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Six Spring Gardening Activities for Families

Warm weather? Take the chaos outside! Although you may not FEEL the warm weather quite yet, it is officially spring! Soon your winter blues will lift, you’ll open your windows and breathe in the fresh air, and get some of that much needed vitamin D!   On behalf of Gardening Week 2019, here are some gardening activities that will… Continue reading Six Spring Gardening Activities for Families

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Creating a Child-Centered Home for Toddlers

“The wider the range of possibilities we offer children, the more intense will be their motivations and the richer their experiences.” Loris Malaguzzi, Reggio Emilia Approach One of the most frequently asked questions I get about parenting is, "How can I create a child-centered home?" My last blog was an overview of loose parts & open-ended… Continue reading Creating a Child-Centered Home for Toddlers

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Loose Parts & Open-Ended Play

Art, in all its forms, has always been a joy for me to incorporate in my teaching practices, no matter the age group I'm exploring alongside. As a parent, creating with my child brings me so much happiness. Acting, drawing, painting, sculpting, creating models, pretend play, and music...these ways of expressing oneself fire the neurons… Continue reading Loose Parts & Open-Ended Play

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Empathy Starts at Home

Want your kids to be empathetic? Teach them how to be! As parents, we set high expectations for our children. We want them to succeed academically, take care of their bodies, enroll in sports and extracurricular activities, be successful readers, eat healthy, socialize, and be kind to others around them. The list goes on and… Continue reading Empathy Starts at Home

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3 Collaborative Cardboard Art Projects for Toddlers

My two year old daughter loves creating. Luckily, I'm of the philosophy that children need to have access to many different types of art supplies from a young age. Because of this, I keep a wide range of items that will engage and spark curiosity in my daughter. Our cupboards are filled to the brim;… Continue reading 3 Collaborative Cardboard Art Projects for Toddlers

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Fostering a Love of Literacy in Your Classroom

I spent my first year teaching as a Special Education teacher in a resource room setting.  Although each student was incredibly unique in their needs academically, socially, and emotionally, all of my students were working on their reading skills. Many of them shared similar IEP goals of increasing reading fluency, reading comprehension, and reading level.… Continue reading Fostering a Love of Literacy in Your Classroom

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The Privilege of Choice

I believe in public schools. My mother's service to others as a public school teacher at a center-based special education school as well as Jonathan Kozol 's work in educational inequality and social justice made a huge impact on me from a young age. I vowed to myself that I would always teach in a… Continue reading The Privilege of Choice

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8 Books to Inspire Your Teaching

Hey Educators & Free Spirits! I haven't written a post about teaching in awhile because I've been totally immersed in full time parenting. It's been such a beautiful & ever-changing journey, with many challenges and many moments that I wish I could just freeze and bask in forever. With some of you having over a… Continue reading 8 Books to Inspire Your Teaching