Place Bridge Academy

{This is Salvador or "Salvi" --as I like to call him -- his mom is from Colombia and he's I-just-wanna-eat-you-up kinda cute.}

As I have posted




, I am working with refugees in a few different capacities. Aside from the ESL class that I teach with Kayla, I am tutoring immigrants/refugees from several countries (Haiti, Iraq and Libya) as well as working with children of refugees as you can see in these photos. Essentially, I'm a glorified babysitter, but it's definitely fun helping these kids improve their english through play. It's been a really great way to start my day, especially because these tots are SO freakin' cute. Just about all of them are well behaved, but, ya know, of course there's always


It has certainly been interesting seeing them interact, each coming from such a different background and story.

{This is Won Joon -- he has so much energy he doesn't even know what to do with it. His parents are from South Korea.}

{This guy is Ricardo, he's only come once but his younger brother, Hector, is my little boyfriend. Their parents are from Mexico.}

{And there he is! That's my man, Hector}

{Ricardo! Makes me think of Desi Arnaz}

{ of my life}

{Salvi....he just has the biggest heart. He gets upset when other kids cry because he wants them to be happy. If only guys were like that.}

{Won Joon taking the caboose of their slide train}

{Just a few of my little monkeys}

{This lil chiquita is Vicky. Her mother is from Mexico, too. She hardly ever speaks, but always smiles.}

{Rockin it on the slide}

{Hangin' 10}

{Booger alert!}

{I think this picture is adorably awesome. Salvi is gonna go places when he grows up.}

{"You are worried about seeing him spend his early years in doing nothing.  What!  Is it nothing to be happy?  Nothing to skip, play, and run around all day long?  Never in his life will he be so busy again."  ~

Jean-Jacques Rousseau


"Kids: they dance before they learn there is anything that isn't music." ~

William Stafford




e prime purpose of being four is to enjoy being four - of secondary importance is to prepare for being five."  ~

Jim Trelease


{"I have no hostility to nature, but a child's love to it. I expand and live in the warm day like corn and melons." ~

Ralph Waldo Emerson


{"That's the real trouble with the world, too many people grow up." ~

Walt Disney


{"Americans, it seems to me, tend to protect their children from the harshness of life, in their interest. That’s not the way my people rear their children. They let them experience the world as it is." ~

Chinua Achebe


{"I always tell my kids if you lay down, people will step over you. But if you keep scrambling, if you keep going, someone will always, always give you a hand. Always. But you gotta keep dancing, you gotta keep your feet moving." ~

Morgan Freeman


"Children are the boldest philosophers. They enter life naked, not covered by the smallest fig leaf of dogma, absolutes, creeds. This is why every question they ask is so absurdly naïve and so frighteningly complex." ~

Yevgeny Zamyatin


{"Always jump in the puddles!  Always skip alongside the flowers.  The only fights worth fighting are the pillow and food varieties."  ~

Terri Guillemets


{"Boy, (n.):  a noise with dirt on it."  ~

Not Your Average Dictionary


Here is something awesome that will blow your mind:

"What are the odds that you exist, as you, today?"