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Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Pay It Forward - A Wonderful Social Studies Lesson

       I just got the most wonderful package in the mail from one of my very favorite bloggers - Sandi at Rubberboots and Elf Shoes.  Sandi teaches kindergarten in Chemainus, British Columbia Canada. 
 The package she sent to me (and to two other bloggers) included all sorts of wonderful things that represent Canada including two books by Canadian authors, a map, tattoos, a Canadian Flag Banner, a CD of children's songs sung in English and the local First Nations Language, a Canada tote bag and a Chemainus dollar bill (they have their own currency ?!?). 
I love Robert Munsch but I didn't know this book.  As Sandi suggested, I am going to use this silly book about sharing at the start of the school year.
This is a beautifully illustrated book about a little girl and her inquisitive younger brother and their visit to the beach. I am so glad that Sandi introduced me to this author.

It is so much fun to learn about another area of the world (and its so cool that a teacher whose teaching philosophy I respect so much teaches 3,000 miles away in another country). I can't wait to share the package with my class.  Thank you Sandi!

        I also had so much fun following the trail of the Pay It Forward Packages that preceded my package (thanks again to Sandi...this time for tracking down this list:):  
Sandi got her package came from Greg at Males in Early Childhood in  Australia. 
Greg got a parcel from Keirna from Learning for Life in Northern Ireland. 
Keirna got a package from Karen from Flights of Whimsy in Melbourne, Australia.
Karen got a parcel from Maureen at Strongstart in Comox, BC, Canada.
Maureen received a parcel from Sherry and Donna at Irresistible Ideas for Play Based Learning in Melbourne Australia.
Sherry and Donna's package came from Scott from Brick by Brick from Tenessee, USA.
Scott got his package from Mom and Kiddo at What do We Do All Day in Brooklyn, New York.
Donna received a package from Mouse Grows, Mouse Learns in California.
Her package came from Kylie at Our Worldwide Classroom in  Australia.
Kylie received a package from MaryLea at Pink and Green Mama.

Now it’s my turn to Pay It Forward.

So if you would like to play AND are willing to pay it forward from your own blog, then here is what you do.

Leave a comment on this post stating that you want to play, and I will randomly choose three players.
You can be from anywhere in the world!!
The rules are:
• To the three participants I will send a fun package representing Philadelphia Pennsylvania - but you must be willing to Pay it Forward to three more people.
• Comments will remain open until September 30th.
• If you are chosen you will need to send me your address so that I know where to send your package.
• After you receive the package you will need to Pay it Forward in the same manner on your blog

Thanks for playing!


  1. My classroom would love to play!

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    1. Oops- typed before my first cup of coffee...
      I would love to participate through my blog.


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