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Author and general editor Carol Kent, along with four additional coauthors, captures readers' hearts with tales about the joys, challenges, and frustrations that women face in all their various roles. Each book inspires women to remember that God loves them and that their purpose is simply to let his love so fill them that they become warmth, light, and love to everyone around them. Each devotional in these books includes a lighthearted or inspirational story, a ...
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Author and general editor Carol Kent, along with four additional coauthors, captures readers' hearts with tales about the joys, challenges, and frustrations that women face in all their various roles. Each book inspires women to remember that God loves them and that their purpose is simply to let his love so fill them that they become warmth, light, and love to everyone around them. Each devotional in these books includes a lighthearted or inspirational story, a thought-provoking quote, and a relevant verse from Scripture.
Kisses of Sunshine for Women: a deep and heartfelt look into what it means to be a woman—turning everyday experiences into sparkling reflections of hope and joy. Coauthored with Thelma Wells.
Kisses of Sunshine for Moms: tales that range from heroic and hilarious stories of first-time moms, to the joys and struggles of single parenting, to the beauty of watching your children grow up. Coauthored with Ellie Kay.
Kisses of Sunshine for Grandmas: from sweet and sentimental birth stories, to grandparenting a stepchild, to humorous lessons learned from grandkids, to the caregiver generational 'squeeze.' Coauthored with Gracie Malone.
Kisses of Sunshine for Sisters: celebrations of sisterhood that happen as a result of being born and bonded into the same family—or that emerge simply from the love growing inside our hearts with friends who become our sisters.
Kisses of Sunshine for Teachers: encouragement and salutations to those who spend every day at one of the most important jobs in the country—teaching. Coauthored with Vicki Caruana.
The Cowboy, the Princess, and Superman,
by Carol Kent.....12
Supply and Demand, by Vicki Caruana.....15
Frankie and MrB, by Janet Fleck.....18
Take Charge! by Vicki Caruana.....22
The Contest, by Cathy Gallagher.....25
Open House, by Vicki Caruana.....28
A Mighty Clap, by Melissa SSutter.....31
Out of Order, by Vicki Caruana.....34
Worrywarts, by Jennie Afman Dimkoff.....38
Survey Says! by Vicki Caruana.....42
Snakes, Snails, and Puppy Dog Tails,
by Cynthia Spell Humbert.....46
Class Clown, by Vicki Caruana.....50
Grocery Store Encouragement, by Kim Stafford-Galaviz.....53
The Teacher's Uniform, by Vicki Caruana.....56
Endings and Beginnings, by Bernadine Johnson.....59
Order in the Classroom! by Vicki Caruana.....62
Junior High Hormones, by Carol Kent.....65
Sticky Fingers and Sticky Floors, by Vicki Caruana.....69
The Little Pink Bookmark, by Judith Conger.....72
Teacher Divas, by Vicki Caruana.....75
Pet Picture Day, by Janet Fleck.....79
And Baby Makes 33! by Vicki Caruana.....83
The Taj Mahal, by Vicki Caruana.....86
The River City Good Time Band, by Carole Brewer.....89
One-Finger Rule, by Vicki Caruana.....93
A Teacher, a Clown, and a Friend, by Karen Allaman.....96
I'll Take an 'A' for 500, Please, by Vicki Caruana.....100
Believe It! by Bonnie Afman Emmorey.....103
Most Likely to , by Vicki Caruana.....107
A Medal Around His Neck, by Phyllis Harmony.....110
High School Rivals, by Vicki Caruana.....114
Virtual Reunion, by Vicki Caruana.....117
A Girl Called Cricket, by Cathy Gallagher.....120
Forever Young, by Vicki Caruana.....124
Roses are Red, Violets are Blue, by Vicki Caruana.....127
Mission Impossible! by Carol Kent.....130
Gullible Jane, by Vicki Caruana.....135
Dancing Scarecrows, by Karen Allaman.....137
About Me, by Vicki Caruana.....140
A Shaping Lesson, by Melissa SSutter.....142
Custodial Care, by Vicki Caruana.....146
Toads and Diamonds, by Bonnie Afman Emmorey.....149
Parking Lot Pecking Order, by Vicki Caruana.....153
Classroom Seasoning, by Annetta EDellinger.....156
Wouldn't It Be Nice If ? by Vicki Caruana.....159
Class Picture Day, by Vicki Caruana.....162
Teacher Talk, by Vicki Caruana.....165
The Day the Student Became the Teacher,
by Carole Brewer.....169
Why I Can't Teach Younger Than Third Grade,
by Vicki Caruana.....172
Letters from Teddy, by Elizabeth SUngar.....175
About Carol Kent, General Editor.....180
About Vicki Caruana.....181
Kisses of Sunshine for Teachers Copyright 2005 by Speak Up, Inc., and Vicki Caruana Requests for information should be addressed to:
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II. Caruana, Vicki.
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the cowboy, the princess, and superman Carol Kent Teachers are not born; they are made. . . .
A good teacher is first of all teachable.
Henrietta Mears Afew months after our marriage, my husband and I moved to Grand Rapids, Michigan, where Gene enrolled in graduate classes. Our move was in January and there didn't appear to be any teaching positions available in my subject areas. However, there was a kindergarten class that had an opening—and the school system was so desperate for a teacher, they asked me to join the faculty even though my credentials were in secondary education.
My first day was a blur of activity—parents taking pictures,
children crying, keeping order, setting up routines, enforcing nap time, and trying to teach something of value that would validate my worth as a paid teacher. That day I also discovered why some educators choose to teach kindergarten. I had a room filled with dynamic, charming personalities who suddenly found me in the center of their world.
Jeremy was dressed in jeans, a plaid shirt, red scarf, cowboy boots, and a mini-Stetson. He ambled up to me and said, 'Hi,
pardner! I'm here to protect you and to defend our class against any enemies. Let me know if I can be of service.' (I liked this charming young man from the Wild West!)
Susan was dressed in a white eyelet dress that looked more appropriate for church than for school. On her head she proudly wore a plastic crown. As I passed by her desk, she gazed up and said, 'My daddy says I'm a princess. Do you think I'm a princess, too?' With a smile, I nodded in agreement.
As I rounded the corner of the next row, there was Peter.
He was wearing blue jeans, but instead of a shirt, he wore the pajama top from a Superman outfit, complete with a red cape that dangled precariously from Velcro on the tops of his shoulders.
His eyes twinkled as he said, 'If you need me, I'm here!'
I chuckled out loud and verbalized my appreciation for his offer.
A couple of weeks into my adventure with the kindergartners,
I came into the classroom with a heavy heart. That morning I had had 'words' with my husband and felt unjustly criticized. We'd had the classic newlywed fight over how I squeezed the toothpaste tube. Even though it was a small issue,
my feelings were hurt.
Princess Susan walked up to my desk. She was in casual clothes that day, but her prized crown was still on top of her golden locks. Gazing up at me seriously, she asked, 'Are you sad today, Teacher?'
'A little,' I responded honestly.
'Well,' she said, putting her hands on her hips, 'you'll just have to get over that because I think you are the best teacher in the world and I love you very much!' With that, she threw her arms around me and placed a kiss on my cheek.
Later in the day I watched two of my students settle a disagreement amicably and turn back into 'best buddies' during recess. They didn't hold grudges and they joyfully picked up where they left off in their relationship. I felt a little silly for continuing to hold a grudge against my husband over a tube of toothpaste. It was time to let go of my petty resentment.
I gazed at the class—Cowboy Jeremy, Superman Peter, and the rest of my remarkable five-year-old charges. They were teaching me everything I needed to know about facing daily challenges and being a successful teacher: forgive quickly, love unconditionally, visualize your future (whether it's to be a cowboy,
a princess, or Superman), live each day with gusto, and take frequent naps. It's a winning combination—and I'm still benefiting from their positive examples today.
Let the wise listen and add to their learning.
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