Out Of This World Chapter Book Picks For January

With the start of the New Year, the weather has turned cold and winter has made it clear it is here to stay for a while. Where I live the temperat...

Ten Best Holiday Books for Kids

To me, the best holiday books aren't necessarily the most popular books of the season, but rather those that give kids (and adults alike) a reason...

Equity in the classroom

I wasn't going to write about it. Really. I was going to write about other things--how I've been missing here for two weeks because sometimes life...

Should politics have a place in the classroom?

As the air is getting colder and November is on it's way, even my second graders are coming to school curious and opinionated abo...

Playground etiquette - Letting kids be kids?

This week there was frost on the ground and the sky was strewn with wind-tattered clouds, V's of honking geese, and the last wayward monarchs headin...

Halloween at school - A do or a don't?

Today we changed the calendar in our classroom. A brand new month with all its possibilities. October, with it's red maple leaves, fat pumpkins and d...

Does your child spend enough time playing?

On the first day of fall there is frost on the grass in the fields as I drive to work. The maples are turning red. The kids come dashing into the cla...

What your child wears to school - Does it matter?

Today was Picture Day.The day responsible for the documentation of kids as they grow, wearing dorky hairdos (a.k.a my three inch hair-sprayed bangs ...

Natural light makes kids smarter

It's the end of the third week of school. The weather has become suddenly chill. The playground is windy, and the grass is littered with the first c...

Worries and wonderings - The first few weeks of school

The first week of school is behind us now-and we're in the midst of the second, getting used to routines, expectations and each other. The classroom ...

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