Friday, June 13, 2014

5 for Friday

Today, I'm linking up with Doodlebugs


Laurent House

photo courtesy of the Laurent House

This house may have changed my life!  In 1949, architect Frank Lloyd Wright designed this house for a paralyzed World War II veteran Kenneth Laurent. The Laurents then lived in this house until 2011.  With all the original furniture and art intact, it is an amazing museum.  If you are a Wright fan, it's a must see. Everything is designed for Mr. Laurent to enjoy life.  The flow of the house and placement of the furniture, made it easy for Mr. Laurent to maneuver and live in the house.  Laurent even had the ability to care for and enjoy the fish from the inside of his home.  At the age of 92, he said, "I'm not sure if I'm living for the house or the house is living for me." (courtesy of Morning Edition)    

It made me realize what I need to do as a parent and a teacher.  Give students/children the structure they need to succeed.  There is a fine line between enabling and empowering others.  I want to empower children, just as Wright empowered Laurent to live a full life.  I need to evaluate what I am doing to help children succeed in my home, classroom, and of course in life.   

Tree kangaroo and her joey

Tree kangaroo and her joey
Photos courtesy of  WTMJ

We had a great trip to the zoo.  I loved seeing the tree kangaroo and her joey.  It was amazing to see the pouch move and see the head popping out!  Loved it!  I always love learning and seeing new things. 

Snuggles with my daughter.  Morning in the summer can just be so relaxing.  Love it!

Laughter of my two boys.  I couldn't ask for the boys to be better friends!  

Still love this author and his great books.  My daughter and I are continuing to go through his hilarious works.  Love it!  

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  1. Wonderful blog! I read your posts about your daughter and she is so lucky to have a mommy committed to helping her! Treasure these years- my daughter is now 26! I also noticed your references to the Suzuki method. Each year in my school district our third graders receive ten free violin lessons and the teachers use that method. It's fairly profound- but I agree with you- violin screeching is not always pleasant!
    Teachers Are Terrific!

    1. Thank you, I feel lucky to be her mom! It has been such a life-changing and growing experience. Thank you for you comment! Sincere praise means so much!

  2. OMG! The tree kangaroo and joey are too cute!

    Down the learning road

    1. It was so cool to see it in person. My iphone pictures just didn't capture their cuteness.