Grade: all
Subject: other

#2662. Beginning the year, for teachers

other, level: all
Posted Fri Aug 9 06:38:57 PDT 2002 by Cindy Flesher (
Centerville Elementary School, Centerville, GA USA
Materials Required: Book: Mrs. Spitzer's Garden, by Edith Pattou, daffodil and tulip bulbs
Activity Time: 20 minutes
Concepts Taught: beginning the year focus

Begin by reading the book, Mrs. Spitzer's Garden to your staff. They will love it and see the connection to teaching students

After reading the book, I give each teacher a little baggie filled with 3-4 bulbs inside. They are then instructed to
plant these in a designated area at our school with their class. This will be our visual reminder that teaching children
is just like growing flowers: some are like wildflowers and will grow anywhere you put them, others need more attention and gentle care,
others are bright and showy, saying, "Look at me!", and still others are silvery and quiet, the color of the earth.

This book is wonderful for refocusing our teachers on the task at hand, nurturing and teaching our children and meeting all of their needs.