Thursday, November 18, 2010

Aloha from Orlando

Jeannine and I are here at the NWP national convention at Disneyworld to gather ideas, meet and greet and bring back all kinds of exciting ideas for Lehua Writing Project. Stay tuned as we blog more and share pics.

Toodles for now,

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Lehua's Sponsor Professional Development at Pahala Plantation and Kailiawa Coffee Farm

Place-Based Literacy: A Journey Through Hawaii's Ranching and Agricultural Past

November 6, 2010, the Lehua Writing Project sponsored a professional development for teachers at the Pahala Plantation. We toured the home, cottages, former store, and bank. In addition we visited with an award winning K'au coffee farmer at his family run farm. Teachers are blogging about their experiences and posting podcasts! See our on FB and at

A Poem Inspired by Pepe the Lamplighter by Jeanne Hart

Jeanne Hart was inspired by the reading at our October Continuity of Peppe the Lamplighter. She shares her poem with the Lehuas.

Peppe the Lamplighter author Elisa Bartone illustrator Ted Lewin ISBN 0-590-22310-0

Prompt: How do I “light the lamp”?

A warm welcome, a smile, a “have a great day!”
Invitations to learning, to listen today.
Crayons and scissors, markers and paint,
Glue-paper-treasures … what need I say?
Blocks, cars, and fire trucks, big space on the floor –
Come build a city, we’ll travel today!
Puzzles for solving, pegs fit in boards,
Laces for beads and so many more!
A warm invitation, unspoken but there …
Come into my classroom and learn as you play!

The preschool classroom is a joyous space filled with toys, books, activities galore. A room filled with “things” has little true value if the children who visit don’t see and feel the love and excitement the teacher pours in. Indeed a classroom without toys, but a teacher who cares can open the mind to a leaf, a twig, or the sun’s warm embrace.
jeanne hart 23 October 2010