Stop Teaching Reading!

Tweet It’s about time we put our foot down as responsible teachers and stopped teaching reading to students who just aren’t ready for it!  From an incredibly early age, we are expecting young children to learn their letters and start to pronounce sounds.  And this is not just in a playful exploratory manner, but it […]

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How to Naturally Encourage Artistic Development in Young Children

Tweet Today, Daniela Baker shares some easy-to-do activities that will help develop the creative side of your child.  Enjoy!  ~EMP It is important for parents to understand that physical development and cognitive development do not occur at the same rate.  While physical development may progress over a period of years, creativity peaks during the early childhood.  […]

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The Classroom S–t–r–e–t–c–h

Tweet I’m completing a online wellness challenge through my school’s health insurance.  Overall, I’m logging in my time exercising each day and weight each week, but each week there is also some other challenge.  One week it was to eat up to 9 servings of fruits and veggies, the next it was to keep a […]

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Creativity at the Google Event

Tweet Last night I felt like such a VIP!  I was one of only 300 people to attend the Google event in Philly at the Museum of Natural History during the ISTE conference.  Now 300 people may sound like a lot, but out of the nearly 11,000 people here at the conference, I’d say that’s […]

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Poking Boxes

Tweet Ever sit with an object and tried to figure out all the things it could do?  What noises it could make…  How it could move…  What you could pick up with it…  Then you’ve experienced “poking a box.” Ever take a camera and shoot a photo of the same thing multiple times?  What angle […]

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Feeding My Flame

Tweet The Flame has long been an image I hold dear. It is a symbol of creativity to me. Months ago I wrote a post about how I found that flame. It is called Feed Your Flame.  In it I describe how painting the image and ultimately dancing the image of a flame helped me […]

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Creating Time for Play

Tweet Today,  Renée Peña joins us as a guest blogger sharing her expertise in the importance of play.  She has some great suggestions of how to incorporate play into our daily lives with children.  So, please read, enjoy and share your suggestions too!   You can follow Renée on Twitter @enrichingkids. ~EMP Someone once said: “Play […]

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Playtime in the Computer Clubhouse

Tweet Our school has a “Computer Clubhouse.” It’s an extra computer lab where you can take an entire class without interfering with our computer teacher’s schedule. I try to use it every so often, but I always sign up for a time when we have one of our paperless days. Last week we had a […]

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Feed Your Flame

Tweet Years ago when I was finishing up my master’s program from Endicot College (Beverly, MA) in Arts and Learning, I had to present my final project to my cohort.  As part of our finals, we were encouraged to express our journey through an artistic form. During my journey, I discovered that I was an […]

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