Friday, July 31, 2015

End of the Summer

 Today's ADAD theme is "I Dislike"!
I don't like that there is only one week left of summer vacation
before I go back to work as a teacher!

ADAD I Dislike

 So what did I do for this ADAD photo?
I started looking for a photo background and ended up
looking up photos of one-room school houses.

Mason Street Schoolhouse
Museum at Old Town San Diego

This old school house is a museum in Old Town San Diego.
I have visited it more than once. It was the first public schoolhouse in San Diego.
This is what I used for the background photo.

Mason Street Schoolhouse
Museum at Old Town San Diego

The schoolhouse below is from Raton, New Mexico.
It is currently housed on the property of the living history museum
El Rancho de Las Golondrinas.

Raton Schoolhouse
El Rancho de Las Golondrinas

Raton Schoolhouse
El Rancho de Las Golondrinas

Even though my search started out for a background for today's photo,
my inner teacher took over, looking for vintage and current photos of
old one room schoolhouses and a sense of the history of education of children.

Indio Public School

Indio Public School

What I found is that the education of children outside of the home
at local public schools instead of private boarding schools
has been highly dependent on the community and region
that they lived in, the resources of families and communities,
and the time period in which they were educated.

Sod School

Marquiss School

Some locations were remote and very rural. Some time periods
and areas were marked with a greater poverty.

Depression Era

Taos, New Mexico

Other areas and other time periods had more resources.
They had nicer buildings, and children dressed in clean, nice clothes.

Limestone Schoolhouse

Highfield Junior School

How has the quality and experience of education changed
in the United States during the past 200 years?

West Virginia

Is it reasonable to expect that education become a national
standard like a manufactured product that fails to honor individual and 
community strengths and needs and fails to look at 
how families and communities may not have equal resources?

West Virginia

I do enjoy my summers off!
It is time for me to start transitioning back into my life
as a teacher in 2015.

Good-bye to a good summer!

Thursday, July 30, 2015


Today's ADAD theme was "climb".
In an attempt to get out of my apartment and take an interesting photo,
I took Ella to a small neighborhood playground for younger children.

Ella enjoyed the opportunity to get out and play,
especially since nobody else was there!

Our favorite part was the climbing wall that looked like a rock
and had some degree of steps for climbing up it.

 Ella climbed up very carefully!

ADAD Climb

Later in the afternoon, I took Ella out to photograph
her in her new dress.

The felt cat followed her outside.

Soon, Ella was climbing up a tree root!

While I photographed her, she fell backward.
It was a good opportunity to share the capris she has on
under her dress!

 It didn't stop her from getting up and climbing again.

ADAD Climb

And of course, the cat had the last word about climbing.

Monday, July 27, 2015

Under the Crab Apple Tree

We have 2 more weeks of summer vacation.
I am spending some time at home,
but I did go out to explore the crab apple tree.

I brought my bunny and we played around the tree trunk 
and the roots of the tree.

There were lots of crab apples on the ground!

We have had a lot of rain this summer.
The grass is really green. Grass and small plants and trees are growing!
There is even moss on the ground!

I really liked being able to play in the shade
because it is hot during the day!

We liked playing under the tree.

Then I spread out my blanket and took out my books.

I picked "Little Red Riding Hood" to read to my bunny.

It is fun to read during the summer!


ADAD Asleep