Happy Presidents Day!

It’s Presidents Day, which is a bit of a mixed up federal holiday. Some states call this day Washington’s Birthday, although his birthday is actually February 22. Many also use this day to celebrate Abraham Lincoln’s birthday as well, which falls on February 12th. Still others use this day to celebrate all presidents. Whatever your…

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“Dino-mite” Birthdays!

  While looking up author birthdays recently, I made a discovery! Mark Teague, the children’s book illustrator, had a birthday yesterday on February 10th. Jane Yolen, the prolific children’s book author, has her birthday today on February 11th. Mark and Jane collaborated on the well-known dinosaur series of picture books. So let’s celebrate their collective…

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Pop! Pop! Pop!

Today is Bubble Wrap Appreciation Day! I appreciate Bubble Wrap cushioning material because it’s great for creating really neat printmaking projects!  But how did Bubble Wrap come to be? Apparently it started as a wall covering with insulation properties created by Alfred W. Fielding and Marc Chavannes in 1957. The wall covering was never a…

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Shaking Up Your Centers!

Centers are such an important part of an early childhood classroom. By allowing youngsters to discover, explore, and create with classmates, little ones develop social skills that will contribute to their success throughout school and into adulthood. Centertime is a wonderful time to work on academic skills as well as interpersonal skills. But occasionally, centers…

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Happy Holly!

This Wednesday, December 19, is Holly Day! It’s a day set aside to celebrate holly, an evergreen plant that is associated with Christmas. The Mailbox® is in North Carolina, and I see holly bushes all over the place, which seems odd to me in the middle of summer. Here are some interesting holly facts you…

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