Many parents and educators are concerned that children will not retain knowledge and skills over the summer in today’s highly academic and competitive society.  This often leads to signing children up for loads of classes, camps and activities to fill their every summertime hour. Parents will seek, and teachers will sometimes recommend: workbooks, apps, Read More
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It is important to teach children to be kind! I believe teaching is about preparing our students for the future. That includes modeling and teaching them how to be kind, respectful and productive human beings. In a time where people seem to forget how to disagree in a respectful way, I think it is Read More
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While perusing the shelves of the elementary library, I came across a children’s novel that I had forgotten about. Instantly, I was flooded with warm memories of The Tale of Despereaux. If you’re not familiar with this children's book-turned animated film, let me fill you in. This story follows the adventures of a smaller Read More
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Imagine arriving each morning to a school where some people know your name. Some people might know who your teacher is, or what grade you’re in. Imagine feeling jumbled in a large population of people mostly your age who don’t really know you. Do they care about you? Do you matter? Are you important? Read More
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Occasionally, we come across a book, article or talk that aligns with our curiosities and helps to answer difficult questions in a timely way for our lives. A book I came across in 2015 answered many of my questions and asked many others. Since then it has continued to guide one aspect of my Read More
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Having a regular routine for bedtime helps provide our children with a strong sense of security and comfort as they conclude each day. Whether they spent their day playing with friends, running around outside, learning in school, at team practice, or any combination thereof, both their bodies and minds need help calming down at Read More
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