When I’m at school bookworming, one of the words I hear a lot is “Awesome!” Sometimes the kids apply it to something we’ve read in a book… or something that’s going on at school…

“Mr. Boomsma, are you coming out to recess with us today?”



I know that my language changes after I’ve been at the school and I use words like “awesome” and “cool” more. If you are one of the people who’s noticed that, I just thought I should warn you that I’m planning to use the word “awesome” even more. I’ll leave it to you to decide whether or not to “blame” the kids. Let me explain.

The kids use the word fairly freely but also advisedly. They really believe a lot of things are awesome. They see things adults fail to notice — and they see things in a way that adults often don’t.  I’ve said before that one of the values of being at the school with the kids is gaining their perspective.

So if you can’t find some kids to hang out with, here’s an idea for you. An adult colleague recently recommended this website: during a discussion about how we view the world. The link also comes with a warning… the site is a bit addictive because you’ll find yourself identifying with some of the things people post as “awesome.” 

So here’s a challenge. How many times today can you say the word “awesome” because you notice something that is?

I’ve already lost count. That’s awesome!

Students Exceed Goal and Jump!

From a recently issued press release…

Caleb Rolfe goes airborne during Jump activities

Guilford– McKusick Elementary School and Guilford Primary School students exceeded the goal they’d set by raising nearly $2600 in their recent  “Jump Rope for Heart” Program. The program was coordinated by School Nurse Sharon Foster and Paula Bailey an Ed Tech at McKusick. The program is an outreach program developed by the American Heart Association. By participating in Jump Rope for Heart students learn how their hearts work and how to take care of them through physical activity and nutrition. They also learn about children who have been affected by cardiovascular disease and how they can help them. In short, children have fun and feel good by helping others.

Foster explained she was very pleased how the program reached into each classroom with cardiac education. “The students understand more about why we jump and it was also pretty great that the students got a little over an hour of exercise while having fun and earning money for a great cause