• Helping Your Child Stay Organized

    Helping Your Child Stay Organized We like to think we foster independence in our children. We let them make decisions and force them to live with the consequences. ”You forgot your water bottle, and now you’re thirsty? Well, I bet you’ll remember it next time!” What if that strategy isn’t enough? If the forgetting continues,…

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  • Teaching Questioning Skills

    Our children are full of questions. We are inundated and overwhelmed by their relentless need to know things. A simple change in perspective can show us how asking good questions can lead to independence, learning, and intrinsic motivation. We know play is the work of children. They learn by manipulating things in their environment and…

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  • Project Based Learning – Upper Grades

    So we’ve talked about Project Based Learning in the elementary grades. Great stuff, right? Loads of engagement, cross-curricular connections, and real-world relevance. What about using Project Based Learning with students in middle school and high school? Even. Better. Creative. Authentic. Using Project Based Learning with older students (maturity, advanced skill level, etc.) is magic. The…

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  • Project Based Learning

    So you’re learning about health and wellness in science. You read an article about how to calculate your BMI – wait – calculation…isn’t that math? STOP. You can’t do math in the middle of a science lesson. Absurd, right? Enter Project Based Learning. Proponents of Project Based Learning feel that the best kind of learning…

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  • The Environment Shapes Play

    The benefit of an organized play space While it may seem counterintuitive to spend time creating an organized and thoughtful play space for kids who seem determined to destroy everything in their path, there is reason to do so. Early educators often talk about the environment as “the third teacher.” This just means that our…

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