Monday, May 11, 2015

Why Cursive?

Have any of you heard about Cursive Logic??

From their website:

Cursive makes sense with CursiveLogic

CursiveLogic is different from other handwriting methods because, instead of relying on rote memorization, CursiveLogic relies on the inherent structure of the cursive alphabet. The CursiveLogic instruction method contains two key features:

Letters grouped by shape ― Four foundational shapes underlie the entire lowercase alphabet. Rather than teaching the letters alphabetically, CursiveLogic groups the lowercase alphabet into four groups based on the shape of the initial stroke of the letters and teaches all of the similarly-shaped letters in a single lesson.  Letters are also taught in a specific order that reinforces the pattern.  By teaching all of the similar letters together, CursiveLogic captures the natural synergy of the alphabet itself, allowing each letter in the series to reinforce the proper formation of all the others.
Letter strings ― CursiveLogic captures the flow of cursive by teaching all of the similarly shaped letters in a connected string rather than as individual letters. CursiveLogic’s letter strings teach students to connect letters from the first lesson, allowing students to internalize the flow of cursive handwriting even before they have learned all 26 letters.
CursiveLogic also uses visual and auditory cues to reinforce the shape patterns:
Theme colors — Each shape string has a color—orange ovals, lime loops, silver swings, and mauve mounds—that reinforces the formation of the basic common shape.
Verbal task analysis — Students learn a simple, rhythmical chant that describes the path of the writing instrument as the letter shapes are formed.  The process of verbally describing a motor task while performing it aids the acquisition of new motor skills. 
And CurisiveLogic is fun!  Students young and old love tracing and writing our shape strings.  CursiveLogic is the only handwriting curriculum that has an “element of fun” that comes from the alphabet itself.  No cartoon characters, songs, or gimmicks needed!

From ME:  I have ordered this as a backer on Kickstarter.  I also received another copy in a early review that I submitted to Kaylee's second grade teacher.  We have all come to the conclusion this is a great way to learn cursive handwriting.

There is much discussion lately on the importance of hand writting and cognition.  There is a great TED talk from Jake Weidmann

If you have ever thought about teaching your youngin' to scrawl on a sheet of paper - give this a go.


Monday, January 12, 2015

Time to share the LOVE

For those of you who have been reading this blog for the past few years.  I work for a group of radio stations.  This to me is one of the most rewarding charity events we do every year.  The creative cards we get from every where is absolutely amazing.  

If you have the time, please join in.  For the main office send.

KUDL Day Cards for Kids
5345 Madison Ave
Sacramento, CA 95841


Monday, December 15, 2014

Cards for Addie - Part 2 - American Greetings


It's raining - FINALLY raining in Northern California.. Sit and stay awhile won't ya??

With continued lovely wet stuff, I received a very nice email from American Greeting cards.

"We reached out to Children and the Earth (the organizers of Addie’s request) and came up with a way for people to sign a card that is sent on their behalf at no cost. We’ve created this page  where people can fill out a simple form and then we will print the signatures on Christmas cards that will be sent to Addie and her family."

Click on the picture - It's a BIG link.. (see made it easy and stuff)

So for those of you wanting to really load this little girl up with cards, here is a way that will be of zero cost to you but priceless to a little girl.  It's moments like this that I am thankful for a healthy child.

Please pass this along.


Friday, December 5, 2014

Cards for Addie

It's the holidays. We are all having a good time.  Our families (hoping) are healthy, our kids can take off and play, they run around and get into trouble :)

This is going to be my gift to a little girl in Utah.  My wish is for you folks to help me out.

I caught this story from Tamara Orr on Facebook.

You can read about it below and I have included the link to the story.  The short of it is this.

A little girl named Addie wants a lifetime of Christmas cards THIS YEAR.  Why??  Because she has been given less than a year to live.

So for 49 cents and a card/piece of paper, you can make a little girls wish come true.

Here is the link to the story

Here is the story:

In the quiet town of Fountain Green Utah, the local post office is the heart of the community.
And getting the mail from Box 162 is something that little Addie Fausett literally lives for.

At 6 years old, Addie is starting to count the Christmas cards sent specifically to her, which she can hang on the door.

There is a reason so many people are sending Addie a Christmas card.

“She kind of stopped growing when she was 3,” said Tami Fausett, Addie’s mother.
And slowly since then, the bubbly and energetic little girl who now weighs just 23 pounds continues to struggle.

“She likes to laugh and have a good time and hear stories, but lately she has had a lot of days she will just cry all day long,” Tami Fausett said.

And even with many visits to neurologists at Primary Children’s, Addie’s condition has gone undiagnosed.

“Cerebral atrophy is just a symptom of what is wrong, but she is still undiagnosed,” Tami Fausett said.

The deteriorating condition of her brain resulted last month in a devastating prognosis.
“They told us she probably won’t last much longer and they told us roughly a year,” Tami Fausett said.

Now, with the prospect that this will be Addie’s last Christmas, her grandparents thought it would be nice for Addie to receive a lifetime of Christmas cards this year.

“She doesn’t get to play with kids, so we thought if everyone would send her a card, we could tell all her friends it would make her Christmas a little bit better,” Tami Fausett said.

With the help of her older sisters, Shayley and Audree — who hang up the cards — cards for Addie and her sisters are pouring in from family, friends, and as word spreads on social media, even strangers.

“(We’re) hoping to get a lot so we can cover all the walls with them, for Addie,” Tami Fausett said.
Back at the post office, if this smile on the other side of Box 162 won’t warm your heart, Addie’s Christmas wish for us all certainly will.

“Merry Christmas!” Addie exclaimed.

If you would like to send Addie and her sisters a card, you can mail it to Addie Fausett Box 162, Fountain Green, UT 84632.

Friday, November 7, 2014

It's FPD!!

Go Write Something! or better yet, something to someone.  They will appreciate it even more.

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Free Stuff (giveaways) from Pen Chalet..

 Fountain Pen Day 2014

To celebrate Fountain Pen Day, Pen Chalet is offering the following:

Special coupon on Fountain Pen Day for use on ALL items. Check back on Friday, November 7th, 2014 for the coupon.

Special discounts on select items. We will have special discounted pricing on select pens and inks for one day only. Check back on Fountain Pen Day, Friday, November 7th 2014. Enter your email in our "Special Offers" at the top of this page or enter the giveaway to the right to receive notification of the Fountain Pen Day Deals. 

Great Giveaways! Freebies in each order while supplies last and Pen Chalet is giving away the following(enter to win on the right):

Freebies for Fountain Pen Day:
Fountain Pen Day FreebiesSome of the items we will be giving away with each order include Fountain Pen Day bookmarks, stickers and pins.

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Where is Derrick and Life changes..

For those of you who are wondering "Where is Waldo?" wonder no more.  I'm still here.  Kind of.

There are moments in life that are, well, life altering.  One of those happened to me in late August this year.  For me, and the family a personal tragedy.  Life will never be the same because of the actions of one person.

I have written to a few of you as a vent and appreciate the welcoming ear and understanding you have provided.  There are some I desperately want to write to and explain but feel I might upset or anger them and don't know how to handle the situation.

Basically this is what happened in a nutshell and why I've been a bit absent from the scene as it were.

Drunk driving (not me - I DO NOT DRINK).  It involved a hit and run and an attempt at picking up Kaylee at school in that state.

There are many things I can tolerate from others Alcoholism and involvement of Kaylee is NOT one of them.  To boot, this person went drinking and driving on the day of their court date.  Again drinking to the point of blackout and cannot remember doing it.

To those of you who know me through my words and to those of you who may be reading my words for the very first time.  PLEASE.. don't drink and drive.  Don't drink around children.  If you need help get it.  Talk to SOMEONE!  Anyone!  If someone says you need help, GET IT!  You may be in denial but the people around see the things you don't and what you do to those around you.

If you're depressed, GET HELP!  If you are unhappy, find out what it is and fix it.  Remember that when someone asks if you want to talk about it, they obviously see there is a problem even when you think you are hiding it.  We see it.  We can't help you if you don't want the help.  Eventually these things will catch up to you and destroy all of what you have built and cherished around you.

If you receive a letter from me and I happen to bring any of this up.  Please remember that I mean no disrespect to you and am just looking for a vent/sympathetic ear and is appreciated more than you know.

Thanks for reading.  Not gone.  Just slowing up a bit for life's adjustments..