Monthly Archives: September 2017

The Lunchbox Note and Storytelling: Lifetime Lessons

Lunchtime in the classroom with fifteen preschoolers is very busy.  Once containers are opened, hot foods are heated, milk straws are inserted into their boxes, and napkins are found, things change.  Drastically.   Lunch becomes intimate.  Not quiet, but a … Continue reading

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Being ordinary…

Originally posted on The Silent Eye:
Why would anyone want to read about me? It is a question I ask myself… one amongst many as I write snapshots from my daily life and memories from my past, as I share…

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Book Bears

Book Bears started yesterday.  It’s my library reading group, mostly second graders.  Yesterday we met each other and  shared our favorite summer read.  ‘Meet and Greet’, with books.  Some children were nervous.  Some were outgoing.  I could see a wide disparity … Continue reading

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Never Forget

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Remembering 9/11 and Teaching Goodness

How do we deal with 9/11?  How do we honor and respect those who risked their lives?  How do we face a tragedy, and find goodness and strength?  Most importantly, how do we do this with young children? The tragic … Continue reading

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Forest 4s: The Real Woods

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Originally posted on Playful Directions:
Let us never forget the greatest teacher of all… nature. When children can explore, they learn. Marie Forst does just that with her students. Playful Directions View original post

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Summer of the Monkeys

Every summer I get lost in books.  Sometimes there is one that sticks with me for a long time.  A very long time.  This summer I read Summer of the Monkeys by Wilson Rawls.  I can’t let go of the words, … Continue reading

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