Laugh and the World Laughs With You

The way you measure a society’s soul is by the way that it treats its children.
Nelson Mandela

Kidz Newz #157 – 9th February 2017

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Laugh and the World Laughs With You

As we commence a new school year or simply the advent of a new calendar year, we are keen to make loads of resolutions about our year ahead. By February, however, many of those resolutions have already been broken and the high stress levels have already taken hold. I decided it would be appropriate to remind you to stop taking yourself and everything else around you so seriously and instead have a laugh. I have written before on the importance of laughter (issue 43 – Laughter IS the Best Medicine) but the topic is too important not to repeat it.

Here is a list of Canadian signs to activate your funny bones –  

A sign in a shoe repair store in Vancouver:

“We will heel you! We will save your sole! 

We will even dye for you.”

At an Optometrist’s Office in Calgary:

“If you don’t see what you’re looking for,

You’ve come to the right place.”

On a Plumber’s truck in Saint John, New Brunswick

“We repair what your husband fixed.”

On a Plumber’s truck in Winnipeg:

“Don’t sleep with a drip. Call your plumber!”

On an Electrician’s truck in Saskatoon:

“Let us remove your shorts!”

In a Non-smoking Area at the North Bay airport: 

“If we see smoke, we will assume you are on fire

and will take appropriate action.”

At a Car Dealership in Lethbridge:

“The best way to get back on your feet is to

miss a car payment.”

Outside a Muffler Shop in Montreal:

“No appointment necessary. We hear you coming.”

In a Veterinarian’s waiting room in Truro, Nova Scotia: 

“Be back in 5 minutes. Sit! Stay!”

At the Electric Company in Edmonton:

“We would be delighted if you send in your payment on time.

However, if you don’t, YOU will be de-lighted.

In a Restaurant window in Hamilton:

“Don’t stand there and be hungry; come on in and get fed up.”

At a Propane Filling Station in Brandon, Manitoba: 

“Thank Heaven for little grills.”

In a Quebec City Radiator Shop:

“Best place in town to take a leak.”

On the back of a Septic Tank Truck in Ottawa:

“Caution – This Truck is full of Political Promises!”

New Year Pricing

Check out the kidz-fiz-biz website ( and get a nice surprise. Lots of specials up to 50% off. These are the new prices so are likely to stay a while.

To Roar and Shake Mountains – Jodie Broad

This is a reminder that Jodie is still working hard to get the word out about this crisis. Perhaps this could be a worthwhile project for you and your students this term or this year? Perhaps get them to draw a picture and send it in to Jodie for her facebook page – buy the book first as it explains what to do (or go to her facebook page or Instagram page – Save Gorilla Little Lotus). You can also contact her directly for any ideas on how to use the book. Use the link below.

To Roar and Shake Mountains

To Roar and Shake Mountains is both a true and imagined tale of loneliness and hope.

For 30 years a wild-born gorilla has been caged in a zoo, on top of a high-rise shopping centre in Bangkok, Thailand.

Her name is Little Lotus and she lives all alone in a world of concrete and steel.

This book is part of the Save Gorilla Little Lotus campaign. The campaign’s objective is to find Little Lotus and other great apes at the Pata shopping mall zoo new homes.

We need global pressure to convince the owner that Pata Zoo is outdated and simply a sad place to visit. The world has changed, conservation is at the forefront and the owner needs to do what is right and allow his primates to live in a more natural environment with sunshine, stimulation and social groups of their own kind.

All proceeds from this book will be used to promote this campaign globally and to find these primates new homes.

The book is both educational and interactive. It is also both a work of fact and fiction that evokes compassion and warms the heart.

To roar and shake mountains – is to use the power of your voice to move mountains.

Please help turn our whisper into a ROAR!

Quotes of the Week

Laugh and the world laughs with you, weep and you weep alone. (proverb)

He has never been known to use a word that might send a reader to the dictionary. – William Faulkner (about Ernest Hemingway).

Cat’s motto: No matter what you’ve done wrong, always try to make it look like the dog did it.

Against the force of laughter nothing can stand. 
– Mark Twain

Laughter is an instant vacation. 
Milton Berle

The 3 bones of success – backbone, wishbone, funnybone.


What was the most useful thing you learned today? Some comments from the ANCOS Tutti Conference Hobart 2016 – ‘Scarf Magic’ workshop –

Ideas for a scarf ‘workout’ in the classroom.
The variety and uses of scarves with children of all ages.
Time to reflect on integrated learning.
Folding of scarves, tossing and catching.
Activities with scarves.
Creativity, balancing, gross and fine motor skills. Would have loved more time.
To get fancy scarves; to keep a relaxed feel at the end of the lesson.
Sensory stimulus, creative play with simple props. 


Just when you thought Christmas was a long time ago … enjoy this bit of madness!

Christmas Lunch with the Family

About The Author

Marlene Rattigan B.A., Dip. Ed. (ECS), CELTA

Marlene Rattigan is an Early Childhood teacher, a teacher of English as a Second Language, and from 1987-2000 was a nationally accredited fitness leader. Her background is in music education. A keen interest in motor development in children led to the creation of Kidz-Fiz-Biz which she taught successfully for 13 years. Marlene also conducts workshops for children, teachers and parents at schools, in the community and at festivals. She has produced teaching manuals complete with audio CDs which are an extension of her ‘Kidz-Fiz-Biz’ program.

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