After gardening class one day I wondered to myself how do the children see the garden? What colors, flowers or vegetables stand out to them? I decided that we would create gardening journals. I gave the children a large piece of white construction paper and folded it in half to create a cover for our journals. With a black sharpie I wrote My Gardening Journal By. I asked the children to draw our garden and asked them to write their name. I drew dot to dots for the children who... read more
I recently read the New York Times piece entitled, Mind Games: Sometimes a White Coat Isn’t Just a White Coat. The article discusses the phenomenon “enclothed cognition; the effects of clothing on cognitive processes.” The term stems from the idea that we think not just with our minds, but with our bodies as well. Studies have shown that carrying a heavy clipboard makes people feel more important and that people wearing more formal clothing are viewed by others, to be more... read more
Doing Well In School. School is a contact sport. You have to be your bloomer’s coach to get them through intact. Don’t throw them into the high stakes game of school without doing your homework first.I raised four kids and they went to four different schools. This may seem strange to those of you who live in a small town where there is only one school choice. That was my experience. I grew up in a rural area with one high school. It was the only school there was and we all went... read more
Behavioral Challenges: Do Your Bloomers Feel Needed? Alex wasn't an easy child. Nope. None of my kids were which brings to mind a book I took solace in a long time ago that called difficult kids: high maintenance. That sounded better than difficult and the author also said that they would be more successful when they grew up. That made me feel better.ALEX SHOWING OFF HIS LAUNDRY SKILLSWhen Alex was an infant, he was diagnosed with asthma, which was scary and exhausting and... read more
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