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Summertime Inquiry Projects for Toddlers

Summertime is upon us! And if you're anything like me, you're already wondering how you are going to keep your kid busy without losing your mind. Well, don't lose hope. I'm here to tell you that summer offers the perfect opportunity to let your child's curiosity run wild as they dig deep into their interests.… Continue reading Summertime Inquiry Projects 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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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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Children’s Books That Inspire & Empower

Today we are fortunate to have access to a surplus of amazing children's books. Authors aren't afraid to share real life injustices with children and hopefully, by having openhearted and frank conversations with our little ones, we will raise children who seek love, peace, and social justice for all. Children's books are becoming more accessible… Continue reading Children’s Books That Inspire & Empower

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The Many Roles of Trees

“Children can achieve the full potential of their humanness only through direct, active, personal communication with natural phenomena”-Makiguchi This lesson was designed with educating for sustainability in mind. Although the content includes language connected with the country of Belize, where the lesson was designed to be taught, you can easily modify the lesson so it… Continue reading The Many Roles of Trees

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Free Spirit Learning Rhythm

In the beginning of the year, I need at least a month for my students to settle into the rhythm of the day and classroom ways  so we can form a safe and peaceful classroom environment. I consider my students my family away from home. This is my first year homeschooling and I've had a… Continue reading Free Spirit Learning Rhythm

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Student Led Inquiry in a Multi-Age Setting

Student Led Inquiry. Hands on Learning. The Discovery Approach. What does this mean? Student led inquiry is letting students have a say in their learning. This will look different in each educational setting, but the purpose behind student led inquiry remains the same. Students learn the best when they are interested in what they are… Continue reading Student Led Inquiry in a Multi-Age Setting