Monthly Archives: September 2020

When Children Uncover the Learning

There is a teacher term, ‘Emergent Curriculum’, which simply means that a teacher pays attention and follows the interests of children in order for real learning to happen.  It means stopping to listen to what children have to say, and … Continue reading

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House At Pooh Corner (Redux)

Originally posted on Filosofa's Word:
I have played this one only once before, in July 2018.  Now, as then, I think we all need a bit of relief from the things that fill our minds, a bit of a…

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My Morning Greeting, a Frosty Heart

When summer turns to fall and nights become cold, the mornings are frosty. I am greeted with a heart, every morning. People tell me it is a message from above. I think about that.  I also think of Nan, my … Continue reading

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Music and Movement – The Brain and the Body

We are spending more time outdoors with children at school.  That includes music and movement.  I take my autoharp to the hill or the Woodland Grove, and we sing and dance and move.  Music is at the heart of children’s … Continue reading

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Smorgasbord Reblog – #Pre-School Nature is the Greatest Teacher for Children by Jennie Fitzkee

Originally posted on Smorgasbord Blog Magazine:
Jennie Fitzkee is back at school and shares how valuable it is for children to spend time outside exploring nature and discovering new things for themselves.. Head over to the post to read the…

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Kids

Originally posted on fraggle:
“The greatest gifts you can give your children are the roots of responsibility and the wings of independence”. —Denis Waitley https://photos.smugmug.com/Toglateering/The-3-Ts-20112016/n-D7MgGb/Teesdale/i-DcZdrb4/0/3b38d31d/X3/LF3-X3.jpg Teesdale, UK 2012 “A person’s a person, no matter how small”. — Dr. Seuss https://photos.smugmug.com/Toglateering/The-3-Ts-20112016/n-D7MgGb/Ryhope-Water-Pump/i-6FkTsLF/0/2aa7c8bd/X3/ryboy-X3.jpg…

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The Student’s Letter…and More

Roshan visiting four years ago. I am always surprised when I hear from a former student.  This letter from Roshan made my day: Dear Ms. Jennie, How are you doing? This is Roshan. I am currently in 12th grade this … Continue reading

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Today’s Quote

Originally posted on Soul Gatherings:
The creation of a thousand forests is in one acorn. ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson ~ _____________

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Nature is the Greatest Teacher for Children

Covid-19 has actually made teachers rethink how to best teach young children.  At school, we decided that spending more time outside is better for children.  We teachers all know the benefits of nature, yet the demands of what children need … Continue reading

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The Crossing Guard Chronicles: ‘Change Is The Only Constant’ *

Originally posted on S'amusing:
* The credit for this quote goes to a Greek philosopher, Heraclitus, who lived around 500 BC. He believed that permanence does not exist, everything is in a state of ‘change’. Heraclitus was right, I…

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