Thursday, June 15, 2017

Stand up for the rights of all children!

Today, June 15th, marks the 35th anniversary of the landmark U.S. Supreme Court case, Plyler v. Doe. Plyler is an important ruling because it affirms the constitutional right that all children -- regardless of immigration status -- have to a public K-12 education.

Why is the Plyler Decision Important?
For 35 years, the Supreme Court decision, Plyler v. Doe, has guaranteed all students the right to enroll in and attend public K-12 schools. We must celebrate this landmark decision by both protecting this important right and ensuring that all immigrant families understand their rights.
Access to public education is a core civil right, as underscored by the Supreme Court’s guarantee that all children, regardless of status, have the right to:
  • Enroll in and attend a public K-12 school
  • Keep their immigration status private from the school
  • Feel safe and welcome in the classroom, including being free from bullying and harassment
Please share this graphics widely on social media so that all people know students’ rights to an education, including immigrant children.  
You can also send out this tweet on Twitter: 
KNOW YOUR RIGHTS: Here's what you should know about educational rights of immigrant students. #Plyler35 #HereToStay

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Paint without the mess? Yes please!!

I love letting my little ones create in the library, but there are just some things we don't do, because of the mess.  One of them is paint.  But then I attended the Spring Teacher Blogger Meetup last March and I found out that tempera paint can exist in a stick! You heard me right, sticks of paint.  Picture a glue stick filled with a solid paint that dries in 90 seconds. Whaaa?? I KNOW!! Truly life changing in the world of paint.
Kwik Stix really are like painting with a brush, but without the drip and clean up.  They are made with a fast drying formula that dries completely in 90 seconds.  Whatever you painted may still look wet after a minute and a half, but it is not! Checkout my painting skills below.
It looks wet, but it's not!
You may be thinking, "Hey, those paint sticks look like they've been on a diet..."  Well, the good people at Kwik Stix just came out with THIN STIX!  That's what I used to paint this cute heart from Melonheadz! They are similar to the size of a marker, but still as awesome as the original.  They are better for painting smaller spaces.  I could have never stayed inside the polka dots with an original Kwik Stix!  
Paint is dry after 90 seconds!
Kwik Stix and Thin Stix come in so many colors, including neon and metalix, and can be used on posterboard, cardboard, wood, canvas, and regular paper.  They are non-toxic and safe for young children.  The best part is....they are affordable!!  Check out the full selection on Amazon!

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