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Chores at home… everyone can contribute

Some great suggestions for helping children develop a sense of responsibility, incrementally, for their world. summer chores for children: teaching responsibility at home  

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Reading? Go for it!

Some great opportunities here to think about the power of reading… And what better time to look at reading? Summer! https://www.commonsensemedia.org/reading  

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The Secret to a Meaningful Life…Study of Introverts vs. Extraverts

I am intrigued by Little’s notion that a personality trait does not have to dictate what personal projects one takes on. I even think the notion of a personal project is foreign to many of us. This concept of what … Continue reading

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Early Math Education and the role of spatial reasoning

Understanding space and our place in the world is a key ingredient in childhood development. As our Imagination Playground blocks arrive for our students to design, build, deconstruct and recreate, our children will start to work, informally, through the design … Continue reading

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Raising Caring Kids… Harvard’s “Making Caring Common Initiative

As we try and model empathy and compassion for our students and children, we are faced with the task of working against a lot of what they are seeing and hearing in the popular culture, and even in the news … Continue reading

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Parenting Blues during the Middle School Years!

Parenting Blues during Middle School IN all my work with middle school families over twenty seven years in independent school, this is still a truism: when they are at their most variable and vulnerable, so are we… Thanks, Mary Murphy, … Continue reading

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Helping your teen help a friend…

Yes, this rings true, both from my own parenting and from listening to students grapple with how to help a friend over my 27 years in education . Some great advice here! Helping your teen help a friend… NY Times … Continue reading

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