hanging letter was lovingly colored and represented who this community was - kind, thoughtful, giving, and incredible. These ASPIRA photos clearly show the magic that lives inside each of them. I will never forget my time with them. I returned a few weeks later to deliver some DLIMH books and spent more time with the second graders. Each student wanted to show me the dinosaurs they had colored since my first visit. One child at a time . . . but sometimes . . . the reverse happens. They make a difference in my life. 

CLICK ON IMAGES BELOW TO SEE PHOTOS LARGER!

CLICK ON IMAGES BELOW TO SEE PHOTOS LARGER!

DLIMH Continues Metro Detroit Visits!

April 20th 2017, DLIMH visited Detroit Merit Academy located in Detroit, Michigan. Photo below is a second and third grade class who were presented with poetry (in honor of Poetry Month), dinosaur facts, creatures who lived alongside dinosaurs, and readings from DLIMH 1 and 2. The photographed smiles are reflective of their exuberance and good nature! "Blue the Dinosaur" got lots of hugs! 

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POUPARD ELEMENTARY SCHOOL — VISIT MARCH 9TH!

On Thursday, March 9th, I visited Poupard Elementary School (Grosse Pointe Public School located in Harper Woods, MI). 
It was the day after a giant wind storm forcefully blew in and left over a million MI residents without power. Many students were absent, however we had a great time with those in attendance. 
I had three groups of students throughout the day, Young 5's/Kindergarten, 1st Graders, and 2nd Graders. The photographs below are the very talented 1st Graders who took their instructions to "Color outside-the-lines" and to "Use your Imagination!" very seriously. Even their teachers joined in the fun. Highlights included a special fondness for sparkly crayons. When you look closely at their coloring you will notice they are incredible. The students were extremely proud and rightfully so.  This was perhaps one of the best coloring groups I've had. Although I say that often! Their smiles continue to add to the ones held in my heart and I think, one day, I will explode out of fondness for all these children I get to meet. My visit was coordinated by Poupard's Reading Specialist, Lori Ann Woznicki, who couldn't have been more welcoming. I am grateful for this opportunity!

MARCH IS READING MONTH — LOCAL SCHOOLS CELEBRATE WITH DLIMH — APRIL IS POETRY MONTH

Local schools have booked local children's author Jayne Rose-Vallee to visit! DLIMH makes the rounds in the surrounding Detroit Metro Area. Watch the list grow.

DREAM CHARTER SCHOOL NYC — FEBRUARY 2017

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Dream Charter School — 1991 2nd Avenue — New York, New York. This is DLIMH's 2nd time to visit this amazing school! I loved going back and seeing familiar faces as well as new ones. Both DLIMH 1 and DLIMH 2 were read to over 180 students from Kindergarten through 2nd grade. 

Click on photos below and scroll through for close up view of all the fun!!

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"Why We Want Dinosaurs Living in Our Hair"

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With a curious title like, ‘Dinousaurs Living in My Hair,” behind the book launch party at Dylan’s Candy Bar, we were excited to attend and see what it was all about!  I can pretty much lure Juliet with candy for anything but it didn’t take much convincing, given there was so much fun awaiting us!

As one of the first attendees to this adorable party space, we had the pleasure of spending some quality time with the award-winning author, Jayne M. Rose-Vallee who very visibly, loved children.  She was genuinely interested in getting to know each little one and spent time getting know Juliet, asking all about her big upcoming 4th birthday plans.

"The enchanting book inspires imagination and awe and practically sings with its musical, rhyming text. I was also impressed with how it aptly spoke to both boys (who all love dinosaurs) as well as girls who have all awoken with tangled hair at one time or another. " "Sabrina has curly hair and a problem. Tangles ad knots make her mornings difficult. Try as she might . . . to make her hair 'cool' . . . The curls make it tricky . . . to comb out for school. At the top of her head . . . where it's simply a mess . . . do creatures hide out there? . . . the answer is yes!"

"The enchanting book inspires imagination and awe and practically sings with its musical, rhyming text. I was also impressed with how it aptly spoke to both boys (who all love dinosaurs) as well as girls who have all awoken with tangled hair at one time or another. "

"Sabrina has curly hair and a problem. Tangles ad knots make her mornings difficult. Try as she might . . . to make her hair 'cool' . . . The curls make it tricky . . . to comb out for school. At the top of her head . . . where it's simply a mess . . . do creatures hide out there? . . . the answer is yes!"

Media were treated to a wonderful breakfast spread, mimosas, juices and coffee. Juliet gobbled up the fruit and admired the candy decor. 

Media were treated to a wonderful breakfast spread, mimosas, juices and coffee. Juliet gobbled up the fruit and admired the candy decor. 

We were so thankful to have walked away with a goody bag filled with a signed copy of the book, "Dinosaurs Living in My Hair" along with product from Shea Moisture (including a great detangled) and colorful miniature dinosaurs. Thank you for the invite and for the fun mommy and me experience.

We were so thankful to have walked away with a goody bag filled with a signed copy of the book, "Dinosaurs Living in My Hair" along with product from Shea Moisture (including a great detangled) and colorful miniature dinosaurs. Thank you for the invite and for the fun mommy and me experience.

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As you can see, at each table, were cute dino cookies, ready to be decorated.  Juliet loved the frosting and candy toppings.

As you can see, at each table, were cute dino cookies, ready to be decorated.  Juliet loved the frosting and candy toppings.

The highlight of course though was the special book reading led by the author herself! Kids gathered around to listen to the sweet story of a little girl with messy tangled hair. (Turns out this is a book Juliet could really relate to!) Juliet wakes up each day with near-dreadlocks and a Medussa - inspired do!

The highlight of course though was the special book reading led by the author herself! Kids gathered around to listen to the sweet story of a little girl with messy tangled hair. (Turns out this is a book Juliet could really relate to!) Juliet wakes up each day with near-dreadlocks and a Medussa - inspired do!

She also enjoyed coloring the illustrations from the book and even happily showed the author her masterpiece when she finished.

She also enjoyed coloring the illustrations from the book and even happily showed the author her masterpiece when she finished.

As you can see, at each table, were cute dino cookies, ready to be decorated. Juliet loved the frosting and candy toppings.

As you can see, at each table, were cute dino cookies, ready to be decorated. Juliet loved the frosting and candy toppings.

We will look back fondly at these memories each and every time we enjoy bedtime readings of "Dinosaurs Living in My Hair." The book is available at Amazon for $17.99 and has an average 5 star rating!    Article written by: Stella Leo shown above with Juliet https://www.facebook.com/FabGabBlog/     http://fabgabblog.com  

We will look back fondly at these memories each and every time we enjoy bedtime readings of "Dinosaurs Living in My Hair." The book is available at Amazon for $17.99 and has an average 5 star rating!    Article written by: Stella Leo shown above with Juliet

https://www.facebook.com/FabGabBlog/     http://fabgabblog.com

 

Monday, 2/6/17 Basis Independent Brooklyn School

Michael and Olga Block founded Basis as a charter school in Tucson, AZ in 1998. Their goal was to compete with European and Asian educational models and incorporate American innovation. Each child from K – 4th grade is required to take Mandarin. Engineering classes start in Pre-K. Students take chemistry, biology and physics every year in middle school. To graduate each student must complete six AP classes (most take 10). Many students graduate after junior year.

Michael and Olga Block founded Basis as a charter school in Tucson, AZ in 1998. Their goal was to compete with European and Asian educational models and incorporate American innovation. Each child from K – 4th grade is required to take Mandarin. Engineering classes start in Pre-K. Students take chemistry, biology and physics every year in middle school. To graduate each student must complete six AP classes (most take 10). Many students graduate after junior year.

I always try to arrive early for readings. It gives me an opportunity to assimilate into the space and get a feel for the school and staff. I have to admit it’s one of my favorite parts. I sat on a bench in the lobby area and watched pre-k children enter the school. Their backpacks were larger than they were. At Basis, parents aren’t allowed to come into the school. Each child is met at the entrance doors and escorted to their classroom. One disheveled father had two packaged snacks and apologized as he explained, “I have the snacks. I forgot the backpack.” I chuckled a little inside as I remembered how difficult it is to keep everything organized for kids. 

I always try to arrive early for readings. It gives me an opportunity to assimilate into the space and get a feel for the school and staff. I have to admit it’s one of my favorite parts. I sat on a bench in the lobby area and watched pre-k children enter the school. Their backpacks were larger than they were. At Basis, parents aren’t allowed to come into the school. Each child is met at the entrance doors and escorted to their classroom. One disheveled father had two packaged snacks and apologized as he explained, “I have the snacks. I forgot the backpack.” I chuckled a little inside as I remembered how difficult it is to keep everything organized for kids. 

Traci Moon, aka Stella, is a Pre-K teacher at Basis Independent Brooklyn school. Her father + my father = great friends. That is the connection which led me to this school. I had no idea how awesome this school was, until I arrived. 

Traci Moon, aka Stella, is a Pre-K teacher at Basis Independent Brooklyn school. Her father + my father = great friends. That is the connection which led me to this school. I had no idea how awesome this school was, until I arrived. 

Red Hook is a neighborhood in the NYC borough of Brooklyn. Organized in the 1600’s it was named for the red clay soil and the point of land which projects into the Upper NY Bay. In 1990 Life Magazine named Red Hook one of the “worst” neighborhoods in the US and as the “crack” capital of America. It is the only part of NYC which has a fully frontal view of the Statue of Liberty. The largest public housing project in Brooklyn is located in Red Hook.

Red Hook is a neighborhood in the NYC borough of Brooklyn. Organized in the 1600’s it was named for the red clay soil and the point of land which projects into the Upper NY Bay. In 1990 Life Magazine named Red Hook one of the “worst” neighborhoods in the US and as the “crack” capital of America. It is the only part of NYC which has a fully frontal view of the Statue of Liberty. The largest public housing project in Brooklyn is located in Red Hook.

The new school is beautiful. To reach the entrance there is a large set of stairs to climb. I followed a little guy and his father up. The closer we got to the entrance, the more tears began to fall. He had forgotten an animal at home. The four-year-old did his best to coerce his father to, “go get it,” but his tears were not effective.

The new school is beautiful. To reach the entrance there is a large set of stairs to climb. I followed a little guy and his father up. The closer we got to the entrance, the more tears began to fall. He had forgotten an animal at home. The four-year-old did his best to coerce his father to, “go get it,” but his tears were not effective.

The light streamed through the front wall of windows and I removed my winter coat. The greeters were super jolly. An American flag was blowing firmly across the street in a park. I didn’t know this was the new Basis playground. The fresh clean white paint conflicted with the grey abandoned warehouses. It reminded me of a saying, “One side life, one side death.”    Tiny legs with clumsy boots and heads covered in colorful hats paraded in front of me. Noises filtered through the halls from classrooms. The rise and fall of student conversations interrupted with muffled teacher instructions. There was something comforting with this background noise. It was 8:57 a.m. Was I ready for 60 four-year-olds? I always get a bit anxious before readings. I was trying to decide how I felt when I heard “Happy Birthday Ella” being sung at the end of the hall. They continued, “Are you one? Are you two? Are you three,“ and when they got to ten, claps erupted. Ella was apparently ten.   More children were dropped off. It soon became noteworthy, how some children confidently marched down the hall, while others were more reluctant to leave their moms. I was thinking this as a cool kid came strolling in wearing dark sunglasses. Not kidding. He had super cute black high-top sneakers on with his black tie-dye Jan Sport backpack casually slung over his shoulders. As his mother turned to leave she said, “Have the best day ever. Bye x man, love you.” She had the easy swagger as well. The comfort and ease with which she was navigating life had been adopted by her son. In fifteen seconds, I knew she would have been my choice for a friend at this school. Laughter floats from the office as more pre-k students come in. Another mother said, “Be a good person. Love you. Have a good day buddy.” He kissed his mother and with his disheveled hair (which hadn’t seen a comb in days), he headed down the hall. Perfect dinosaur hair I thought. I exhaled. Show time. 

The light streamed through the front wall of windows and I removed my winter coat. The greeters were super jolly. An American flag was blowing firmly across the street in a park. I didn’t know this was the new Basis playground. The fresh clean white paint conflicted with the grey abandoned warehouses. It reminded me of a saying, “One side life, one side death.”

 

 Tiny legs with clumsy boots and heads covered in colorful hats paraded in front of me. Noises filtered through the halls from classrooms. The rise and fall of student conversations interrupted with muffled teacher instructions. There was something comforting with this background noise. It was 8:57 a.m. Was I ready for 60 four-year-olds? I always get a bit anxious before readings. I was trying to decide how I felt when I heard “Happy Birthday Ella” being sung at the end of the hall. They continued, “Are you one? Are you two? Are you three,“ and when they got to ten, claps erupted. Ella was apparently ten.

 

More children were dropped off. It soon became noteworthy, how some children confidently marched down the hall, while others were more reluctant to leave their moms. I was thinking this as a cool kid came strolling in wearing dark sunglasses. Not kidding. He had super cute black high-top sneakers on with his black tie-dye Jan Sport backpack casually slung over his shoulders. As his mother turned to leave she said, “Have the best day ever. Bye x man, love you.” She had the easy swagger as well. The comfort and ease with which she was navigating life had been adopted by her son. In fifteen seconds, I knew she would have been my choice for a friend at this school. Laughter floats from the office as more pre-k students come in. Another mother said, “Be a good person. Love you. Have a good day buddy.” He kissed his mother and with his disheveled hair (which hadn’t seen a comb in days), he headed down the hall. Perfect dinosaur hair I thought. I exhaled. Show time. 

Basis Independent Brooklyn, a for profit and private institution, opened fall 2014. Basis Independent Manhattan (K-8) is scheduled to open fall 2017. Many Manhattan private schools exceed $40,000. Basis touts their ability to compete academically with these schools for a tuition price of $29,500. Basis claims they are able to charge less because they run with a leaner administrative structure. Their administrative focus can be solely on students and learning versus fundraising. Diversity is a top selling point and families who are accustomed to rigorous academic programs like overseas, prefer this environment and find it familiar.

Basis Independent Brooklyn, a for profit and private institution, opened fall 2014. Basis Independent Manhattan (K-8) is scheduled to open fall 2017. Many Manhattan private schools exceed $40,000. Basis touts their ability to compete academically with these schools for a tuition price of $29,500. Basis claims they are able to charge less because they run with a leaner administrative structure. Their administrative focus can be solely on students and learning versus fundraising. Diversity is a top selling point and families who are accustomed to rigorous academic programs like overseas, prefer this environment and find it familiar.

The readings were fun and went well. Traci took me upstairs to the fifth floor to see the view. Then we went down a floor to the art room. The view was magnificent. There was the Statue of Liberty, the river, and wrap-around windows which let the expanse of everything fill the room. Outside was inside and vice versa. Tremendous. Breathtaking. Basis school prioritizes science and math, but someone was doing something correct to give this space to the art room.