SD Blog

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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A Sense of Wonder

Curiosity is a sense of wonder and openness about the future. It comes partly from the brain wanting to understand or make order out of something that doesn’t make sense. If you have a young child at home, you know that they see the world through the lens of...

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Cultivating Curiosity

For most of us, curiosity means a sense of inquisitiveness. Studies suggest that curiosity has a deep impact on learning. Researchers at the University of California, Davis found that brain activity increased when participants were more curious about certain...

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Play Helps Students Learn

Play is an essential part of development – it contributes to the cognitive, physical, social and emotional well-being of children and youth.  It is one of the ways humans learn. According to Dr. Karyn Purvis, author of The Connected Child, play is like a ladder of...

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Closing a Memorable School Year

People shape their memories of events by how they end, so it is important to think about how you want to end this year with your students. It is a time of year filled with mixed emotions for both teachers and students. You’ve seen some remarkable student growth, and...

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