Monday, February 28, 2011

I hate homework!

Seriously, I do! I couldn't stand doing it when I was a student and I hate battling with my son for him to get it done. The funny thing is that I'm a teacher. When I was a classroom teacher, though, I tried to assign homework that was meaningful and not necessarily tedious. Take, for example, spelling. What's the point of a student writing his spelling words each in a different color crayon? In fact, research shows that writing the words over and over isn't going to help a child learn them. It will go a long way in driving both the children and the parents insane, though. It's busy work. I think about some of the assignments I had when I was getting my Master's Degrees (yes, I have two). The ones that were just busy work were torture for me, even if they were easy. They were tedious and I saw no point because they were nothing but mind-numbing. The ones that were meaningful, even if difficult, were the ones I didn't mind doing because I got something out of them. Perhaps that's too much to ask of a seven-year-old though. I wonder if they can see the value in any homework assignments. Maybe if the assignment involved Wii, X-Box, DS, Beyblades, or Star Wars, he'd be OK with it. I just don't know, but I'm feeling inspired to do a layout all about homework. I'll try to do it and post tomorrow night... unless my dog eats it. Until then, keep scrapping life, one dream at a time!

Sunday, February 27, 2011

Welcome to Dreamscrapper Designs!

This is something I have wanted to do for so long now, but I never knew where to begin. To be honest, having a blog scares me. I mean, what if I just have nothing to say? What if no one cares what I have to say? It's frightening to put yourself out there on the internet like this. But I thought I'd give it a try anyway.

I hope to make this a place to share bits of my life: my son, my passion for all things Disney, my love of reading and books, my scrapbook pages, and the bits of designing that I do ~ strictly as a hobby, of course. You never know when you might find a freebie or two here, so drop by from time to time. Read about the craziness that is my life, share my dreams, talk about scrapping and Disney (or scrapping about Disney) with me. To say thanks for visiting, here's my first freebie. I've created an alpha based on everyone's favorite mouse friend!

You can download it here. Thanks for stopping by, and remember to scrap your life, one dream at a time!