Safety Tips for Outdoor Adventures with Kids

Ecophobia, or the fear or nature, is a real concern as a generation of young people grow up more and more disconnected from the natural world. Let’s face it—nature can be a scary place: ticks, poison ivy, polluted waters, wild...

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Help Your Preschooler Develop Conflict Resolution Skills

High quality preschool programs provide children many opportunities to develop the broad range of skills that are the building blocks for flourishing in elementary school and are also strongly correlated with health, educational...

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Urban Farming for DC Families

Urban farms are on the rise, and it makes good sense. As our cities expand and become more populated, it becomes ever more important for us to learn new ways to grow and distribute food.

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Ways to Encourage Your Child's Mathematical Thinking

Do you want to encourage your child’s mathematical thinking and help them keep their skills sharp, but you don’t want to sound like you’re nagging them or giving them homework? Math practice doesn’t always have to mean sitting down...

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Talking to Children about Digital Citizenship and Online Safety

We teach children in Kindergarten through 8th grade about the joys (and responsibilities) of using technology, because as helpful and enjoyable as technology can be, there are some risks that accompany this ever-changing field. We...

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Books for Young Children about Identity, Social Justice, and Activism

Teachers of young children at Lowell know how vital it is to help children as they develop their identities, experience people’s many differences, and learn to form caring friendships and communities. One of the many ways they dive...

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An Integrated Approach to Social, Emotional, and Academic Learning in Middle School

Recently, I decided to dig into the literature on social-emotional learning as there seems to be a concern among many parents that time and resources spent on cultivating social emotional skills in school might be at the expense of...

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The Urban Naturalist: Finding Wilderness In DC’s Urban Landscape

Living in the greater urban landscape of Washington, DC, gives us so many options for weekend activities and so many organizations and people to connect with. Monuments, world-class museums, historic sites, restaurants, clubs, and...

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Responding to Tragedy: Middle School Students and Activism

The world in which we live is a complicated place, filled with contradictions. I am distraught about the school shooting in Florida, as I know many are. I worry about the long-term effects these school shootings have on us—that...

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Creating a Homework Routine with Your Child

The idea of coming home after a long day of school should be a relief. But for many students, the hours spent after school are filled with attempts to independently tackle assigned homework, and with the brain already feeling...

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