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Tweet I had a parent come to me at the beginning of the year. She asked me what she could do to support the classroom. I could tell she could be my “go-to parent.” She was organized, involved, and attentive. For a moment, possibilities raced through my head: field trip coordinator, parent volunteer organizer, phone […]

Wednesday Wisdom | Childlike Play

by Queenie on December 29, 2010

Tweet “The point is to develop the childlike inclination for play and the childlike desire for recognition and to guide the child over to important fields for society. Such a school demands from the teacher that he be a kind of artist in his province.” ~Albert Einstein

Tweet On a typical morning during the week I usually try to have my kids take a morning snack and play break at about 10:30 am. I’ll admit there are days when I don’t get them out on time but its not my fault, partially its because we are tying up last minute loose ends […]

Tweet Nielson recently took a survey on the most in demand gifts for kids in 2010. Apple products overwhelmingly dominated the “must have” toys this holiday season.The results? I-phone G4 I pod touch 3-I pad. The rest of the list included the Harry Potter Lego Video Game, Kinect for X-box, camera videophones, and Barbie Video […]

Tweet Picture this scene: you’ve cooked dinner, and you’ve poured your love into it. You make the announcement that it’s time to eat, yet no one arrives to the dinner table eager to taste this scrumptious meal that you have just whipped up. So you try again, this time you yell out, “Dinner is ready!” […]

Tweet Isn’t it strange that sometimes we avoid the things that are best for us? I got a big lesson about that at my Thanksgiving celebration, which was far from traditional this year. Megs and I went on The Great Ducking Out Rally in Portland. It was fun. And so exciting. It was really nutty […]

Tweet Day in and day out it was the same story. I just couldn’t figure out what the problem was. Sierra, couldn’t stand Nahzina. The dislike was so strong, Sierra would complain about Nahzina breathing. If Nahzina looked at Sierra, Sierra would say, “Ms. Queenie, she’s looking at me! Tell her to stop.” I’d watch […]

Breaking News!

by Melissa on October 4, 2010

Tweet This weekend was a weekend of celebrations! On Saturday, as Patrick, Queenie, Megan, and Edmund (our amazingly talented illustrator) gathered around my dining room table, you would not believe how big our smiles were. After months of hard work, our e-book has finally been completed! Megan had it printed out, and there was much laughter […]

Tweet “This is why depression rates in kids are skyrocketing!” I thought yesterday. While searching for a wireless router at Best Buy I had gotten lost in the video game section. It blew my mind. The graphics are fantastic, to the point where the opponents and challenges seem completely realistic. I’ve seen them all before, […]

Tweet “The very brain circuits that are activated during play are also activated during joyous, happy moments in our lives, and the more you exercise a brain circuit, the stronger it gets. So letting kids have a good time in play is one of the healthiest things you can do for them.” -Daniel Goldman, Ph.D. […]