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Big Feelings Alert: How Can I Stay Calm When My Kid Is Having a Meltdown?

We've all had those days when nothing seems to be going the way we planned. Unexpected meetings popping up on your calendar, spilled lattes, and heavy traffic when you are already running late. Yet, as an adult, you may have developed some strategies to self-calm even during the most challenging times. Deep breaths, long walks, letting feelings pass like clouds in the sky and a big glass of ice water are among my favorites.

Exploring Gender Identity and Expression with Children

If we want to raise kids who are free to be themselves and dedicated to making the world a better place, we must begin by learning what it means to create a more accessible and inclusive world for everyone. Transgender, gender non-conforming and gender fluid folks and children deserve to be seen, heard and represented in the books they read, shows they watch and curriculum that’s taught in schools. They deserve to live happy and safe lives.

Teachers Deserve Trauma-Informed Support, Too

The heart of a teacher extends far beyond supporting students in excelling academically. Instead, teachers recognize that students are whole human beings who grow with love, care, and compassion. Because of this, it’s not uncommon to read articles, attend professional development, and read books that preach about the importance of taking a trauma-informed approach with students. But how often do we ask ourselves, “How are we supporting and caring for the emotional needs of teachers?"

Four Easy Ways to Recycle Household Materials and Play with Math

Earth Day is right around the corner, which means it’s the perfect time to find ways to reuse everyday household items we normally discard. Instead of buying expensive wooden or plastic math activities, you might be surprised to learn that everything you need is lying around your house. It’s possible to create enjoyable math explorations for young children simply by thinking outside of the box and finding ways to repurpose everyday items.

Three Autistic Disability Rights Activists to Amplify in Your Classroom

In the education world, we often hear and use words like "inclusive" and "accessible" without much proof that steps to create classrooms and communities centered on disability justice are being taken. One prominent example is the lack of disabled representation when it comes to the revolutionaries and change-makers we teach our kids about in school. You can begin to support disabled students in feeling validated, seen and heard by amplifying the voices of autistic activists in your classroom.

Math is All Around Us: Simple, Everyday Games to Practice Creating Sets and Sorting with Kids

When someone says the word math, what comes to your mind? Do you remember worksheet after worksheet of timed math drills in school? Or how you felt when you didn’t understand a concept and the only feedback you received was a big red X on your paper? That’s the way it was for me many years ago before I became a teacher and parent. It wasn’t until I began creating joyful learning experiences for my students that I realized math doesn’t have to be taught in such disconnected ways from our everyday

Lessons from Mister Rogers: How Kind Caregivers Can Help Kids Become Caring Adults

For my generation, Mister Rogers was a grown-up friend we could count on to teach us lessons about life, tragedy, change and how it’s possible to be loved as whole, imperfect humans. When he showed up in our homes, he wore familiar cardigans and spoke to us like we mattered. He valued our opinions, feelings, joy and the way we made sense of the world around us through play, song and exploration. Hearing the simple song lyrics, “It’s a beautiful day in the neighborhood” brings me back to my childhood and reminds me of the comfort I felt when the kind adults in my life who made me feel safe spent time with me.

Talking to Young Kids About Racial & Social Justice with April Brown

In this episode, it’s all about learning to disrupt structures of racial inequality and advocating for children. April Brown is a trauma informed specialist, curriculum developer, writer, and instructional coach . One of the biggest beliefs for her is that education should be rooted in liberation. The systems of oppression that she’s trying to dismantle are ableism, racism, capitalism, and sexism.

Why We Need Trauma-Informed Parenting More Than Ever | Education

Most can agree that 2020 was a year like no other. COVID-19 raged through communities and schools shut down. People lost jobs and loved ones. Caregivers had to navigate working remotely while keeping up with routines, virtual school and making life as normal as possible for the children in their care. Without child care, some families with two incomes made the difficult decision to survive off of one. At the same time, single-parent households who lost work during the pandemic tried to navigate unemployment benefits and lack of support from the government. As the pandemic continues, families face adversities related to isolation, economic hardship and unmet basic needs.

Is My Child Cheating? What Parents Need to Know About Academic Integrity

While technology promotes accessibility and creativity, the urge for students to “copy and paste” information instead of using their brainpower is quite tempting. To combat this, it’s critical for students to learn how to use critical-thinking skills and to understand the importance of valuing and citing the work of others. Remote and hybrid schooling with digital tools is not going away anytime soon, so it’s imperative to have conversations at home about what academic integrity is and how cheating affects others in very real and harmful ways. When children are young, we can begin teaching them about academic integrity in age-appropriate ways and then dive deeper as they approach middle school, high school, and beyond.

Inquiry Projects: Start With a Child’s Question and Let Curiosity Lead the Way | Education

When we embark on the complex journey of learning, we start with a question. Anyone who has spent even just a few hours with a young child has seen the impact of curiosity in action: Why is that butterfly gray but the others are so colorful? What do lizards eat? How do mangrove seeds travel so far? Or my four-year-old’s latest, “Mom, why can you feel and hear the wind, but you can’t see the wind?”

Talking to Kids About Thanksgiving: Center Truth, Connection and Being Grateful | Education

Every year as fall approaches, Indigenous communities around the United States experience amplified erasure, misrepresentation and gaslighting of America’s colonialist and complex history. From harmful Columbus Day activities to picture books that depict a false story about the first Thanksgiving, we have a lot of work to do if we want to teach children to seek out the truth and push back against the status quo.
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