Friday, September 29, 2017

Words Worth


Thoughts of Value

During a random discussion this week, the word value came up. As any decent teacher would do, I paused and asked, "What does value mean?" 

There were lots of confident guesses but, at first, no one offered a valuable definition. So, we continued to talk about value. 

Shared Values

Spoken Values

Later, another new word, habit, arose. And then there was benefit. Okay, you may be thinking, "Mr. Johnson, building vocabulary is your job." 

Yes, agreed. 

And I love these organic learning opportunities. But building your child's vocabulary is really OUR job.

So, to help you on the home front, I suggest you look at these four simple suggestions and make these valuable recommendations a habit for your child's benefit.

Of course, in the classroom, we go even further to make a point. For example...

Values drive action

This lesson needed the Old South Indian Monkey Trap. And now you have the pleasure of asking your child how it worked. 

Valuable lesson

What's worth holding onto?

In other news, we started MAP testing and will finish up next week. 

MAP Testing

This year we've tried testing with laptops in the classroom. Ordinarily we'd go to a computer lab. When you come in for the Parent Teacher Conference, we will discuss the new testing environment and the results.

Royally Rude
The Royal Family (picture above)
Kiare the Royalty

The Greedy Queen

Royal Writers

We continue to "give back" by reading a few minutes each week with Pre-Kers. 


Carpet pals

Chairing a book

Wacky tales from Louis Sachar's Wayside School is helping us analyze fiction and become more imaginative. 

Wayside writer

Wayside buddies

Wayside reader

Swimming starts next week and third grade swim days will be Tuesdays and Thursdays. I'm sure your child will remind you but please make note too.

Also, there will be no school for students on Monday. Teachers will have a professional development day. 

Words Worth? 
The blog's title is a pun, as you may know, and it comes from a portion of William Wordsworth's (1805) The Prelude: Book 1: Childhood and School-time

      Wisdom and Spirit of the universe! 
Thou Soul that art the eternity of thought! 
That giv'st to forms and images a breath 
And everlasting motion! not in vain, 
By day or star-light thus from my first dawn 
Of Childhood didst Thou intertwine for me 
The passions that build up our human Soul, 
Not with the mean and vulgar works of Man, 
But with high objects, with enduring things, 
With life and nature, purifying thus 
The elements of feeling and of thought, 
And sanctifying, by such discipline, 
Both pain and fear, until we recognize 
A grandeur in the beatings of the heart. 

(The whole poem is here)

Have a valued weekend! 


  1. Thank you Mr.Don for your weekly post. It's inspiring to know what you have ovef the week days...Enjoy the weekend and the prof. devt day.