Monthly Archives: August 2016

A Dash of Risk

Originally posted on Playful Directions:
Beginning a new school year is rife with uncertainty.  An unknown routine, strange surroundings, and rooms full of unfamiliar people all contribute to a high level of stress for both children and adults.  Will I…

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Jennie Stories, the Early Years

My family log house, early 1770’s Telling stories is akin to reading aloud. Words come alive when children ‘make the pictures in their heads’.  Listening stretches the brain because language, every word, is suddenly a lit fuse. When I started teaching, … Continue reading

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Quotations on the Importance of Education

Originally posted on charles french words reading and writing:
(https://en.wikipedia.org) “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.”                                                                                  Nelson Mandela ? (https://en.wikipedia.org) “Education is the kindling of a flame, not the filling of…

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All Because of a Dragonfly… Talking Death With Children

Our Memory Garden at school is a raised bed of beauty; flowers, sculptures, American flags, and a collection of painted rocks, all to mark classroom pets and loved ones who have died over the years. The garden sits quietly as … Continue reading

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What I learned from Children

Originally posted on thehappylife101:
I would define CHILDREN as the happiest creatures in the world. Oh, don’t you just envy their enthusiasm and high-spirits! In my pondering, I realize that there are really some great things that we can learn from them-…

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The Spirit Animal Award Nomination!

I am deeply honored to have received a second Spirit Animal Award Nomination.  A heartfelt and sincere thank you to Charles French at https://charlesfrenchonwordsreadingandwritingatwordpress.com I say this  with the utmost of gratitude and thanks.  The award speaks to the spirit, … Continue reading

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The Thrill of Learning

It happens every time I open my Big Book Atlas, without fail.  Children can’t sit!  They are drawn to the big maps, swarming like bees to flowers. . Do you have any idea how many different things children want to … Continue reading

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