China’s School in a Cave – Operated for 23 Years.

CAVE SCHOOL:  The school closed, but the kids still don’t have a school!

How do you get to school?  Do you take the school bus, walk, ride your bike or are you driven by car?  Do you like to learn?   Here is a story about kids in a poor province of China that were willing to walk up to three hours to get to school.  When they got to class – it was in a CAVE.  The school had been going for 23 years, but then the government closed it down.  They said that “China isn’t a society of cave men.”  They have not opened another school.  Maybe this will make you feel more grateful to have a school in your neighbourhood?

School had its own basketball court

How the School Started

Donzhong is in Guizhou which is one of China’s poorest provinces.  When the government was slow to provide a school, the local villagers started a school in a local cave.  In 1984 the school started with 8 teachers and 186 students.  The school was shut down in 2007, but the ex-principal has great memories of it.  The cave had great acoustics so that they had one of the best choirs in their province.  He said that they needed need books for biology as the cave had bats and rats.

Closed Down but No School Yet.  Where was the school?

It is 2017 as I write about this cave school and I have not been able to find out if the villagers have another school.  Let’s hope that the eager children of this village will be able to get an education.  Every child in this world deserves to have an education.

Children Talk About Grandparents

—-I like my grandma because she teaches me about flowers and gardening.  She lets me get my hands dirty.

— My grandfather makes me smile when he makes funny faces and tells jokes.

— My grandmother likes to take me to a shopping mall (plaza) where we can sit and eat an ice cream.

-My grandfather always has new knock-knock jokes.

—-My grandparents don’t rush me to eat quickly.  They eat slowly, too.

—-My grandparents love to watch me dance or sing or say a poem.

—My grandpa likes to make popcorn and watch movies with us My grandma makes brownies for no reason at all.

—My grandparents tell us about when they went to school.  It was very different.  There were no computers.

—When I visit my grandparents with my little brother, we see all our art work on the frige.

—My grandparents have a big trailer.  They go away to Florida for the winter.



Hi Everyone.   You have probably made a card for Mother’s Day or bought her some flowers.Some kids do not have mother’s, but they can love someone else who is kind to them.


Mothers work hard and so do dads.   Some mom’s work full or part time and still manage to cook, clean and work to make your life easier.

Here are Some Way to Help your Mom Every Day

When you come home – take off your shoes and put them away.

Then hang up your clothes and put your school bag in one place.


YOU don’t have to be a genius to make your own bed.



If you keep things in the same place, they are easy to find when you want them.

Use a Basketball Move

-Toss your dirty clothes in the laundry basket…3 points

-Toss old paper and food wrapper in a bin……2 points.

-Your mom doesn’t ask you to clean HER room, so why do you expect her to clean your room?

Go Team Go!

Many sports work as a team.  They share the work so that no player gets too tired.  If you have brothers and sisters, form a team.  “Call it by a good name – say, “Team Mom” or choose your own great name.

Put up a list and change the days so that everyone gets to do something New.

Mon.                  Tues.                                 Wed.

Sue lays           Paul lays table.                   Paul takes

table.               Sue waters plants.              out trash/rubbish

Paul dusts.                                                Sue lays table

Both Paul and Sue fill their water bottles and return their

food not eaten from school.  Each picks a fruit or treat

and places it in their bag for next school day.  Kids should take turns feeding animals.

Mom Cooks – Kids place plates in Dishwasher

Each home has a different routine.   Homework may be done before or after the main evening meal.

Going to Bed

Choose your clothes for the next school day.  Have everything ready so that you don’t have a rushed morning.

Make it a good habit to read a book.  Words are used in all subjects and the more you know the better it will be for your marks.

Some families say prayers before going to sleep.  I know young people who wake up and thank God for being:

able to see……… to hear

able to walk……….able to shower with water

able to eat food……able to feel safe (no wars).

We Need to Care About Others

Some kids just sit back and let their parents do things for them.  This is NOT fair.  Just as you get tired, so do parents.  Be fair.  Help your parents.  I know you probably do – so ‘thank you.’

High Hopes Song: Inspirational For Kids

This song was sung by Frank Sinatra.  Written by

Songwriters: J. VAN HEUSEN, S. CAHN
Read the words.  The song is on a Frank Sinatra record/disc.   It tells you that you can do almost anything, if you believe in yourself.
Next time your found, with your chin on the ground
There a lot to be learned, so look around
Just what makes that little old ant
Think he’ll move that rubber tree plant

Anyone knows an ant, can’t
Move a rubber tree plant
But he’s got high hopes, he’s got high hopes
He’s got high apple pie, in the sky hopesSo any time your gettin’ low
‘Stead of lettin’ go
Just remember that ant
Oops– there goes another rubber tree plantWhen troubles call, and your back’s to the wall
There a lot to be learned, that wall could fall

Once there was a silly old ram
Thought he’d punch a hole in a dam
No one could make that ram, scram
He kept buttin’ that dam

‘Cause he had high hopes, he had high hopes
He had high apple pie, in the sky hopes

So any time your feelin’ bad
‘stead of feelin’ sad
Just remember that ram

Oops, there goes a billion kilowatt dam

All problems just a toy balloon
They’ll be bursted soon

They’re just bound to go pop
Oops there goes another problem—- kerplop

Oops, there goes another problem……kerplop

Cassidy: Kitten with No Hind Legs Gets Around

   LAPS =          Langley Animal Protection Agency

Cassidy the kitten lives in Langley, British Columbia, Canada, and introduce you to Shelly Roche.  Shelly is the loving foster mom of an incredible kitten called Cassidy.

Missing Hind Legs

It must have been quite a shock for Shelly to discover a tiny nine week old kitten without hind legs.  He was missing both kind legs  below the knee.  There was some sort of trauma when he was born.

Put Him Down!

Shelly took Cassidy to an emergency vet who suggested that his life should be terminated.

Shelly is a strong woman who fosters abandoned animals for the Langley Animal Protection Society.  She was determined not to give up on him.  There was something about Cassidy that Shelly decided that he, too, was a fighter.  She wanted him to be given a chance to survive and know love and to put fear, pain and starvation behind him.

Let’s Get Cassidy Moving!

Cassidy moves thanks to young kids

Kindness and creativity knows no gender or age barrier.  Two local stud3nts built a custom 3-D printed wheelchair to give Cassidy an opportunity to walk.  It worked.  Cassidy was given hope and he lost the frustration of not being able to walk and turned it into an adventure.

Cassidy the Internet Hero

There are many good things associated with the internet.  Nearly everyone needs a heart-warming story and be inspired by people or animals.

Cassidy on his vacuum robot

Someone suggested that Cassidy ride a Roomba vacuum cleaner.  This is a robot cleaner that knows how to avoid hitting furniture.  More information can be found about Cassidy at TinyKittens Society.

Download “Belinda’s Dandelion” from Amazon

Here are a few pages of a story I wrote about bullying.  If you like it, you might ask your parents to download the entire story.  Here are a few questions before the story begins.

Have you noticed how kids gang up on one student.  It starts with one unkind remark and if the bully gets a laugh from the class, others will join in.

Someone has to be brave and report the bullying.  No one should go home unhappy.   No one should dread or be afraid of coming to school.


Here is part of the story – enjoy.

It was a warm spring day, when a Dandelion woke up and took her first look at a beautiful world. All around her were dazzling colors, wonderful scents and delightful sounds.

There were other plants in the garden. They had also bloomed for the first time. These plants were dressed  in nature’s finest clothes. The little Dandelion was quick to tell everyone how beautiful each one looked.

The Crocus felt the Dandelion’s love and said, “Dandelion, your head is like the color of the sun. You are very pretty plant.”

The Dandelion was happy to live in a garden where plants were friendly and kind to one another.



Night came to the garden. The plants began to whisper goodnight. Suddenly, an angry plant yelled out in the darkness.

“It is NOT a goodnight! We have a weed amongst us.”

“What’s a weed?” asked the Dandelion.

The angry plant made herself tall as she spoke.


“A weed is useless and ugly. Sometimes, it even tries to look like a flower.”

The Dandelion had more questions.

“Who are you? How do you know such things?”

The angry plant twisted her stem and shook her petals.

“I am a perennial. This means that I bloom each year. Tomorrow, the gardener will water the flowers and pull out ugly weeds.”

The Dandelion looked around her. The moon had began to shine her light on the plants. They looked so pretty.

“Lady Perennial,” said the Dandelion respectfully. “I see no weeds in this garden. Everyone is different and each plant is beautiful.”        The Perennial twisted her stem again and hissed at the dandelion.


“Stupid Dandelion! You are the only horrible weed among us!”

The Dandelion shivered with fear as all of the plants looked in her direction.

A Pansy spoke up.

“Lady Perennial, who decides which plant is a flower and which plant is a weed?”

“Humans made this decision a long time ago.” answered the Perennial.

The Pansy was confused. “But, she looks and speaks like one of us. I don’t think we should put her down by calling her a bad name. That would make us bullies.”

“Weeds have no feelings!” replied the Perennial. “They cannot feel pain like plants.”

The Dandelion did feel the pain of the Perennial’s words. She turned to her friend the Crocus.

“Dear Crocus, you told me that my head was like the sun. Please tell me that the Perennial’s words are untrue.”

Now, the Crocus was afraid of the Perennial. If she stood up for the Dandelion, maybe the Perennial would pick on her, too.

“I never said that your head was like the sun. You, Dandelion are just a lying weed!”


Well done, Crocus!” shouted the Perennial. “You spoke like a proud flower. That is the way to speak to weeds!”

The Crocus felt happy even if she did tell a lie.

The poor Dandelion began to feel that she was ugly. She hung her head in shame.

The Rose looked at the Dandelion. She knew that she should act with love in her heart. After all, humans gave Roses as a sign of love on earth.

“Lady Perennial,” said the Rose gently, “I don’t see why weeds cannot live peacefully beside flowers. I think that everyone is equal in the garden.”

To the Dandelion’s surprise, the other flowers began to agree with the Rose.

The Perennial thought about what the Rose had said. She did not think that flowers and weeds were equal. She had made up her mind to hate weeds. The Perennial began to think of a way to trick the flowers into thinking what she believed.

“I come from a rich and clever family,” said the Perennial. Grandfather Perennial fought a war to get rid of weeds. Many, many flowers told him that he did the right thing. Do you want weeds taking over the ground in which you are growing.?”

“No weed will do that to me!” yelled the Lily.

I’ll stop the story now.

Questions to ask:

  1. What do you think will happen to the Dandelion?
  2. Is there a plant that will become her friend.
  3. Can the nasty Perennial hurt the Dandelion further?
  4. Who is Belinda?   The Story is called “Belinda’s Dandelion.”
  5. Can Belinda help the Dandelion?

You can download the entire story from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, etc.



Belinda’s Dandelion: Children’s Story to Stop Bullying

Belinda’s Dandelion

Do you think dandelions have feelings?  Do flowers ever insult dandelions by calling them “weeds’?  This is a book about a beautiful dandelion that begins life amongst flowers who love her….until…………    You will really like a little girl named Belinda.  She is kind and a friend to all living things.


I wrote this story because I think bullying is very unfair.  In school, kids get bullied.  It must be hard to come to school each day if you are bullied.   My story is about a dandelion that gets bullied.  Belinda is a kind and strong girl that sets out to rescue the dandelion.


True Colors: Lyrics by Cyndi Lauper (To Inspire Kids)

Be confident.  Do not compare yourself to others.  You are important.  Life, laugh and be happy.   Be grateful – Be Positive.
True Colors
You with the sad eyes
Don’t be discouraged
Oh I realize
Its hard to take courage
In a world full of people
You can lose sight of it all
And the darkness inside you
Can make you feel so small
But I see your true colors
Shining through
I see your true colors
And that’s why I love you
So don’t be afraid to let them show
Your true colors
True colors are beautiful
Like a rainbow
Show me a smile then
Don’t be unhappy, can’t remember
When I last saw you laughing
If this world makes you crazy
And you’ve taken all you can bear
You call me up

Because you know I’ll be there
And I’ll see your true colors
Shining through
I see your true colors
And that’s why I love you
So don’t be afraid to let them show
Your true colors
True colors are beautiful
Like a rainbow

Going to School in Japan

Let’s start with a few facts.  Japan has a population of about 127 million.  Tokyo is the capital city.  Here is a map and the flag of Japan.

The school year starts in April.  To enter Grade One, a student has to be six years of age.  Students learn practically the same subjects as learners in Western Cultures.  The vast majority of Japanese students do not skip school or arrive late for class.

Celebrating Japanese Culture – Haiku Poetry

Haiku, a form of poetry, was first developed over 400 years ago.  It is a well loved Japanese style of poetry and known world-wide.

                              Line 1: 5 syllables or beats

                Line 2: 7 syllables

                Line 3: 5 syllables

Here is an example

Winter is coming.       (5)   Topic is winter

Snow will be arriving soon.  (7)  Something about winter

We should get our skates.   (5)  Your opinion

                                                                                                                                                     1         2   3     4    5                                                                                               Win-ter is  com-ing

                               Topic: Tired Cat

Tired cat sleeps all night.

He needs lots of rest for a

Long day of napping


My homework is late.

My dog ate it this morning.

I sure like my dog.


You will notice that line 1 is a topic:   winter, cat, homework

                             line 2 is about your topic   snow, rest, dog

                             line 3 is your opinion, conclusion ending