In last week's issue of The Maverick Spirit (www.maverickspirit.com)
I read the following article. I was so impressed I felt I had to
pass it on. May it help you to inspire any of your children who
struggle to read and write. Lucas Haynes, despite chronic
dsylexia, has been awarded a prize for innovation by the Victorian
Science Talent Search.
Pictured here with his beloved Bengal cat
Simha, Lucas Haynes has not allowed his learning disability
stop him from achieving extraordinary results in both life and school.
A cross between a Asian Leopard and a domestic moggie, Simha is
by nature attracted to running water and only drinks from a water
source that is running.
Concerned that Simha's habit would cause great water wastage, Lucas
designed and built a infra-red water saver that detects Simha's
presence and turns on the water. When Simha's thirst has been
satisfied and he moves away, the device turns the water off.
It took Lucas two months to design and build the infra-red
water saver with the help of a friendly engineer who sourced the parts
for the device.
that inspiring... how many times have we heard the refrain: "Because I
can't read or write..."
Well this is what Lucas said to Kelly Ryan, a journalist
The Herald Sun who interviewed him for an article that appeared on
October 17th, 2005:
"Because I can't read or write, I couldn't send an essay to accompany
my entry in the competition. So I photographed it every step of the way
instead and I did a PowerPoint presentation in which my voice could
explain how and why I came to build the water saver.
Einstein was a slow learner and it didn't hold him back. Not being able to
read or write doesn't mean you still can't achieve things."
And this young man is how old?? Lucas is a Year 2 pupil
and is a ripe old age of 8!
interpretation of birth !
The Middle Wife,
By an Anonymous 2nd grade teacher:
I've been teaching now for about fifteen years. I have two kids myself,
but the best birth story I know is the one I saw in my own second-grade
classroom a few years back.
When I was a
kid, I loved show-and-tell. So I always have a few sessions with my
students. It helps them get over shyness and usually, show-and-tell is
pretty tame. Kids bring in pet turtles, model airplanes, pictures of fish
they catch, stuff like that.
And I never, ever place any boundaries or limitations on them. If they
want to lug it to school and talk about it, they're welcome.
Well, one day this little girl, Erica, a very bright, very outgoing kid,
takes her turn and waddles up to the front of the class with a pillow
stuffed under her sweater. She holds up a snapshot of an infant. "This
is Luke, my baby brother and I'm going to tell you about his birthday.
First, Mom and Dad made him as a symbol of their love and then Dad put a
seed in my Mom's stomach and Luke grew in there. He ate for nine months
through an "umbrella cord." She's standing there with her hands on the
pillow and I'm trying not to laugh and wishing I had my camcorder with me.
The kids are watching her in amazement.
"Then, about two Saturdays ago, my Mom starts saying and going, 'Oh, oh,
oh!' Erica puts a hand behind her back and groans. "She walked around
the house for, like an hour, 'Oh, oh, oh!" Now the kid's doing this
hysterical duck walk, holding her back and groaning.
"My Dad called the middle wife. She delivers babies, but she doesn't have
a sign on the car like the Domino's man." "They got my Mom to lie down in
bed like this." Then Erica lies down with her back against the wall.
"And then, pop! My Mom had this bag of water she kept in there in case he
got thirsty, and it just blew up and spilled all over the bed, like
psshhheew!" This kid has her legs spread and with her little hands are
miming water flowing away. It was too much!
"Then the middle wife starts saying 'push, push' and 'breathe, breathe'.
They started counting, but never even got past ten."
"Then, all of a sudden, out comes my brother. He was covered in yucky
stuff, they all said was from Mom's play-center! , so there must be a lot
of stuff inside there."
Then Erica stood up, took a big theatrical bow and returned to her seat.
I'm sure I applauded the loudest. Ever since then, if it's show-and-tell
day, I bring my camcorder, just in case another Erica comes along.