Below is a copy of the article that appeared in “The Herald-Index” about the projectRead More
Meet Newton. The main character in CritterKin’s newest book, “The Not Perfect Hat Club” due out in the new year. As plans for the book launch get underway, we’d like to introduce to the idea of what it means to be “Not Perfect” and invite you and your kids to become members of the Not Perfect Hat Club. After all, no one’s perfect and there are so many wonderful things to be learned when we stop worrying about getting things “right” and focus on exploring things that pique our interest and inspire us to grow and learn.
To become a Fan part of the campaign to create the book and get cool stuff (like CritterKin original art, special edition copies of book and CritterKin badges) please go to: https://pubslush.com/project/4118
To learn more about the book and related project based learning go here: https://globalclassroom2014-15.wikispaces.com/Critterkin%27s+Not+Perfect+Hat+Club
To become a member, simply email Jena a phot and we’ll post here: http://www.pinterest.com/critterkin/the-critterkin-not-perfect-hat-club/
As you can see, you are in good companyRead More
This was a stellar week for The Not Perfect Hat Club photos. So stellar in fact that we couldn’t stick to just three images. So here, without further ado, are this week’s picks!
Julie Szaj is Picture Perfect in her Not Perfect Reindeer Hat
I Spy Kory Graham Looking Uniquely Not Perfect
Owen in Tammy Massman’s 3rd grade class (top) and the fabulous group of five in Monica Evon’s 4th grade class (bottom) showing off their Not Perfect hats!
Three wonderfully Not Perfect teachers – Starr Sackstein. Erin Preder and Doug Robertson – Proud to Know Them!
Photos from visits to classrooms across North America that gave us a giggle, touched our hearts, or made us pause and think. Enjoy!
Meet one of Erin Preder’s terrific students at John R. Tibbott Elementary School in Illinois. She and her classmates have been reading “Lead With Your Heart” and learning about kindness and empathy with Ms. Jenaia through stories, drawing, writing and storytelling of their own. Well done!
Meet Admiral, an admirably #NotPerfect member of the CritterKin #NotPerfect Hat Club. Admiral is a rescue dog whose person is a champion of all breeds, but Great Danes and Pit Bulls in particular. Admiral regularly dons a variety of hats and appears at adoption and donation events to spread the word about the importance of kindness and empathy. Way to go Admiral!
So proud of the 75 fourth graders at Delaware Elementary School in Iowa who are not only creating a newspaper about kindness, but have launched a donation campaign to collect much needed supplies for the Animal Rescue League of Iowa as well. Great work kiddos! We can hardly wait to see the newspaper!
CritterKin has partnered with the fourth graders and their teachers (Jennifer Houlette, Julie Campbell and Kendra Carlson) at Delaware Elementary School in Iowa to produce a new kind of newspaper focused on kindness. Entitled “The Des Moines Doggy Daily: News with a “Canine Twist!” the project is designed to teach not only reading, writing, vocabulary and collaboration skills, but emotional literacy as well. The work the students are doing to create articles for the paper and collect food, bedding and toys for the Animal Rescue League of Iowa, is generating a lot of excitement in the community. Read all about it in this wonderful article from the Altoona Herald.
“About a year ago Ball began a program called the “Be Kind Initiative,” which took the CritterKin series and expanded it to help implement projects like, The Des Moines Doggy Daily, into classrooms nationwide to give kids a chance to not only read and write, but experience and practice emotional literacy.”
“It’s not an old-fashioned sit-and-read: the author is connected to the kids from Google’s video-sharing technology called Google Hangouts, which allows her to talk, interact, share and record the sessions with the students from her residence in North Carolina.”
“We’re teaching them to be kind to animals, which is teaching them to be kind to one another,” she said.
Stay tuned for updates as the newspaper gets closer to publication!