Schools as Parent Partner in the Social-Emotional Wellness of Children

Students spend much of their days at school and it is increasingly understood that those hours greatly influence their lives in ways that go beyond academics, including their social-emotional well-being. Schools that approach their impact on student social-emotional well-being with intention, and in partnership with parents, can help children develop a social-emotional toolbox that can […]

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Buttons and Zippers and Self-Esteem, Oh My!

Winter is here – and so are all of the zippers, laces, buckles, jacket sleeves, snow pants, gloves, and mittens that create a unique type of “snow-clothes-storm” in our hallways. At first glance, this part of our day might feel a bit overwhelming. And, I’ll admit there are those moments that make dream of summer… […]

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Child cleaning up pretend kitchen areas
The Power of Open-Ended Dramatic Play in Preschool

It has been said that a toy is a toy, but a box has a million possibilities. The best preschools under understand this concept and utilize it thoughtfully when developing their dramatic play areas. Dramatic play areas are designed to allow children to experiment with familiar and fantasy everyday. But children can’t role play what […]

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child playing with educational materials on carpet.
The Joyful Classroom

When I was a child, the words joy and school were rarely used in the same sentence. Today, as I look around our BCD elementary school building, joyful is the first adjective that comes to my mind.   Believe it or not, our teachers put quite a bit of intention into creating joyful learning experiences for our students. Before school […]

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a table top with a bowl of fruit, a half drunk cup of coffee, a calendar, and a handwritten note starting with 'I am grateful for'
Fostering an Attitude of Gratitude

For those of you who’ve known me for a while, you know that I have a Thanksgiving tradition of sharing a life lesson that I learned from my mother, Mary. My mom liked “speaking words of wisdom,” (she was a Beatles fan) and she worked hard to instill in me an attitude of gratitude. If […]

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If your family is like mine, your social media use has probably exploded during the pandemic. Without the ability to see family and friends in-person, social media has provided a respite of connection during a time in our lives when public health officials are advising us to limit in-person gatherings. While the benefits are many […]

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COVID is Spooky – Halloween doesn’t need to be.

The first time my son, Gus, was old enough to “get” the concept of trick-or-treating was memorable. He donned his firefighting costume, strapped on his oxygen tank, fastened his helmet, and headed out with two very eager parents. What we failed to notice was that before we left the house, Gus had filled his trick-or-treating […]

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One Thing in Common

Our job is to deepen our relationships and build our level of trust so that the children we love and the students we serve develop a greater sense of certainty in what are without question uncertain times.

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