As a former social studies teacher, I have learned that one of the key ways to engage children in the study of the past is to relate it to their own lives. As we come upon Thanksgiving, a great way to activate interest and learning about the pilgrims and Wampanoag, is to look at children […]

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“We are always getting ready to live but never living.” -Ralph Waldo Emerson On a cloudy afternoon recently, I had an experience that ended up having a huge impact on my attitude as I approach the upcoming holiday season.  My young daughter was playing nearby, as she often does, and for some reason, I decided […]

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Raising a compassionate child begins at home. Learning compassion is no different from learning other social skills; children learn to be compassionate through experience, guidance, and observing compassion in those around them. Many teachers like to say that they have a “culture of kindness” or a “culture of caring” in their classrooms. Likewise, cultivating a […]

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A lantern poem is a type of descriptive poetry that originates from Japan. Another is the Haiku poem. A lantern poem is quite similar in format to a Haiku poem. Both types of poetry are short and rely on a syllable structure where the poet uses a limited number of syllables in each line. The […]

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We are entering our last week of the Playful Learning Spaces workshop and it has been an amazing experience… What a unique opportunity to connect and learn with like-minded parents and teachers from all over the world! We’ve enjoyed the interactions, conversations, sharing of photos + ideas, and collective inspiration so much that we want […]

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