Oso as a balm for gloom souls... (Score: 1)
posted Tuesday, March 25, 2008 - 08:16 AM (#41636
Oso is perfect as a student incentive. Ever since I've discovered Sheldon at last summer's Comic con in San Diego, I've worn my Oso and Flaco buttons on my teacher lanyard.
When I lost my Oso button Dylan, one of my students, seemed really unhappy. It seems he really liked the idea of Oso being "God's little weirdo" (I think Dylan sees himself as a weirdo, too).
It was an opening to a discussion about Sheldon and I began to print out Oso strips just for Dylan. When I do this, Dylan runs around the playground getting everyone to read them. Oso brightens this kid's day like nothing else does.
Dylan has a lot of bad days. Being the only child of a single mom and a dad in Hawaii (whom he just met last summer and hadn't known for the first eight years of life) he spends a lot of time at school either in class or daycare. Dylan seems to be the original Mr. Gloom. Give him an Oso, though, and he brightens up tremendously. He and his mom are really close and the Oso strips are something special he can share with her.
Our printer at school has been on the fritz and it's been a sincere tragedy that I haven't been able to print out the latest ones. I can hardly wait to get back on Monday as it seems we have a whole new Oso story...Dylan will be excited!
Dylan doesn't know it yet, but this summer at Comic Con I'm buying him the whole Sheldon series and I want Dave to draw an Oso in the cover of one of the books. Since I work day care as well as teach, I really know Dylan well and figure this isn't an inappropriate gift. I think I also want to buy a set for our school library.
Since there isn't a Oso shirt yet, I'm thinking of making Dylan one, using those laser printer iron ons. (I'm only thinking about it - I haven't figured out the copy right issues, but do plan to ask before I print).
I've been meaning to write to you about Dylan...I think you under estimate how this strip can reach out to kids. It's incredible.
BTW - One of my students loves to talk "french": she knows one whole word: squee! Now, she loves the Flaco strips...but that's another story...
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