Indy completed her training and passed the test for certification as a therapy dog through Bright & Beautiful a few months ago. But now, my sister, is recognized by AKC as an official therapy dog. So proud of her! She is a bit of a rebel but she calms down and behaves when she plays the role of therapy dog. Indy completed 50 official visits with LEH schools and nursing homes.
Indy is now officially titled Indy-Go Whyne, THD
Indy-Go Whyne, THD
Local Pride Grants
The Little Egg Harbor Township Education Association continues to provide grants that allows the students in Little Egg Harbor to publish books. These books actually center around me and my sister – Indy!! Our pictures are always on the front cover. Pretty awesome! Neither one of us is camera shy at all!
The greatest part about these books is watching the entire process of writing, from brainstorming to publication, that the students experience. To be a true author is such a cool thing to be – an experience the kids always remember!
The students are so proud of their book. They share them with the other children in the school. with their family and with other members of the community. They become true authors and are famous in the eyes of Little Egg Harbor’s Community. These books bring the public schools out into the community and the community into our school. Family Reading Night is my favorite event because the kids and parents can hear these stories.
I am anticipating great things again for next year.
A special thank you to the Little Egg Harbor Teacher Association for giving us the resources to show what our students can do!
Links to each book are provided on the website. Go to top tab labeled Published Books and you can preview each book published by the students of Little Egg Harbor over the past four years.
Meet George Washington from Nola’s perspective
Mrs. Rice’s experience with Nola at the Reenactment of the Crossing of the Delaware sparked the students’ interest as she shared her pictures of this event. It proved to be a perfect topic for a social studies related book. Through their collaboration on this project, the third grade students were able to address various third grade standards within reading, writing and social studies.
The students, researching the topic of the Crossing of the Delaware, gathered information, took notes and categorized information into the chapters. They used facts, definitions and details to support each of their topics. The use of technology was a major component throughout the creation of this book. As the weeks went on, the students were seen describing relationships between series of historical events and writing over different times frames for various purposes. The project took a turn and the focus changed to George Washington. The end result was this book completed in informative text that examines and conveys complex ideas and information clearly and accurately regarding the life of George Washington.
This book, which relates the life of George Washington from Nola’s perspective, can now be shared with all the third graders in Little Egg Harbor when addressing the social studies curriculum standard on the leadership qualities and historical contributions of George Washington.
Indy’s Adventure in the Woods
Indy’s walk in the woods inspired Mrs. Truitt’s and Mrs. Massa’s students to create a story based on Indy’s experiences. The students looked at the pictures of Indy to write a fictional story in the Barebones sentence genre. Barebones sentences are the written language portion of the Project Read Program.
The students organized the pictures and discussed a storyline. Each page of the book was brainstormed by all of the students. The sentences were lengthened using the “where” predicate expanders. This resulted in new sentences noting where the action took place. Additionally, the concepts of before, during and after were incorporated as part of the story.
Throughout this process, the students exhibited creativity and the ability to expand their vocabulary and sentence structure. Their relationship with Indy as a school dog facilitated their imagination within this story. Written expression no longer proved to be a chore.
Take a Look and flip through the pages…..
Bubbles and Bubbles and More Bubbles
Linked in LOVE! Bubbles are symbols of hope and represent dreams and wishes of those facing autism and people who love and support them.
On April 1st at one o’clock billions of bubbles flew in the air for autism awareness. The students in Little Egg Harbor participated in this event. Although we can’t blow bubbles, we did a good job chasing bubbles!
Bubble chasing at its best!
Snow, snow and more snow!
This being my first holiday with my sister, Indy, it was quite different. Romping in the snow is more exciting when you have a partner to join in and play. The pine branches are laden with snow! One nudge with the nose and you are covered in snow!
Presents can be shared! Our stockings were filled with goodies and toys. I think that means we were good!
Hiking in the Barrens
There is nothing like a good romp in the woods with my sister, Indy.
We always wear our safety vests when we hike. It makes it easier for my mom to find us since we both blend in with the fall scenery.
This is my favorite activity. I can dig, sniff in the leaves, and run after the deer. Indy is discovering all sorts of new smells out here.
I have a funny feeling that Indy is enjoying this romp in the woods just as much!
Parades at George Mitchell and Frog Pond
What a blast! Fantastic weather and some very interesting costumes! This was Indy’s first Halloween so she got to wear the frog costume that I wore when I was little. I got to be the princess which is pretty much what I am anyway!
Princess & the Frog
Leaders of the Halloween Parade
Gra’Nola as the princess
Indigo as the Frog