Ruth Krauss was born July 25th, 1901, in Baltimore, Maryland. She began writing and illustrating her own stories when she was a child. Ruth left high school her sophomore year to focus on art. She enrolled in Maryland Institue for Promotion of the Mechanic Arts. Though she left a year later. She then worked at a girls camp, Camp Walden in Maine where she discover her love for writing. Her first piece of writing was in the yearbook 1919. Ruth dropped out in 1921 after her father past away to work office jobs. When her mother died in 1927 she enrolled at Parsons School of Design in New York. She graduated in 1929 right at the beginning of the Great Depression. Two books that Krauss wrote were runner-ups for the Caldecott Medal; The Happy Day (1950), and A Very Special House (1954). She was honored in the New Yorker cover illustrations for September 27th, 1993 from her book A Hole is to Dig.
In The Growing Story by Ruth Krauss is a simple beginning grows a story that celebrates little changes that tell us we are growing up. This sweet story was first published in 1947.
This is a very sweet story about growing up and how our bodies change. How our clothes get smaller on our bodies. It starts with a little boy who watches the trees change and his puppy grow bigger. But yet he doesn't think he is getting bigger as well. Until the new season changes. The illustrations of this book are amazing. They are beautiful and really well drawn. I recommend reading this to explain how we grow to children.
Gah...this boy amazes me every single day on how much he is growing. Okay, so on Sunday, it was Teacher In-service meeting so I was asked to sit with Ginny's class so the teacher can go during Sharing Time. Stephen sat with Miles in Mile's corner of the primary room. Miles will now stay in Primary but in a corner of the room and on his tablet. He will interact with his aid but not with anyone else in the room. Well, I noticed him watching the music teacher and so I thought, I am going to wave him over to see if he wants to sit with us. He soon came over and sat next to his sister, still on his tablet but paying more attention.
Soon he shut off his tablet and was watching the rest of the primary kids play a game and I could tell he wanted to be called up. He started to hum the primary songs with them. Then it was sharing time and he was asked to come up to flip some cards up. I wasn't sure if he was going to participate in it. But he ran up to the front and flipped both ca…
Dear Betsy DeVos,
I have been crying every night and really upset to find out that you are now the head of the Education department. I watched your trail where they were asking questions. How you had no clue about the laws for Special Education. It sadden me that those laws might be taken away. I have a beautiful, amazing, smart three year old son. My son was recently diagnosed with low functioning autism.
When Miles was born on April 30th, 2013, he was an amazing little baby. He loved being wrapped tight in blankets. He was the total opposite of his big sister in the beginning. He was super quiet and never cooed or made a single noise. He rather be left alone in a bouncer then someone interacting with him. When Miles was upset as an infant he would scream until no sound came out of his mouth. I would have to rock with him in my arms till the feet of the rocker would come up for him to calm down and nurse. While I nursed him never did he made eye contact with me. He didn't lau…
So, I am a mom of an amazing three year old son who is autistic. It's been a hard road to get to where we are now today. There are things that I wish I knew as a mother when Miles was a baby to look for that would have helped me in the future. So today, I want to help parents see the warning signs.
Monitor your child's development:
Don't wait for the doctor to give you the survey. Watch your child's key social, emotional, and cognitive milestones. It's an easy way to spot a problem early on which means early intervention can be put in place.
Take action if you're concerned:
Yes, every child develops at their own pace, but if you feel your child is not meeting the milestones for their age, or you suspect a problem. Talk to your doctor and voice those concerns immediately.
Don't accept a wait-and-see approach:
By wait and see approach you are doing the worst thing. You risk losing valuable time at an age where your child has the best chance improvement. Wh…