Monthly Archives: May 2021

Today’s Quote

Originally posted on Soul Gatherings:
Freedom isn’t free. We remember. ____________

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Preschoolers and Memorial Day

How do I teach preschoolers about Memorial Day? I start at the beginning, with a great book that teaches children about America. I teach them how to sing “God Bless America”, starting by singing the book. We then learn about … Continue reading

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Today’s Quote

Originally posted on Soul Gatherings:
The great man is he who does not lose his child’s heart. ~ Mencius ~ _______

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Eric Carle Has Died

Eric Carle died this past weekend at age 91.  I’m strong, and I’m prepared for most anything, yet learning today that Eric Carle died hit me hard.  He was the mainstay of literature for young children.  “The Very Hungry Caterpillar” … Continue reading

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Childhood Blocks and Nature – Frank Lloyd Wright

I will never forget my first visit to the Children’s Museum in Philadelphia back in the 80’s.  It’s called The Please Touch Museum and it’s a wonderful, hands-on museum.  But, it wasn’t the typical fare of a great children’s museum … Continue reading

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Dr. Seuss Museum

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Originally posted on No Facilities:
From the museum webpage: The Amazing World of Dr. Seuss Museum, the newest museum on the Quadrangle (where four other museums are located), is devoted to Springfield native Theodor Geisel, aka Dr. Seuss! Theodor Seuss…

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Play

“Play is often talked about as if it were a relief from serious learning. But for children play is serious learning. Play is really the work of childhood.” ~Mr. Rogers~ The dinosaurs are congregating. They don’t look happy. “They need … Continue reading

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Goodnight Moon – Part 2

“Goodnight Moon” keeps growing and evolving.  Children have heard the words over and over again, a beloved daily ritual before chapter reading.  Recently they have joined me in reciting the entire book.  The Helper of the Day can stand alongside … Continue reading

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Goodnight Moon

Before children learn to read, first they must hear the words.  It’s developmental, like learning to crawl before learning to walk.  The auditory piece, including singing, hits both the brain and the soul in learning.  In my preschool class, reading … Continue reading

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Our Wish Tree

What is a Wish Tree? Wikipedia says: A wish tree is an individual tree, usually distinguished by species, position or appearance, which is used as an object of wishes and offerings.  Such trees are identified as possessing a special spiritual … Continue reading

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