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Family Glamping, A Lesson in Love

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I had an extraordinary day yesterday. Did you? And I can hardly wait to tell you what happened. You be the judge. Here in America, the Labor Day holiday weekend is an end of summer opportunity to reflect and make observations about past and future. Lessons always surround us when we watch, listen and learn. […]

Pass it to the Left

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The last day of school is an easy one to stray from routines. Students are excited and teachers are tired. So when I went to visit classrooms this morning I wasn’t quite sure what to expect. As I entered the first classroom I noticed that everyone was sitting around in a circle. Just like they […]

Teaching Table Manners to Preschoolers: When Did It Go Out of Style?

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I had a couple encounters recently that really got me thinking about how we are teaching social skills to young children- or not. I was visiting a couple of my students at their child care programs, which I sometimes do, prior to their formal CDA observations. The first visit was in a 2’s room, with […]

Bedtime for Young Children… It’s More Important Than You Thought!

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So, adults generally agree on the importance of children’s intellectual development. Throughout the day, we are creating a multitude of opportunities for learning, both intentional and unintentional. Helping a child expand his mind and grow cognitively is essential, but so is something else- developing his character and supporting his social/emotional development. Oh, my. There’s a […]

Miss You! Family Grad Reunion

It seems these days, families live so far apart. I’m sure that’s the way it is for most of us. Keeping connected takes a lot more effort than it used to. I don’t think it is just me and my loved ones. Screen sharing is not the same as being together in real time, although […]

Morgan Sleeps Over! 7 Lessons I Learned

Do you remember the first time you had a sleep-over? Along with that first loose tooth, this is one great big rite of passage. Lately I find myself spending more time listening to the ever-present Eugene rain, Soundscapes and relaxation music. If I look at social media I get fixated on mindless, fun stuff or […]

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