Encouraging Literacy

Cereal box writing2

Words are critical to communication, whether they are spoken, written, or read. With the beginning of the school year, parents and teachers are often wondering about and sometimes worried about children learning to read and write. In the next few blog posts I will share some super simple ways to encourage literacy in your homes…

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August Holidays

Cardboard wings and video screens are taped to the twins' trays so they can see what it is like to eat lunch on an airplane.  They drew pictures to paperclip to their TV screens for their viewing pleasure.

August is not normally known as a month full of holidays. Luckily for us, almost every day of the year is a reason for someone to celebrate something! Here are a few ideas of unique ways to spend your days as the summer begins to wind down. American Adventures Month: Visit National parks, monuments, or drive…

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Gender Stereotypes

Baby with Leo

This morning I saw an unusual sight on my way to an early morning appointment. As I approached an intersection with a large construction site, I noticed a construction worker bending to the side, stretching his hips. I immediately thought he must have had a rough night’s sleep. Then I noticed that he wasn’t alone.…

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He’s Touching Me!

Dramatic play is beneficial even with one child and two dragons!  Each dragon has its own voice and personality as they explore the cave of branches.

Have you ever noticed that the boy complaining that other kids are in his space is the exact same boy who seems to be constantly poking or pulling on other kids? Or that the girl who reaches her toes out during circle time to touch the child in front of her, or to kick at…

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Learning Something New

Learning a new skill can feel like writing your name while you hold a crayon with your toes--- awkward and frustrating!

Trying something new can seem daunting. I’m trying to learn some new skills on the computer and it makes me feel like a duck out of water. Many people have a lot of computer experience, so this might seem odd to them. Most kids grow up today learning to keyboard and have no trouble experimenting…

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Aidan Hornaday

Aidan Hornaday loves rock climbing, basketball, traveling, and music.  He could be your son, student, neighbor, or friend.  But what makes this middle-schooler unique from many kids is his talent for playing the harmonica coupled with his desire to help others with needs that are greater than his own. One day, Aidan was surprised to…

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The Hummingbird Egg

Hummingbird eggs are incredibly tiny!

One sunny morning, a student brought an amazing discovery to our preschool classroom: a real hummingbird egg. The egg was so tiny, about the size of an adult’s fingernail, and extremely fragile. Jessica and I discussed whether or not we should put it in a little magnifying display box. The clear cube would allow the…

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Polarizing Forces


I read an interesting article (Repukes and Democraps: A Nation Divided Part 1 by Faith Eden-Barre) the other day that got me thinking. The focus of the article was on the polarizing ideological divide in the U.S., mainly between Republicans and Democrats. What does this have to do with young kids? Keep reading and it…

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Bullying Prevention Workshop for Children

Paul Figuegoa

I wanted to share a training opportunity for children ages 7 to 11 in the Seattle area. If you know children who are being bullied, who are expressing bullying behaviors, or you’d like to learn the skills to deal with these situations, this fun and life-changing workshop is for them! POSITIVE CHOICES WITH BULLIES Workshop…

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Picky Eaters and Hungry Kids

Kids are more willing to try new foods when they help prepare the foods.  "Dog Salad" is a special treat when made with a pear, nectarines, and dried cranberries.

  Picky eaters and hungry kids. These two phrases don’t seem like they should go together but they do. I will address both issues in today’s blog, hoping you’ll spread the word to other friends and families with children who may be struggling to feed their kids for one or both of these reasons. Picky…

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