file don’t pile

by: Izzy Fizzy Googlemen (Pen Name)

Organization is really important in life, and it is worth your time. I like it a lot because it is lovely to come home after a hard day at school when it is clean at home. I love that our house looks nice, and I don’t really have to do anything – that doesn’t happen very often, so it’s nice, especially on the weekend, or when I have other things that need my attention. Knowing that I get to spend my time on anything I want is wonderful. 

When I organize and sort clothes, hang pictures, and put things away in my room, I find out that it looks way neater and nicer. I also notice that I rarely asked the question, where is it?

 I watched a TV show on organizing. It helped me out. It is called Tidying Up With Marie Kondo, and it taught me to put my odds and ends in clear bins and get rid of stuff that is not needed or that I don’t even use. You might be surprised how much junk you have. I even realized there was trash inside drawers. I gave clothing to someone that could use it, and I sorted through my massive book collection. Who even needs this many pens? I found that other people in the family could benefit if I put things in a central location. Surprisingly, I found it easiest to get rid of stuff when I asked one simple question. Does it bring me joy? Purging is just as important as organizing, and it helps with time management too.

Another way to organize and get things straight is by getting a planner. I like paper planners, and some people like digital planners. Planners are really important, especially in education. Planners are very important because you do not have to stress over remembering the things you have to do. My friends like to use stickers and colorful pens, but I do not have time to. My teacher prefers a desk calendar, and my dad uses a calendar on his phone. Whether you use paper, technology, stickers, or alarms, organizing your schedule removes stress from your life and allows you to breathe deeply, knowing you have all of your appointments, assignments, and activities under control. I highly recommend using a planner in school or work.

Organizing is very time-consuming and requires focus, but when you are finished, you will be glad you did it. I had to take time every day to find stuff that did not have a home, but now that I have organized and labeled everything, it is so easy to find things in their home.

 I like organizing things in rainbow order because the colors are very helpful when you need to find something. Organizing things in rainbow orders is very helpful for kids or toddlers, but I personally like it. Colors make everything seem happier.

 One time my mom surprised me with organizing my room, and to this day, I have not changed it because it looks way better than it used to when it is organized. My mom organized my room because it helps me be a happier, healthier person, and it may help you too if you try it. She found out that it makes you less stressed when your room is clean, and I like it more when I have less stuff because I started to notice things and care for them. It is so cool when you use all of your stuff, and you do not waste space on the other stuff you didn’t even know you had.

 Organizing is used everywhere; for example, the world would be chaotic without organization. The USA uses it in the government in wars, taxes, and many more. Organizing is important if you want to get a good job, especially when you have a lot of paperwork.

 I love organizing, I love seeing the conclusion, and I love buying things used for organizing, but some of you might not. A way that helps me enjoy organizing more is to do it with a friend or a family member; you might be an introvert that likes to be alone. If you are, you can listen to music or watch your favorite TV show.

 Keeping your house organized is really hard. A lot of people have a hard time with bargains and clearance sections. One of the reasons keeping spaces organized is hard is because you buy stuff or keep stuff that is unreasonable or that you will never use, so you should try to enjoy organizing because to keep your house clean, you will probably need to purge or organize at least once a month. Make organization a habit. 

My biggest problem with keeping my room clean is that I do not really have time to put stuff up or do the laundry. What helps me is to put on my list of chores that I do monthly.

I hope you have found this very helpful and that it has inspired you to go and organize your house.

 

 

sign language 

Author: Patty O’Furniture (Pen Name)

Hi there! My name is Patty O’Furniture. I am from PCMC, which is a Montessori Christian School. I am currently in the tenth grade. I love sign language. It has helped me learn so much about communication. I have some hearing complications, and I will tell you more about that later.

My journey with sign language has been fun, and I realize how easy it is. I’d love to share some ways to get started. Sign language isn’t as complicated as it looks. I have been learning sign language for 3 years now, and not to brag, but I’m pretty good at it.

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Let me take you back to my first encounter with sign language and deafness. When I was 5, I moved in with my dad. He was a huge bodybuilder back then, and he was super conscious of all of our health and eating habits. We drank tons of water. We even had a freezer full of frozen Gatorade. He was serious about many healthy things, but he didn’t realize my ear health was in trouble. He was really into music, so he had one of those loud sound systems. Rap music has a lot of bass in the music, and he played it so loud that it shook the house, his car, and my eardrums too. This was not a good thing for a five-year-old to hear every day for hours a day. Eventually, after living with him for 5 more years, that affected my hearing. 

When I turned ten, I moved in with my mom, and she noticed that my hearing was getting worse and worse. When I turned twelve. My mom was getting phone calls from all my sixth-grade teachers saying that I should check mine. So eventually, my mom took me for a check-up on my ears, they put me in a soundproof booth with headphones, and every time I heard a sound, I had to raise my hand. They wanted to take a closer look – they told my mom I didn’t do very well. They took me into another room and looked into both my ears. They said my left ear was not bad, but my right ear was not hearing anything at all, and my eardrum was busted. 

Then they told my mom that over the years, my hearing had been getting worse, and that there’s a chance that I could lose all my hearing. This started my interest in sign language. Now I am fifteen years old, and I am deaf in my right ear, and have lost some hearing in my left ear, but I can still hear most things. People have very low patience with hard-of-hearing people, or even deaf people they just don’t understand.

Now I am teaching sign language classes to fellow classmates, and also people from my church. The first thing I think people should know is your alphabet and numbers 1-30. Many people make a mistake also by starting to sign without learning the background of sign language where it began.

I feel like there are some things you should know before you learn any language. Sign language started in 1755. The first form of sign language was in French, but only the alphabet was created by Charles Michel de l’Épée. He also began the first all deaf school in 1755. Now in 2021, sign language is only used by about 1% of people in the US. And not many more actually know it.

I always wanted to actually communicate with a deaf person just to see how my signing was. Then finally I met one. I was fourteen, and I was at church on a Sunday night. I looked over, and I saw this guy signing to people asking for help. Nobody knew what he was even talking about. In fact, all these people knew was that he was deaf. He was stuck, and so were they.

Then one of my friends ran up to me and said, “you know, sign language, come with me, hurry.” So I ran after her and met this guy, he was young, and we just talked for a few minutes, and then he left. I had a good time, and I’m sure he did too. Just having a “real” conversation can go a long way. 

Like I said before, I think everyone needs to learn the alphabet, so you can at least spell out words. You should also know a few basic phrases like “hey, how are you?” Learnings sayings is a great way to be sure you’re not lost, if you ever meet a deaf person. Try hard to help them know they are safe talking with you. Planning ahead is a great way to be sure you are prepared. Better safe than sorry, right?

We all need to respect deafness more because it’s hard to really understand how a hearing impaired individual feels, or what they are experiencing. It can be confusing if you get lost, or if they do. It’s kind of the same thing if you are in a foreign country, and would like to meet someone who knows the same language as you. Many people were born and raised deaf, and when nobody learns their language they feel left out.

I should also make this note: it is disrespectful to just walk up to a deaf person and start yelling at them, asking if they can hear you. Many people yell instead of really trying to communicate. That really doesn’t work. It really doesn’t matter how loud you shout; they still won’t hear you. SO STOP YELLING!!! I hope my sign language journey and tips help you learn something. 

Have a blessed day!

art 

by: Carson Smith (Pen Name)

Hello! My name is Carson. I am a 7th grader from North Carolina. The school I go to is called Providence Christian Montessori Community. 

Hey! Do you want to learn to paint? First I need to tell you how the brush strokes work. You always want the brush to be on the flat side. You also want to go up and down. If you are going side to side then you also want it to be on the flat side. Make sure you use both sides of your paintbrush. 

Next, let’s blend. It is usually pretty easy but sometimes it can be hard. First, you will need the colors you will use. Put them on the canvas, then spread them around. Start to get the colors closer together. Then make the colors touch and they should start to blend together.

Most of the time people blend the colors too much, and they turn kind of ugly so don’t do that! I taught myself how to blend, but I also sometimes watch videos on how to paint for beginners. Try different colors and you’ll get it. Also, just try a drop of each color. A paper plate is a good place to practice. Don’t ruin a canvas by putting too much paint on it, or by blending paint that doesn’t look good.

My parents were always supporting me on my art.  I always thought I was doing something wrong so I found a bunch of videos on how to paint, and look at me now – I’m the one who is teaching you!

I would recommend you showing all the paintings that you’ve done. Even if they are not good, you will get better. Showing them off will give you a lot more confidence. There are a lot of steps in painting and a lot of pressure so I want you to take things slow if you are a beginner.

Mixing colors can be super hard! It’s such a pain if you mess up. When I was a beginner I used a color wheel (it really helps). Now I just think of the color I am trying to make, and when I have the color pictured in my mind, I gather the colors needed to make the color. Sometimes I don’t pick the right colors so I have to start over, and even with this much experience, I have to get a color wheel. And sometimes I realize I need to use less of one of the colors in the mixture, so I start over for that too. That’s why it’s good to test just a drop at a time.

 When you are painting I recommend you listen to some music, or an audiobook you like it helps me to focus. Enjoy yourself and let your creativity flow.                                                            

Make sure you buy good equipment like paintbrushes, paint, and an easel. The cheap stuff can work in the beginning, but don’t skimp on paintbrushes. They will leave lines in your work, or even leave pieces of the brush on your canvas. Don’t ruin your masterpiece with cheap brushes. You can skip the pallet at first, but good paint and good brushes should be in your shopping cart from the beginning.

You might want to start with something simple, but try it – you might find out you’re amazing!

Now go have fun and paint!

how to work with a horse when you don’t know what to do

 By: Paige Grace (Pen Name)

Hi!

I’m Paige, and I am a middle schooler in North Carolina. Let’s talk a little bit about horses and what I know and have experienced.

I take horseback riding lessons. I have a horse, and I am learning about horses from a horse trainer. I love horses! Our family recently visited the Outer Banks, where wild horses can still be found. They have their own beach. A colt was born just before we arrived. How awesome is that!? When I’m an adult, I think I will own a lot of horses.

I love horses, but a horse can be a lot of work. They can sometimes be dangerous, and they need a lot of care and attention. If you have only one horse, you need to be its companion because it needs a friend. 

You can’t just walk up to a horse and tell it you want to be its friend; you have to win it over. When you’re trying to get close to a horse, but the horse is not too comfortable with you, don’t take any risks because you could get hurt. Let someone that the horse is familiar with introduce you. They can work with the horse and help you both get comfortable.  After you start feeding the horse for a while, you will notice that it really likes you and will start getting comfortable with you.

Do you know the correct way to walk around a horse? If you’re not careful, you could get really hurt badly. When you’re walking around the horse, touch them a little bit, so they know you’re there before you get on their other side. Talk to them and pat them on the butt because you are likely to get kicked if you don’t.  What I normally do is touch the back end and talk to them gently. I don’t want the horse to be uncomfortable or get freaked out. 

It’s also important to watch where your feet are. A horse has stepped on me, and it really hurts. They don’t understand when they put their weight down, and if you aren’t paying attention, you will be in pain. 

The next step to caring for a horse well is cleaning the horse’s feet. The horse has a really sensitive spot on its hooves called a frog. A frog is this thing in the middle of their foot. When you are cleaning dirt and mud off the bottom of their feet, don’t touch the frog. They will kick you. The tool you will use to clean the hoof is a pick. It has a sharp spot on one side to clean the dirt off, and the other side is a brush to get the dust off. Sometimes the horse will be anxious, which means they are in a bad mood. They will jerk their foot away from you, and they could even step at you.

Keeping a horse’s feet clean is important. If your horse has a stall that has a bunch of poop and pee in it, that’s not good because they can get this disease that makes the skin on their hoof fall off. Germs, moisture, or bacteria could make holes in their hooves. It’s really good for the horse if you clean the stall every other day and pay attention to the bottom of their hooves as well.

One of the most important steps to good horse care is feeding your horse. When you need to feed and don’t quite know what to feed them, you need to learn what they have eaten before. I feed my horse Producer’s Pride. That’s something that you can buy for your horse from Tractor Supply. You need to make sure to feed them every day, or your horse will bite you or kick you to show they are hungry. Be sure to feed them and give them hay, or they will be pacing all day, back and forth. They need hay, food, water, and for you to give them enough room to run, then they will be a happy horse. My horse is really happy, and she listens well. She knows I care for her and will always show up to take care of her. 

Did you know you should take time to wash your horse? When you are washing your horse, you will need to tie your horse to a tree or a post and make him or her wait patiently. If they don’t want to or fight you a little, you grab the lead rope and pull it tightly toward them and might even have to pop the reins and say no or woah. You have to be in control before you get them wet. Now, grab the water hose and spray the water and apply soap. Rinse them off well. When you are applying fly spray, they might get a little freaked out, but after you do it for a while, they will get used to it… which is a good thing.

If you want to make your horse happy, you need to pay attention to their needs. Here are some ways you can tell they are happy. One is when they nay when you come near, or when they see you coming. Another one is when their tail is up. Sometimes their tail could be telling you they are mad, but not usually. Giving them room to run, feeding them on time, and be sure they have plenty of water and attention.

You will want to put a fence up for them to run inside of, so they don’t run away. Horses need lots of space to run, to graze, and to enjoy life. You may be a great friend to your animals, but still, you will probably need another horse to let them have a friend. 

My horse’s name is Luna. She is now 10 months, and I love being her friend.