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12
Feb

I have decided to fully commit to keeping this blog updated. I have had some very huge changes in my life since the last entry (almost 2 years ago). I have quit my teaching job and entered graduate school at TCU (Texas Christian University). I want to share some things that I am learning in graduate school as well as any resources I feel that classroom teachers could use and find helpful.

I am also a mother of an almost 5 year old son with autism.  Being in the education field, I feel that I have a unique perspective from both sides of the table, the teacher and the parent.  So, I might also dive into a few issues that have to do with autistic children or just children with disabilities.

Ready, here we go!!

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Maui Ocean Center, Maui, HI

26
Jul

My family and I just got back on an amazing adventure in Maui, HI. We were fortunate enough to stay there for two whole weeks.  There were so many interesting things for families and children to do together. Here is one of the activities we did during our stay.

The Maui Ocean Center is located in Wailuku, which is near the middle of the “figure 8″ Maui island.  The Ocean Center has 9 different exhibits with animals living in habits that closely resemble their natural environment. The exhibits are: The Living Reef (moray eels, octopus, lobsters, sea horses); Behind the Scenes (sneak peek to the open seawater system); Turtle Lagoon (turtles); Hammerhead Harbor (hammerhead sharks); The Tide Pool (hands on marine life petting zoo); Marine Mammal Discovery Center (humpback whale and dolphin displays); Hawaiians and the Sea (history of ancient Hawaiians and the Pacific Ocean); Sea Jelly Gallery (moon jellyfish); and The Open Ocean (underwater tunnel holding stingrays, sharks and nearly 2,000 fish).

My daughter was most impressed when she could actually reach out and touch the marine life at The Tide Pool exhibit.  The Open Ocean exhibit will take your breath away.  Truly an amazing experience.

 

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Dallas World Aquarium

07
Jul

What a fantastic and educational way to spend the morning.  My four year old daughter and I headed off to Dallas one day last week to see the river otters.  My daughter has this fascination with river otters ever since her classroom had a river otter for a mascot.

It took us a few minutes to walk through the beautifully landscaped entrance to get into the building.  Upon entering we were immediately greeted by a Dallas World Aquarium employee ready to answer any question we had about the facility.  The penguins also greeted us with some flapping wings the closer we got to them.

The entire experience was very educational.  There were also a variety of animals there, not just sea creatures.  Everything from bats, insects, birds and fish were included. Each exhibit had interesting facts about each animal displayed through a touch screen.  Feeding times were printed in the map which made it helpful for us to move from one exhibit to another in time to catch each live feeding and Q&A session. More information about the Dallas World Aquarium go to www.dwazoo.com .

 

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Story Time Program at Local Library

23
Jun

Today, my daughter and I are headed to our local library for the preschool story time program.  This is a great way to expose your child to different genres of literature and to get them excited about reading.  Today, we are looking at ocean books to read before our planned trip to the Dallas World Aquarium next week. Look up your local library’s preschool story time program to take advantage of this great, free service.

 

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