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Ten years ago, my husband and I discovered New Morning School for our daughter.  As public school teachers, sending our kids to private school wasn’t a decision we took lightly. But New Morning School is exceptional. Below, I share why we decided it is the best place for our children. Our daughter started in Read More
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Recently, I had the opportunity again to listen to our Head of School Elaine Kennedy address a roomful of prospective parents at our annual Student Museum and Open House. Every time I hear her speak about New Morning School to an audience, I get charged up. I always wish that we were creating a Read More
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I recently attended a conference offering sessions delving deep into the idea of learning. A simple word, but an incredibly complex concept when you really think about it. Jenny Bennett, a teacher and presenter at the 2018 ISACS Conference defined seven qualities that make a learner great. Learners think, reflect, are determined, connect, question, Read More
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Life is messy.  It doesn’t always go according to plan.  This is as true for toddlers or teens as it is for adults.  Things happen, and we feel however we feel about it. Although we cannot control the emotions that “show up” for us, we can decide which feelings we choose to “fuel.” Say Read More
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My family did some traveling this summer. We listened to lots of toddler-curated music, but we also had the opportunity to catch an audiobook we loved -- “Movement Matters” by Katy Bowman. I recommend this book. The book is a collection of essays written by the movement scientist (specifically a “biomechanist”), who believes a Read More
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Successful learning in school is often equated to sitting up straight in a desk. However, that is simply not the case. Students are actually able to concentrate on their classwork in a variety of ways. At New Morning School in Plymouth, MI, students are provided the opportunity to sit at tables, desks, even on the Read More
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