Benefits of Outdoor Education in the Digital Age

I recently saw an internet meme that said, “...if you ever want to know what a teacher’s mind feels like, imagine a web browser with 2,879 tabs open. All. The. Time.” Though I couldn’t agree more, I don’t feel like this is unique...

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How Can I Help My Child Repair a Friendship?

When my daughter was in third grade, a close friend (let’s call her Susie) announced that she was no longer her friend. My daughter, still a bit shell shocked and confused, talked about it before bed time (after silently holding...

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Establishing Routines that Work for Young Readers

"How do I get my child to read?" “My child rarely picks up a book." "If it’s not technology based, my child is not interested!" "My child used to read all the time but not anymore." If you’ve ever said any of these things, you’re...

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Keeping a Love of Reading Alive

“If we teach a child to read but fail to develop a desire to read, we will have created a skilled nonreader, a literate illiterate.” —Kylene Beers

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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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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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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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A Challenge to Parents for the Sake of Their Children's Futures: A Review of "UnSelfie"

Recently I led a series of three classes for parents on helping children develop empathy using Michele Borba’s book, UnSelfie: Why Empathetic Kids Succeed in Our All-About-Me World. As Borba points out, the rise of the selfie...

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Parental Aspirations: On Raising Capable Preschoolers

“Today will be different. Today, I will be present. Today, anyone I speak to I will look them in the eye and listen deeply...Today, there will be an ease about me...Today I will radiate calm, kindness and self-control will abound....

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