~ In Memory ~
Britestar's Rumor Has It
No more pencils, no more books, no more teachersí dirty looks!! Instead, kids can measure a Newfy and get hugs, kisses, GOOD looks all during a mathematics activity. Sounds fabulous!
When I purchased Lindsay, she was going to be a star. I had hopes of obtaining her championship and move on to the big leagues of showing. However, early in her life at the age of six months, she became very sick. Lindsay wound up with a chronic stomach disease; therefore, leading to bloat. She was in-and-out of the vet clinic, on various medications, and there was not much she could eat that did not make her bloat. Anything she ate and even the smell of food made her bloat. As a good newf mom, I worried constantly about her (even biting my fingernails) hoping that Lindsay would be ok. After months of medicines and finding a food that works well for Lindsay, she did not have any bloating episodes for two years. As long as she let out a good burp after her meals, she was doing great.
So I thought to myself and looked at Lindsay with wonder because I knew that she would never become a show dog or have a litter of puppies. Then I realized how much she adored people and how Lindsay could help my classroom students. The lesson I was planning for my students involved a math lesson during our Iditarod unit. First, my students made critical observations of Lindsay using all their senses. Then the kids wrote their observations. Next, was the fun part: measuring Lindsay. Yes, thatís right! A real hands-on activity using a live doggie and measuring tools. The kids were ecstatic and got down to business right away. Lindsay laid on the floor smiling while the kids took turns measuring her. They measured her ears, tail, toenails, head, legs and even her long teeth. They poked, moved, and pulled every inch of her body.
Well, as you can imagine, Lindsay had become a star after all. Despite Lindsayís early sickness and never becoming a show dog or newf mommy, she loved being the center of attention that day in my classroom. Thanks to Lindsay, she helped my students become expert mathematician in measurement. WAY TO GO!! Lindsay, I love you as you are!!
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