Visuals

Good morning!

Visuals. They are a very important tool for working in the developmental classroom.

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Sometimes verbal instructions are not the best mode of teaching.  Not everyone is auditory. Your words may not be heard well or understood or even may be clearly heard, but too many words may just be too difficult to process all at one time for some. Sometimes less truly is more. Some learn better by visual. Eyes can see the visual word picture with the simple word command associated with it and better process it. That’s why beginning readers are picture books. To a three year old the written word generally means nothing. A picture truly can be worth a thousand words.

God made every part of us. He made our ears and our eyes and our brains. Each of us has our own distinct way of learning.  Even Helen Keller who could neither see nor hear. Some of us excel at hearing, others at seeing. Our learning styles vary. So should the teaching styles to accommodate that.

I am very fortunate to work in a classroom with two very gifted ladies at what they do. One specializes in special education.  She uses a variety of mediums to reach her children. One specializes in speech. She uses various means as well with alot of visuals to encourage speech in her children. Together they combine both their expertise and their resources to reach each child on an individual basis no matter how outside of the box they have to go to accomplish it.

They both value each child as the unique child God made them to be, just the way they are. They value progress in their learning no matter how big or how small it may be.  Sometimes that progress may not be apparent to the naked eye. It may not be visual.

But it’s there. They can find it. They have the ears to hear it and the eyes to see it. But most of all, they have the hearts to feel it.

I encourage each of us to stop focusing so much on the visual appearance of what we see in life. There is so much more to life than what meets the eye. Visuals truly are important.  But God made our hearts as well. Don’t ever forget to soften and follow yours.

Ears that hear and eyes that see– the LORD has made them both.
Proverbs 20:12

Love and laughter,

Sandy

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Honey Lamb

Good morning!

Oklahoma!
Where the wind comes sweeping down the plain
And the wavin’ wheat can sure smell sweet
When the wind comes right behind the rain
Oklahoma ev’ry night my honey lamb and I
Sit alone and talk, and watch a hawk
Makin lazy circles in the sky

Those are a portion of the lyrics to the song from the musical, “Oklahoma”, with words and music by Oscar Hammerstein II and Richard Rodgers.  It was adopted by the Oklahoma Legislature as the official state song of Oklahoma on May 11, 1953.

When was the last time you called that special someone in your life honey lamb? This was a valentine from about the same era. Isn’t it funny how much of our terminology has changed over the years?

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Urban dictionary still defines honey lamb as an affectionate name for one’s lover. It’s just not used much anymore.  Especially by our younger generations.  The terminology has changed. And so have we in many ways.

There are many other things in Oklahoma and elsewhere in the world we live in that have changed over the years. Take our faith. Our honesty. Our values. Our time to nurture relationships for just a few.

I don’t know about you, but sometimes I long for those days when we took the time to sit alone and talk with our honeylambs. Sometimes progress isn’t necessarily better.  We’ve gained technology,  but somewhere along the way seemed to lose relationship. 😦

God’s own Song of Solomon was the equivalent to the honey lamb of the 1950s.

I urge us all to cherish the relationships we have been blessed with in our lives. Put down your iPhone and ipads long enough to spend some good quality time with your honey lamb. Tell them face to face that you love them. Read them Song of Solomon if you need a little prompting. And pull up Oklahoma on Netflix for a date night, and see what a true honey lamb is! ♡

2 Let him kiss me with the kisses of his mouth– for your love is more delightful than wine.
3 Pleasing is the fragrance of your perfumes; your name is like perfume poured out. No wonder the maidens love you!
4 Take me away with you–let us hurry! Let the king bring me into his chambers. We rejoice and delight in you; we will praise your love more than wine. How right they are to adore you!
Song of Solomon 1: 2-4

Love and laughter,

Sandy

Remember The Titans With The Redskins

Good morning!

It’s beginning to look and feel like football season!

Except last night the turf at Union Tuttle Stadium looked a little different than most Friday nights.

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Fans were still there to watch football, but instead of the typical 11-man offense and 11

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efense it normally holds, it was covered in blankets and chairs of Tulsans watching the free to the public double feature, The Lego Movie and Remember The Titans. The movies were shown on the north end zone jumbotron. The home side concession stand remained open throughout the evening for food and drink. The Renegade Regiment, Union High School’s marching band, sponsored this fun-filled event.

If you haven’t seen Remember The Titans,  I’d highly recommend doing so. It’s the 2000 true story about high school football coach Herman Boone and the events that transpired as he tried to introduce a racially diversified football team to T. C. Williams High School in Alexandria, VA in 1971.

Tuttle Stadium, the home of the Redskins, was open to all ages, all schools, all races, all sexes, all religions, all political parties and all income levels. They all came together. Families with children, sports fans, Union fans, band supporters, couples on Friday night dates, groups of friends, and those just wanting something to do on a Friday night in Tulsa to watch some football in a different fashion. This time everyone walked away from the playing field winners. 🙂

God’s word reminds us we are all one in Christ. Just like last night’s double feature.  We can all come together like minded to serve one purpose. All created differently, but all sons of the same God.

If you ask me it was a great idea for a fundraiser and the Tulsa community. All my kids were Redskins. I now work for Jenks, so I’m a Trojan. I’m all for unity of those two schools whenever possible.  Only one will more than likely take state this season, but together they are all one in Christ!

“For you are all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus. For as many of you as were baptized into Christ have put on Christ. There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is neither male nor female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus.” Galations 3:26-28

Love and laughter,

Sandy

Brown Bear Brown Bear What Do You See?



Good morning!

Circle time is one of my favorite parts of my day at work, especially when it’s story time! Brown bear brown bear what do you see? is one of my favorites because it’s a book and a song.

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The answer to the question the author of this book poses is “I see a red bird looking at me.” I presume the various make believe living creatures throughout the book do not make eye contact with whom they are speaking with because the red bird did not say he saw a brown bear, but instead a yellow duck and so on and so on.

The children in my class are absolutely mesmorized by this song and accompanying storybook as were my own when they were small and I read it to them..

Sometimes in life that’s how it is. We can be absolutely mesmorized by something, yet not even truly see what’s right before our eyes.

We may be able to see with our eyes, but sometimes we are blind to what the true picture is revealing to us.

I encourage each of us to look
beyond what our naked eye can see. To look through the eyes of God.  To truly see the best in everything.  To love unconditionally.  To look for opportunities to be Christ’s hands and feet. Only then will we truly see.


Jesus answered and said to him, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born again he cannot see the kingdom of God.”
John 3:3
t open their eyes so that they may turn from darkness to light and from the dominion of Satan to God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins and an inheritance among those who have been sanctified by faith in Me.’
Acts 26:18

Love and laughter,

Sandy

Happenstance

Good morning!

I randomly ran to the grocery store Sunday afternoon just to pick up a few things.

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It wasn’t even the grocery store where I normally do most of my shopping. Nor was it the time I normally shop.

But naturally, I would run into the very person I had been trying to avoid seeing all week..

Happenstance or fate?
Coincidence or Godincidence?
You be the judge.

As much as I’d like to say it was just happenstance,  the fact that I had some unfinished business with this individual,  probably tells me differently.

God tells us He has plans for our lives. But we do have free will. And with that free will comes consequences.  Sometimes God ever so patiently steps back and let’s us eventually get it on our own. Other times He has to let us fall flat on our face before we get it. And sometimes He puts something so good in front of us it is undeniably a Godincidence.  We see His presence all in it, over it, around it, through it, and every other preposition a squirrel can do to a tree. 🙂

I pray that each of us would spend a little more time shopping in the spiritual aisle than the produce aisle. Prayer and reading our bibles will produce way more of a bountiful harvest for us than reading the weekly grocery store ad will ever do.

If God is leading you in a direction that you for some reason are avoiding following or feel unsure of, I encourage you to hit your knees in prayer and ask Him to show you clearly the path He has in mind for you. Sometimes we confuse our own way for God’s way. Keep praying fervently and do not act until you feel you have a God given direction.

And I would advise you not to avoid the inevitable.  God has a way of using divine intervention when necessary. He’s still in the business.  Always has been. Always will be. It’s no happenstance where God is concerned.

“For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.”
Jeremiah 29:11

Love and laughter,

Sandy

Tower Of Babel

Good morning!

I recently went to a family friend’s home for dinner.   As I was leaving, I was escorted out to the backyard to see his new tower.

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You see, they are building a new park in the city of Tulsa. A park that’s considered to be a world-class park and recreation area.  It’s a several year project.  Gathering Place For Tulsa is what it’s called.

My friend’s home backs up to it. A 10 foot green mesh fence surrounds the perimeters of the park to keep people out and to keep people from seeing the construction site within. My friend had a tower erected so he could witness the progress. After all, it is in his very own backyard.

Construction. Tower. This so reminded of a familiar bible story.

Do you remember the story of the Tower of Babel?

The people of the earth became skilled in construction and decided to build a city with a tower, a stairway to Heaven. They wanted to make a name for themselves and also prevent their city from being scattered.  God knew the tower would only lead the people away from Him. He was very aware of the powerful force within their unity of purpose. After all, He knows all our thoughts. As a result, God confused their language, causing them to speak different languages so they would not understand each other. By doing this, God thwarted their plans. He also scattered the people of the city all over the face of the earth.

Do you have any towers built in your life?  Things that you are building to make a name for yourself rather then glorify God. If so, I urge you to tear them down!  I can assure you if you don’t, God will in one way or another.

4 Then they said, “Come, let us build ourselves a city, with a tower that reaches to the heavens, so that we may make a name for ourselves; otherwise we will be scattered over the face of the whole earth.”
5 But the Lord came down to see the city and the tower the people were building.6 The Lord said, “If as one people speaking the same language they have begun to do this, then nothing they plan to do will be impossible for them. 7 Come, let us go down and confuse their language so they will not understand each other.”
8 So the Lord scattered them from there over all the earth, and they stopped building the city. 9 That is why it was called Babel[c]—because there the Lord confused the language of the whole world. Fromthere the Lord scattered them over the face of the whole earth.
Genesis 11:4-9 Continue reading “Tower Of Babel”

Immunizations

Good morning!

This past Friday I had to visit the school nurse.

I got the first of a series of three Hepatitis B vaccine. Three doses are required to complete the series. I’ll get the second injection one month after the first dose and the third injection six months after the first dose.

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Hepatitus B is a viral infection that attacks the liver. I don’t know about you, but I’m kind of partial to keeping mine.

There seems to be a lot of controversy these days over whether to immunize or not to immunize .

Factually speaking, following the recommended vaccine schedule can prevent today’s children from contracting 15 diseases by the age of two. The risks and complications of such diseases can cause consequential, long-term disabilities, repeated, lengthy hospital stays, and in the worst case scenario, death. Vaccines can literally save lives each and every day.

There are many other factors to consider when blaming immunizations for the higher rate of children being born with disabilities that we are seeing in this generation. If you want to blame immunizations,  then why isn’t everyone immunized affected in the same way?

I pray we all make responsible decisions regarding whether to do so or not.  Remember, you may be spreading those diseases by not immunizing rather than contracting them.

The choice is yours. To immunize or not.

Let’s all look instead to the big picture.  Not on the state and federal courts level to legalize or ban, but rather eternally. Let’s focus more on immunizing ourselves against Satan and the evils of our world. That’s the true poison we need to keep out of our systems. Let’s immunize ourselves with a good dose of Jesus.  God’s Word. And constant prayer as a booster.  After all, It’s God, the Father, and Jesus, His only begotten Son, who holds the title of Great Physician.

For I will restore health to you, and I will heal you of your wounds, said the LORD; because they called you an Outcast, saying, This is Zion, whom no man seeks after.
Jeremiah 30:17

And Jesus went about all Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, and preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing all manner of sickness and all manner of disease among the people.
Matthew 4:23

Love and laughter,

Sandy