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Advent

What is Advent? Each year, we celebrate Advent. Advent refers to the “coming” or “arrival” of Jesus Christ and it’s a time when we prepare our hearts for the coming of Christmas and the celebration of Jesus’ birth. Advent begins four … Continue reading

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the puzzle piece perspective – when your child looks all pink

Barbara Newman and CLC Network encourage schools, churches, caregivers, and educators in working with students of all abilities. Whenever I encounter a child who struggles, I remember the “Puzzle Piece Perspective.” It’s a great reminder for when all you can see in your … Continue reading

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a new phase

As our children grow, we talk about the different phases they go through. And, it always seems that as soon as we figure out one phase, they have moved onto a new one. Well, my children are now 20 & … Continue reading

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Try, try, again! A lesson in better communication.

Has your sweet little Suzy or your loving Joey ever walked into the room whining and yelling, “Mom! You have to help me find my shoes.” or “Mom! You didn’t wash my uniform!” or, hopefully, you’ve never heard this one. … Continue reading

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Making Better Students

Ah. If only there was a magic formula for making better students! I am convinced that teaching is one of the most challenging jobs on the planet. Every child is different, every group of children has a different dynamic, and … Continue reading

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Teaching Reading Through Movement

Good day everyone! If you’re reading this post, I would LOVE for you to post a comment, even if it’s just to say you were here. If you’re willing, let me know who you are, whether you are a parent, … Continue reading

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Teaching is cool!

You might say teaching is in my blood; whether it’s history, science, the Bible, or soccer, I love teaching. When I was in 9th grade, I got my first teaching “gig” in children’s church. I can remember teaching eleven two-year-olds … Continue reading

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High-Achievers: Helping Children to Excel

“Happier than a camel on hump day.” That’s how I’m feeling as I’m past the half-way point in my second of ten masters courses. The course is “Theories of Teaching and Learning” and it’s been a great course. One of … Continue reading

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Movement and Learning: Grow a Better Brain!

Did you know that movement may grow a better brain? It can! Recent research has demonstrated that movement can strengthen learning,improve memory and the retrieval of those memories, and enhance motivation and morale (Jensen, 2005, p. 60). Do you have … Continue reading

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Know Your Child’s Learning Style and Your Own!

Are you a visual learner? Auditory? Tactile-kinesthetic? Did you know the curriculum you choose and your teaching style is often a reflection of your preferred learning style? If the children you teach are struggling with the curriculum you have chosen … Continue reading

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