Thursday, November 27, 2014


Happy Thanksgiving. I am so blessed by all my readers,  fans,  family and friends around the world. Thank you for everything you do. I truly appreciate you!
                                       - Allison Bruning -

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

ExpressYourself: Just Call Me Garfield

Just Call Me Garfield

This week I was asked to share with my readers my favorite recipe or meal. My favorite recipe was my grandmother's potato salad. I don't have her original recipe but here is one that I found on All Recipes that is close to it. 

My favorite meal since childhood has always been lasagna. My mom use to make a three cheese lasagna that was so good! Hmm, lasagna. I think I might have to have some lasagna.....hmm.....

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Down In the Bayou: Jacques Cartier #French #Louisiana

Last week I introduced you to my new series Down in the Bayou with an overview of French history in Louisiana. Although Louisiana is a state in modern day United States it was in fact the term used to describe all of New France during the 17th through 18th centuries.

The French began their claims in the New World with the expeditions of Jacques Cartier. 

 Jacques Cartier 

Jacques Cartier was born on the same day that Christopher Columbus sailed for his first voyage in 1492. He was born in Saint-Malo, a fortified sea port in North France that lies on the English Channel. He was of Briton descent meaning his ancestry came from Brittany in France. 

Jacques Cartier learned to navigate in Dieppe. Afterwards, he sailed with fishermen to Newfoundland. He also accompanied Giovanni da Verrazzano on at least one of his voyages. 

In 1534, Cartier met with King Francis I of France with one goal in mind. His family were prominent watchmakers in Europe who were seeking new places to trade. Cartier wanted to find the passage that Giovanni did not. He believed the Northwest passage through the New World to Asia would open new trade routes for his family. King Francis I had other plans. He commissioned Cartier to take two ships and 61 men to the New World in order to find spices, gold and the Northwest Passage. Cartier left port, set sail across the Arctic Ocean and found Newfoundland. 

Join me next week as we discuss Cartier's second voyage. 

Monday, November 24, 2014

#Gifted #Children: Little Bodies, Big Mind, Misdiagnosed

Gifted Children:

Little Bodies + Big Minds = Misdiagnosed

Stories like these don't happen everyday. Most of the time when we hear about them in the news were are astonished, amazed and forget that this prodigy is still a child. Gifted children have a hard time in the world because their minds are far more advanced their their emotions and bodies. Sometimes gifted children are misidentified in the school as being ADHD, having Learning Disabilities and/or being the problem child. How is that a gifted child can be unrecognized by those in educational field? More times than naught it is because the educator doesn't know what to look for when it comes to determining whether or not their student is gifted.

Here are some signs to look for:

Gifted children can be problematic in the public school setting if they are not challenged. Their minds easily wander if they already know the material you have set before them. Remember, gifted children are the leaders of their generation and need to be treated as such. They may not come from a home environment that supports their high IQ. Often times, school or the library because a place of safety for gifted students because they have an thirst for knowledge that can never be satisfied.

Often times, gifted children are labeled as having special needs because in their early years they may display developmental delays. This is very common in gifted children. I was one of those gifted children who had a speech delay until Kindergarten and was placed in special education classes from K - 2nd grade. Then all of sudden, I was learning so fast that I was in the normal classroom in 3rd grade and all of sudden I was reading three grades higher than my peers. This rapid acquisition of skills is normal for gifted children. Once they reach this level they keep learning skills that are higher than their peers.

Gifted children will sometimes become fixated on a subject matter until they learn all they can with the subject then disregard it and move to the next subject. They are quick learners, fast thinkers and want to learn everything. Sometimes this attribute causes them to be labelled as ADHD.

Socially, these children may be labelled as loners or with some sort of disorder. Gifted children struggle with establishing and maintaining relationships with other their own age because in their minds they are not their peers. They are more likely to see out friendships with adults because in their minds they are their equals. It's very important to teach these children social skills that their peers already know. This may be harder to do with children who are not gifted as well. Gifted children are born leaders and may try to lead children their own age instead of cooperate with them to solve a problem.

Gifted children are a blessing to our society. Let's treat them as such.

Sunday, November 23, 2014

#WhatsUpWithAllison: Writing and Webcomics

Good Morning!

This week is the last week of NaNoWriMo and I have to get myself in gear if I want to win this year. I have been so swamped with a new teaching job that I have forgone writing everyday. I know that's not like me at all. Now that I'm into the swing of things I can relax and write.

After I finish writing Le Creole I plan to turn my attention to a few webcomics that I have planned. I'm planning to have Le Creole published in January or February. My webcomics will be published this spring. I have some wonderful illustrators who are interested in my work. They are amazing!!! More information will be coming soon about these projects.

#Blessing: Workplace Paradise

This week's small blessing is a large one for me. I am so blessed to work as the Elementary Educator at Todd Academy. Todd Academy is a private school that educates students from grades 3rd through 12th that have an IQ of 130 or more. All of the educators who teach there are gifted as well.

The world can be a cold, hard place for anyone who is gifted. I have had my struggles and can tell you so many tales. Todd Academy is a sanctuary for me. I love working with administration and other educators who get me. It's just an amazing thing when you are work around people who not only understand you but appreciate you as well.