The Power of Zero

I recently read this article about a teacher who was allegedly fired for giving a zero grade for no-show assignments. The school has a 50% policy—even when students don’t turn in any work they will still earn 50%. With 50% policies, are we creating children who expect to get something for nothing? There’s fear we’ll…

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Christmas in July

I was searching for a blog topic for today when I stumbled across some interesting information: Today is Clement C. Moore’s birthday. “Who?” you ask. (To be honest, I asked the same thing.) Clement C. Moore (July 15, 1779–July 10, 1863) is the man who wrote, “Twas the Night Before Christmas,” which was originally titled,…

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Pool Time!

This Thursday, July 11, is National Swimming Pool Day! What with the hot weather many people are experiencing, I’m thinking this is a holiday we should celebrate every day. And since a lot of us are quite a drive from the nearest body of water, swimming pools are the popular choice for cooling off. So…

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Art At the Beach!

I’m going to the beach next week…Myrtle Beach, to be specific. I suspect we all like to do similar things at the beach. My favorite activities include lounging around, eating, drinking, and walking along the beach looking at seashells and random critters in the surf. I think one of the most fascinating things I see…

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A Very Hungry Birthday

The classic story, The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle, was published 50 years ago! That little critter deserves to eat through 50 cupcakes in celebration. Eric Carle, who is now 89 years old, originally titled the book A Week With Willi Worm before he ended up going with the caterpillar and butterfly theme we…

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Do You Sing?

Do you sing with your students? That’s the question I asked teachers on The Mailbox® Preschool Facebook page. And I was happy to see so many of you responded with a big enthusiastic, “YES!” Singing helps build early language skills and increase brain development. Plus it’s just fun. And if you don’t sing, you’re missing…

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