A Special Birthday

  Tomorrow, November 9, is author Lois Ehlert’s birthday. Unfortunately, she passed away in May of this year, but her legacy will live on in her many fabulous picture books for children. She authored 38 books, 28 of which she also illustrated. Her books, Leaf Man; Red Leaf, Yellow Leaf; and Nuts to You! were fall…

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That’s Sweet!

Do you have good memories of trick-or-treating? I loved swishing through the crunchy leaves in the dark with my skull flashlight and pumpkin pail full of candy. I feel like Halloween involved all of my senses: the sound of the crunchy leaves, the feel of my costume, the sight of flickering jack-o-lanterns, the taste of…

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Body Positivity

This Wednesday, October 20, is Love Your Body Day. That’s a tough order for a lot of us, because we’re used to focusing on our flaws. Even young students can find themselves unhappy with the way they look, particularly when they’re bombarded with photoshopped images in the media. That’s why it’s important to teach students…

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Seasonal Seeds!

We normally talk about seeds in the classroom during spring…unless we’re talking about pumpkin seeds! That is definitely a fall topic. And as luck would have it, Wednesday, October 6, is National Pumpkin Seed Day. I’ve never had the patience to remove the seeds from the pumpkin, clean them, and then roast them. Fortunately, this…

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That’s Encouraging!

Encouragement is an action giving support, confidence, or hope. In my opinion, this is one of our most important jobs as teachers. Hope is necessary for a child to have a growth mindset—and we’re in the business of creating life-long learners. Yesterday, September 12, was National Encouragement Day. So this is the perfect time to…

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