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Connection and Joy in Learning

Learning is more likely to happen when students experience joy and connection in the classroom and school environment. Teachers can help to counteract stress, conflict, and anxiety by building relationships and cultivating joy. Here are some ideas. Make school spaces...

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Parenting with Love and Connection

Of course you love your children. And... have you ever had days where it seemed like you had to say the same thing over and over again? Or got frustrated stopping the bickering again and raised your voice or said something you wish you hadn’t? Yes. Of course. We nag,...

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Nurturing a Sense of Wonder

A child’s world is new and fresh, filled with excitement, joy and mystery. Yet, seems that what is awe-inspiring and beautiful often gets lost before we reach adulthood. From the child’s viewpoint, the most important dynamics of life and learning are social and...

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An Attitude of Gratitude

The month of November, with Thanksgiving and the holiday gift-giving season approaching, is a wonderful time to help students cultivate an attitude of gratitude. Studies have found that the introduction of the practice of gratitude in the classroom can result in...

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Growing Gratitude at Home

Have you ever had one of those days where you just wish that your children would appreciate you and what they have? That they would say, “Thank you” more often or notice what you do for them? Teaching children gratitude is about much more than saying, “Thank you.”...

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Nurturing Kindness at Home

It is as important to teach our children kindness as it is to teach them things like reading, math or safety. Some children have a harder time reading social cues of others or putting themselves in someone else’s shoes. It is up to us to model and teach how to be...

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Cultivating Kindness in the Classroom

The best way to promote kindness in our classrooms is to model it for our students. When children see what it looks like and hear what it sounds like, they are much more likely to be able to be kind themselves. We often pay attention to community building and being...

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