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Jellyfish Craft

Jellyfish Craft

We’re on the shore of the Long Island Sound so we frequent the beach and the local aquarium and draw a lot of inspiration for our learning from the sea. When I noticed a cool school craft my friend did with her friend, I asked her to guest post while I am on “maternity leave”. Jellyfish are such lovely and ethereal creatures–even though you don’t want to bump into them at the beach! Here is … Read entire article »

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Balloon Obstacle Course

Balloon Obstacle Course

Today, please welcome the fun-tabulous Jamie of Hands on : as we grow.  She has a gift for sneaking authentic learning into fun, play-time activities.  While I am on maternity leave, I will be featuring a few inspiring posts from some of my favorite activity, craft, and education bloggers! Making an activity course is super simple and easy to do with just a couple of balloons! It can be filled with tons of learning experiences along … Read entire article »

Filed under: 3-5 (Preschool), 5-6 (Kindergarten), Bodily-kinesthetic, Featured, Guest Post, Mathematics

What Can Drama Do for Children?

What Can Drama Do for Children?

While I am on a short maternity leave, I have invited a few of my favorite activity, craft, and education bloggers to share a guest post. As a former theater major, I am excited to welcome Susan Stephenson from The Book Chook to share why dramatic play can be so important for children. Specialist drama teachers sometimes offer drama lessons to children outside school hours. But how do you know if your child will benefit from … Read entire article »

Filed under: Bodily-kinesthetic, Featured, Guest Post, Performing Arts and Theater

NBC’s Parenthood Should Address Special Education Questions

NBC’s Parenthood Should Address Special Education Questions

This is a guest post from Debbie Bookstaber, an elected member of her local school board, and my co-editor on Mamanista.com. In a recent episode of NBC’s new show Parenthood, a character who was recently diagnosed with Aspberger’s Syndrome is kicked out of his public school for a disruption in the classroom. Throughout the rest of the episode, his parents push to get him accepted at a private school where he will thrive. (Click here to … Read entire article »

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