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Thoughts and Ideas to Support Our Kids Whether They Are In School or Learning Online

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For teachers like ourselves, school officially but unofficially begins this week! Many of us head into our classrooms this week to prep for the first week at school. Today, I made some energy balls to freeze and bought extra fruit and veggies in anticipation of packing my lunch every day. Let's get started with prepping ideas for families that are sending their children Back To School In Person. - Timing is key. Start to train your bodies for an earlier start to your day. Use an alarm. - Do a school week grocery shop and though you are home, test...

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The Happiness Plan

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I am a newbie to all things Social Media and to be honest, have been quite the sceptic for the last few decades. I wonder about people putting up a facade for what they want the world to think they are like. I feel self-conscious about whether if I post a photo it will be "liked," really even just by me. And so forth ... As we have become more involved in creating our stories and developing resources it has become increasingly clear that people are interested in the people behind the story sometimes more than the story itself. I...

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Creating Learning Moments

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Creating Learning Moments

Cooperative education allows students to use the knowledge they learn and apply it in meaningful ways. As parents and caregivers we teach our children through example and every interaction that we have is an opportunity to build a memory for them to draw on. This happens when we purposefully build in those "teachable moments." Not every part of our day can be full of meaningful conversation and to be fair, for many of our days we are trying to get through our "things to do list." Saving the "fun" stuff for when we are off and on vacation! Using Step...

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Summer Schedules ? ... say WHAAAAT ? ? ?

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It's here even though you may not have opened up the virtual report card that was emailed to you this past week. Check your junk folder if you did not receive it in your inbox because your computer may not have recognized the address. What a school year! What will the summer look like for you and your family? For most of us it seems in theory that the summer will be a time for us to relax and unwind, maybe even look forward to an overnight stay away from home kind of vacation. Over the last few years, the...

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Social Isolation

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Social Isolation

Now more than ever, the term Social Isolation is coming up on television, through social media and in conversations. It refers to the fact that with COVID-19 and widespread social distancing in place, many of us are not in direct contact with each other, our families and our friends. Most of us are not working the way we used to work and are busy juggling work, kids and our own personal well-being.  June 11 will mark 3 months since my mom passed away from cancer. She was diagnosed with stage 4 cancer in July of 2019 and at that time...

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